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.
In the heart of Magnolia Park, Romancing the Bean is a local favorite founded by a culinary arts specialist and her family. It’s a great option for consistently good coffee, fresh-pressed juices, desserts, sandwiches, and tasty small dishes. There’s some outdoor seating out front, but the interior is a gem with all-marble countertops, plush-leather seats, and exposed brick. Many, if not most of the ingredients are bought at local farmers’ markets, and the quality is evident.
Come here to unwind! Father's Office is known around the world for its expertly assembled gourmet cheeseburgers and its impressive drought beer selection. The beers are cold and the award-winning burgers are hefty. Those craving something less substantial can opt for delicious tapas, skewers or the popular sweet potato fries. The interior is unpretentious, with hardwood floors and petite tables that are conducive to conversation. So order an award wining local craft beer and relax!
Bestia is a labor of love for the husband & wife duo, Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, who not only own this Italian establishment, but also serve as its executive and pastry chefs. Tucked away in downtown Los Angeles, Bestia is known for its exquisite home-cooked multi-regional Italian fare like their charcuterie, Neapolitan style pizzas, and bread baked in their wood burning oven. The industrial like space features subway tiles, exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings, and exposed light bulb pendants casting a warm glow. The menu offers ample choices with mouth-watering options like the Peruvian Scallop Crudo, Grilled Spiced Pork Loin, Beef Tartare Crostino, Ricotta Tortelli and Strawberry Frozen Tart for dessert. A delectable cocktail or wine served here adds a perfect pairing with the meals for guests.
Flore is the hippest place to chow down, especially for allies of the organic and vegan revolutions. Everything on the menu has been carefully chosen for the dietary demands of soy-lovers and consumers of healthy, planet-friendly foods, from the Blueberry Buckwheat “Bliss” pancakes to the Tempeh Rueben, a sandwich with layers of tofu and cashew cheeses, tempeh, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing, all piled on organic corn rye. The pizzas, salads and entrées are delicious here too. A daily dessert selection is also in the mix, along with complementary mint-flavored water, sociable servers, and a brunch option every weekend.
Tucked away and hidden in an obscure strip mall, this Middle Eastern restaurant is truly a great Los Angeles find. Marouch Restaurant has garnered much acclaim and has been repeatedly voted as the best in its category thanks to the denizens of this fare Californian metropolis. Specializing in Armenian and Lebanese dishes, Marouch bakes its own pita bread from scratch, offers combination plates and daily specials. All entrees are served with rice, pickles and pita bread, making for a filling meal. From shawarma, kabobs, and falafels, to tabbouleh, and meza appetizers, Marouch has delicious options.
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.
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.
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.
Men Oh Tokushima Ramen, as its name suggests, specializes in ramen, a noodle soup dish from Japan. Its menu includes dishes like the signature Tokushima Ramen, Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen, Vegetarian Ramen and Tsujita Ramen. They also serve other items such as Chicken Karaage and Chashu pork dishes. Though not as well known as some other Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles, this hidden gem offers ramen that is rich in flavors, textures and aromas that has diners coming back for more.
Cielito Lindo is a famous food stand situated on L.A.'s historic Olvera Street. The spot originally opened in 1934 and ever since then its taquitos have transformed it into a household name. It has been frequented by numerous Hollywood stars through the ages, including Marlon Brando, Orson Wells and Rita Hayworth, and has gained critical acclaim in prestigious magazines. Though no more than a tiny street stall, its excellent reputation exceeds its physical size by leaps and bounds. The beloved menu includes the aforementioned beef taquitos served with avocado sauce, Pork Chile Verde Burritos, and an impressive Chile Relleno. Overall, 'Beautiful Heaven' is one of the best places to eat on Olvera Street.
Spring For Coffee is, arguably, one of the best coffeehouses in Los Angeles. Its small and charming interiors serve as a good date spot, though this café may be unable to accommodate very large groups. One can either be seated on trendy chairs in the patio, with the glass windows revealing the interiors, or inside the coffee shop to smell the delicious aromas that infuse the room. Its menu includes traditional brews such as cappuccino, latte and macchiato or rarer and creative blends like Matcha Tea, Loose Leaf and Crafted Cup. The baristas are knowledgeable about the rich and diverse world of coffee, much to the delight of coffee connoisseurs in the area.