Bottega Louie brings European panache to the streets of LA with a delicious contemporary Italian menu. Opt for the Farmers Market Breakfast at their weekend brunch, a platter of poached eggs, vegetables and parmesan, or relish small plates of raspberry beignets or portobello fries. Complement your meal with something from their extensive beverage list; flavored soda, beer, juices, lattes or heady cocktails to name a few. The sprawling high-beamed space is decorated with crisp white walls and marble counter tops for a classy, East Coast feel, and exudes an understated elegance. Head to the deli for food to go, as well as inspiration to experiment in your own kitchen.
Still commonly known as the "Rainbow Room," this fabled Sunset Strip institution continues to deliver a good time with live rock shows, fun finger food and late-night dining. The roomy interiors consist of a dining room, several bars, upstairs dance floor and patio decorated with kitschy rock 'n' roll memorabilia, Christmas lights, burgundy leather booths and even a vintage arcade game. The food offered is an Italian-American fusion of popular munchies such as pizza, sandwiches, steaks and a diverse vegetarian selection. Keep in mind that it is possible to reserve special seating above the stage.
Since Lawry's The Prime Rib specializes in prime rib, come with a hearty appetite. Seat yourself in the elegant dining room complete with polished mahogany and art decorated walls. Choose from the different cuts of prime rib available. Go for the Diamond Jim Brady cut—all prime rib dinners are served with salad, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, fresh whipped cream, horseradish, and a choice of vegetable. Make sure you arrive in formals.
Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills institution is the place to be. Like all of the celebrity chef's ventures, the atmosphere at Spago Beverly Hills emphasizes that delicious food can be fun. The luxurious and intimate setting at this restaurant makes it perfect for an intimate meal and especially for special occasions. The wine and cocktail lists are comprehensive and provide the perfect accompaniments to your rich food.
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!
The flagship of this charming chain looks and feels as good as ever. Designated as a State Point of Historical Interest, this is the first Bob's Big Boy! Take a moment to admire the huge Big Boy statue before you head inside this child-friendly spot. Enjoy classic American diner food that feels like the type of dishes Fonzie would approve of. There is even car-hop service on the weekends. Friday night brings loads of car enthusiasts showing off their hotrods.
With innovative offerings like crispy tamarind glazed pork belly and chicken tikka poutine, this downtown gastropub will change the way you look at Indian food. Soaring ceilings and a wall covered in colorful horizontal stripes greets patrons in the dining room. Contemporary light fixtures punctuate the entire space. Kitschy Bollywood posters adorning the walls complete the decor; a refreshing change from the done-to-death exotic themes prevalent in most Indian restaurants. The menu offers a mix of traditional and quirky creations. Street food favorites like papri chaat and samosas start off the proceedings. Traditional favorites include the butter chicken, smoked eggplant mash and chicken tikka masala. The spiced lamb burger has received accolades and should not me missed. The drinks list offers a choice of wines, beers as well as Indian cola imports like ThumsUp and Limca.
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.
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.
Hama Sushi is always bustling with patrons due to the popularity that this sushi bar enjoys in the Little Tokyo neighborhood. It is especially frequented for its Red Snapper sushi, replete with a tinge of lemon. Their sushi and sahimi is also offered in varieties such as Tuna Toro, Yellowtail Collar, Monk Fish Liver, Uni, Albacore Sashimi, Shrimp Tempura Roll and Salmon Handroll. The appealing visual presentation of the platters, with green leafy garnish, only serves to increase one's appetite. It is better to approach this restaurant by public transport as it might be difficult to find a parking spot.
Micah Wexler started the eponymous Wexler's Deli to serve gourmet Jewish food in the delicatessen style. This chef emphasizes correct production methods and age-old techniques are used for smoking the meat and seafood. The meat is cured in a unique mix of spices and smoked for a very long time on apple wood to achieve the correct flavors and textures. Guests can watch as the staff slice the salmon and pastrami and serve the meat for takeaway or dining. Popular menu items include bagels served with cream cheese and smoked sturgeon, and the L.A. Bird, a roast turkey sandwich with coleslaw and mustard filling. To accompany the dishes, try beverages like Chocolate Egg Cream and the specialty pickles that are fermented using salt brine. The white, brick-walled counter is frequented by professionals who want a quick, gourmet snack for the road.
Maccheroni Republic is a casual Italian restaurant that offers diners a taste of traditional Italian cuisine that is simple, yet delicious. The menu is composed of antipasti, salads and homemade pasta, served alongside daily specials and desserts. The Polpettine di Gamberi - crispy fried shrimp cakes, the handmade Gnocchi, Squid-ink Pasta with Saffron Salmon Ragù and Linguine Al Frutti di Mare, are just a few of the many delicacies on offer. Simple, hearty and unpretentious, the food at Maccheroni Republic is served, as it should be, with a healthy dose of Italian hospitality and warmth.