We’ve wasted very little time getting down and dirty with the Los Angeles* food scene. After all, food is what we do best. I expect the following list to evolve and change over time but here are the places that we consider are personal hot spots and what we like to eat there.

1. BACO MERCAT

Josef Centeno's Baco Mercat in Downtown Los Angeles Bazole Salad

Order this: Baco Toron, “Caesar” brussels sprouts, and any of the veggie dishes
408 S Main St  Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213)687-8808

2. BADMAASH

Badmaash // Butter Chicken, Beef Short Rib

Order this: Keema Pow, Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs, Chicken Tikka Masala, Chai
108 W 2nd St Ste 104
(213) 221-7466

3. CAROUSEL

Carousel

Order this: Lentil Soup, Mutabbal (baba gannuj), Fool Mudammas, Vegetarian Mezza
304 N Brand Blvd Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 246-7775

4. FOUR CAFE

FourCafe

Order this: Picado Salad
2122 Colorado Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 550-1988

5. FORAGE

Forage

Order this: (White) Chicken and two sides or Three Sides and Daily Soup
3823 W Sunset Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 663-6885

6. GUISADOS

Guisados

Order this: Sampler Platter, Horchata
1261 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 250-7600

7. IN-N-OUT

InNOut

Order this: Double-Double Animal & Protein Style, Fries well-done
Multiple Locations

8. JITLADA THAI

JitladaThai

Order this: Crispy Morning Glory Salad, Fresh Papaya Salad, Green Curry
5233 W Sunset Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-9809

9.. KANG HODONG BAEKJEONG

KangHodongBaekjeong

Order this: Beef Combo
3465 W 6th St Ste 20 Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 384-9678

10. LEMON POPPY KITCHEN

LemmonPoppy

Order this: Feta and Dill Planchinta, Green Juice, Sweet Potato Hash, Savory Grains
3324 Verdugo Rd  Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 739-0012

11. LEO’S TACO TRUCK

Leo's

Order this: Veggie Tacos, Al Pastor Tacos, Cheese Quesadilla with Avocado y Green Chile (on the inside-very important!)
4300 Eagle Rock Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90041
 

12. LITTLE BEAST

LittleBeast

Order this: Flat Iron Steak or any of the Daily Specials
1496 Colorado Blvd  Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 341-5899

13. MILO & OLIVE

Milo&Olive

Order this: Roasted Garlic Knot, Chicken Meatballs, Chopped Salad, Margherita Pizza
(and don’t forget to scope out the pastry case before you go)
2723 Wilshire Blvd  Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 453-6776

14. NICK’S CAFE

NicksCafe

Order this: Luis’ Chilaquiles, Hot Chocolate w/ whip
1300 N Spring St  Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 222-1450

15. PING TUNG

PingTung

Order this: Seaweed and Bean Curd Salad, Spicy Crystal Shrimp Dumplings, Steamed BBQ Pork Buns
7455 Melrose Ave  Los Angeles, CA 90046
(213) 399-8216

16. SALT AIR

SaltAir

Order this: Lobster Roll, Pea Toast, Tuna Burger (+bacon!), Spritz
1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd  Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-9333

17. SIDECAR DOUGHNUTS & COFFEE

Sidecar

Order this:
Apple Pie with Tillamook Cheddar, Cinnamon Crumb, Peanut Butter & Huckleberry Jam (PB&J!), Vanilla Twist
270 E 17th St Ste 18 Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 887-2910

 

18. SQIRL

Sqirl

Kokuho Rose Brown Rice Bowl, Brioche Toast with Nut Butter and Jam, Roasted Carrots with Cumin Yogurt
720 N Virgil Ave #4 Los Angeles CA 90029

19. SYCAMORE KITCHEN

SycamoreKitchen

Order this: Jerusalem Bowl, Salted Caramel Pecan Babka Roll, Chinoix Salad
143 S La Brea Ave  Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 939-0151

20. WAT DONG MOON LEK

WatDongMoonLek

Order this: Nam Sod Crispy Rice Salad, Panang Curry, Tom Kha Udon Soup
4356 Fountain Ave  Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 666-5993

21. ZELO

ZeloPizza

Order this: Corn Pizza w/ Sausage, Blue Room (special), Primavera (special), Zuccato Cake
328 E. Foothill Blvd., Arcadia, CA 91006
(626)358-8298

*Not all of these spots are in Los Angeles proper but that’s okay. Go ahead and get after it. It’ll be worth the trip! Promise!

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