I'm a New Yorker in Los Angeles for the next 24 hours, for the first time ever. I'm looking for some very specific things.
I'm really excited to be here, and will be visiting my aunt who lives in the area a little bit later today.
However, as someone who's lived my entire life hopping around the east coast (NJ to Boston to NYC), it's just shaken out that I've never been to California (or the west coast, for that matter), and there are some really specific things I'd love to find here. Especially:
* The best burrito that happens to be vegan
Note that this need not be a burrito from an explicitly vegan source - it's just that this seems something worth very much doing while in southern California, and if there's a burrito that is both the best and incidentally vegan (or can be made vegan), I'm in.
* A really unique/wonderful movie theater experience
It seems from the main thread on this
that people are essentially torn between the ArcLight
and some of the more specialty/repertory theaters. If anyone wants to give their take on the definitive best place to go for a cinema geek that's never been to LA, or has a really special film-event suggestion that specific to this weekend, I'd be very appreciative. (And any kind of experience not easily found in NYC is also well-taken.)
* Something film-noiry
Vague, I know - I'm someone who loves the aesthetics of film noir (DOA, Double Indemnity) and detective novels by Chandler and the like. Perhaps somewhere one could order a really good gimlet in true Marlowe fashion?
* The best food truck fare that happens to be vegan
Any food trucks out and about on Sundays that has a particularly stunning veg option? Any tips on this front?
* Something for someone who's really into bands like Descendents, Dead Kennedys, Jawbreaker, etc.
Yes, these are more bay area bands - but if there's anything that I'd flip for in the area, I'd love to check it out.
* A really good Mexican restaurant with veg options
Surely there's some truly excellent food that I'm not privy to as an effete east-coaster.
* A really good vegan restaurant generally
Anything I must check out?
I do know that I'm going to be seeing a show at the UCB theater tonight, and getting fries at the In 'N Out Burger. (If there's anything else applicable there, let me know!) Also, for some reason I find that I have this strong desire to see the Pacific Ocean. Is there any obvious place to do this that won't be a packed-beach bottleneck? (And if anyone has any musts that aren't explicitly asked for above, but seem like they'd be in my wheelhouse, feel free to post.)
Thanks in advance, everyone. Can't wait to see your city (as much as one can in so limited a time-frame.)