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.
Located next to the ocean, the Strand House offers breathtaking views along with its outstanding cuisine. The sleek modern decor creates an elegant dining space, though you should make sure you reserve a table by the window so you can enjoy the beach view. The menu features contemporary American dishes created using fresh local ingredients. Complement your meal with a glass of wine from their impressive California wine selection. The weekend brunch is especially scrumptious.
This cute store in LA has the most delicious cookies in the neighborhood. Their cookies are home baked daily and are always fresh. Make sure you try their bestsellers: the banana split, the chocolate chip and the chocolate chip with walnut cookies. All the sweet treats are thick, have a soft inside almost like a cake and a crunchy outside. These mouthwatering delights have the perfect amount of sugar - not too much but not too little. If you want a gourmet adventure go for the ice cream cookie sandwich - you won't regret it. The store decor is cute and charming and the staff helpful and friendly.
Kang Ho-dong Baekjeong is a branch of its namesake chain based in Seoul founded by ex-wrestler and comedian, Kang Ho Dong. His posters are all over the restaurant and two huge cardboard cutouts are put up at the entrance. This Korean BBQ joint is always packed, so you will have to wait for your turn. Not high on ambience, it is the food that is the star here. Relish the smoked and flavorful meats which just melt in your mouth. These include dishes like the pork neck, sliced pork belly (samgyeopsal), marbled rib eye, dosirak and beef short ribs. They only have bovine and swine options and even offer combo meals.
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.
While the charming and hipster-chic decor of Sqirl is sure to catch your eye, the serpentine line of enthusiastic patrons spilling through the door, and on to the side-walk, is simply impossible to miss. The cafe is best known for its delectable organic jams, prepared using fresh fruits sourced from small, local farms. While waiting in line may be frustrating, especially when you can smell the delicious aromas wafting from inside, the wait is certainly worth it and gives you a chance to examine the chalkboard menu. The brown rice bowl, quiche and brioche sandwiches are especially popular, however a meal here is simply incomplete without a pastry and some of their amazing jam.
Justice Urban Tavern has an airy and swank look to it due to is high ceiling and industrial-chic decor. This gastropub is a great place to drop in for any time of the day or night. Taking pride in their inventive menu which focuses on seasonal and local farm-fresh ingredients, you can check out their dishes from the chalkboard. Enjoy their happy hours with wines and beers from Californian wineries and breweries.
Black and white accents, trendy orb-shaped light fixtures and dark wood furniture lend Baldoria a sleek look. This casual diner where the emphasis is on creative shared plates and craft cocktails is a welcome addition to Little Tokyo's dining scene. Meat lovers and vegetarians alike will find their tasty bite options and pizzas very tempting. Savor their dishes like Fried Shortrib Ravioli and Smashed Fingerlings. Or dig into their delicious pizzas such as Wild Funghi Conserva and Mrs. Croque. Enjoy their happy hours over cocktails like Bay of Pigs and Nessie’s Bath Water. Their bar also stocks a curated list of fine spirits, wine, bottled beer and draft beer.
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.
The dishes and soups at Sticky Rice are as colorful as the streetscape of Thailand. This eatery inside the trendy, popular Grand Central Market serves its food in clean white cutlery with delicate garnish and a plethora of visual appeal. Guests can start their meal with appetizers such as Papaya Salad, Northern Thai Sausage and Chicken Coconut Soup. The main course includes Vegetable Green Curry, a blend of mushrooms, asparagus and bamboo shoots, BBQ Chicken, Coconut Rice and Curry Broth. For dessert, do not miss the Mango Sticky Rice, a bowl filled with a lump of rice soaked in coconut milk sauce, served with a leaf and mango slices.
Horse Thief BBQ, as its name suggests, specializes in classic American barbecue dishes. Though its menu is not extensive, each item is carefully prepared and is infused with complex flavors and textures. Its main courses consist of Beef Brisket, Spare Ribs, Pulled Pork and Rib Tips. These dishes are complemented by sides such as Jicama Cabbage Slaw, Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Salad and Aged White Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese. The mains and side dishes are served in plates and bowls which are then placed on trays in an attractive manner to create a whole meal. Do not miss the delicious Banana Pudding for dessert.