First of all I want to congratulate the members here. I think it's incredible what you people have been doing over the years on the boards here. I have often looked up Chowhound but since I am based in India (I am a journalist) and I do not travel a whole lot, I haven't had the opportunity to understand the detailing and the method to the madness that is Chowhound. Thanks for this online culinary h(e)aven.
I am going to LA for 6 days on work and I will be staying near the Del Mar station in Pasadena. I am not sure I will have the dozen meals wherever I want because I have to eat the boring work lunch with my colleagues more than a couple of times. But for the rest of the meals, I really want to explore LA the hound way. So i have been reading the boards here like crazy for the last week or so and to be honest while I am incredibly impressed, I am so confused... what to hit and what to miss.
Yes, I have shortlisted a few places but I am no longer sure about any place anymore because the reviews have been mixed and there are so many. Can you guys please help me decide on 7-8 must go places? I should go on my own or with one or two friends/colleagues.
Here's a few I have shortlisted. Please feel free to trash my choice and suggest other places.
Sea Harbor for the Dim Sum (I am a sucker for Chinese and love dim sums; I believe this is better than Elite as of now)
Philippe's (for the history mainly, never had a dipped sandwich and the potato salad... not sure which sandwich to go for, though)
El Tepeyac (for the Chilli Verde burrito, as seen on Man Vs Food)
Pink's Hot Dog (I believe one shouldn't miss this)
Now I need a great taco place, more Chinese food ideas for lunch and dinner, maybe Korean food (I have never had it) and any other must-go places. I can go anywhere in and around LA.
Please suggest! Thanks in advance...
El Tepeyac Restaurant
385 E Mill St Ste 4, San Bernardino, CA 92408