It’s easy to see why Los Angeles is a mecca for foodies – you can find pretty much any type of cuisine! So, whether you’re in the mood for street tacos or ramen, this list will help you locate 10 of the best LA restaurants for food-lovers like yourself.
Animal, from the supremely talented Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, is one of the best places in LA for carnivores – there are too many pork dishes to count! Shook and Dotolo (who also run the super popular Italian restaurant, Jon & Vinny’s) have developed a completely diverse menu since opening in 2008. With dishes ranging from an Asian rabbit larb to a Mexican hamachi tostada, you can basically taste flavors from all over the world. Plus, true gourmet diners will devour the foie gras terrine or loco moco (a delectable foie gras, Spam, egg, and hamburger dish!). Basically, vegetarians should steer clear!
435 N. Fairfax Ave, Fairfax District
Sotto is an authentic Italian eatery with regionally inspired dishes, so you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Italy. Their pasta dishes have earned them much acclaim, like the squid ink campanelle and the casarecce with braised lamb. There are also insanely good pizza options, with choices like the Diavolina (Calabrian chili, ‘nduja sausage, pecorino, and arugula) or the Coppa (with pork shoulder, caciocavallo, shallots, and fried sage). Plus, the basement location will make you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a hidden treasure.
9575 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles
Tsujita should be on your list if you want to taste some of the best ramen in the country. There are several locations, including two on Sawtelle Boulevard and one in Glendale, but all locations will be able to provide you with tasty dishes. Tsujita fans especially dig the Char Siu Ramen (soup with slices of barbequed pork and noodles), and you can add several toppings to your ramen bowl, including soft-boiled egg, nori, and mushrooms.
2057 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles
If you want a true taste of Californian cuisine, check out A.O.C. from accomplished chefs Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne. Their menu offers rustic flavors paired with fresh, seasonal ingredients. This is a fantastic option for vegetarians, with dishes like the charred baby leeks salad or the Farmer’s Plate with roasted vegetables and a chickpea puree. The brunch menu features decadent vanilla bean French toast and focaccia sandwiches. Diners will also love the ambiance with a patio perfect for a sunny, relaxed meal.
8700 W. Third Street, Los Angeles
- Osteria Mozza or Pizzeria Mozza
Nancy Silverton is sort of a legend in the LA dining scene. Two of her best creations have been Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza, restaurants that are located next door to each other. Osteria Mozza has the more traditional fare, with delicious entrees like goat cheese ravioli and grilled beef tagliata. Pizzeria Mozza offers some of the best pizza in LA with its famous crust and inventive toppings. Whether you’re going simple with a squash blossom, tomato, and burrata pie, or going gourmet with a stinging nettle and finocchiona salami pizza, your taste buds will thank you.
Osteria: 6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
Pizzeria: 641 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles
- Broken Spanish
Because of LA’s proximity to Mexico, it has some of the tastiest, most authentic Mexican food. Chef Ray Garcia’s Broken Spanish is located in Downtown LA near the LA Live complex. The patio dining area gives you a perfect atmosphere for chowing down on upscale, refined dishes, like duck confit enchiladas or lamb shoulder carnitas. Plus, if you’re seeing a concert at the nearby Staples Center, you can start your evening off right with a cerveza or margarita from their expansive drink menu.
1050 South Flower Street, Los Angeles
Sqirl has one of the best breakfast and lunch menus in the city, hands down. Chef Jessica Koslow has created a stellar menu, evident in her unique combination of dishes, like the smoked whitefish tartine or sorrel pesto rice bowl. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, you won’t be able to resist the brioche toast with milled almond hazelnut butter or the vegan brown rice porridge. Sqirl’s pastry selection is also famous for its unconventional options, like the pine nut teacake or almond ricotta cake. Oh, and if you leave without buying some of their homemade jam, you’ve made a huge mistake!
720 N. Virgil Avenue, East Hollywood
Republique is one of the best spots for delectable French and Italian cuisine. The location provides a beautiful courtyard as well as inside dining with communal tables where you can get a taste of the diverse menu. The cafe and bakery are open for breakfast and lunch, and the regular restaurant is open for dinner. You can start off with an appetizer or cheese board, then move your way to entrees of dover sole, spaghetti rustichella (with black winter truffles), or beef short rib. Then, finish your meal with unique selections like avocado panna cotta, brown butter almond cake, or fig ice cream.
624 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
Want to have a genuine LA street taco? Head to Guisados for scrumptious tacos on handmade tortillas. There are several locations around LA (including West Hollywood and Burbank) so you can stop in for everything from mole poblano tacos to pescado tacos. They even have vegetarian options, like the Calabacitas with squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, queso fresco, and chipotle sour cream. The best part? This place is perfect for foodies who are feeling kind of broke – each taco only costs $2.95!
2100 East Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles
- Langer’s Delicatessen/Restaurant
Just because you’re a foodie, it doesn’t mean you need to eat gourmet dishes all the time. If you’re in the mood for a simple, hearty meal, Langer’s Delicatessen is a perfect choice. Founded in 1947, this deli has long been considered one of the best spots for tasty food in all of LA. Their classic Jewish deli menu has everything from French dip sandwiches to blintzes. But most everyone will agree the #19 Pastrami Sandwich (with Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and Russian dressing) is by far the best pick. So, if you’re in the mood for some hearty, down-home food, Langer’s is an excellent (and fairly inexpensive) choice.
704 South Alvarado, Los Angeles
If eating your way across LA is on your bucket list, check out some of these great restaurants for foodies. And don’t forget to document your meals with awesome pics you can share on BUCKiTDREAM and your Facebook or Insta pages!