If there’s one thing I know about LA, it’s where to eat. Is there any better way to get to know a city? I’ve chosen a few of my favourite never-fail spots but one of the greatest things about Los Angeles is the diversity. There are a thousand great restaurants in dozens of different neighbourhoods and you can find pretty much anything if you’re prepared to go searching.
Most of my favourite places to eat are on the Eastside but that’s because I live on the Eastside! If you have any suggestions that are missing from the list, definitely let me know, I would hate to miss out on a good feed.
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Not only is Little Dom’s my favourite restaurant in LA, it’s one of my favourite places to eat in the world. In fact, I love it so much, we had our wedding reception here! Whenever I have friends in town or I want to treat myself to a solo lunch date, I head to Little Dom’s – they do great brunch (ricotta pancakes), lunch (chicken parm) and dinner (everything), the drinks are great and the staff is fantastic. Also, you’ve got an excellent chance of spotting some celebs as they love this place. You can’t really go wrong with anything on the menu but spaghetti and meatballs is always a safe pick. Try to make a reservation as they do get busy, possibly because you might run into Jon Hamm. Which I have done. Three times. Go there now.
4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Before we went to dinner at Little Dom’s, we had post-ceremony cocktails at Messhall Kitchen in Los Feliz. I love this place! It’s super fun, they have great cocktails and delicious food, especially on a Sunday when they do an insane barbecue meal deal. Go hungry, I’m not joking.
1261 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
You cannot come to LA and not fill your face with tacos, it would be an actual crime. My favourite place to load up is Guisado’s in Echo Park, a tiny taco joint with a cute patio and some of the most delicious tacos I’ve ever tasted. Rather than make the difficult decision of what to order, get their sample platter and try a bunch of different stuff. Then go back for seconds. And maybe thirds. Mmm, tacos.
Cole’s French Dip
118 East 6th Street, Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90014
Another Los Angeles institution is the French Dip. Basically, it’s a roast beef sandwich on a French roll with a side of gravy for dipping – sounds simple, is delicious. The argument runs wild as to who invented the French Dip; Cole’s or Phillipe’s. The reality is, the only winner of this argument is you, they’re both delicious! I like Cole’s for its easy Downtown location and cool speakeasy cocktail bar, because, cocktails.
1637 Silverlake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
I used to live right around the corner from this wine bar-slash-oyster joint and I miss it so much. Whether it’s a happy hour glass of rose and a dozen oysters or a delicious brunch on the weekend, L&E is just charming. I love it completely.
And after you’ve had a glass of wine or brunch, you can pop next door to Milk for The Most Amazing Ice Cream EVER. Every flavour is delicious, you can’t go wrong. There’s also a bunch of yummy baked goods, so load up and then take a stroll around the Silver Lake reservoir (to justify going back for seconds).
3322 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
LA does a damn fine job of Thai food but I really love Night + Market Song in Silver Lake (they also have a restaurant in West Hollywood, result). If you’re looking for delicious, warming noodles and rice dishes, Night + Market Song serves updated spins on northern Thai street food – Pad Thai, larb, and my favourite, a yummt sweet potato Massaman curry that I now really, really, really need to eat… please excuse me while I go make a reservation.
Din Tai Fung
177 Caruso Ave, Glendale, CA 91210
Dim Sum. That’s all I want to say. Dim. Sum. I could live on these delicious little soup dumplings until the end of time, the pork Xiao Long Bao haunts my dreams. It took me a million years to figure it out but eventually someone taught me how to eat these without scalding my mouth. You put the dumpling in your spoon then poke a hole in the wrapper of the dumpling to release the juices. And then eat! Everything here is delicious and I can’t recommend it enough.
11288 Ventura Blvd C, Studio City, CA 91604
LA does exceptional sushi but my favourite is found at Sugarfish. The original location is an unassuming strip mall restaurant in Studio City but you can get the deliciousness at a bunch of different locations, Downtown and Hollywood are both close to me and I’m happy to say I’ve sampled them both and found them *chef’s kiss*. If you make it out to the OG location in Studio City, check out what’s happening at nearby Oilcan Harry’s, a dance club with salsa, line dancing and karaoke (depending on the night) where I once met Chesney Hawkes. True Story.
1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Another sushi restaurant but something very special, Yamashiro sits on the top of a hill in Hollywood, overlooking all of LA and serves amazing food (get the popcorn shrimp) and wrestling-inspired cocktails (hard recommend on the Shinsuke Nakamura). Is this my dream restaurant? Maybe. It’s so beautiful and feels so like you’ve been transported directly to Japan, they actually filmed Memoirs of a Geisha here. Definitely make a reservation for a special occasion. I had one of my bachelorette dinners here and loved it completely.
BURGERS BURGERS BURGERS. Los Angeles feels very strongly about its burgers and most people will agree that the best is found at In n Out. I’m happy to say I’m an equal opportunities burger eaters, just as happy at Shake Shack, Fatburger and Burgers Never Say Die but, if it’s your first time in LA, you’ve got to have In n Out. They’re dotted around LA so google when you get to your hotel or wherever you’re staying and treat yourself. Don’t forget to ask for your fries Animal style! It’s a secret off-menu option that basically means they pour burger sauce and onions and all kinds of deliciousness all over your fries. YUM.