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12 Curry Dishes in Los Angeles That Are Absolutely Money

Laker fans can wish we get Stephen Curry but until then, we can settle into a bowl of delicious curry.

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Stephen Curry on the Golden State Warriors
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NBA Most Valuable Player and Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry is making all the headlines by being in the NBA Finals, but if you're a Laker fan (or just the Lakers), you're probably watching the Finals at home and thinking to yourself, "Man, I could really go for some curry right now."

And though you may be referring to perhaps the best pure shooter in this generation somehow donning a Laker jersey, we're willing to bet you wouldn't mind some of the savory Asian gravy, either. Whether you're a fan of fragrant coconut milk curries from Thailand, dipping some naan into lamb vindaloo or you want to give crunchy fried katsu a little kick of garam masala, here's a list of ways to get your curry fix in Los Angeles.

As for Steph? He comes off the Warriors' books in 2018 — so don't hold your breath, Laker fans.

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1. Menchi Katsu at Curry House

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123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St Ste 204
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 620-0855
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This Los Angeles-area chain/institution has been the gateway drug for Japanese curry (or karae) for countless Southern California residents. The standard order is still the menchi katsu curry, which takes a deep-fried hamburger patty atop a bed of rice and slathers all of it in a pool of savory, tangy Japanese curry.

2. Khao Soi/Beef Panang Curry at Sticky Rice

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317 S. Broadway #C-4-5
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(626) 872-0353
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This list would be incomplete without mention of Dave Tewasart's two phenomenal curry-based offerings. The first is the khao soi, a Chiang Mai curry noodle soup dish that plays like a practical symphony of contrasting textures and flavors. Coconut based curry is the savory base that gets topped with noodles, chicken, crunchy noodles, and pickles. The second is the rotating curry option at the original Sticky Rice. Don't skip the beef panang curry, lovingly made and dutifully skimmed of excess fat so you can still eat savory and not feel like a greasy mess after lunch.

3. Oxtail Curry at Jitlada Thai Restaurant

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5233 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-9809
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"A non-seafood curry at Jitlada?" Indeed, there are those of us who cannot (or will not) eat seafood or shellfish. Normally this would be considered a crime at Jitlada, if it weren't for two things: The pretty-much-no-longer-secret Jitlada Burger and the Oxtail Curry, which incorporates the rich, gelatinous meat of oxtail into an already rich coconut curry broth. Who needs crab legs and morning glory, anyway?

4. Duck Curry at Hoy Ka Noodles

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5401 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 463-1339
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Few dishes marry gaminess and sweetness to produce something as savory as Hoy Ka Noodles' smoked duck curry. The only accoutrement necessary is a bowl of steamed rice. Work spoonfuls of the coconut milk adulterated gravy into the bed of rice, savor slowly, and thank us later.

5. Paprika Currywurst at Berlin Currywurst

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3827 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 663-1989
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The good folks at Berlin Currywurst bring an authentic German street food staple stateside: The venerable currywurst, which takes a sausage and douses it in curry powder and sauce for a snack that's salty, spicy and endlessly beer-able (pretty sure that word was made up just now). Don't skip the fries, either, because... duh. Fries.

6. Curry Chili Cheese Fries at Hurry Curry of Tokyo

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2131 Sawtelle Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 473-1640
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Imitated, but never duplicated, the curry chili cheese fries at Hurry Curry are a one of a kind treat for those who love the flavor of Japanese curry and dream of it paired with crispy-fried spuds. Is it awful for you? Am I supposed to order them on the basis that they're simply fries with curry, cheese and onions on top? Yes.

7. Curry Udon at Marugame Monzo

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329 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 346-9762

An oft-underrated Japanese curry dish is curry udon, or udon noodles steeped in a curry flavored broth. The heft of Monzo's hand-pulled noodles (the golden mean between chewy and al dente) are given savory life in the curry broth, which requires the chewiness of udon noodles to be fully appreciated.

