Los Angeles neighborhoods are home to more than just celebrities (and those trying to be celebrities). They also house one of the most interesting and diverse food scenes in the country.
However, as it goes in L.A., one day you may be hot and then the next you’re not, so be sure to explore these foodie destinations before they become yesterday’s headline:
Of all the Los Angeles neighborhoods, West Hollywood in particular is known for its acceptance and diversity. As a result, it has become a destination for people looking to expand their palates. Craig’s is a classic L.A. hotspot serving up American fare to celebrities since it opened in 2011. Cavatina at the Sunset Marquis has been making waves for its infamous Marquis Cheeseburger at lunch—the expansive patio seating isn’t a bad touch either.
For something more dramatic, stop by Cafe La Boheme, where guests are served in one of the most elegant dining rooms in the city (think chandeliers … lots and lots of chandeliers). Behind the ivy-covered entrance of Lucques, chef Suzanne Goin is cooking up quite the reputation for her unique and elegant cuisine. Meanwhile, the delightfully quirky brunch mecca The Hart + The Hunter at Palihotel has something unique for everyone.
The growth in popularity of this central Los Angeles neighborhood has been directly attributed to the popular restaurants that have set up shop here. All the exposed timber and rustic eats at Akasha are liable to make you want to retreat to the mountains for a few days. Meanwhile, Cafe Laurent’s no-fuss French brunch serves up crepes that will knock your beret off.
Chef Sang Yoon’s gastropub Father’s Office has become (in)famous for its gourmet burger (don’t even think about asking for ketchup!). The handmade pasta at Bucato is still made in the traditional style and East Borough Fraiche Vietnamese is making some exciting upgrades to traditional Vietnamese dishes, such as Banh Mi and Pho. The Wallace, a brand new restaurant on Main Street, is serving up seasonally-inspired small plates with local and sustainable ingredients.
The drum circles of Venice Beach aren’t the only things attracting foodies to this beachside community, which is home to some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. Scopa Italian Roots has generated a ton of buzz for their delicious old-world cuisine served in a relaxed atmosphere.
Award-winning chef Ricardo Zarate at Paiche (technically located in Marina Del Rey) has created an intriguing menu of Peruvian small plates by way of Japan. Gjelina, meanwhile, encapsulates the madcap energy of the neighborhood with its menu of everything ranging from Oxtail Caldito to lamb-sausage pizza.
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