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You should give the Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen a shot. Never tried the one in Little Tokyo but the one in Gardena is good. I prefer it over Daikokuya.

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Daikokuya is probably my least favored ramen place. I don't get the hype and line-ups for the Little Tokyo location.

 

Shin-Sen-Gumi is definitely much better if you're trying to eat downtown. Marugame Monzo is also good if you want to do udon - made by hand in front of u.

 

Same with ramen row in west LA. I'd do Tsujita > Tatsu > Daikokuya. 

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Agreed with the Monzo and Tsujita recs.

 

Other good kbbq joints off the top of my head: Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong (not ayce), Honey Pig (not ayce, go if you like samgyupsal), Eight Korean BBQ formerly known as Palsaik (also go if you like samgyupsal, something new to try if you've never had it)

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Am I the only one that thinks Tsujita Annex > Tsujita tho? idk why but i dig the garlic + spicy 

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i prefer garlickier heavier stuff.  Tsujita feels more like a lunch ramen while annex is better any time.

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good posts so far on where to eat!

 

Wurstkuche, avoid going on friday-sat after 5PM, very long line. may be less lline at the venice location.

 

Pie hole & Black top coffee are across street from Wurstkuche, if you want dessert/coffee in that area.

 

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Parks BBQ in ktown - pricey, but good, around $25-30/person. (anywhere cheaper to get good kbbq?)

 

Outside LA - North -

Stout burger in studio city - great place for lunch, burger, garlic fries & good beer.

 

San Gabriel Valley  -

The Boiling Crab (3 locations) - best cajun seafood for $10-12/person. I waited an hour+ last time I went to the rowland heights location, and it was worth it.

 

tea - AU79 tea house, half&half, id cha on valley.

Donutman - glendora

 

I'll be trying out bay cities and maybe sprinkles in LA this weekend, will report back.

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Right next to Half&Half is a cafe called Macchiato

They have a "potted plant tea" that's really tasty. Made with Oreo crumbs on top.

I prefer it over half&half

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TOT in Little Tokyo

Daikokuya is good if the wait isn't too long

Chego is worth trying

Caramel green tea and strawberry milk green tea from Half & Half

The Standing Room is also worth trying but it's in Redondo Beach

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They have a "potted plant tea" that's really tasty. Made with Oreo crumbs on top.

 

pictures look interesting.

 

wound up in west LA area this weekend so I went ahead and tried bay cities in samo, very good. great ingredients, & cheap.  I ordered straight from the kitchen too, I couldn't even finish the sandwich.

 

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Honestly if you want  a pretty comprehensive review of what's worth eating in LA just look at "Kevineats" blog. There's a map feature and best thing i've ever ate section. 

Normally when I'm in LA I hit up:
Wexler's
Black Hogg (and their sandwich spot) 

Bestia
Gjelina 

Gjusta
Sqirl

Republic

 

My favorite is Wolvesmouth but I'm not sure wether or not to count that since it's a reoccuring pop up. Still one of my favs
 

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Parks BBQ in ktown - pricey, but good, around $25-30/person. (anywhere cheaper to get good kbbq?)

 

San Gabriel Valley  -

The Boiling Crab (3 locations) - best cajun seafood for $10-12/person. I waited an hour+ last time I went to the rowland heights location, and it was worth it.

yes, many cheaper places including ayce that go as low as $10. my fav kbbq places atm are quarters, oo-kook, baekjeong, ham ji park (not exactly a kbbq joint but gotta put it in here, might be my fav korean restaurant).

 

i've been pretty tired of boiling crab for a couple years now, went a little too much when it first started popping off. good list though.

 

off the top of my head real quick:

 

mario's - peruvian food

bashan

fogo de chao or greenfield - brazilian bbq

tsujita annex

seoul sausage company - i fucks with the galbi burger and flamin balls

father's office - is there a better burger in la yet? is the burger at plan check better?

mexican rotisserie chicken joints (that one on 8th and western)

mexican food in general (guerrilla tacos, el chato, el flamin (al pastor fries), guisado's, etc x500)

+ everything mentioned by the ppl above me

 

way too many places to list tbh

 

edit: go to animal

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I feel like some nights animal is really on top of it, but ive been a few times where they totally drop the ball and dishes I normally get taste completely off. Definitely a place to check out at least once or to bring people that are into "weird" offerings. 

Also throwing it out there that Son of a gun's fried chicken sandwich fucking rocks, and Night + Market's fried chicken sandwich does too. 

Night + Market good place to get drunk and eat salty thai food. 

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kinjiro is prob my favorite jp restaurant in little tokyo right now. worth the $$$. other than kagaya, marugame monzo and q sushi, everything else in dtla/lil tyo is pretty sub-par. go to torrance if you want real jp food. there are also really good jp restaurants in bev hills/west la (some michelin star rated sushi places) and fountain valley/costa mesa areas.

