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iowahearing0
Tacomania Cantina 2 stars
Touted as some of the best Mexican food in town. We offer a diverse and extensive menu of Mexico, Tex-Mex and California cuisine. Come by for lunch or dinner for our unique and fresh food today!

Address:
641 East Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA
71105

Phone: 318-868-4588


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iowahearing0
Tacomania Cantina 2 stars
Touted as some of the best Mexican food in town. We offer a diverse and extensive menu of Mexico, Tex-Mex and California cuisine. Come by for lunch or dinner for our unique and fresh food today!



Address:
641 East Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA
71105


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GeorginaS
LA - lots of glitz but no soul! 1 stars
Los Angeles is synonymous with celebrity, glitz and glamour and I had always been keen to visit. Unfortunately I was really disappointed with what I found. LA is a sprawling city with no real centre or heart and very little character. It is very modern and I felt lacked any substance or charm. There are some landmarks to visit such as Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills and Disney World, but it all feels really fake.

Here's a tip if you are visiting LA - you must hire a car. We tried to get around via public transport and it was very difficult and felt quite dangerous as only the poorest members of the community would ever take the bus. Even walking is frowned upon, in LA the car is king!!


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johngreek
L.A the city of angels? 1 stars
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
One of the places that I am interested in visiting is Los Angeles, California. I have read, seeing on tv and being told enough about this city!! Some of the great many things that I would like to do there includes: visits to theaters, outer-space exhibits and Roman antiquities! There are plenty of things to do in LA as I mentioned above, whether you're there for sightseeing. Whale watching on the Pacific is a must, thrill riding at Universal Studios Hollywood is a super must too, sitting in on a live TV show taping, reveling in the beauty of The Getty Villa, or enjoying live attractions at venues like Pantages Theatre or Walt Disney Concert Hall !!!
It is said that Los Angeles is one of the world's most prominent centers of culture, technology, and international trade. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields. The city and its immediate vicinity lead the world in producing popular entertainment — such as motion picture, television, video games and recorded music — which forms the base of Los Angeles' international fame and global status.
Very interesting!!!


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Haiduc
LAMILL Coffee Boutique 4 stars
LAMILL Coffee Boutique is a stylish eatery located at 1636 Silver Lake Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, that serves up some of the most excellent coffees and teas you will ever find in the Los Angeles area.

Breakfast, lunch and dessert is offered here, as well, but expect to pay around $30.00 before tax and tip for, say, a soup and sandwich here at LAMILL. There is also a line of "Signature Drinks," which includes both alcoholic and non-alcoholic coffee-style dessert drinks, ranging at around $5-6.

LAMILL Coffee Boutique is open from Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


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Haiduc
Los Angeles NY Pizza 4 stars
Los Angeles NY Pizza (strange name) is one of those popular, well-loved pizzerias where the customers come for great pizza at great prices.

You can order by the slice, pie or Sicilian-style, therefore this is a place that is perfect for folks eating alone, with a mate or even with a large group of friends. The pizza here is your typical New York-style, meaning it has an extra thin crust that is easy to fold, rather than crispy. You can pile on as many toppings as you want, ranging from your average cheese, pepperoni and mushrooms to some of the stranger ones that you wouldn't think of putting on a pizza.

Los Angeles NY Pizza is open from 10 am to 6 pm from Monday through Friday.


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Haiduc
Thousand Cranes 4 stars
Thousand Cranes is a beautiful Japanese restaurant located inside the Kyoto Grand Hotel & Gardens at 120 S Los Angeles Street in Los Angeles, California.

The overall restaurant itself is authentic through and through, from the fare to the decor, enough to make one feel as if they stepped straight into a real restaurant in Japan. There is an extensive list of sushi, including, yes, the ever-famous California Roll, but also plenty of other seafood dishes along with many different steak varieties.

Thousand Cranes is open as follows:
7 am to 10 am, 11:30 am to 2 pm, 6 pm to 9:30 pm; Monday through Friday
7 am to 10 am, 6 pm to 9:30 pm; Saturday
7 am to 10 am, 11 am to 2 pm, 6 pm to 9:30 pm; Sunday


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Haiduc
Surya India 4 stars
Surya India's name is quite simple, really. Surya is the Hindu sun god, whom is highly praised here -- and it shows. The restaurant itself is bright and extremely pleasant.

