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Coni'Seafood with 2 people

If we also want to get some kind of raw seafood (I'm guessing the augachile), will ordering the snook be too much food for 2 people?

We like excess as much as the next guys, but we're from out of town and have a full eating schedule planned.

Jun 07, 2015
shipshape in Los Angeles Area

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

I hadn't even considered that..... Thanks for the reminder!

Jun 04, 2015
shipshape in Los Angeles Area

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

Yes, we are staying very close to N+M Song.

Jun 04, 2015
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Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

Thanks for the suggestion! I liked the idea of getting a feel for the crowds/people/nightlife, so that's why I put N+M on Friday (plus, it's close to our Airbnb, and we'll be on an NYC schedule still so we'll most likely get there around 5-6). If it's already too busy by then we'll definitely trade it in for L2e!

Jun 04, 2015
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Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

Is there any pho in SGV you like? Or another Vietnamese option? I'm sure there are a few scattered through this thread but I'm starting to get confused about what is where!

Jun 04, 2015
shipshape in Los Angeles Area

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

I can't thank everyone enough for all the help! This has seriously been my best (read: most helpful, friendliest, least trolly) CH board experience yet.

Here's the list as it stands now after everyone's input:

FRIDAY
Lunch: Coni'Seafood (straight from LAX)
Afternoon: Explore Silver Lake/Echo Park
Dinner: Night + Market Song

SATURDAY
Breakfast/lunch: Blue Bottle for coffee, Guerrilla, Mariscos Jalisco
Dinner: Guisados (Echo Park), Scoops (Chinatown)

SUNDAY
Early lunch: Nha Trang for BBH and Central VN food
Afternoon: Griffith Observatory
Dinner: Luv2eat, Sweet Rose Creamery (on Beverly)

MONDAY
Lunch: China Red for dim sum
Afternoon: Hike around Strutevant Falls
Dinner: Pho 79 or Pho Filet

TUESDAY
Breakfast/lunch: Ricky's Fish Tacos, Chiquis Taco Truck, Guelaguetza
Dinner: Pot (went with this because it just seems so LA?)

I tried to do my best to understand driving times/distances, but please tell me if anything looks detrimentally wrong. Also since this is a food-first trip and the food is now more or less planned, let me know if there is anything especially interesting to see/do around these meals!

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

Would you recommend doing Beverly Soon Tofu over Pot? Trendy isn't especially important to us, but I'll admit the idea of fancy cocktails doesn't hurt.

Re: traffic. That totally makes sense. For comparison, Flushing is a 30 minute drive or over an hour on a subway (a long ways in NY time). So, while I'd highly recommend it, I would say that it's only worth it if you are going to hit upwards of 4 spots and made an activity of the food tour. Now, obviously time is all relative and I'm assuming that a 30 minute drive is to be expected in LA.

Jun 03, 2015
shipshape in Los Angeles Area

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

If we only do Thai once during the trip, would you reccomend Luv2eat over Night + Market Song?

Jun 03, 2015
shipshape in Los Angeles Area

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

Thanks for your help! Looks like we won't be going down there after all.

Jun 03, 2015
shipshape in Los Angeles Area

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

Once you go out to the general Sea Harbour/Elite/Red China area, is there anything to do out there to bide your time until dinner nearby?

Jun 03, 2015
shipshape in Los Angeles Area

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

Thank you! This is actually exactly the info I was looking for. We actually do *not* know how insane it is, since we aren't from the LA area and are used to relying on public transit and walking for all of our food adventures. I think we'll stick to SGV for Vietnamese given this feedback.

Jun 02, 2015
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Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

Sorry to ask a stupid question... That taco route you mentioned, would that be considered walkable?

Jun 02, 2015
shipshape in Los Angeles Area

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

That sounds perfect. Do you think it is worth it to drive to Little Saigon? Or would we be better off saving the time and just staying nearer to Echo Park and SGV? Sorry, I have no sense of LA distances!

Jun 02, 2015
shipshape in Los Angeles Area

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

Our goal is more or less to see no celebs :D

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

So helpful, thank you! I hadn't gotten to mapping things out yet, so it's helpful to get a headstart, especially since I'm not familiar with the truck schedules.

(Gotta say that the LA board is a lot friendlier than a lot of other boards I've frequented...!)

Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

Very helpful, thanks! As we have such a dearth of Viet in NYC, I know fairly little about it. Quan Hy, which is on the list is Central Vietnamese, right? Do you have recommendations for Northern or otherwise? We'll be in Echo Park so that's perfect!

Totally understood about the variety of Chinese food. Since we have a limited amount of time and do go to Flushing (NYC) and Taiwan, it didn't quite make the list past dim sum, which I sorely miss.

Jun 02, 2015
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Visiting with limited time—need help editing list of Mexican, tacos, Viet, Korean, Thai!

We're visiting from Brooklyn in September and have 5 days and 5 nights. Our main goal is to eat through the diverse landscape of LA's immigrant/"ethnic" cuisine (pardon the shorthand; I know it's not the best descriptor)—especially the stuff we are missing in NY.

We're most interested in Mexican, tacos, Viet, and dim sum, but we're also curious about Thai, Korean, and maybe Lebanese. And we love seafood. We're not looking for:
—DTF, Taiwanese, Japanese (we go to Taiwan/Japan every 2-3 years, but have never been to LA and likely won't be back for a while)
—Euro-centric and all-American foods like gastropubs, Italian, pastrami, steak, chicken and waffles (we love these things, but this trip is about diversity)
—Fine dining (we've eaten at the best of them, but aren't interested for this trip)
—Sichuan, Korean BBQ (we have these in great quality at home, but we could probably be swayed for the right place)
—Tex-Mex (just not my thing)

Questions:
1. Can you take a look at our list and make recommendations of cuts/additions? We only have 10 meals.
2. We've heard of the storied LA traffic. What are the chances that we could, say, make hit several taco trunks, say, for one meal? Are the distances/driving times too great to make this reasonable? What's the general game plan for taco hopping?
3. Related, how long should we expect for the drive to Little Saigon from Echo Park? People have really terrified us regarding traffic.
4. Best spot for weird/interesting ice cream flavors?

MEALS
Sea Harbour
Night + Market Song
Quan Hy
Pot
Golden Deli or Pho Filet or Pho Thanh for pho?
Kobawoo House
Sapp Coffee Shop or Ruen Pair or Pa Ord for Thai noodles?

MEXICAN/TACOS (can we hit more than one at a time?)
Guerilla Tacos
Guelaguetza
Colonia Taco Lounge
Guisados
Mariscos Jalisco
Coni'Seafood
Mexicali Taco & Co.
Carnitas El Momo
Ricky's Fish Tacos

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Considered but didn't make the list
Jitlada (seems expensive and like it has mixed reviews lately), Chengdu Taste, Tusjita, Kogi, Marouch, Attari Sandwich Shop, Meals by Genet, Mantee Cafe, Park Barbecue, Newport Tan Cang Seafood, Rocio's Mole des los Dios, Jeon Ju, La Casita Mexicana, Chichen Itza

Apologies for the length! I'm trying to be thorough.

Jun 02, 2015
shipshape in Los Angeles Area

Osterie d'Italia 2007 (English) or 2015 (Italian)?

Apologies if this has been discussed already!

We don't read or speak Italian, so I would have never thought to buy an Italian edition of Osterie d'Italia, BUT I believe I saw a post somewhere on this board encouraging someone to buy the Italian edition regardless. Seemed like curious advice, but we're open. We're definitely resourceful and don't mind spending extra time translating the entries if people agree it's more worthwhile to have an updated version.

May 22, 2015
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update: narutomi turning away non-japanese

Was disappointed this afternoon to be turned away from Narutomi and being told it was a "members only" restaurant. I guess this means members of Japan! Seems like a few other people on the internet have had a similar experience here in the last few months. We didn't do anything rude; as soon as we opened the door the server asked "um, can I help you?" in a way that definitely implied we weren't welcome. (For reference, one of is Asian-American and the other is white.)

Just a word of warning!

Jan 14, 2015
shipshape in Japan

Tokyo > Osaka > Kyoto > Nagoya Itinerary! Any Glaring Errors?

Do you happen to remember the name of the jazz club near Gojo?

Dec 28, 2014
shipshape in Japan

Tokyo > Osaka > Kyoto > Nagoya Itinerary! Any Glaring Errors?

