…to visit schools for singing daughter. Looking for delicious things that we can’t get in NYC, or that are much better in LA. Mexican and Vietnamese food, I’m lookin’ at you!
We’ll be arriving mid-afternoon Mon. 4/2. We’ll likely be staying in or around Silver Lake, if that makes a difference. On Tues we’re visiting UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music; CalArts on Weds [Santa Clarita]; Thurs is open; USC on Fri.
GF and daughter are mostly vegetarian, but will eat meat [beef and chicken] if they’re ethically raised. I’ll eat frickin’ anything delicious. I know it’s a kind of vague request, but any help would be greatly appreciated, links to other threads, etc. Also any recommendations for fun things in general.
Kismet - California + Israeli that’s vegetable centric and with great sourcing.
UCLA or nearby
Shamshiri Grill - Persian deliciousness - Get their Stewed Lamb Shank (and they have vegetarian and vegan options as well).
Since you’re on the Westside already for UCLA, you could try some of the places @PorkyBelly listed on your Thursday section on this day, depending on when you start / finish your visit. But either way, some links:
Disclaimer: I’m not familiar with NYC’s food landscape. To add to the above Silver Lake recommendations:
Don Yee Myanmar Corner (Burmese) http://www.dawyeesilverlake.com/
If you click “Order Delivery,” you can see the menu. They have a good amount of vegetarian offerings.
In the same strip mall is a Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Cafe. There’s no sign, but look for the brightly lit windowed storefront and modern decor. Basic offerings, but vegetarian options and close to your home base. Definitely a spot for taking in the Silver Lake hipster vibe. https://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-cafe-los-angeles
Another fun hipster restaurant and bar that has a ton of vegan and vegetarian offerings is Mohawk Bend down the street (Sunset) in Echo Park. There could very well be plenty of places like this in NYC. http://mohawk.la/
Almost next door to Mohowk Bend is Elf Cafe, a more refined and intimate vegetarian restaurant. http://elfcafe.com/
Night + Market Song
Pine & Crane
Wat Dong Moon Lek
Places that I don’t think have any counterpart in NYC and are vegetarian-friendly:
Odys & Penelope
Gjusta is the worst. Parking’s a pain, lines can be long, and there might be nowhere to sit. The food’s good, but the design and organization were about as customer-hostile as I’ve ever seen. As Jonathan Gold said, “Of course you hate Gjusta—everybody hates Gjusta.” And if you’re coming from New York, their smoked fish is a fucking joke.
I’d do Rustic Canyon over Gjelina for market-driven California food.
My husband worked at UCLA for around 11 years and we used to enjoy occasional lunches in convenient Westwood at Skylight Gardens - at least one good craft beer on tap, good handrolled pastas and they would make me an off menu item - Caesar salad with deep fried squid. Their steaks and fries are good, also!