Some of their dishes here include tandoori lobster, tandoori seabass, catfish pakoras, favor mint chicken, naan and bread pudding, all of which are quite good, really. I would highly recommend their tandoori lobster -- it's incredible.

Surya India is open from 11:30 am to 2 pm and 5:30 pm to 8:45 pm on Mondays; 11:30 am to 2 pm and 5:30 pm to 10 pm from Tuesday through Friday; 5:30 pm to 10 pm on Saturdays and from 5:30 pm to 8:45 pm on Sundays.


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Haiduc
Noé 5 stars
Noé is a beautiful dining room-styled restaurant located within the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. The dining room is decorated with hip light fixtures and graceful wall etchings of the Eiffel Tower, making the room exude graceful warmth and polish.

From the Prix Fixe menu, you can choose a four-course dinner (58,00 USD). From the tasting menu, you can choose from either a six-course dinner (75,00 USD) or a nine-course dinner (95,00 USD). There is a diverse array of fish, poultry, beef and game, so there’s sure to be just about anything for everyone.

The restaurant is open from Sunday to Thursday, opening at 5:00 PM and closing at 10:00 PM. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant is open from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, so this is the perfect place to catch a late dinner. There is also a bar that is open daily from 3:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

Noé is located on:
251 Olive Street
Omni Los Angeles Hotel
Los Angeles, California 90012


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chinch1153
Travel Lodge @ LAX - An Option For Half Day Rates 2 stars
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I’ve stayed at Travelodge at LAX on numerous occasions. They offer half day rates. This is good news for travelers like me that have to catch a late night flight across the Pacific. I can check in for a few hours and relax around the poolside. The layout of the rooms is rather confusing though. The motel must have been added to over the years. However, every time that I have stayed here, the rooms have been clean though dated. Should I still be there in the morning, there is a free breakfast service from 6 am to 9 am. The breakfast area fills up quickly and there is not much space. I’ve had to eat either standing up or taking my plate back to my room. There is a 24 hour Denny’s restaurant on site. The food there is pretty good and presented nicely. Other restaurants such as Carl’s Jr. are up the street from the motel. However, I would not walk somewhere alone along this stretch of road-the neighborhood is kind of rough. The hotel offers free shuttle service from LAX. I can call from the free phones in the baggage claim area and go out to the median under the red sign for pick-up. The wait for the shuttle has been extremely long at times. The pick up point is usually bustling and breathing the fumes from the cars and shuttles that are passing under the canopy can be nauseating and hot. I’ve never yet tried a taxi to the place; that would be an expensive option.

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Haiduc
The Cork 3 stars
Ah, The Cork. Now this is the one restaurant that is quite different from all the rest in Los Angeles. Why? Well...

The Cork is one of those places that you can go to with a couple of friends or even your own parents (or in-laws, maybe?), sit back and relax, joke, have fun and overall just simply enjoy yourselves together.

The food here is pretty good, too. If you're in the mood for catfish and fries, shrimp baskets with potato salad or anything like that, then The Cork is most definitely the place to go.

Trust me, though, when I say this place isn't dull. The waitresses are tempermental, just enough to the point of being described as "fiery" or "spicy." (According to the guys I've talked to.) Anyway, this is NOT a place to bring children, though.


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Haiduc
Sanamluang Cafe 4 stars
Love Thai food? Then you'll absolutely fall head over heels in love with this restaurant called "Sanamluang Cafe," centered right in Los Angeles, California. Weird name, I know, but that's not what matters -- it's what awaits inside.

The food in here is surprisingly authentic and incredibly flavourful. There was a particular appetizer with (again) a strange name, which was great... it was an order of gooey, flattened dumplings filled with your choice of either spinach or broccoli. I'd recommend the broccoli, actually.

