Hello All - My best friend and I are meeting for a guys weekend in LA next weekend. Can I indulge you all to throw out some tips on dining? We're staying in Beverly Hills, but are willing to travel (reasonable distances) for good chow. We're particularly interested in holes in the wall generally, distinctively LA dining spots (not necesarily the fancy ones) that we can't get in SF or NYC, and have a few specific requests as well:
a) great tacos
b) best Chinese places in Monterey Park/elsewhere
c) great Mexican (what do people think of El Cholo? - someone recommended it)
d) great middle eastern food
any places in Hollywood or Silver Lake would also be welcome.
Ideally we'd like to spend under $30/person for dinner, perhaps with one splurge meal.
Also, years ago, I went to a great marketplace in San Pedro, with a fish monger next to a restaurant where we chose a fish, had it cooked, and then sat on picnic tables on the port and enjoyed. Is this still around? any specific recs on which place is now best?