If you follow @RidingshotgunLA on Twitter, you may have noticed Roy Choi being a little more ornery than usual recently. For a few days, the Kogi king was prodding back at a New York Times piece that lauds the Big Apple’s taco scene. The opening line — “New York has great tacos, tacos that can go mano a mano with the best of Los Angeles” — was more than enough to get Choi fired up. Now it’s our turn.
Those tried-and-true bicoastal food topics (Pizza in L.A.? Pshaw!) never cease to draw a crowd of angry commenters looking to defend their turf. But what if we took the conversation up a notch, and pulled in every corner of the Union? What foods does Los Angeles do better than the entire rest of the United States? Tacos, obviously — better luck next time, Borough dwellers — but also certain street foods, American classics and lots of delicious pitstops in between.
Here are ten culinary delights that Los Angeles does better than anywhere else in America, with a few local examples to help drive the point home.
It’s a safe bet that you didn’t grow up with your mom making galbi jjim at home. What a bummer. The Korean short rib soul food dish is as hearty and life affirming as they come. Eating a long-braised bowl of the stuff is like working your way through a steamy bowl of fresh hugs, one chopstick bite at a time.
Lots of great stuff on OverOverUnder.com today, like hot dogs and churros and cochinita pibil tacos and all sorts of other tasty stuff.
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This is possibly the best “bit” they ever did on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. This aired about 4 years into the run, and I think it aired in the middle of an episode. It’s fantastic!
The sound quality is not great. But don’t let that stop you from watching this.
(I should probably have posted this during the week, because now a lot of people who don’t check the internet on the weekend will miss out on watching (or re-watching) this classic piece of comedy)
This is incredible.
Cro(ugh)nuts may be the dessert of the moment, but churros are the dessert of so many L.A. moments, the sort of treat that may be informed by memory as much as taste: You may fondly remember munching on a churro as long as a light saber at Disneyland, or going to a swap meet with your mom and being rewarded for good behavior with a freshly fried churro. There are great churros in pretty much every part of the city, some doughy, some delicate, some filled, some not. Click through for seven of the best.