i'll be in LA very shortly with some friends for a food tour of the city/region and was hoping to get some great eating recommendations from you guys. specifically, i was hoping that you could direct me to some of the best places to get the following*:
-vietnamese (mainly for the westminster area, but i'm open to wherever if it's excellent and authentic)
-thai (mainly thai town, but again, any location is fine)
-chinese (incl. taiwanese, cantonese, sichuan, hunan as well as snack places serving boba, etc. i'm assuming most of the best places are in the san gabriel valley)
-japanese (sushi, noodle shops, izakayas, etc. looking for recs in the sawtelle/west LA area if possible.)
-burgers (other than in-n-out, apple pan, cassell's, tommy's, fatburger)
-desserts (other than mashti malone)
i'm also open to other cuisines, esp. if it's something that i can't really find in ny (e.g. armenian cuisine; if there's something other than zankou that i should definitely hit up, i'd love to hear!). not really looking to do indian cuisine on this leg of our trip, but am definitely open to cuisines such as cambodian, filipino, and other asian foods. i also have a lot of korean recs already but if there's something i shouldn't miss, please let me know!
*authenticity and high quality are a must, of course. decor/ambience doesn't matter at all. i'd also appreciate any recommended dishes, if possible.
**i'm willing to travel anywhere within greater LA, but would prefer to stay relatively close to the city wherever possible. of course, if there's something worth travelling for (e.g. vietnamese in westminster), i'd have no problem going there.
THANK YOU SO MUCH in advance for any/recommendations. i realize i'm asking a lot, but since my friends and i are going to try to eat as much as possible during our trip we wanted up-to-date suggestions.
and of course, i'd be happy to give you guys nyc food recs anytime. i'm a ny board regular (i don't always post, but check it everyday), so if you're ever planning a trip to ny, just post a similar request on the nyc board and i'll be sure to respond.