Hidden Los Angeles Travel Guide

Andrew learns that some of 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, Andrew tastes it all.

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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 W Valley Blvd # 109, San Gabriel, CA

 
Sleep
Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Sleep where Hollywood’s biggest stars sleep and shop where they shop, steps away on Rodeo Drive.

9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

 
Eat
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 E Valley Blvd Alhambra, CA 91801

 
Eat
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 St Los Angeles, CA 90059

 
Eat
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 Blvd #101, Rosemead, CA 91770

 
Eat
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 Ave, Venice, CA 90291

 
Travel
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 90045

 
Eat
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 Ave Long Beach, CA 90813

 

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