8. Katsu Curry at Wako Donkasu

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2904 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 387-9256

Don't worry, Koreatown, no one's leaving you out of the curry debate. Though the execution is decidedly Japanese, curry is an immensely popular dish with the Korean community, as well. It's also no coincidence that the vinegary, spicy bite of kimchi pairs contrasts so well with the deep flavor of curry. Koreatown's archetype of the humble curry katsu has a home at Wako Donkasu, where a serviceable curry replaces the traditional katsu sauce, and makes it roughly a million times better.

9. Coconut Curry Mussels at Badmaash

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108 W 2nd St Apt 104
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 221-7466
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Everyone's favorite gringo-friendly Indian gastropub knows how to work the funk of curry, whether it's in the ghost chili vindaloo (OK, maybe it's not so friendly) or in the coconut curry mussels. The curry and mussels are wonderful complements, with a leftover broth that's more imaginative and altogether more delicious than the standard white wine, herbs and garlic treatment usually foisted upon the humble bivalves.

10. Lamb Vindaloo at Gate of India

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7300 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 874-6673
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Though we're pretty sure the gate to India is about 8000 miles away, Gate of India is sure to transport you to some serious heat with its lamb vindaloo. A pinch of citrus and little potatoes are the only respite from the serious heat of the vindaloo sauce. Weaker stomachs, approach with caution.

11. Lamb Curry at Appna Dhaba Cuisine of India

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18413 Pioneer Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701
(562) 924-3111

As any self-respecting Angeleno fan of South Asian cuisine should know, Little India in Artesia, California (still technically L.A. County) is the place to go. A stretch of Pioneer Blvd. from South St. all the way north to 183rd is dotted with quality restaurants and some enticing lunch buffets. Appna Dhaba Cuisine of India is one such place that happens to serve a pretty good lamb curry. If not only for the restaurant, it's definitely worth a drive down the I-605 to the southern border of Los Angeles County for any Angeleno looking to get a glimpse (or taste) of an incredibly rich culinary culture.

12. Goat Curry at Bombay Tandoori

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4411 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 303-3185
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Bombay Tandoori looks more like a banquet hall and buffet than a traditional sit-down restaurant, but residents of the South Bay (and even those from The Bay Area) swear by the food, including a sizable buffet that happens to boast a pretty popular rotation of curries, including goat curry. Something about gamey meats just tend to lend themselves well to garam masala — and who are we to ask questions?

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1. Menchi Katsu at Curry House

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St Ste 204, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This Los Angeles-area chain/institution has been the gateway drug for Japanese curry (or karae) for countless Southern California residents. The standard order is still the menchi katsu curry, which takes a deep-fried hamburger patty atop a bed of rice and slathers all of it in a pool of savory, tangy Japanese curry.

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St Ste 204
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2. Khao Soi/Beef Panang Curry at Sticky Rice

317 S. Broadway #C-4-5, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This list would be incomplete without mention of Dave Tewasart's two phenomenal curry-based offerings. The first is the khao soi, a Chiang Mai curry noodle soup dish that plays like a practical symphony of contrasting textures and flavors. Coconut based curry is the savory base that gets topped with noodles, chicken, crunchy noodles, and pickles. The second is the rotating curry option at the original Sticky Rice. Don't skip the beef panang curry, lovingly made and dutifully skimmed of excess fat so you can still eat savory and not feel like a greasy mess after lunch.

317 S. Broadway #C-4-5
Los Angeles, CA 90013

3. Oxtail Curry at Jitlada Thai Restaurant

5233 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

"A non-seafood curry at Jitlada?" Indeed, there are those of us who cannot (or will not) eat seafood or shellfish. Normally this would be considered a crime at Jitlada, if it weren't for two things: The pretty-much-no-longer-secret Jitlada Burger and the Oxtail Curry, which incorporates the rich, gelatinous meat of oxtail into an already rich coconut curry broth. Who needs crab legs and morning glory, anyway?

