My Quick Guide to LA for MAX Attendees

I really miss LA… great food, beautiful beaches, and lots of amazing music and culture.

It’s impossible to make a list of “the best of everything” because there’s so much and everyone has their tastes. So I’ve put together this quick & dirty list of places I miss and plan to hit, as well as a couple of sites that I might use to discover what’s new. I hope this can be useful…

Flavorpill (LA)
Great resource for daytime and nightime events

Yelp
Tons of people in LA use yelp

Hipsters:
google “Silverlake

Food:
(Most of these are a 5-10 min drive from Downtown)

Papa Cristos C&K Importing (arguably the best Greek in LA)
Phillips Bar-B-Que (serious, serious BBQ)
Daikokuya (great Ramen, they usually sell out before closing time)
Chano’s Drive-In (cheap, semi-late night tacos & burritos)
Palm’s Thai Restaurant (Thai food, featuring Thai Elvis live)
Little Tokyo (Various restaurants in the northeast corner of Downtown)
Chinatown (Various restaurants just north of Downtown)
Sushi / Noodle Row – 1st Street & Central (north end of Little Tokyo)

West Side (Venice / Santa Monica / Culver City)

If you have time, I recommend heading out to the west side to check out Venice and Santa Monica, but be warned: both freeways (10 & 405) are usually total gridlock during rush hour. Also, don’t forget LAFlashapaloozastock takes place in Venice on Saturday.

Walk-around, food, & shopping:
Santa Monica – Main Street
Santa Monica – 3rd Street Prominade
Santa Monica – Santa Monica Little Tokyo
Venice – Abbot Kinney
Venice – Venice Beach (rent a bike and ride on the beachfront bike path)
Culver City – Downtown (lots of great food, I suggest Tender Greens)

Art on west side:
Bergomot Station – group of art galleries
Hennessey & Ingalls – giant art book store
Griffin LA – David Lynch: New Paintings


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