Feed the Beast: Los Angeles Pictures

After traveling the country in search of the best late-night eating experience, Mikey makes it to his hometown of Los Angeles, where he hunts down spicy wings, gooey pizza and elaborate burgers.

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Andrew Zimmern tries cuttlefish.
Andrew Zimmern tries cuttlefish.

Andrew Zimmern tries cuttlefish.

Food journalist Clarissa Wei explains that the bright orange cuttlefish at Sam Woo BBQ in Alhambra, CA, gets its color from food dye. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and roasted duck in LA.

Andrew Zimmern and roasted duck in LA.

Andrew and Clarissa check out the whole-roasted duck case at Sam Woo BBQ. 960 1280

  

Roasted duck at Sam Woo BBQ.

Roasted duck at Sam Woo BBQ.

In the Cantonese culture, ducks are often roasted whole to symbolize unity. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern eats boiled chicken embryo.

Andrew Zimmern eats boiled chicken embryo.

At a Cambodian house party in Long Beach, CA, Andrew gets a closer look at his first chicken balut -- a fertilized chicken embryo that's boiled and eaten from the shell. 960 1280

  

A tostada de cueritos at Richland Farms.

A tostada de cueritos at Richland Farms.

A tostada de cueritos -- crispy corn tortilla loaded up with pickled pig skin, cabbage, radish, fresh-made salsa and crema -- is part of the Mexican feast served at Richland Farms in Compton, CA. 960 1280

  

Barbed wire on Richland Farms fence in Compton.

Barbed wire on Richland Farms fence in Compton.

The barbed wire on the fence at Richland Farms is a reminder that this farm isn't in the Midwest; it's in Compton, CA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern rides a horse in Compton, CA.

Andrew Zimmern rides a horse in Compton, CA.

The "No Parking" sign in the background is for cars, but it probably applies to horses, too. 960 1280

  

Fried sea bass

Fried sea bass

Battered and fried sea bass, ready to be stuffed inside a mouthwatering fish taco. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern enjoys a Mexican feast.

Andrew Zimmern enjoys a Mexican feast.

Andrew adds a little salsa to finish off the perfect plate during a perfect home-cooked Mexican meal. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and Jordan Kahn at Red Medicine in LA.

Andrew Zimmern and Jordan Kahn at Red Medicine in LA.

Cameras catch the action as chef Jordan Kahn of Red Medicine in LA prepares to juice the stems of wild wood sorrel foraged with Andrew's help. 960 1280

  

Akaushi beef at Red Medicine in LA

Akaushi beef at Red Medicine in LA

Fallen log in the forest or delicious beef entrée? Chef Jordan Kahn garnishes his Akaushi beef dish with freshly foraged flowers and greens. 960 1280

  

Hawkins House of Burgers in Watts

Hawkins House of Burgers in Watts

There's great food to be found everywhere: Hawkins House of Burgers sits in the shadow of Watts' notorious Nickerson Gardens projects. 960 1280

  

Cambodian house party in Long Beach, CA.

Cambodian house party in Long Beach, CA.

Cameras roll on this potluck party, overflowing with authentic Cambodian food. Long Beach, CA, is home to an estimated 70,000 Cambodian immigrants. 960 1280

  

Venice Beach in Los Angeles.

Venice Beach in Los Angeles.

The sun sets over Venice Beach, just hours before the first grunion run of the season. Andrew can't wait to spot his first grunion, a spawning California fish that he also can't wait to taste. 960 1280

  

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With options that include a Fish & Grapes taco, Komodo is not your typical taco truck. 960 1280

Roger Wilson / News Press  

The Dim Sum Truck carts tasty Chinese snacks around Los Angeles. 960 1280

Eddie Lin from Deep End Dining   

The Slice Truck is LA's roving pizza mobile that serves individual slices and whole pies. 960 1280

www.slicetruck.com  

Expand your culinary horizons with some South Indian street food from the DOSAtruck. 960 1280

Angela María Ortíz S.  

Don Chow serves fusion tacos blending the best of Chinese and Mexican fare. 960 1280

Gavin Miyasaki, www.socalshutterbug.com  

The Nom Nom Truck brings a taste of Vietnam to West Angeles with its signature 'Banh Mi' sandwich. 960 1280

  

Coolhaus is a converted postal van that serves up ice-cream nirvana. 960 1280

Coolhaus  

Start your day off right at the Buttermilk Truck, which serves breakfast goodies including fluffy buttermilk pancake bites 960 1280

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French fries rise from the ranks of side dish to become the main course on the Frysmith truck. 960 1280

  

You won't know you're craving a Korean Mexican taco until you taste the goodness of spicy pork tacos from Kogi Truck. 960 1280

photo by Eric Shin