Southern California Eats

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Downtown LA (includes Little Tokyo & Chinatown)

Daikokuya- delicious porky ramen. Expect to wait 1-2 hours during peak hours.

Mikawaya- Japanese treats and desserts celebrating their 100 years

Nick and Stef’s Steak House- good steak, nice views

Philippe The Original Restaurant- an LA institution since the 1920s, serving up french dip that is heavenly!

Sushi Gen- pricey but solid sushi.

Toshi Sushi- reasonably priced and fresh sushi. They have omakase for under $50!

East LA & Commerce

Tacos Baja Ensenada- their shrimp and fish tacos are delicious and cheap! The jamaica drink is also refreshing.

Hollywood (includes Thai Town)

Ord Noodle- must try their cripsy pork basil and duck noodle soup. Both winners.

KT Kruang Tedd Thai- live entertainment with your meal.

Mid City & Miracle Mile & Park La Brea (includes Koreatown)

El Taurino- mexican fare.  Delicious!

La Maison Du Pain- the chocolate almond croissants are breakfast of champions.

Ondal 2- for crab lovers, get their crab special which comes with 4 courses of crab served different ways! A medium can be shared among a group of 4.

The Original Farmer’s Market- located next to The Grove, great selection of international eats from Brazillian to Russion to Korean

Papa Cristos- authentic Greek food, grocer, and butcher- one of its kind in LA.

Road to Seoul- only $16.99 for all you can eat Korean BBQ, best deal in Koreatown.

Yu Chun Chic Naeng Myun- hot day?  Go douse your palate with a bowl of their cold noodles (naeng myun).  You’ll leave refreshed!

Orange County

85 C Bakery- their baked goods are a tasty treat!

Brodard- order their spring rolls (nem nuong cuon). Their dipping sauce is amazing.  Enough said.

Ngu Binh- their speciality is little steamed Vietnamese rice cakes called banh beo.  A must order!

San Fernando Valley

Portos Bakery (2 locations)- Cuban sandwiches, desserts, and drinks.  This place is beyond amazing!

San Gabriel Valley

Banh Mi Che Cali- quick and cheap vietnamese sandwiches, soups, desserts, etc.

Cook’s Tortas- they have dozens of sandwiches, and their menus change daily.  Get the red fries as your side.

Elite Restaurant- go with a large group b/c you’ll want to try all their dim sum dishes!

Fosselman’s Ice Cream – a hometown favorite.  Too many flavors to choose from!

J & J/Jin Jiang Restaurant- come here for their hot and sour soup (suan la tang) and their shanghai style rice cake stir fry (shang hai nian gao).  Skip their XLB (xiao long bao).

JTYH Restaurant- Mr. Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Gold has dined here.  So must you.  Homemade knife shaved noodles!

Luscious Dumplings- this mom and pop shop is only open for a handful of hours a day- don’t miss out on their hearty beef noodle soup!

Phoenix Inn Desserts (various locations)- get their jello sampler, their black sesame jello is yummy.

South Bay

Bruddah’s Hawaiian Foods- homey and authentic for being in LA.

Chicken Maison (various locations)- tender chicken and creamy hummus, overall a winner.

Gaja Moc- one of the few places in LA that has okonomiyaki!

Il Chianti- tasty Japanese and Italian fusion.  A must order- soft shell crab appetizer and squid ink pasta.

Kings Hawaiian Restaurant and Bakery- Browse the bakery while you wait for your table at this restaurant!

Mitsuwa Marketplace- Great for picky eaters- the food court serves up cheap and delicious Japanese meals ranging from ramen to katsu to tempura (must try the Santouka Ramen stall).

Original Pancake House- who doesn’t love chocolate chip pancakes?

Quality Seafood- located on the Redondo pier. Pick and choose your fresh seafood and have it cooked to order.  Don’t forget paper towels!

Sue’s Kitchen- A solid Chinese place that serves up cheap eats in Torrance!

The Standing Room- a hidden gem inside a liquor store.  Think Asian fusion- miso burgers, furikake fries, etc.


Balconi Coffee Company- their almond essence latte is very delish

Bay Cities Deli- italian style sandwiches and mini grocer. The Godmother is the best sandwich, hands down.

Casablanca- the tortillas are made right in front of you.  Yes!

Gaby’s Mediterranean- great vibe and tasty food.

Hurry Curry- Japanese, must try their chicken pasta.

Zankou Chicken- their garlic sauce is finger lickin’ good!


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