Since 1928, this L.A. standby has been offering 24-hour casual dining in the heart of the Fairfax district. You'll find the food here authentic and the people-watching amazing. Everyone from The Wallflowers to K.D. Lang and Madonna has stopped in to eat here. Favorites include the in-house pickled corned beef pastrami, the hot corned beef, the tender beef brisket and the many offerings from the in-house bakery. Next door is the Kibitz Room, where there's live music most nights. A full bar and decent wines work well with the food.
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!
Step through the old fashioned swinging saloon doors and be amazed at how this bar truly captures the southwestern dive bar atmosphere. With sawdust on the floor, bull horns on the wall, plus a pool table and jukebox, Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill has an iconic western flair. Opened in 1939, this bar looks so perfectly southwestern it's often used as a filming location for commercials and TV shows. Stop by for a drink and enjoy a game on one of their several large TVs. They also have a great menu with terrific burgers.
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.
Tucked away in an industrial area where Sherman Oaks meets Van Nuys, Bill's Burgers is a fantastic long-established gem of the valley. For over 50 years former WWII veteran, Bill Elwell has been flipping burgers in his 10 foot by 20-foot greasy burger joint and cooking on the same cast-iron grill originating from the 1920s. No fancy frills here, burgers are offered along with sandwiches, chili dogs, and sides. Cash only, everything on the menu is under USD5, partially because Elwell's old school cash register can't compute anything over USD5.99! Try the Double Cheese Burger with Bacon and a packet of chips and you won't be disappointed.
Los Angeles is known for its pizza joints but Cruzer Pizza is one of the rare restaurants to serve completely vegan pizzas. The interiors are minimalist and the day's menu is written on a blackboard. Savor pizzas in varieties like Indian Kima Gourmet Pizza topped with Indian herbs, the Ratatouille Gourmet Pizza with eggplant, and Gourmet Pesto Pizza blending artichokes and spinach. Other items include Cheese Calzone, Vegan Meat Lasagna, Chocolate Chip Cheesecake and Tiramisu. The desserts are made without the use of eggs and guests can also opt for gluten-free items if they have allergies. The sheer variety of pizzas, desserts and beverages makes this a favored vegan eatery with both children and adults. If you are unable to visit this restaurant, it offers free delivery services.
The Truckit Fest LA Art Walk is held on the second Thursday of every month from 6:30p to 11:30p within a parking lot near the intersection of 3rd and South Spring Streets. The fest is a part of larger DTLA Art Walk and draws in thousands of visitors every month. With live music, craft stalls and games alongside the usual Truckit Fest gourmet food trucks, the Truckit Fest LA Artwalk has come to be a monthly ritual for many. Some of the regular food trucks include street kitchen, the Lobos, Currywurst, Kabob Express, Me So Hungry and Belly Bombz.
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.
Eggslut, as its name suggests, uses eggs in every dish, thus transcending the concept of an egg as only a breakfast item. The kitchen serves items like the Gaucho, which is a tri-tip Wagyu steak stuffed in between a warm Brioche bun then topped with egg, Chimichurri, red onions and dressed Arugula. Other options include an Egg Salad sandwich that uses a honey-mustard aioli or the Bailey Biscuit, the delectable home-made biscuit made-from-scratch. It is just one of the many excellent eateries inside Grand Central Market.
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.
Oft credited with the foundation of California cuisine, chef Mark Peel is the brains behind this casual eatery at the historic Grand Central Market. Broth-based dishes cooked in steam kettles form the core of the seafood-focused menu, with flavorful options like fish stew, clam chowder and curried shrimp to choose from. Alongside these you'll find a few sandwiches, salads and grain bowls as well. The menu is succinct yet packed with oodles of flavor, keeping diners coming back for seconds and thirds. To help quench your thirst, iced tea, lemonade and bottled water can be purchased is also sold here.
Casa La Golondrina is located on historic Olvera Street, where it stands proudly as one of L.A.'s oldest restaurants. In 1930, the owners took over the historic Pelanconi House which has been around since 1855. It was named after its second owner, Antonio Pelanconi, but now the residence-turned-restaurant serves delicious Mexican fare accompanied by Mariachi music and live dancers. It is a very popular spot for authentic Mexican fare in a unique, historical setting.