12 Best Restaurants in Los Angeles
The Sidewalk Food Tours of Los Angeles guides have compiled a list of their favorite restaurant picks, including those hidden gems known only to the native Angelenos. We hope you enjoy your eating adventure through LA’s rich culinary landscape!
Langer’s Deli – (Kosher deli) 704 S. Alvarado Street, Westlake Langersdeli.com – $$ While Cole’s and Phillipe’s are still fighting it out over who has the best french dip, Langer’s is the obvious winner for best pastrami sandwich in LA. The deli has been in the same spot since 1947. It’s won too many awards to list (the deli is even Zagat rated), and there’s many different versions of the sandwich – ranging in price from about $14 – nearly $20. There’s even a parking lot (paid, of course). Closed Sundays.
(In case you want to join in on comparing the two classic French Dips:)
Coles – 118 E 6th Street, Downtown 213dthospitality.com/project/coles
Philippe’s – 1001 N Alameda St, Chinatown philippes.com
Crawford’s – (Southern Dive Bar) 2616 Beverly Boulevard, Westlake instagram.com/crawfordsbarla – $ Although it’s more of a dive bar than a restaurant, and it really only has one main dish, that dish is so good it has to make the list. Southern style ‘hot’ fried chicken has made it to LA! $9 gets you two pieces of dark meat and a side. I usually go with the potato salad although the coleslaw and beans are great as well. Or just chill with a decently priced beer, boiled peanuts, or Ruffles with ‘burnt’ onion dip, slide up to the pool table or Big Game Hunter arcade game and be set for the night.
Il Capriccio (on Vermont) – (Authentic Italian) 1757 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Feliz Ilcapriccioonvermont.com – $$ In Los Feliz – moderate prices, fairly large portions – the intimate patio seating and incredible aromas from the open kitchen make me feel like I’m in New York city and a true local all at the same time. I’d recommend the Tagliolini Neri con gamberi – a squid ink pasta with shrimp in pink sauce… followed up by creme brulee and an espresso, of course. I haven’t had fresher pasta anywhere in LA.
Little Dom’s – (Italian) 2128 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Feliz littledoms.com/home – $$ Tucked away in Los Feliz is the Italian restaurant Little Dom’s. Perfect for brunch or dinner, or anytime really, Little Dom’s is hard to beat. It features a wide array of Italian classics and delicious brunch options, like their Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes. It single handedly made me fall back in love with spaghetti and meatballs after years of casual subjection to boxed pasta and Ragu.
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong – (Korean BBQ) 3465 W. 6th Street Ste. #20, Koreatown/Wilshire Ctr. tinyurl.com/baekjeong – $$ Another long wait, but another place that’s totally worth it. Whether at 10pm on a Thurs or 3pm on a Sunday, expect to wait at least 30 minutes. LA’s Koreatown has lots of Korean BBQ joints and this one is my favorite. This one is not all you can eat, like many of the Korean BBQ eateries in the area, but the quality and cuts of meat here sets this place on another level. You can get a pork or beef combo for about $60 which is enough food for three hungry people. Go with friends and kick back with a couple of Sojus and Hites. This is the only US restaurant in this Korean chain owned by a Korean professional wrestler, and his wild pictures are all over the place.
Larchmont Village Wine, Spirits & Cheese – (& Sandwiches) 223 N. Larchmont Blvd, Windsor Sq. larchmontvillagewine.com – $ This wine and cheese shop has some of my favorite sandwiches in town. The lunch line starts out the door around 11. Step up to the deli counter and pick one of the sandwiches and customize it to your liking. Then watch as they grab the deli meats and cheeses and shave it straight onto your hot French baguette. Popular choices are the prosciutto and mozzarella and the caprese, but my favorite is the sopressata, salami and Spanish manchego cheese. Every sandwich comes with olives and pickles. The few tables out front go quick, so don’t be afraid to grab a seat on the curb with everyone else. Go next level and call in your order ahead and skip the line. Closed Sundays.
Osteria La Buca – (Italian) 5210 Melrose Avenue, Larchmont – $$ Located in the No man’s land between Hollywood, Larchmont Village and K-Town, this neighborhood Italian eatery has always served locals and is now a destination in itself. A new chef recently took the helm and has a rotating menu of fresh, seasonal veggies, hand made pasta, and the best meats and seafood. Short rib ravioli, traditional bucatini carbonara, and a burrata starter are my favorites. Dress hip, bring a date, split a bottle of wine, and kick back for a great night.
Chego – (Asian/Latin Fusion) 727 N. Broadway Unit 117, Chinatown eatchego.com – $ From famed Los Angeles chef and restaurateur, Roy Choi, Chego is a restaurant that might not exist outside of Los Angeles. Chego mixes Korean and Mexican influences featuring pork belly rice bowls and spicy noodles. It’s hearty and deserves to be experienced on an empty stomach. Tucked away in a shopping plaza in Chinatown, Chego is a quintessential LA spot that shouldn’t be missed. Closed Mondays.
Jitlada – (Thai) 5233 Sunset Boulevard, East Hollywood Jitladala.wordpress.com – $$ Los Angeles has to be one of the best places in the world for Thai food outside of actual Thailand. My favorite restaurant of them all is Jitlada. Consistently one of LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold’s top picks, Jitlada focuses on the cuisine from Southern Thailand, which features spicier dishes and fantastic fish options. The Southern Curry, Whole Snapper, and Fried Morning Glory are among the standouts in this restaurant that can do no wrong. Closed Mondays.
Kettle Glazed – (Donuts) 6211 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood Hills kettleglazed.com – $ Driving down any given block in LA, you’re nearly bound to find a donut shop. Of them all, Kettle Glazed is my favorite. With classics such as the chocolate glazed to newer kids on the block, the Cronut, Kettle has them all. They’ve even gone a step further and created their own donut masterpiece, the Cruffin – part croissant, part muffin, part donut, 100%