Porto's Bakery is a family owned bakery and sandwich shop that extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. Don't let the long lines phase you, they move quickly and the service is friendly and fast. There is a wide selection of bakery items, including breads, cookies, cakes and any pastries you can dream of. There are also amazing sandwiches, both traditional Californian and Cuban sandwiches. Everything is moderately priced and delicious!
Since 1918, this place has been serving some of the best French dip sandwiches in the world. That seems logical because it was Philippe, The Original who claims to have invented the juicy concoction over 100 years ago. Besides the tender and succulent meat, the prices haven't changed much since either; a roast beef, pork, turkey, ham or leg of lamb sandwich will satiate your palate and leave your pocket without a dent! Want a cup of coffee? Head here for a steaming cup that will leave you feeling energized for the day.
Sometimes the simple things in life are the most pleasant. Simply Coffee, an independent specialty coffee bar in the heart of Burbank, lives by that motto. The coffee bar is a wood panel spectacle, though it offers a neighborhood vibe and friendlier attitude than hipster coffee joints. There’s a generous collection of organic teas and coffees along with salads, a few lunch items, and ten flavors of latte. Enjoy a sunny day with a cold brew or Mexican Mocha on the Zen patio.
This small restaurant is a popular local spot and is known for perhaps the best breakfast burritos in California. Corner Cottage has a wide variety of Californian dishes, including chicken bowls, bacon breakfast burritos, cheeseburgers, and more. Make sure you try some of their salsa as well! Not only is the food amazing, the prices are easy on your wallet. Although well-known, this restaurant is tiny and most people take their food to-go.
Though the name of this restaurant is quite a mouthful, its philosophy is simple: good food and live entertainment. With all the ultra-trendy bars in L.A. for people under 40, it's good to find one where all ages are welcome, including those of the older set. Affordable appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and soups round out the menu at Joe's, but the real reason folks keep coming back for more is the live music every night. You won't hear some obscure punk band coming out of the speakers. Blues, Rockabilly, Country, Jazz, Swing, karaoke, and classic Rock and Roll are featured every day of the week through great local artists and bands, so be sure to make use of the smooth wooden dance floor.
This family-owned sandwich joint is a popular spot among the locals. Hy Mart Sandwiches serves Mediterranean inspired sandwiches and wraps for all palates. These are made daily using only fresh ingredients. Vegetarians will delight in their Falafel, Bennito's Burrito, Grape Leave Madness, and Falafelonee. Meat lovers will dig their Gyro, Kobi Dan, Chicken Delight, and Gyro Gone Wild.
Mr Ramen has been serving filling and flavorful bowls of noodles at low prices to eager patrons for many years. The eatery lets you choose from a broad variety of ingredients and protein options, including pork and seafood, so you can customize your ramen dish to your particular craving. There is also a generous vegetarian section on the menu and a few savory appetizers, including curries and gyozas. The decor is plain and fancy-free, so it's all about the noodles.
Kula Revolving Sushi Bar stands out from the manifold sushi restaurants dotting Little Tokyo due to its unique concept. Here, after paying a set price, guests can pick and choose food from a conveyor belt that is constantly revolving. Items not placed on the belt can be ordered separately. Patrons can savor dishes such as Tuna Yukke, Crunch Roll, Salmon Skin Hand Roll, Spicy Scallop Hand Roll, Red Crab Roll, Salmon Belly and Red Snapper Sushi. With its inexpensive prices, this is more of a fast food joint with contemporary sushi recipes than a fine dining sushi establishment.
Café Dulcé, as its name suggests, is a charming bakery and coffee shop in Little Tokyo, with charming interiors and patio seating. It is popular for its green tea donut and spirulina churro. Guests can enjoy a selection of cakes with beautiful decorations, sandwiches, brick toast, roti buns and home-made baguettes. Its donuts are available in a variety of flavors like fruits, bacon, custard and cream. It also boasts of a selection of milk tea and iced coffee infused with Hong Kong or Vietnamese flavors. A favorite with kids and adults alike, this is a great place for a cup of coffee and delicious confectioneries without paying a bombshell.
If you find yourself in Little Tokyo with a hankering for some delicious Japanese fare, then head on down to Mitsuru Cafe. The restaurant is a casual little eatery that is far removed from the upscale sushi bars that can be found throughout the city. The fluffy and delicious Imagawayaki are by far their most popular treats; prepared fresh by the window, these red bean filled girddle cakes are truly a delicacy and can be enjoyed on the go. Apart from sushi and sashimi, the restaurant also serves a selection of other Japanese dishes including octopus filled takoyaki, Mitarashi Dango or Mochi balls, Pork Shu Mai, Okonomiyaki and a variety of skewers. Breakfast is served all day.
Tucked away in the Grand Central Market and amongst many food joints, Jose Chiquito is a hole in the wall Mexican diner. Mostly frequented by shoppers, commuters and downtowners, they have an extensive menu of burgers and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Savor their dishes like Pastrami, Egg and Avocado Breakfast Wrap and Gyro. Please bring cash along as credit cards are not accepted.
Ramen Hood is a petite shop in Los Angeles' Grand Central Market bringing you the traditional Japanese Ramen in vegan. The ramen broth is made of sunflower seeds in the signature Ramen Hood style making sure it's thick and creamy. The menu is restricted to two types of ramen, a regular ramen and a spicy variation of it. Add on sides like pickles and tofu can be added to your ramen. Be sure to try out the trademark Ramen Hood vegan boiled egg among other extras that are optional. Ramen Hood is one hundred percent vegan and is great for those who are on a diet or are vegan as well.