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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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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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