Take Sunset down to Pacific Palisades. Watch the surfers as the winter sun plays over the Pacific Ocean.
UCLA to Pacific Palisades
Then, maybe stop at Tallula’s cantina for dinner.
(P.S. My friend’s son is a freshman in the music program at UCLA. It’s pretty terrific, and he’s having the time of his life.
Yeah, I’m definitely more the taco truck type than my gf and her daughter, tho if there are good tacos vegetarianos or hongos that makes it an easier sell.
Wow, what an embarrassment of riches! Thanks to all of you for the recs, and please keep 'em coming!
March 5, 2018, 1:00am
Bizarra Capital (Whittier)
pulpo in mojo verde
prime rib butcher, extra horseradish
smoked salmon belly loaded bialy
smoked fish plate
Back Home in Lahaina
loco moco sub portuguese sausage patty
bacon fried rice
March 5, 2018, 2:07am
That’s a spinoff of Broken Spanish, which is much better. The taqueria’s good for a quick lunch if you’re in the neighborhood and it’s very vegetarian-friendly.
Ended up here because both Google Maps and Yelp said Q is open until 2:00 when in fact the last seating is at 1:30.
Guacamole ($11) was eccentric, even without the salsa it was highly seasoned and sour. Good but I prefer the minimalist style.
Carnitas taco ($4.50) was traditional and very good.
“Rice & beans” ($6, in quotes on the menu) was seriously eccentric: Toasted Rice, Garbanzos, Cann…
Another very veg-friendly place downtown:
There are many people that loathe Baco Mercat and everything it stands for: decadence, out of control fusion, an overly elaborate, oft perplexing menu, being a hipster haven, producing flavor bomb food, and in general leaving diners unsure of how to order, or what they are ordering. There is a small faction of diehard LA-ites that cherish these same absurdist values in a restaurant that, for better or worse, has become entrenched in the LA dining scene. This is for those who are visiting the won…
March 5, 2018, 2:13am
Night Market + Song might be the most vegetarian-friendly of the best Thai places.
March 5, 2018, 2:25am
Near UCLA, Qin West. The liang pi is one of the best vegetarian dishes I’ve ever had.
Went in planning to get the liang pi but the Liuzhou soup seemed more exciting. Nice combination of spicy and various sour elements and lots of different textures in a complex broth. $20 bill for scale but it doesn’t really give the proper impression of what a huge serving this is. Ordered regular (maximum) spicy but the receipt said medium, well within my asbestos-palate comfort zone.
“Chinese cold dish” was very good. I’ve had these done better but only at places that have c…
March 5, 2018, 2:26am
You have not lived until you’ve tried the pad thai at Jitlada. Do yourself a favor and have a reasonable noodle at an amazing price.
Chefs rarely know the food scene in a particular city. Some do, but it’s rare.
And, really, why listen to a chef. They’re job is to cook, not eat. That’s what diners do.
Then why do they all serve the same “gastropub/hunksofmeat//roastedbrusselsprouts” menu in every damm city? So boring.
March 5, 2018, 2:57am
Some chefs have been among the more knowledge people I’ve met about street food and international holes-in-the-wall. Upscale places that are open only when they’re working, not so much.
Because they want to make money?
It’s what sell to hoi polloi.
I guess you don’t know many people.
Holbox is unique even to LA. This place would be a must-go assuming NYC has no equal as well.
Not if you include
all of NYC (i.e. the 5 Boroughs and not just Manhattan).
And even in Manhattan, the EV has seen a recent resurgence in Vietnamese cuisine, beginning with Madame Vo and Hanoi House. Don’t the hipster vibe fool you (it is the EV, after all), cuz the food is very very down home.
Empellon, Pulperia and Pampano. Just to name a few akin to Holbox.
Gjusta is actually one of the few Venice eateries that offers any parking - free to boot.
Gjusta actually has plenty of setting in back now. If seating is full up, it’s because they are packed.
Not sure about customer-hostile, but it becomes quite apparent to most that there’s a number system. And when it’s slow, the numbers aren’t even used. Walk up, ask questions, order, pay.
As for how good the food is, shrug. All I know it’s a great option for LA.
I was at Gjusta on Wednesday night at 7PM. Pulled right into the parking lot with at least half the lot open. Didn’t even need a number and the seating in back was maybe 25% full. I know it can get crazy there, and I usually get my orders to go, but eating there is a realistic option.
I usually order to go because Gjusta still has no alcohol and I associate most if their food with at least a beer or wine. Ordering foie gras that night, I’m not going to sit there sipping water!