Hidden Los Angeles Travel Guide

The best foods in Los Angeles are hiding in neighborhoods where outsiders rarely go! From pig head tamales in Watts to steamed chicken embryo in Long Beach.


Activities
Aji Ichiban
At Aji Ichiban some Japanese-inspired snacks aren't to everyone's taste, especially since some of them have a face! But the dried Japanese river crab, salted with sesame may be worth a taste.
  • 140 West Valley Boulevard
  • San Gabriel, CA 91776 US

Aji Ichiban

At Aji Ichiban some Japanese-inspired snacks aren't to everyone's taste, especially since some of them have a face! But the dried Japanese river crab, salted with sesame may be worth a taste.
140 West Valley Boulevard San Gabriel, CA, US

Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
What’s Los Angeles without a little luxury? It is definitely at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, with its 26th-floor rooftop bar and pool and Wolfgang Puck restaurant, WP24.
  • 900 West Olympic Boulevard
  • Los Angeles, CA 90015 US

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

What’s Los Angeles without a little luxury? It is definitely at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, with its 26th-floor rooftop bar and pool and Wolfgang Puck restaurant, WP24.
900 West Olympic Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 213-743-8800
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Sleep where Hollywood’s biggest stars sleep and shop where they shop, steps away on Rodeo Drive.
  • 9500 Wilshire Boulevard
  • Beverly Hills, CA 90212 US

Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Sleep where Hollywood’s biggest stars sleep and shop where they shop, steps away on Rodeo Drive.
9500 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA, US
Phone: +1 310-275-5200

Restaurants & Bars
Larry's
Larry's is a casual gastropub a stone's throw from Venice Beach. Try the smoked ox tongue terrine with pickled carrots and sweet and sour chili relish. They may even serve up deep-fried whole grunion.
  • 24 Windward Avenue
  • Los Angeles, CA 90291 US

Larry's

Larry's is a casual gastropub a stone's throw from Venice Beach. Try the smoked ox tongue terrine with pickled carrots and sweet and sour chili relish. They may even serve up deep-fried whole grunion.
24 Windward Avenue Los Angeles, CA, US
Yung Ho City
San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest concentration of Chinese cuisine in America. Stop by Yung Ho for a Taiwanese breakfast of hot rice porridge with thousand year egg -- whole eggs brined for weeks until they're almost black!
  • East Valley Boulevard
  • San Gabriel, CA 91776 US

Yung Ho City

San Gabriel Valley is home to the largest concentration of Chinese cuisine in America. Stop by Yung Ho for a Taiwanese breakfast of hot rice porridge with thousand year egg -- whole eggs brined for weeks until they're almost black!
East Valley Boulevard San Gabriel, CA, US
Happy Garden
Happy Garden in Alhambra, CA, is known for its Hakka cuisine. The Hakka are China's nomads who have settled around the world. Ask for the jiangsi chao dachang -- pig intestine blanched in water and seasoned with vinegar.
  • 1277 East Valley Boulevard
  • Alhambra, CA 91801 US

Happy Garden

Happy Garden in Alhambra, CA, is known for its Hakka cuisine. The Hakka are China's nomads who have settled around the world. Ask for the jiangsi chao dachang -- pig intestine blanched in water and seasoned with vinegar.
1277 East Valley Boulevard Alhambra, CA, US
Hunan Mao Restaurant
Some like it hot, and the Hunan Mao Restaurant serves everything hot. The "hot over spicy" is a stir-fry made with pork, leeks and over a dozen other hot ingredients. But the carp head cooked with chilies and chili is a must.
  • 8728 Valley Boulevard
  • Rosemead, CA 91770 US

Hunan Mao Restaurant

Some like it hot, and the Hunan Mao Restaurant serves everything hot. The "hot over spicy" is a stir-fry made with pork, leeks and over a dozen other hot ingredients. But the carp head cooked with chilies and chili is a must.
8728 Valley Boulevard Rosemead, CA, US
Sam Woo BBQ
Cantonese cuisine is on the menu at Sam Woo BBQ. The Southern-style Chinese food is familiar to most Americans, especially whole roasted duck. For something different, try siu mei cuttlefish -- roasted cuttlefish with a crispy orange glaze.
  • 514 West Valley Boulevard
  • Alhambra, CA 91803 US

