We've never been to LA but we're staying there for two and a half days before flying out for our two week Honeymoon in Australia and New Zealand. As we're coaster junkies from Florida, we're not going to Universal, Disney or anything else that we have here and are opting for the newer coasters at Magic Mountain over Knotts Berry Farm.
Our itinerary sans food is almost complete but I need your help finding the appropriate restaurants.
Day 1) We're arriving around 1 pm. We're going to take a quick touristy drive around the beaches and want to stop for great authentic sushi in Little Tokyo for lunch. We're definitely going to spend and hour or two at the la Brea tar pits and then want to hit up the Getty for a couple of hours before getting some great authentic Mexican (not TexMex, or American Mexican, but the native foods recently brought up from Mexico). Your suggestions would be helpful!
Day 2) Getting up early and driving out to Vasquez Rocks (because it's quasi on the way) and then going to Magic Mountain for the day. What's your suggestions for lunch in the park and dinner afterwards in that area?
Day 3) Catching a Conan taping and probably doing some touristy star tours/Beverly Hills/Rodeo drive. What's your suggestions for here?
In general we're not trying to spend a lot eating in LA as we've got Sydney and NZ on the agenda and are paying a pretty penny for the places down under. So outside of the sushi (and if there is a great cheaper option for authentic not fusion sushi we'll do it) we'd like to keep it cheap.
If we can fit it in our drives and times Id probably like to try Pinks, Roscoes chicken and waffles and whatever your alleged creator of the French Dip is called. But those are secondary to 1) great authentic sushi and 2) great authentic Mexican.