Restaurants

Top Choice Japanese in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Sushi Gen

Come early to grab a table, and know that they don't do the uber-creative 'look at me' kind of rolls. In this Japanese classic sushi spot, seven chefs stand behind the blonde wood bar, carving thick slabs of melt-in…
Top Choice Cafe in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Little Flower

An adorable, locally loved cafe set just a mile over the Colorado Bridge from Old Town. They make banh mi sandwiches with chicken, roast beef or tempeh, as well as bowls stuffed with such things as dahl, raita, curr…
Top Choice Sushi in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Q Sushi

A slender wedge of exquisite sushi. This stunning dark and blonde wood sushi bar is all omakase all the time. At dinner there will be 20 courses (lunch about half that) all created by a Japanese sushi savant Hiro Na…
Top Choice Seafood in South Bay Beaches

Fishing with Dynamite

You'll love this place for their oysters and raw bar, the miso black cod, the serrano scallops seared and garnished with uni, and for their fried oyster po'boy, which is soul stirring. The menu is constantly rotatin…
Top Choice Italian in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights

Bestia

The most sought-after reservation in town can be found at this new and splashy Italian kitchen in the Arts District. The antipasti ranges from crispy lamb pancetta to sea urchin crudo to veal tartare crostino. Did w…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Silver Lake & Echo Park

Elf Cafe

One of the best – if not the very best – vegetarian (not vegan) restaurants in LA. Start with feta wrapped in grape leaves and some spiced olives and almonds, then move onto a kale salad dressed with cirtus, wild mu…
Top Choice Fusion in South Bay Beaches

Standing Room

South Bay heads who know descend onto this tiny take-out grill, built into the back of a liquor store, where they do a range of burgers and reimagine other greasy spoon delights. Burgers are topped with scallions, a…
Top Choice Pub Food in South Bay Beaches

Abigaile

Hermosa's gastropub duxe. Sandwiches include the "dirty bird" – a fried chicken number garnished with pickles and maple syrup. They get healthy with pho and soba noodles, and go all out at breakfast too. One wall is…
Top Choice Lebanese in San Fernando Valley

Phoenicia

Ok, the design lacks charm, but this is where local Lebanese and Armenian families land on Sunday nights for homeland delicacies such as soujouk (a spicy Armenian beef sausage, dried, sliced and sautéed with onion a…
Top Choice Italian in Santa Monica

Milo & Olive

We love them for their small batch wines, incredible pizzas, terrific breakfasts (creamy polenta and poached eggs anyone?), breads and pastries, all of which you may enjoy at the marble bar or shoulder to shoulder w…