Chef George Abou-Daoud of Farida Shares His 10 Favorite Dishes in L.A.

When this man talks about pasta, we listen

1. Fried Egg Salad, Green Onion, Chili, Lime Juice at Ruen Pair


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“I’m often working late at my restaurants and this is by far my favorite late-night snack. It’s spicy, acidic, deep fried, and delicious.”


2. The Newman Sandwich at Wexler’s

Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles

“I have Katz’s in New York, and Wexler’s in LA. My top spots for a great sandwich.”


3. Lamb Neck, Parsnip, Pecan at Kali


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“Kevin Meehan is an extremely talented chef, and I’m always excited to see what he has cookin’ next.”


4. Celeriac Pasta at Baroo


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“Although the kimchi fried rice gets a lot of attention- in my opinion, this is the best dish at Baroo.”


5. Late Night Combo with Brisket Soybean Stew at Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong

Various Locations

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“You know your food will be great when the banchan is thoughtful and fresh.”


6. Kurobuta Pork Chop with Brussels, Pancetta, Apple Cider Vinegar at Lucques

West Hollywood

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“I know it’s cliché, but I think this place is always amazing.”


7. Noodles with Sesame Sauce and Pork Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung


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“This dish is articulate, rich and addictive – one of the most consistent restaurants in LA.”


8. Sushi at Hama Sushi

Little Tokyo

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“Fresh, great sushi. One of my favorite spots in Little Tokyo with quality fish, a simple space – feels like you’re actually in Tokyo.”


9. Spelt Maccheroncini, Wild Mushrooms, Cavolo Nero at Alimento

Silver Lake

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“Chef Zach’s pastas are brilliant, and aside from my own biased opinion about Bowery Bungalow in Silverlake, I do believe it’s Silverlake’s best.”


10. Boiled Chicken in Green Pepper Sauce at Chengdu Taste


“Rare food stateside from an inland region known for Pandas and Sichuan peppers – what’s not to like?”