We put Takahashi on our list for breakfast, but it seems they are only open for dinner! Can you confirm? Any other suggestions for breakfast or lunch near Tsukiji if not Sushi Sei?

Edit: Considering Nakaya. I love a donburi!

Dec 28, 2014
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Tokyo > Osaka > Kyoto > Nagoya Itinerary! Any Glaring Errors?

Thanks all. Here's the new itin:

>>> Tokyo (staying in Ebisu)

WED
Dinner: Dedesuke for grilled meat + udon

THU
Breakfast: Sushi Takahashi
Lunch: Butagumi for tonkatsu
Dinner: Narutomi for soba + tempura

FRI
Lunch: Sushi Iwa - pending reservation
>>> Osaka (staying near Kitahama station)
Dinner: [tbd. probably wander around Dotonburi]

SAT
Lunch: Mimiu for sukiyaki udon (tenative)
Dinner: [tbd. probably wander around Dotonburi]

SUN
>>> Kyoto (staying near Gojo station)
Lunch: Shoraian - pending reservation
Dinner: Isetan, possibly Kokkekoko for yakitori

MON
Breakfast/lunch: Nishiki market stalls, probably Yaoya no Nikai
>>> Nagoya (staying near Nagoya station)
Dinner: Torigin for chicken

TUE
Lunch: Horaiken for hitsumabushi
>>> Tokyo (staying in Ebisu)
Dinner: Bakuro for horsemeat

WED
Lunch: Ikaruga for tonkotsu ramen
Dinner: [tbd. repeat of favorite? Neighborhood izakaya?]

THU
Breakfast: Rokurinsha for tsukemen

Robb S, we'll definitely visit Brooklyn Roasting Company and Yellow Ape Craft. We'll keep the other izakayas that we didn't add to the itinerary on our radar as possibilities.

Does anyone have good recs for simple foods we can eat for breakfast like curry pan or onigiri in our neighborhoods?

Oct 29, 2014
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Tokyo > Osaka > Kyoto > Nagoya Itinerary! Any Glaring Errors?

We've run out of lunches to fill! Maybe we will make ramen and tempura light/early dinners and then go out to izakayas afterward. (Or maybe, are Ikaruga or Tenmatsu suitable for breakfast?) Do you have recommendations? Bakura, Toki no ma, and Kanemasu are currently on our radar.

People seemed really fond of Kiraku on this board which is why we added it. Not really looking for another coursed out meal; do you suggest anything else for casual/mid-price in Kyoto? Okonomiyaki wasn't on our must-eat list anyway.

Oct 29, 2014
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Tokyo > Osaka > Kyoto > Nagoya Itinerary! Any Glaring Errors?

Here's our itinerary for January based on CH research. Are there any glaring errors (restaurants that aren't open a certain day, is there a regional food we're missing, etc.). A Japanese friend is making reservations for us this week at Iwa and Shoraian. We haven't quite figured out Osaka yet, though we're going to look into some beef and takoyaki spots (recs welcome!). We have some open spots in Tokyo, too.

>>> Tokyo (staying in Ebisu)

WED
Dinner: Tenmatsu (Shibuya) for tempura (it seems like most people on this board tend to recommend the other location. is there a difference?)

THU
Breakfast: Sushi Sei
Lunch: Narutomi for soba
Dinner: Ikaruga for tonkotsu

FRI
Lunch: Sushi Iwa - pending reservation
>>> Osaka (staying near Kitahama station)
Dinner: [tbd]

SAT
Lunch: [tbd]
Dinner: [tbd]

SUN
>>> Kyoto (staying near Gojo station)
Lunch: Shoraian - pending reservation
Dinner: Kiraku for okonomiyaki

MON
Breakfast/lunch: Nishiki market stalls (recs?)
>>> Nagoya (staying near Nagoya station)
Dinner: Torigin for chicken

TUE
Lunch: Horaiken for hitsumabushi
>>> Tokyo (staying in Ebisu)
Dinner: [tbd. repeat of favorite? Neighborhood izakaya?]

WED
Lunch: Butagumi for tonkatsu
Dinner: [tbd. repeat of favorite? Neighborhood izakaya?]

THU
Breakfast: Rokurinsha for tsukemen

Oct 29, 2014
shipshape in Japan

Which foods to eat in which cities? A matching game.

