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

  

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck in Los Angeles
Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck in Los Angeles

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck in Los Angeles

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Fresh tuna fillets at International Marine Products in Los Angeles

Fresh tuna fillets at International Marine Products in Los Angeles

Fresh tuna fillets at International Marine Products in Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

Waitstaff preparing tables at Andrew Zimmern's pop-up restaurant

Waitstaff preparing tables at Andrew Zimmern's pop-up restaurant

Waitstaff preparing tables shortly before the opening of Andrew Zimmern's pop-up restaurant in Culver City, CA. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck

Andrew Zimmern and chef Lee Hefter eating at Glowfish Food Truck. 960 1280

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Sea urchin with dashi (fish broth) at International Marine Products

Sea urchin with dashi (fish broth) at International Marine Products

Sea urchin with dashi (fish broth) at International Marine Products. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern grilling tongue

Andrew Zimmern grilling tongue

Andrew Zimmern grilling tongue in preparation for the opening of his pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

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Raw tongue at Andrew's pop up restaurant

Raw tongue at Andrew's pop up restaurant

Raw tongue used for making the third course at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

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Erika Nakamura carving meat at artisanal butcher shop Lindy & Grundy in Los Angeles

Erika Nakamura carving meat at artisanal butcher shop Lindy & Grundy in Los Angeles

Erika Nakamura carving meat at artisanal butcher shop Lindy & Grundy in Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Kitchen staff adding garnish to the first course of octopus salad and pig face bacon at Andrew's pop up restaurant in Los Angeles

Kitchen staff adding garnish to the first course of octopus salad and pig face bacon at Andrew's pop up restaurant in Los Angeles

Kitchen staff adding garnish to the first course of octopus salad and pig face bacon at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

  

Octopus simmering at Andrew Zimmern's pop up restaurant

Octopus simmering at Andrew Zimmern's pop up restaurant

Octopus simmering. The octopus is one of the ingredients to be added to the salad that will be the first course at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

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Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy butcher shop prepare to turn 2 pigs' heads into face bacon

Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy butcher shop prepare to turn 2 pigs' heads into face bacon

Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada of Lindy & Grundy butcher shop prepare to turn 2 pigs' heads into face bacon. 960 1280

  

Andrew adding blood and eggs to the mix for his chocolate budino dessert in Los Angeles

Andrew adding blood and eggs to the mix for his chocolate budino dessert in Los Angeles

Andrew adding blood and eggs to the mix for his chocolate budino dessert while chef Michael Voltaggio looks on. 960 1280

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Spanish octopus, frisee, mustard, peanut oil, smoked paprika, pig face bacon in Los Angeles

Spanish octopus, frisee, mustard, peanut oil, smoked paprika, pig face bacon in Los Angeles

Spanish octopus, frisee, mustard, peanut oil, smoked paprika, pig face bacon: the amuse-bouche at Andrew's pop-up restaurant. 960 1280

  

George Motz and local burger aficionado Brad Morris
George Motz and local burger aficionado Brad Morris

George Motz and local burger aficionado Brad Morris

George Motz and local burger aficionado Brad Morris eat hamburgers at Charlie's at the Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

Charlie's at LA's Farmers Market

Charlie's at LA's Farmers Market

Charlie's makes their burgers with local ingredients – all from the Original Farmers Market. 960 1280

  

George meets Jeff Garlin at Charlie's

George meets Jeff Garlin at Charlie's

George meets Jeff Garlin at Charlie's. Jeff had his last burger – ever – at Charlie’s before going vegan. 960 1280

  

Charlie's at LA's Farmers Market

Charlie's at LA's Farmers Market

Charlie's is a hidden burger gem. 960 1280

  

Pie 'N Burger in Pasadena, CA

Pie 'N Burger in Pasadena, CA

Pie 'N Burger in Pasadena, CA, is famous for its 2 namesake, classic American dishes. 960 1280

  

Pie 'N Burger in Pasadena, CA

Pie 'N Burger in Pasadena, CA

George tries to figure out the secret behind the tasty hamburgers at Pie 'N Burger. 960 1280

  

Pie 'N Burger in Pasadena, CA

Pie 'N Burger in Pasadena, CA

Pie 'N Burger has been serving classic comfort food since 1963. 960 1280

  

George Motz visits Irv's Burgers

George Motz visits Irv's Burgers

George Motz visits Irv's Burgers, one of his all-time favorite hamburger stands. Unfortunately, it’s at risk of being forced to close its doors forever. 960 1280

  

Irv's Burgers

Irv's Burgers

George gets a hamburger on a personalized paper plate at Irv's Burgers. 960 1280

  

Irv's Burgers

Irv's Burgers

The owner of Irv's Burgers takes orders through the window at his nostalgic, walk-up burger stand. 960 1280

  

Huntington Meats in the Original Farmers Market

Huntington Meats in the Original Farmers Market

George checks out Huntington Meats in the Original Farmers Market. The butcher supplies the beef for Charlie’s burgers. 960 1280

  

The Apple Pan in LA

The Apple Pan in LA

The Apple Pan in LA serves up 2 famous burgers: the steak burger and the hickory burger. But which one is better? The jury’s still out, but the question has been a subject of debate for years. 960 1280

  

The Apple Pan in LA

The Apple Pan in LA

The atmosphere at the Apple Pan has remained unchanged since the restaurant opened in 1947. 960 1280

  

The Apple Pan in LA

The Apple Pan in LA

At the Apple Pan, you won’t get a plate -- burgers are served expertly wrapped in wax paper. 960 1280

  

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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