While this place isn't spotless, it's probably as clean as any other restaurant you would find back in Thailand. Also, parking is extremely difficult in this particular part of the neighbourhood and you have to pay cash, which is a huge turn-off for many people, especially in the LA area. Overall, four stars.


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Haiduc
The 94th Aero Squadron 5 stars
The 94th Aero Squadron is a wonderful restaurant located in Los Angeles, California, and has become quite a hit amongst not only the locals, but also with the tourists. You won't have to worry about coming here and being rushed, but rather, they allow everyone to sit around, enjoy wonderful food and have a great time in a nice atmosphere.

The place itself is well-decorated on both the inside and outside, with some actual military vehicles centered outside on display. You can watch the planes go by outside (if you're lucky enough to get a table by the window) because the restaurant itself is settled right by the Van Nuys airport.

As for the food, I would highly recommend the steak... it's incredibly flavourful, juicy and just downright good.


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Haiduc
Ca' Brea 5 stars
I had heard people rave about this place being the number one restaurant in all of Los Angeles and honestly... I agree.

The restaurant itself has a nice and cozy atmosphere that'll make you feel right at home and able to have a great time, while the service here is fantastic, despite the fact that they're a bit overworked, I think.

As far as recommendations go, I'd say get their bacon-wrapped cheese appetizer. Their seafood here is abundant, as I had a dish called "Bigoletti," which was pasta that had HUGE chunks of lobster, and came out piping hot and quite fast, actually.

Be sure to come early, as they're usually packed.


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Haiduc
Gulfstream Restaurant 4 stars
No matter what state you're in, before coming here, I would highly recommend calling at least 30 minutes ahead to be placed on the waiting list. When you arrive, whatever the wait time is, they'll cut it in half... usually.

The inside is decorated with sleek, red-leather booths, Asian-inspired lighting fixtures and gleaming teak paneling smack of mid-century chic. Surprisingly enough, the Gulf Stream Restaurant is one of the offshoot chains of Houston's, owned by the Hillstone Restaurant Group.

Naturally, their menu is heavy on seafood. As far as recommendations go, I'd try going for their cedar-plank roasted salmon if looking for a more flavourful entree. Another great choice is their tuna burger, which is a well-seasoned patty of ground ahi, seared to just-pink perfection.


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peachy
Citadel Shopping Outlet - Los Angeles 5 stars
This particular shopping outlet is in between Los Angeles and your way to Anaheim. The outside of the outlet is like a big, beige castle with large gargoyles (or something that looks like them) hanging off the side. It's quite cheesy looking.

But the inside is great in terms of shopping variety! There was so much good shopping that I was there from 10:30 in the morning and shopped straight until 5:30. I didn't eat my lunch until then! It was nice that it was an outside plaza model. So in order to get to each store, you actually have to walk outside. Gave you a chance to enjoy the sun and determine what time it was.

For $200, I went to the car with a ton of stuff! More than 10 shirts which included work type clothes alone. I bought some knick knacks for the kids too. The good part, well for me and not the merchants is that it can get a little tricky to drive into the parking lot. So when I was there, it wasn't crowded at all.

Some places were still expensive to me so I didn't end up shopping at Ann Taylor or high end places such as that. For me, it was extra nice as there were a number of stores that we don't have in my country that were there.

The place was clean...even the washrooms. This place is so ready for people to shop that when you go the washroom, there is a special counter in the stall for you to put your items so that they don't touch the floor or get wet. Now that's good shopping!

Bring some good walking shoes and credit cards to shop here.


