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  • Post #211 - August 30th, 2017, 8:07 am
    Post #211 - August 30th, 2017, 8:07 am Post #211 - August 30th, 2017, 8:07 am
    Spent a few weeks in DTLA recently and a lot of lunches at Grand Central. Definitely the carnitas place, even though we've got the goods here in Chicago as well. Being a carnitas joint, it tends to be open earlier in the day. They sell beer, too.

    http://www.grandcentralmarket.com/vendo ... -moreliana

    Sticky Rice for khao man gai.

    Golden Road brewery is good - esp for LA which had redisted good beer for decades despite San Diego and Northern California as craft brew centers.

    Egg Slut- long lines for sandwiches in the Eastman Egg Co. mold. Good but not worth the wait with other options abounding.

    If you are scratching off bucket list items downtown, consider Philppe the Original in Chinatown. You'll want to Uber a lot. Pretty spread out - and moderately hilly- downtown. If you are trying to do public transportation, do as the locals don't and use the subway- gets you from downtown to Los Feliz/Thai Town vicinity to points west where you'll end up. Enjoy.
  • Post #212 - September 26th, 2017, 8:57 pm
    Post #212 - September 26th, 2017, 8:57 pm Post #212 - September 26th, 2017, 8:57 pm
    So I'm en route to LA right now...to be very exact, I'm on an Amtrak train which is delayed in Santa Barbara for who knows how long. Looks like I'll be taking the red line train from Union Station to 7th St and then transferring to the Expo line...or, if I'm cranky enough, I'll just grab a Lyft. What's a good late-night dive to eat in (aka LA equivalent of El Farolito in SF) roughly along that route?
  • Post #213 - September 26th, 2017, 9:39 pm
    Post #213 - September 26th, 2017, 9:39 pm Post #213 - September 26th, 2017, 9:39 pm
    Union Station is about a 10-minute walk to either Little Tokyo or Chinatown, but finding places that are open late may be a challenge. K-Town should be hopping, but it's too far. I got nothing.

    Depending on how late your train is, you may be able to make Howlin' Ray's 11am opening tomorrow.... :)
  • Post #214 - September 26th, 2017, 10:14 pm
    Post #214 - September 26th, 2017, 10:14 pm Post #214 - September 26th, 2017, 10:14 pm
    Yelp shows a Japanese diner called Suehiro Cafe open til 1am, not too far from the train station, so I think that's my game plan. How nasty is that part of LA at night?

    Interestingly, I thought this would be the night to correct my shocking failure to eat In-N-Out since moving to CA, but Googling reveals a byzantine dispute centering on In-N-Out refusing to build in downtown LA if they can't have a drive-thru...
  • Post #215 - September 26th, 2017, 10:22 pm
    Post #215 - September 26th, 2017, 10:22 pm Post #215 - September 26th, 2017, 10:22 pm
    Wisco wrote:How nasty is that part of LA at night?

    It's not great. Think deep in the Mission.
  • Post #216 - September 26th, 2017, 10:25 pm
    Post #216 - September 26th, 2017, 10:25 pm Post #216 - September 26th, 2017, 10:25 pm
    Gotcha. I'll put my game face on.
  • Post #217 - October 25th, 2017, 5:46 pm
    Post #217 - October 25th, 2017, 5:46 pm Post #217 - October 25th, 2017, 5:46 pm
    I'm going to be in LA over the weekend - anything that's a must hit? I should be free most of Sunday and Saturday evening, I have a car and I can spend a a reasonable amount but really interested in local flair more than fine dining - TIA!
  • Post #218 - October 25th, 2017, 6:33 pm
    Post #218 - October 25th, 2017, 6:33 pm Post #218 - October 25th, 2017, 6:33 pm
    What area will be you based in? Have you been to LA before, and is there any food or cuisine you particularly love, or are indifferent to?

    For me: I can't imagine going out of my way to eat a great burger in any of my travels. I'm sure I'm missing out on things, but we all have a finite amount of meals, you know?
  • Post #219 - October 25th, 2017, 7:23 pm
    Post #219 - October 25th, 2017, 7:23 pm Post #219 - October 25th, 2017, 7:23 pm
    Never been to LA - staying in Burbank - not much around here it seems. Honestly I'm up for any kind of food, if there's anything interesting I'm game
  • Post #220 - October 25th, 2017, 7:38 pm
    Post #220 - October 25th, 2017, 7:38 pm Post #220 - October 25th, 2017, 7:38 pm
    Places I keep coming back to every time: Thai (Jitlada, Pailin, Luv2Eat, Night + Market Song), Japanese (Aburiya Raku, Tsujita — also looking forward to their new tan tan ramen place — various sushi), Mexican like we can’t really get here (Guerilla Tacos, Ricky’s Fish Tacos), pure LA (Sqirl, Gjusta). Oh, and too many places in the San Gabriel Valley to list.
  • Post #221 - October 25th, 2017, 8:02 pm
    Post #221 - October 25th, 2017, 8:02 pm Post #221 - October 25th, 2017, 8:02 pm
    Touristy thing in Burbank: the Warner Bros lot tour. It's great, and the studio still has a significant amount of property.

    Restaurants: maybe go over into North Hollywood, Sherman Way for Thai Gulch, my go-to is Krua Thai. You could also drive to North Hollywood, take the red line to downtown LA, hit Grand Central market/all the buzzy delicious places, take in the Bradbury building and Grand Central library.

    You are staying quite far from the West side, if you want to see the ocean it'll take about a day, taking into account traffic both ways, and general noodling around time.
  • Post #222 - October 25th, 2017, 9:30 pm
    Post #222 - October 25th, 2017, 9:30 pm Post #222 - October 25th, 2017, 9:30 pm
    Thanks! Good suggestions!

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