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    Is there an L.A. thread already? If so please move this.
    Going to L.A. for a few days next week. Other than handling some business and first time visits to Mfield Blue/Sartloft, I was planning to just roam.

    Anyone who knows L.A. have good ideas for where to go/stay/eat?
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    Nope absolutely nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raw Edge View Post
    Is there an L.A. thread already? If so please move this.
    Going to L.A. for a few days next week. Other than handling some business and first time visits to Mfield Blue/Sartloft, I was planning to just roam.

    Anyone who knows L.A. have good ideas for where to go/stay/eat?
    I recommend the Andaz on Sunset...awesome hotel, awesome location. Highly recommend it.

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    There is much to do in Los Angeles. Something for everyone. Its not easy to recommend things as it really depends on what you are looking for.
    Couple of suggestions in the way of dining: You should hit up Urasawa and if you're around on (or after) the 18th you can hit up Bouchon. 18th is the opening day. I am looking forward to that myself. :) Better jump on reservations STAT!
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    had forgotten about Urasawa, and its a place I had wanted to check out for a long time now. thanks guys.

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    food: Gjelina in Venice (looks awesome but couldn't get a table), Comme Ca (very good european-american, best restaurant burger in town), Animal (awesome but heavy), The Little Next Door (cafe/bistro), Holy Quacamole in Santa Monica has good burritos. for breakfast and lunch I like Urth Caffe and Breadbar in w. hollywood / beverly hills. theres some good places to grab a bite on Farmers Market, Lotteria is very good for example. oh and for japanese, R-23 should be nice, havent been though.

    shop: Sloft, Maxfield, H. Lorenzo, HLNR, maxfield bleu, barneys.. Obsolete in venice for some crazy furniture etc.

    see: its mostly driving around, is there anything in particular you want to see/do?

    stay: The London in W. Hollywood is very nice, not cheap per se but very reasonably priced compared to many other same level places.

    D, what was that steak joint in Korea town we went to? a true blast from the past, good food as well.
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    probably Taylor's on 8th St

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    Quote Originally Posted by een View Post
    probably Taylor's on 8th St
    Yes, it was Taylor's on 8th. Thanks B.
    I totally forgot about Gjelina. Still need to hit that place up. Animal is definitely worthy of a visit. Please don't do that place solo. It is best to eat family style there. As ML said, the food is very heavy. Than again, ML and I did over half the menu in one sitting...haha. Good, bloated to the point of pain, times.

    EDIT: Also, Animal can do any animal you desire. They just need 3 days notice. If you get a good size crew going, I'd say do a whole roasted pig. That'd be awesome!
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    Great recommendations from ML and DHC here.

    Unfortunately, Bouchon is booked up for the next 3 weeks...

    Urasawa is a fantastic choice as well– very heavy on the pocketbook, but well worth it. November is an excellent time to go as well if you're an uni lover. Hiro-san's uni is the best I've come across. He also has a fantastic edamame custard with ikura this time of the year. For something cheaper than Urasawa, check out

    I'd also recommend AOC on 3rd St for mediterranean inspired small plates, The Bazaar at the SLS for molecular gastronomy if that's your thing, Church and State right next to Sartorialoft has excellent appetizers (bone marrow..mmm..), and Pizzera Mozza has the best pizza in town too. Angelini's Osteria and Osteria Mozza for Italian, Sushi Zo or Sushi Nozawa for sushi, Grace Restaurant, Rustic Canyon serve great new american food. Providence is tops for seafood. If you're looking for ethnic food, there is a ton of good Thai, Korean, Armenian, Indian, and Ethiopian food in LA. PM me if you want details or need specific restaurant recommendations.

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    EATS: I 2nd Nozawa for sushi. LEAVE THE CELLPHONE IN THE CAR!! Katsu-Ya in Studio City (the Hollywood location is a scene). La Buca on Melrose for Italian (the owner flew over his mother from Italy to run the kitchen). Westminster for the best Vietnamese/Pho but a long drive. The Alcove in Los Feliz for good Cal food and ambiance. IN n Out Burger is a MUST and easy on the wallet. El Pollo Campero for fried Chicken. Zankou Chicken for the best Schwarma. MMMM.. California Chicken Cafe for cheap and Healthy.

    As for shopping, I agree with the usual suspects but I would add BNY if yo happen to be in Santa Monica (but not worth a special trip). I like the selection at H Lorenzo, but the highest mark ups I ever seen. They have been around for so long because the Hollywood elite shop there. Maxfields Bleu is probably my favorite for the wallet.

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    Nice Zen! Katsu-Ya in Studio City has never disappointed. If you want to delve into fried chicken, I'm sorry but its all about Kyochon. The chicken at Zankou isn't great, but damn that garlic spread makes it a joy to eat. What is that stuff anyways? Like garlic and lard? Grace is good too, but my last couple visits were not memorable. IN N OUT is a must! Go animal style and add raw onions on double/double-4X4. You can get the fries animal style too, but order the fries well done or they get way too soggy. Damn I love food.