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sonoflaw
Little Tokyo 4 stars
There are miniature versions of Japan all over the United States, and these ‘Little Tokyos’ are growing all over the United States thanks to the equally growing number of sushi restaurants throughout the country. While San Francisco may have the best China Town and New York City has the best Korea Town, it is Downtown Los Angeles that has the incomparably best Little Tokyo. The thing that makes Little Tokyo so impressive and amazing is its history, which is deeply rooted to the fact that since the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, many people of Japanese decent have looked for a place to call home. While the prejudices may have passed, the cultural history of Little Tokyo has stayed strong to this day, and while those living in the area will offer a wide variety of Japanese consumer goods, many shopkeepers will make it clear to visitors that they are not Japanese themselves, and are proud of it. Located within Little Tokyo is the Japanese American National Museum, which describes the history I have touched on in greater detail, and is almost a required part of one’s visit to the area. The other required part of visiting Little Tokyo is buying some sweets. Outside of Japan, even the best Japanese markets offer sad comparisons to Japan’s homemade bean-paste mochi rice balls, but the owners of the sweet shops in Little Tokyo have been around for a long time, and offer the most authentic Japanese desserts around. Also in Little Tokyo are some fantastic markets, sushi restaurants, and Japanese book stores, and even an extension of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Little Tokyo also features some of Los Angeles’ most beautiful and well-run Buddhist temples, worth at least taking a tour of. Finally, visitors can go to the Yaohan plaza mall (which has since changed its name, though I cannot remember to what), where they can spend the day shopping in a plethora of Japanese shops from automobile upgrade shops to kitchenware stores. Little Tokyo can easily take up hours and hours of a visit to Downtown L.A., so unless visitors plan to only go to one shop or skip the museums, I suggest planning an entire day around this journey.

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sonoflaw
Giant Robot Store and Giant Robot II 4 stars
While I am not going to write many reviews for stores, as I do not usually consider them a prime stop during my journeys around the United States, there will occasionally be a place so odd that I cannot really help writing about it and suggesting that everybody see it at least once in their lives. There is one such store on Sawtelle Blvd, in Los Angeles, CA. The Giant Robot Store and Giant Robot Store II are located between Mississippi and La Grange on Sawtelle Blvd, are more like modern art museums than shops, but nonetheless everything is for sale there. The best seller at these stores are the t-shirts that often have modern Japanese artwork on them that makes little to no sense (I have a shirt with bunnies crowding an unplugged toaster), but the store thrives on its little plastic gizmos. Boxes of surprise toys and plastic wind-up gizmos that play tiny musical instruments only start to explain the variety of oddities available at these stores. They often have stuffed animals without form and teddy bears with bloody claws, stickers of cats and hamburgers to attach to your mirror at home and staplers that don’t require staples! Basically, Giant Robot is a Japanese game show in shop form, and while I rarely buy from them, I do visit the store whenever I am in the Los Angeles area. The Giant Robot Store II even offers a small art gallery on their wall with some of the best contemporary artists in America and Japan showing off their works. The best things on sale at the Giant Robot Store, in my opinion, are its books. Offering the best modern Japanese art book selections in the city, they also the best independent graphic novel selections available in the area. So check out the Giant Robot Store, it’s smaller than a museum, but a great stop during a day of Boba and Karaoke on the Sawtelle strip.

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sonoflaw
Staples Center 3 stars
Driving up to Los Angeles’s newest and largest indoor stadium can be deceiving. The first time I went to the Staples Center for a basketball game, I thought that it did not look like the average concert hall and sports stadium, more like a shopping mall, with its large glass fronted, bright outer wall and its looming vertical façade. What surprised me even more was the lack of the usual gigantic parking lot. Apparently there is a nearby vip lot, but most visitors park in other surrounding buildings. The inside of Staples Center is as surprising as the outside, with walls of food courts just like any other stadium, except that the restaurants are all fairly high class. Apart from the basic hot dog vendors, everything from pubs with rare brews to sushi and gourmet pizza is available within the center, and with certain close up seats for a concert or sports game, I was even able to order food from a menu once (though this may have been a temporary service). The center itself has remarkable acoustics and cleverly arranged seating so that even when sitting far away, I still felt closer to the central presentation than if I had been watching from my television at home. The best way to experience Staples Center, of course, is for basketball games. The few games I have seen at this performance hall have been easier to see and more fun to watch than at any other sports arena in the country. Every time I visit LA I try to find an event or two at this remarkable building, and highly recommend one of its shows to those stopping in LA for at least a week (as it is expensive and unnecessary during a short vacation). For better food and a better time than most sports arenas in California (I am not actually a huge fan of Dodgers Stadium) can offer, definitely go for a show at the Staples Center.

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