U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Covid-19 Information Page
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Los Angeles
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 08-11-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Seattle
1,368 posts, read 2,991,126 times
Reputation: 1476

Advertisements

Just as an addendum to this thread, and you'll obviously get more good suggestions than you'll have time to visit. I think one of the keys to understanding "LA" is to understand the sheer variety of everything you find here. Neighborhoods are incredibly, almost ridiculously, different from one another. You obviously can't check all of them out but I really would emphasize checking out some variety of places because it really causes you to appreciate the city more. People who pretty much think "LA" is anything within 4-5 miles of Bev Hills could not be more wrong about what the city has to offer. You don't have tons of time to branch out - but try to at least branch out a little bit - I think you'll come away with a lot more respect and understanding for the city and why many people who live here like it so much - not to mention some awesome food.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 08-11-2009, 01:12 PM
 
4 posts, read 5,247 times
Reputation: 10
Had a free moment, so I thought I'd check in to see what, if any, sage advice has been offered.

This forum has definitely pulled through -- I greatly appreciate the thoughtful and detailed responses thus far. LA seems to be a city whose size, diversity, and offerings are almost beyond comprehension.

I will sit back and keep my ears open for any additional suggestions. Thanks again. I am looking forward to the trip.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-11-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
725 posts, read 2,665,650 times
Reputation: 588
What kind of food do you like? Maybe I can chime in on some of my favorite places back home...

Btw the, LArenter, there is also "The Counter" here in Chicago

Quote:
Originally Posted by LArenter View Post
Craving a buger, check out Father's Office or the Counter.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-11-2009, 01:54 PM
 
2,914 posts, read 4,751,909 times
Reputation: 3670
Quote:
Originally Posted by s0nginmyheart View Post
What kind of food do you like? Maybe I can chime in on some of my favorite places back home...
Just as important: Where are you staying? Maybe we could help tighten the dining itinerary if we knew that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-11-2009, 02:12 PM
 
4 posts, read 5,247 times
Reputation: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bunjee View Post
Just as important: Where are you staying? Maybe we could help tighten the dining itinerary if we knew that.
We are staying at the InterContinental Century City (thanks to Priceline). A couple reviews I've read have criticized this hotel as being "in the middle of nowhere" while others have praised it as being "centrally located." Any thoughts on that? We'll have a rental car to use as needed.

Also, what's the story on that Tiki bar? Looked it up really quickly and it looks like it could be fun

Thanks.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-11-2009, 02:19 PM
 
4 posts, read 5,247 times
Reputation: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by s0nginmyheart View Post
What kind of food do you like? Maybe I can chime in on some of my favorite places back home...

Btw the, LArenter, there is also "The Counter" here in Chicago
Any Mexican, Korean, or Thai recomendations? We like all types of food, but want to make sure we get some good ethnic food while in LA.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-11-2009, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
725 posts, read 2,665,650 times
Reputation: 588
As for Thai places... there is one in Santa Monica on 6th & Santa Monica Boulevard called Bangkok West Thai... I also like T's Thai which is just up the street on 4th & Wilshire, but it's not as 'fancy' as Bangkok. You may or may not like being in this area as it is in close proximity to 3rd Street Promenade & the Pier, but I think it's probably still something you should experience while there (think Navy Pier but on a much smaller scale).

I'd like to mention that there is one Thai chain that I absolutely love and they are spread around L.A., Original Thai BBQ. It isn't a very uppity restaurant but I absolutely love their food. I'd recommend the BBQ Pork Spare Ribs entree (I haven't been able to find any thai places here in Chicago that make it the same way), Thai salad is also very good, and if you like seafood, I'd recommend their Garlic Shrimp.

As for Korean, I have a few recommendations but the restaurants that I like are all in the Torrance/Gardena area, and frankly, I wouldn't waste my vacation time in those areas lol. There's really nothing to do in that part of town. One thing to add, if you do go to Korean restaurant in L.A., you'll notice that service is much more polite in comparison to those in Chicago. Shrug!

For Mexican food, most of the ones I enjoy going to are mom & pop type restaurants. If you happen to come across one, I'd suggest ordering a plate of Carne Asada Fries: Carne Asada, French Fries, Cheese, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Beans (I get mine without) and Lime. It's a (Southern) California thing. You'll thank me later And if you do end up trying this, I'll let you know that I have successfully found a place here in Chicago that, after much arm-twisting, will make it just as good as back home! (It's the little Mexican restaurant under the Addison red line).

If I think of more I can let you know... but I do hope this helps.

Last edited by s0nginmyheart; 08-11-2009 at 03:27 PM..
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-11-2009, 03:14 PM
 
Location: RSM
5,113 posts, read 17,788,659 times
Reputation: 1893
Quote:
Originally Posted by SevenYearIllini View Post
Any Mexican, Korean, or Thai recomendations? We like all types of food, but want to make sure we get some good ethnic food while in LA.
Head to Olvera Street for Mexican.

Couldn't tell you for Thai or Korean in LA, but there's a lot of great Korean in Cerritos, Cambodian in Long Beach, and Vietnamese in Garden Grove if you make a day trip out of LA
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-11-2009, 04:11 PM
 
2,914 posts, read 4,751,909 times
Reputation: 3670
Quote:
Originally Posted by SevenYearIllini View Post
We are staying at the InterContinental Century City (thanks to Priceline). A couple reviews I've read have criticized this hotel as being "in the middle of nowhere" while others have praised it as being "centrally located." Any thoughts on that? We'll have a rental car to use as needed.

Also, what's the story on that Tiki bar? Looked it up really quickly and it looks like it could be fun

Thanks.
Yeah, it is both in the middle of nowhere and well-located. I'll call it convenient to Santa Monica/Venice/Culver City, Beverly Hills, Fairfax. To West Hollywood, Hollywood and K-Town and downtown, I'll call it convenient-ish. I wondered if you were close to a subway line, but no. It would've been better but that's OK. You'd still have had to drive to get to the Westside anyway.

OK, so Tiki-Ti. I'm betting there are some readers who hate that I brought it up because it's so tiny and gets packed enough and they wanna keep it a secret. I haven't been there in a few years and when I recently wanted to, they were closed for vacation. It's that kind of family operation. They do that, just up and close the doors for a couple of weeks, whatever. Great place, get there early, smoking is allowed (be forewarned), the website pretty much tells the story, cab fare back to Century City would be about 50 bucks--but I have said too much already.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 08-11-2009, 04:19 PM
 
Location: CITY OF ANGELS AND CONSTANT DANGER
5,409 posts, read 11,544,934 times
Reputation: 2251
torung on hollywood is a good place for thai. its open till 4am on weekends. great spot, palms thai on also on hollywood is good, but i prefer torung. both are affordable mom and poppish places.

mexican food in LA has 3 significant places to eat. Babitas in San Gabriel. La Casita MExicana in Bell and HUasteca in Lynwood. those are not the "nuevo latino" places i spoke about. mostly frequented by locals, and adventurous foodies. you can also check the eastside for mexican food. but try yelping the 3 above for a better idea of what they offer.

for korean bbq, check soot bull jeep on 8ths street. or tahoe korean on wilshire, both in Ktown, completely different vibe, and neighborhood. tahoe is a bit nicer. and def. in the nicer part of ktown. soot is the my personal fav.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > California > Los Angeles
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2020, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top