5233 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

4. Duck Curry at Hoy Ka Noodles

5401 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Few dishes marry gaminess and sweetness to produce something as savory as Hoy Ka Noodles' smoked duck curry. The only accoutrement necessary is a bowl of steamed rice. Work spoonfuls of the coconut milk adulterated gravy into the bed of rice, savor slowly, and thank us later.

5401 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

5. Paprika Currywurst at Berlin Currywurst

3827 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The good folks at Berlin Currywurst bring an authentic German street food staple stateside: The venerable currywurst, which takes a sausage and douses it in curry powder and sauce for a snack that's salty, spicy and endlessly beer-able (pretty sure that word was made up just now). Don't skip the fries, either, because... duh. Fries.

3827 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. Curry Chili Cheese Fries at Hurry Curry of Tokyo

2131 Sawtelle Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Imitated, but never duplicated, the curry chili cheese fries at Hurry Curry are a one of a kind treat for those who love the flavor of Japanese curry and dream of it paired with crispy-fried spuds. Is it awful for you? Am I supposed to order them on the basis that they're simply fries with curry, cheese and onions on top? Yes.

2131 Sawtelle Blvd
West Los Angeles, CA 90025

7. Curry Udon at Marugame Monzo

329 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

An oft-underrated Japanese curry dish is curry udon, or udon noodles steeped in a curry flavored broth. The heft of Monzo's hand-pulled noodles (the golden mean between chewy and al dente) are given savory life in the curry broth, which requires the chewiness of udon noodles to be fully appreciated.

329 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

8. Katsu Curry at Wako Donkasu

2904 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

Don't worry, Koreatown, no one's leaving you out of the curry debate. Though the execution is decidedly Japanese, curry is an immensely popular dish with the Korean community, as well. It's also no coincidence that the vinegary, spicy bite of kimchi pairs contrasts so well with the deep flavor of curry. Koreatown's archetype of the humble curry katsu has a home at Wako Donkasu, where a serviceable curry replaces the traditional katsu sauce, and makes it roughly a million times better.

2904 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

9. Coconut Curry Mussels at Badmaash

108 W 2nd St Apt 104, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Everyone's favorite gringo-friendly Indian gastropub knows how to work the funk of curry, whether it's in the ghost chili vindaloo (OK, maybe it's not so friendly) or in the coconut curry mussels. The curry and mussels are wonderful complements, with a leftover broth that's more imaginative and altogether more delicious than the standard white wine, herbs and garlic treatment usually foisted upon the humble bivalves.

108 W 2nd St Apt 104
Los Angeles, CA 90012

10. Lamb Vindaloo at Gate of India

7300 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Though we're pretty sure the gate to India is about 8000 miles away, Gate of India is sure to transport you to some serious heat with its lamb vindaloo. A pinch of citrus and little potatoes are the only respite from the serious heat of the vindaloo sauce. Weaker stomachs, approach with caution.

7300 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

11. Lamb Curry at Appna Dhaba Cuisine of India

18413 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

As any self-respecting Angeleno fan of South Asian cuisine should know, Little India in Artesia, California (still technically L.A. County) is the place to go. A stretch of Pioneer Blvd. from South St. all the way north to 183rd is dotted with quality restaurants and some enticing lunch buffets. Appna Dhaba Cuisine of India is one such place that happens to serve a pretty good lamb curry. If not only for the restaurant, it's definitely worth a drive down the I-605 to the southern border of Los Angeles County for any Angeleno looking to get a glimpse (or taste) of an incredibly rich culinary culture.

18413 Pioneer Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701

12. Goat Curry at Bombay Tandoori

4411 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505

Bombay Tandoori looks more like a banquet hall and buffet than a traditional sit-down restaurant, but residents of the South Bay (and even those from The Bay Area) swear by the food, including a sizable buffet that happens to boast a pretty popular rotation of curries, including goat curry. Something about gamey meats just tend to lend themselves well to garam masala — and who are we to ask questions?

4411 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

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