 

other noteworthy places not yet mentioned:

 

italian:

chi spacca

angelini osteria

bestia

 

burgers/sandwiches:

pie n' burger

bill's hamburgers

pier burger (even though it's kind of a tourist trap but they crust their burgers pretty well. i'm not into gourmet burgers. fuck father's office.)

little jewel of new orleans (shrimp po' boy)

langer's (i'm sure this has been mentioned)

figueroa philly cheesesteaks

 

chinese:

din tai fung

newport seafood

huolala

mien nghia noodle express (chinese/viet place with really good hainan chicken rice. homemade sauce is crack.)

 

dessert:

salt n' straw ice cream

carmella's ice cream

patisserie chantilly

montmarte

bonjour

st patisserie chocolat

 

yakiniku:

tsuruhashi

anjin

 

tacos/mexican:

el huarachito 

best fish tacos in ensenada

taco zone truck

 

southern/soul food:

my two cents

carolyn's kitchen

serving spoon

mostly everything in compton/inglewood

 

french:

le comptoir

l'assiette

trois mec

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costa mesa areas.

 

Ikko if you're in costa mesa. Used to work really close and spent a large percentage of my paychecks at that place. Insane it's not better known. 

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I cosign Gjelina and Bestia. Bestia is kinda tricky to get into if you don't have a reservation though. Try to go really early or really late if you don't. 

 

Wurstkuche is rad if you're into beer and they have one cider option.

 

Little Jewel was disappointing, but I probably order all the wrongs things. Whatever you DO NOT get the crawfish mac and cheese unless you want warm crawfish pasta salad. Don't bother with the muffaletta.

 

When it comes to mexican food, I'm lazy and go to a neighborhood joint called La Reyna in the Arts District and its decent for what it is. 

Was it Guerrilla Tacos that had that fucking $20 quesadilla with ingredients that don't belong in anything remotely like a quesadilla?

 

Am I the only one that doesn't like Chego?

:sleep:

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i like chego. i'm glad it exists naw mean.

 

i'm not a big fan of pie 'n burger (or apple pan for that matter). i'd rather hit up places like bachi, dog haus, or slater's if i wanna burg out in pasadena. the breakfast burrito (with bacon, sausage, avocados, grilled onions) at lucky boy's is my go-to whenever i'm in pas though.

 

not thaaat into wurstkuche either. i just don't find hot dog places too worth it in general. but i would go here if i'm craving a dog.

 

mama's lu is a good alternative to din tai fung. more of a greasy spoon joint than dtf if you're into that shit.

 

i've heard good things about best fish tacos in ensenada. is it better than ricky's tho?

 

les sisters in the valley is also a solid southern/soul food place.

 

i was surprised with how good l'assiette was when my friend took me. also surprised to see it mentioned here. i def recommend as it's not at all pricey and it seems pretty lowkey.

 

will check out kinjiro for sure. what are your recs for jp food in torrance?

 

other random recs off the top:

 

bbq:

bludso's

 

sullungtang:

young dong

hanbat

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The only places I know of are

Savoy

Newport tan cang

And road to Seoul. Hit up daikokuya I liked it a lot

Wanted to try monzo but I had some serious alcohol poisoning and was out for 2 days

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road to seoul is really wtvrs, imo. mostly foreigners up in that joint for a good reason. gogi king across the street would've been a better option.

 

quarters in chapman plaza (also where baekjeong and toe bang are located) is the best kbbq joint right now. lines out the ass though.

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Anything in particular to do while in Palm Springs? I've never been.

 

I may book a weekend stay at Riveria/Ace this summer, any cool places to see beside the hotel pool? :mellow:

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Any recs for tailors? It's kind of one of those things where there's so many it's hard to choose one. I'm in Silverlake, so I'd prefer someone not too far away.

 

Anything in particular to do while in Palm Springs? I've never been.

 

I may book a weekend stay at Riveria/Ace this summer, any cool places to see beside the hotel pool? :mellow:

 

If you go while it's hot you probably won't wanna be too far from the pool for long. Ha.

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If you like random outdoor stuff, thousand palms oasis nearby is pretty crazy. Otherwise, drinking something cold and sitting in shade. =p

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thanks.

 

Any recs for tailors? It's kind of one of those things where there's so many it's hard to choose one. I'm in Silverlake, so I'd prefer someone not too far away.

 

 

If you go while it's hot you probably won't wanna be too far from the pool for long. Ha.

 

might depend on what you're having done.

 

I had a suit tailored at Franks Shoe Repair & Tailoring in Pasadena on lake ave, really liked the outcome. 

 

I actually had a professor who is a lawyer, & I pressed him on where he was getting his suits tailored since they looked excellent

 

If it's just a basic pant hem any dry cleaner should be fine.

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Wurstkuche is where I take my friends that are new to eating awesome food. Intro to LA, if you will.

Good to see they're getting some love!

If you go you must get the fries with truffle oil.

Found a spot recently called Juice Served Here right up the street from the Venice Wurstkuche that has cool juices like green milk and charcoal lemonade. If you're in the area try their sampler.

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