Sam Woo BBQ

Cantonese cuisine is on the menu at Sam Woo BBQ. The Southern-style Chinese food is familiar to most Americans, especially whole roasted duck. For something different, try siu mei cuttlefish -- roasted cuttlefish with a crispy orange glaze.
514 West Valley Boulevard Alhambra, CA, US
Vege Paradise
At Vege Paradise, they specialize in transforming vegetables into meals that look, smell and taste like meat. The orange chicken is made entirely of soy, while the smoked mackerel is made from vegetable protein and seaweed skin.
  • 222 East Valley Boulevard
  • San Gabriel, CA 91776 US

Vege Paradise

At Vege Paradise, they specialize in transforming vegetables into meals that look, smell and taste like meat. The orange chicken is made entirely of soy, while the smoked mackerel is made from vegetable protein and seaweed skin.
222 East Valley Boulevard San Gabriel, CA, US
Tamales Elena
Maria Elena Irra's tamale truck is a fixture in Watts. What to eat: pollo verde tamale, a chicken tamale with green salsa; puerco rojo, a pork tamale with red salsa; and pig head Guerrero-style tamales wrapped in smoky banana leaves.
  • South Wilmington Avenue
  • Los Angeles, CA 90059 US

Tamales Elena

Maria Elena Irra's tamale truck is a fixture in Watts. What to eat: pollo verde tamale, a chicken tamale with green salsa; puerco rojo, a pork tamale with red salsa; and pig head Guerrero-style tamales wrapped in smoky banana leaves.
South Wilmington Avenue Los Angeles, CA, US
Hawkins House of Burgers
One of the toughest corners in Watts is one of the best places to get a burger. Hawkins House of Burgers serves the Whipper Burger, a behemoth of a burger with 2 patties, topped with hotlinks and loads of pastrami.
  • 11603 Slater Street
  • Los Angeles, CA 90059 US

Hawkins House of Burgers

One of the toughest corners in Watts is one of the best places to get a burger. Hawkins House of Burgers serves the Whipper Burger, a behemoth of a burger with 2 patties, topped with hotlinks and loads of pastrami.
11603 Slater Street Los Angeles, CA, US
Watts Coffee House
At the Watts Coffee House, fill up on soul food and neighborhood history with owner Desiree Edwards. On the menu: chicken and waffles.
  • 1827 East 103rd Street
  • Los Angeles, CA 90002 US

Watts Coffee House

At the Watts Coffee House, fill up on soul food and neighborhood history with owner Desiree Edwards. On the menu: chicken and waffles.
1827 East 103rd Street Los Angeles, CA, US
Phnom Penh Noodle Restaurant
This family-owned restaurant specializes in Cambodian cuisine like the house noodles with offal and a side of pork bone soup; and rice porridge, made with pork liver, pancreas, intestine and bite-sized chunks of blood cake.
  • 1644 Cherry Avenue
  • Long Beach, CA 90813 US

Phnom Penh Noodle Restaurant

This family-owned restaurant specializes in Cambodian cuisine like the house noodles with offal and a side of pork bone soup; and rice porridge, made with pork liver, pancreas, intestine and bite-sized chunks of blood cake.
1644 Cherry Avenue Long Beach, CA, US
Red Medicine
Chef Jordan Kahn is inspired by locally found grasses and flowers. He uses them in dishes at his modern restaurant, Red Medicine. What to taste: wild wood sorrel, mustard greens and snap peas with tofu custard and coconut water mint vinaigrette.
  • 8400 Wilshire Boulevard
  • Beverly Hills, CA 90211 US

Red Medicine

Chef Jordan Kahn is inspired by locally found grasses and flowers. He uses them in dishes at his modern restaurant, Red Medicine. What to taste: wild wood sorrel, mustard greens and snap peas with tofu custard and coconut water mint vinaigrette.
8400 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA, US
Shaanxi Gourmet
Shaanxi Gourmet is known for its handmade noodles. Order a bowl of the chewy noodles or the Yangro paomo, also known as Chinese gnocci--lamb and noodles with unleavened bread.
  • 8518 East Valley Boulevard
  • Rosemead, CA 91770 US

Shaanxi Gourmet

Shaanxi Gourmet is known for its handmade noodles. Order a bowl of the chewy noodles or the Yangro paomo, also known as Chinese gnocci--lamb and noodles with unleavened bread.
8518 East Valley Boulevard Rosemead, CA, US

Transportation
Los Angeles International Airport
Also known as LAX, the Los Angeles International Airport is a global hub minutes away from Marina del Rey and Venice Beach.
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  • 1 World Way
  • Los Angeles, CA 90045 US

Los Angeles International Airport

Also known as LAX, the Los Angeles International Airport is a global hub minutes away from Marina del Rey and Venice Beach.
1 World Way Los Angeles, CA, US
Phone: +1 310-646-5252

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