Hopefully this is an interesting question and not just an inane puzzle.

We aren't in Japan for a super long time and will only have 15 lunches/dinners (and 8 breakfasts, though admittedly I don't know which of these foods are also considered breakfast). In planning our meals, I want to make sure that we eat the foods we're planning to eat in the most relevant cities. We know a few of the obvious ones (eg, unagi in Nagoya, kaiseki in Kyoto), but aren't sure of most of the others (eg, soba? tonkatsu?). I started our Tokyo research first, which is why there are some Tokyo restaurants listed, but if there's a better version of that food in another city, let me know!

Foods we'd like to eat, in rough priority order:
sushi (Hatsune and Iwa? Sushi Sei breakfast?)
soba
tsukemen (is Rokurinsha good or hyped?)
tonkotsu ramen (Ikaruga? Ramen Museum? Ippudo's not a priority since we live in NY)
unagi/hitsumabushi
sakana/izakaya (Bakura? Toki no ma? Kanemasu?)
udon
tonkatsu/katsu curry
tempura
craft beer
tofu
chawanmushi
curry
kaiseki
cocktails (tender?)

Cities we're going to, though nothing is set in stone and will probably be determined by this thread:
Tokyo: 3-4 days (Staying in Ebisu, but very mobile.)
Osaka: 2-3 days
Kyoto: 1 day
Nagoya: 1 day

The help, as always, is much appreciated!

Oct 25, 2014
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Which of these must go? Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka

Many thanks for the suggestions! I was worried that Fukuoka was too far, but I'll reconsider now because it sounds right up our alley. Do you personally think that Osaka and Kyoto are both musts? We probably like temple-touring a bit less than the next guy.

Oct 22, 2014
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Which of these must go? Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka

We're taking an 8 day trip to Japan in January and hoping to get as varied a food experience as possible. I know it will be tight, but we're planning to get a JR Pass and hitting 2 cities in addition to Tokyo. Which two should they be? Our priority will be eating, with sightseeing taking a back seat. We don't care about Michelin stars (though we're not against them either—heading to 15 East in NY tomorrow for a special occasion). We're not fetishizing "eating like the locals do" since, frankly, we're not, but we do love hidden gems and intimate neighborhood spots.

Here's a list of foods we think we'd like to hit based on what we enjoy and what we've read about on this board (more or less in order of priority):

sushi
soba
ramen
unagi
kaiseki
katsu
udon
tempura
chawanmushi
tofu
yakitori

Based on these foods, which cities should we visit? We'll most likely be doing 4 nights in Tokyo and then 2 nights each in 2 of the following: Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka. Open to other options, too. Help would be appreciated!

Oct 21, 2014
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2 week foodie trip to Japan in April (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Fukuoka)

I'm taking a similar food-centric trip and, based on your advice above, would love to get your thoughts on an 8-night trip. Our goal is simply to get as broad and interesting an experience of Japanese cuisine as possible; we're less concerned with seeing the sights.

Tokyo: 3 nights
Nagoya: 2 nights
Kyoto: 1 night
Osaka: 1 night
Tokyo: 1 night

Do you think this is spread too thin? Should we choose either Kyoto or Osaka to stay in since they are fairly close? We live in NYC and will have just spent a week in Taipei visiting my family, so we also don't feel the need to spend as much time in Tokyo if it's best to concentrate our time else where.

Oct 21, 2014
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2 days in Memphis (and 1 in Senatobia, MS)

Heading to Memphis and Senatobia next week on business. I've never been to the region, and I'd love to try the best of what's on offer. I only have two dinners, so I figure the other one should be BBQ (I'm partial to ribs) and for the other it seems like Gus's is a big-time favorite. Would love some help deciphering the many debates on CH. Seems like Payne's, BBQ Shop, and Central are big on here.

As for Senatobia, is there anywhere good for breakfast on the road there from Memphis? What about lunch in town?

First time in Japan! Is Ebisu the best bet for staying/food?

I'm not too worried about hotel accommodations because we'll definitely be going the Airbnb route. Found some good places in Ebisu, but I'll definitely look into Shimokitazawa, Shibuya, and Ueno.

Aug 20, 2014
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