Guides, US

NYT’s LA on the cheap

In the great book of travel writing cliches, it’s mentioned that every article about Los Angeles must contain an opening graf calling it a “wasteland.” A manifestation of the old-fashioned East Coast hate for El Lay, it’s pretty common really. In writing his Frugal Traveler guide to Los Angeles for the New York Times, Gregory Dicum writes: “My wife doesn’t like Los Angeles. “The cars,” she says, “the smog – it’s a wasteland!”“

But we’ll forgive him for that. Because it’s actually a pretty good guide. The highlights of Los Angeles on the cheap? Griffith Park, boutique b&b; Sanborn Guest House (though, at $89 a night, it might not be on some people’s “frugal” list), tickets to a taping of The King of Queens, Indian food from Electric Lotus, the 4100 Bar in Silver Lake, gay bar Akbar, the Farmers’ Market at Sunset Junction, a vegan Ethiopian restaurant (Rahel) and that grade school field trip classic, the La Brea Tar Pits.