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    this is great info, I'm glad to see you guys love food as much as I do.
    Already made reservations at Urasawa! definitely going to check a lot of these places out too- Animal, Comme Ca, and probably Zo or Nozawa.
    also going to attempt the secret beef place...

    now i'm just looking around online for music/nightlife/culture or areas good to check out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raw Edge View Post
    this is great info, I'm glad to see you guys love food as much as I do.
    Already made reservations at Urasawa! definitely going to check a lot of these places out too- Animal, Comme Ca, and probably Zo or Nozawa.
    also going to attempt the secret beef place...

    now i'm just looking around online for music/nightlife/culture or areas good to check out
    RUNYON CANYON
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    bunch of places on sunset for nightlife, comedy clubs, bars etc.

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    DHC-Re: Zankou....skip their roast chicken...its always dry. Go for the chicken shawarma instead. And yes, the garlic butter is my crack with the red radishes.

    I do like the sweet Kyochon too. Have you been to Korean shabu. Great place called Seoul Garden on Olympic. Tahoe for the all u can eat BBQ. I know its not the greatest cuts of beef...but value wise, cant beat it. BCD tofu house is great for a cold day.

    Kogi Taco truck...avoid the sliders though.

    Din Tai Fung in Arcadia for the best soup dumplings (go before 11 or u will be waiting for an hour)

    Peach or strawbeery donuts from DONUT MAN in Glendora.

    Damn, you get the 4x4 animal style at InO...too decadent for my blood. Im surprised u are not a fatty after that suggestion.

    Los Feliz/Silverlake for live music.

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    Can I add Langer's to the EAT list? I think they have the best pastrami in town...

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    Quote Originally Posted by comedyzen View Post
    DHC-Re: Zankou....skip their roast chicken...its always dry. Go for the chicken shawarma instead. And yes, the garlic butter is my crack with the red radishes.

    I do like the sweet Kyochon too. Have you been to Korean shabu. Great place called Seoul Garden on Olympic. Tahoe for the all u can eat BBQ. I know its not the greatest cuts of beef...but value wise, cant beat it. BCD tofu house is great for a cold day.

    Kogi Taco truck...avoid the sliders though.

    Din Tai Fung in Arcadia for the best soup dumplings (go before 11 or u will be waiting for an hour)

    Peach or strawbeery donuts from DONUT MAN in Glendora.

    Damn, you get the 4x4 animal style at InO...too decadent for my blood. Im surprised u are not a fatty after that suggestion.

    Los Feliz/Silverlake for live music.
    Of course I've been to Seoul Garden...many a time my friend. BCD is okay and but I'd rather cook what they offer at home. Tahoe is kind of turnoff as the meat has been frozen. There is a place another place (I can't think of the name at the moment) that is killer. Its not all you can eat, but I like my meat fresh so it trumps Tahoe.

    Donut Man huh? Need to check that out. I don't have a sweet tooth, but that sounds pretty good.

    \/ LANGERS! Don't know how that got overlooked. heh. I love a good deli, but NYC schools LA on that tip so I'm not even touching it.
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    Yeah...Like I said, Tahoe isnt the best quality, but when you are pounding down Hites, its all good.

    Donut man is run by a Cambodian dude....he only uses the best quality ingredients. Im not a sweet tooth, but I will travel far for the peach or strawberry donuts (if u do go, call first as those are seasonal).

    Langers? I'm not in the know on delis, where is this.

    I will be in LA this weekend, plan on swinging by your shop as I will be in Little Tokyo for a meeting on Sunday....which reminds, Sushi Gen for good sush.

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    Second on Sushi Gen - good and dependable.
    Further east on 1st St in Boyle Heights - La Serenata di Garibaldi, excellent Mexican seafood.
    Further east on Cesar Chavez in East LA - Cinco Puntos, fantastic tacos with homemade tortillas and encurtido de nopales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by een View Post
    Further east on Cesar Chavez in East LA - Cinco Puntos, fantastic tacos with homemade tortillas and encurtido de nopales.
    LOVE THIS PLACE :)

    Quote Originally Posted by DHC View Post
    Tahoe is kind of turnoff as the meat has been frozen. There is a place another place (I can't think of the name at the moment) that is killer. Its not all you can eat, but I like my meat fresh so it trumps Tahoe.

    \/ LANGERS! Don't know how that got overlooked. heh. I love a good deli, but NYC schools LA on that tip so I'm not even touching it.
    Re: KBBQ place, maybe you're talking about Park's BBQ? Soot Bull Jeep? Langer's is awesome– especially their double baked rye bread, but nothing can touch Katz's!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raw Edge View Post
    also going to attempt the secret beef place...
    Are you referring to Totoraku? It will change your world.

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