St. Vincent Alley in downtown LA
LA is a fantastic place for ethnic food. The variety is astounding and the prices are reasonable. I used to disdain strip malls, but now I know better. A dumpy strip mall can quite possibly be home to the best Thai food you'll ever eat. The old adage couldn't be more true here: don't judge a book by its cover. Here are some restaurants we've eaten at in the last week or two: Farid on St. Vincent Alley (Persian), Merkato (Ethiopian), Zankou Chicken (Armenian), Daikokuya Ramen (Japanese), Agra (Indian), Il Capriccio (Italian), Sanamluang (Thai), Jake's (hamburgers), El Gran Burrito (Mexican). That's a lot of eating out, you say. Indeed, it is.