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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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 Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 
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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 W Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015

 
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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 W Valley Rd, Alhambra, CA 91803

 
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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

 
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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.

Wilmington Avenue and 110th Street Los Angeles, CA

 
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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.

140 W Valley Blvd #222 San Gabriel Valley, CA 91776

 
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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 E 103rd St Los Angeles, CA 90002

 
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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!

1045 E Valley Blvd #105, San Gabriel Valley, CA 91776

 

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