When you consider that Los Angeles is the second most populous city in the US after New York, you can appreciate that the choice you have when it comes to eating out is pretty extensive. Well for those of you who can’t appreciate it, there are over twenty five thousand restaurants in the greater LA area. While LA may well be renowned for the vast quantity of fast food joints which line its streets, the good news for those of you who enjoy something more than a burger and regular fries is that dining in the city is by no means restricted to the likes of Taco Bell, McDonalds and Wendy’s.
As already mentioned the variety of different ethnic groups residing in Los Angeles is mind- boggling and is certainly reflected in the food on offer throughout the city. As well as the fact that you can find dishes from around the globe being served in eateries throughout LA, however, many ethnic restaurants can be found clustered in a particular area. For example if you’re to visit East LA almost every second restaurant will specialise in Mexican cuisine while Fairfax is littered with Jewish and Eastern European establishments. Ask the locals. Nobody knows where to get a good pizza or who serves the best sushi better than the Angelenos.
As well as cuisine from countries all over the world, however, Los Angeles restaurants also serve up a rather unique blend of fusion food. So don’t be surprised if you see such specialties as kosher burritos or Thai tacos on a menu. This is what eating out in the city is all about. A little adventure goes a long way.
You should also note that all restaurants in LA are non-smoking and while many places with outdoor eating facilities did allow smoking on their patios up until recently, this is also becoming a thing of the past.
510 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA
A tiny establishment serving delicious breakfasts and lunches in true country cottage style surroundings but be prepared to wait a while, particularly at weekends. It is worth it though even it it’s just to taste the Cold Blue Special - blueberry pancakes, homemade blueberry sauce and blueberry ice cream – sheer decadence.
15514 North Gower Street, Los Angeles, USA
Yes you’ve guessed it, only dishes which include chicken and waffles grace the menu in this place making for some pretty interesting dining. Delicious too, however, and huge portions with prices between $4 and $11 which shouldn’t dint your budget too much.
8020 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, USA
Open until 2.00am during the week and 4.00am at the weekend this American style diner is exceptionally popular among locals and visitors. With a vast and varied menu which includes typical US dishes as well as some more modern creations served in warm and friendly surroundings this restaurant is well worth a visit.
945 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, USA
Alternative style restaurant located in a 1930’s Hollywood establishment serving a simple but extremely appetizing selection of New American cuisine. Even more appealing than the food, however, is the renowned martini bar which serves dozens of varieties and really does deserve a try.
1906 Ocean Avenue, Los Angeles, USA
Located just a stone’s throw from the beach this place has added a bit of Caribbean colour and vibrancy to the locality. Bright and cheerful with outdoor dining under palm umbrellas this place is fun and the food is superb combining Jamaican, Mexican, Cajun, Cuban, Chinese and a host of other recipes.
118 Entrada Drive, Los Angeles, USA
There’s nothing like a typical Mexican cantina to attract a crowd and this place is no exception. Serving an extensive selection of food and drink from south of the border Marix is constantly rocking making it an excellent place to begin a night on the town.
601 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA
One for the pastaholics among you, this Italian restaurant is bright and breezy by day and cozy and intimate by night. Serving a variety of unique specialties Fritto Misto also offers the ‘create your own pasta’ option for the more particular diners. Reasonable prices coupled with heaped plates make for a most pleasant dining experience.
796 Main Street, Venice, Los Angeles, USA
With a name like Van Go’s Ear, how can you resist paying a visit to this eatery? With peeling walls and haphazard furniture which looks like it could have been picked up in a junkyard this place is relaxed and funky. Oh and the food is really good too by the way.
1407 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, Los Angeles, USA
Set up by two brothers from New York, Abbot’s will give you a pizza experience that you won’t forget in a hurry. Huge queues offer an indication as to how good the food is here but don’t despair as they move along really quickly. Serving anything from the traditional Hawaiian to Popeye’s chicken pizza work up an appetite before you get there.
1909 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA
For all you vegetarians who feel that you have been somewhat neglected somewhat up until now this one is for you. An authentic Indian vegetarian restaurant that has an excellent all you can eat lunch buffet, prices in Chandni range from $5.50 for lunch and $10 for dinner.
11901 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA
Although you would never guess from the name this is actually one of the best Chinese restaurant in this part of the city because while the Westside of LA is not particularly renowned for restaurants of this variety this place is worth a try. Speedy service and excellent food – what more could you ask for?
10319 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, USA
Despite the fact that this restaurant serves traditional Cuban food the only indication with regard to the interior design are the maps of Cuba on the wall. Yet regardless of the sparse décor the food is superb and extremely cheap with dinner costing between $6 and $8.
134 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, USA
This is the LA branch of a pretty successful chain of restaurants from Japan. Here you'll be able to enjoy a wide variety of sushi, noodle dishes and more. To finish off your meal why not try some of the restaurant's delicious Japanese sake.
Open Sun-Wed 5pm-11pm, Thurs-Sat 5pm-midnight.
Crnr of Fairfax and 3rd Street, Fairfax, Los Angeles, USA
As much a tourist attraction as a place to eat, Farmer's Market has been trading since 1904. Here you will find Mexican, Thai, Greek, Southern, Italian and other types of food to feast on. It's also a dream come true for those with a sweet tooth.
Open Mon-Sat from 9am-9pm, Sun 10am-7pm.
1615 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, USA
Big Dean's offers an affordable lunch option with a priceless view. Pick anything from Buffalo wings and cheeseburgers to soup and sandwiches to munch on as you watch Santa Monica life go by.
Open daily from 11am-close.
5900 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA
If you're looking for good Thai food, try Palms Thai as you'll also be treated to a performance by a Thai Elvis. So, if you're looking for a singing Thai Elvis, try this place as you'll also be treated to good Thai food. It's a win-win situation.
Open daily from 11am-2am.