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Ethnic enclaves in LA besides Chinatown and Koreatown

I’m visiting LA soon and I want to check out some more of the ethnic enclaves out there since I’ve heard there are many. I've been to Chinatown and Koreatown before, so can someone fill me in about which others are worth seeing? 

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  • Little Tokyo (neighborhood)

    350 E. 1st St. Los Angeles CA 90012

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  • Thai Town (neighborhood)

    Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles CA

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  • Daikokuya (restaurant)

    327 E 1st St Los Angeles CA 90012

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  • Ben Orloff

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    Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles is definitely worth a visit if you've never been before. It's full of cool restaurants and stores, so it's perfect for lunch/dinner and a nice little walk afterwards. If you can get there when the line isn't insane, I recommend Daikokuya for an incredible bowl of ramen. Just beware, if you want to eat dinner there on the weekend, expect to wait at least 45 minutes. They don't take reservations. There's a couple pretty good revolving sushi places in Little Tokyo too, if that's more your style. Don't forget to pick up some Japanese snacks at the grocery store before you leave :) Oh, and also, there's a museum there too! Btw everything's within 10 minutes walking distance in Little Tokyo so just walk around, explore, and have fun!

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      Sounds great, Ben! I love me some ramen :) By the way, I'm a community manager here and I helped you geo-tag Daikokuya so that it appears on your map along with the others. Thanks for sharing! · (0 likelikes)

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      I know where I'm going to get a bowl of ramen on my lunch break today! · (1 likelikes)

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      Thank you Ben! I really dig ramen so I can't wait to try Daikokuya! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Supun Edirisinghe

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    If you like South Asian food, you can go to Little India out in Artesia. Take the 91 freeway and exit on Pioneer Blvd and go south for a few blocks. It's a really great place to know if you're vegetarian. There's also sari and jewelry shops. The little supermarkets have all the Indian food ingredients and Bollywood movies you'll ever need. If you go on a Monday a lot of the stores will be closed. A lot of Angelenas come down here to get their eye brows done. There's a lot of people out and about on the weekends and parking can be a little crazy sometimes.

    The place I go to most often is Surati Farsan . They have decent samosas and pani puri and dosas. Most items on the menu are about $5. You can get a thali if you want a full meal for $10-11. I usually get a chaat or chole. If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's all the more reason to go to Little India. If you want something sweet, they also have burfee. If you never had a chikoo shake, you can order it here.

    I also like to go to Udupi Palace for South Indian food. Sometimes they have a B in the window, but it's never stopped me from eating here. They have better dosas than Surati Fasan, in my opinion.

    If you want a standard Indian restaraunt, you can go to India Restaurant .

    While we're on the subject, my favorite place for Indian food is Samosa House (the big one) in Culver City . They were voted one of the top 10 vegetarian restaurants in the US by Travel & Leisure. Culver City is cool because they have a good mix of all different kinds of restaurants: Indian, Thai, Indonesian, Cambodian, Brazilian, Cuban...

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      I've always passed Samosa house on my way to work and wondered if it's good!!!! Now I'm for sure going to stop in for dinner :) · (1 likelikes)

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      Robert L.

      Thank you Supun! I haven't had much Indian food so I look forward to trying! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Matt Saperstein

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    Agree with Ben on Little Tokyo and Daikokuya . Also if you like Ethiopian food, head to Little Ethiopia which is on Fairfax between Pico & Olympic. A lot of great restaurants and ethiopian markets if you feel like cooking! Enjoy!

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      Thank you Matt! I've never had Ehtiopian food before but that sounds interesting! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Andrew Kamphey

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    Ethnic enclaves seem to be what makes up Los Angeles now. If you want Chinese, skip Los Angeles Chinatown and head out to the The San Gabriel Valley Monterey Park is the hub of Chinese. You'll find amazing hole in the wall places everywhere you look.

    There is a Jollibee in Koreatown, this is a large Phillipino chain of fast food restaurants. Only 27 in all of the United States yet there are over 700 in the Philippines.

    Little Armenia has some great roasted chicken with garlic sauce. You can't go wrong if you find a Zankou Chicken a local chain that is good and cheap. I have made a video about it.

    Driving down Pico Boulevard is an Ethnic amusement park. Every block or so seems to be a different country. Famed food critic Jonathan Gold once ate his way down Pico.

    There is a Kosher part of town on Fairfax Ave near The Grove Even Molly Malone's Irish Pub is there which is the Irish bar that Flogging Molly got their start in. And on Fridays you'll see orthodox Jews walking to and fro in the area.

    In Torrance there is a large Japanese community. Also Little Osaka is a good place to find Japanese food outside of Little Tokyo

    In Long Beach you'll find Cambodia Town with some great cheap restaurants of this oft forgotten cuisine/culture.

    If you're up for an adventure, Inglewood is great for BBQ and fried Chicken but every store has security boxes and it's a bit scary if you're unfamiliar with the area.

    Olvera Street Plaza is the oldest street in Los Angeles so you can combine some Mexican food with a bit of history.

    in East Hollywood you'll find Thai Town is the place to go for Thai. None other like it. Great place after great place.

    Also you'll find Little India which has some of the city's best Indian food.





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      Wow, thank you Andrew! You've got it covered. Can't wait to check everything out! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Tim Read

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    Thai Town in Hollywood is a must-hit, more for the food though there are some decent markets.


    West Hollywood and the area around Fairfax Ave as well as down Pico Boulevard have some heavily Russian and Jewish places to eat; lots of great eats on Pico as has been mentioned before.

    As you get towards Westwood Village, Los Angeles, CA. , there's a heavier Persian contingent with a ton of great food. This seems to get overlooked and it's a shame. Anatolia Mediterranean Grill on Westwood (technically Turkish) is a must-hit if you're on Westwood near UCLA; Shamshiri Grill , Shaherzad Restaurant , Sunnin Lebanese Cafe , Pink Orchid are all worth hitting as well.

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      Whoa, cool! Thanks Tim! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Sia Lor

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    If you like Persian food, I'd recommend the Westwood area which is called Little Tehran . Go to any of the places there and have a good experience with Persian food. The one that I really like is Attari Sandwich Shop .

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      I don't think I've ever really had Persian food before and I definitely didn't know there was a Little Tehran. Thank you Sia! · (1 likelikes)

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    If you've never had Ethiopian food, it's a must try if you're into ethnic food. Meals By Genet is a small, yet fancy restaurant that's been featured on the Food Network. There's vegan and vegetarian options along with non-veg options. You can get more than enough food for 2 for 20$, because the plates are meant to be shared.

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      Thank you Goldie! · (0 likelikes)

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    Check out Thai Town . It's just off of the 101 in Hollywood!

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      Thanks Alexander! · (0 likelikes)

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