My mom is leaving the safety and comfort of potatoes-and-meatloaf Missouri to visit her son in Oaxacan-Shabu Shabu-pan global Los Angeles.
My goal here is simple... to give my mom some whiz-bang ethnic culinary experiences that she cannot find in the Midwest (not hard, admittedly) but yet not be so radical as to upset her midwestern palate (i.e. no insects or tripe). Also, she is not impressed with chic or fancy restaurants, and so far her favorite LA place is Versailles for Cuban (because the chicken tastes "homemade" to her... she always prefers "home made" to "restaurant made") Here are some ideas I've got (and some of my favorite LA restaurants as well)
Authentic Shabu Shabu in Monterey Park (suggestions?)
Korean BBQ: Soot Bull Jeep in Koreatown (8th and Catalina)
Thai food: The weekend outdoor Thai food court at the Buddhist temple in North Hollywood (Roscoe and Coldwater)
Mexican: La Cabanita in Glendale for the pozole. Also Loteria in the Farmers Market (succulent shredded beef tacos, though I must admit that I find the rest of their items to be sometimes good but other times questionable)
Ethiopian: Nyala or Rosalinds
Possibly Moroccan: Marrakesh, Moun of Tunis or one of the bellydancing/moroccan style places
Any suggestions of any sort would be most appreciated. Thanks Hounds!