One of my favorite Taiwanese restaurants happens to be in Monterey Park. It also happens to have a very strange name. It's called Huge Tree Pastry which i've nicknamed Happy Tree Time. On occasion i'll find myself there with friends being sassed and harassed by the waitress and owner. Definitely drop by if you want to try some authentic Taiwanese food. It's good. It's like my momma makes. It's like Taiwan.
That day I also visited Coffee Commissary. Beyond the see of hipsters and Apple products lies a small group of barristas that make some killer coffee. I've had everything from Cappuccino to Cold brew there, and it's always been satisfying. On occasion you'll also enjoy some random baked goods there that are always surprisingly good.
Last stop for this post is Shin-Sen-Gumi in Little Tokyo. There are several types of ramen and each have their own place in my heart. Shin-Sen-Gumi serves Hakata style ramen built to order. The best part is an extra serving of noodles for $1 and orders of perfectly made runny eggs. I still don't know how they do it, but it's too good to bother asking.