Los Angeles has one of the most dynamic dining scenes in the USA, covering everything from street food to five-star restaurants. Alongside the best oceanfront dining in Southern California, there’s plenty of places to get authentic, reasonably priced ethnic food, especially tucked away in the neighbourhoods.
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck’s award-winning restaurant is located on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton in downtown LA. Before or after a Clippers, Lakers, or Kings game, keep an eye out for A-list athletes enjoying the spectacular views too.
If you were to trace LA’s current boom of exciting, highly regarded restaurants gathering attention, almost all roads would lead to Animal, the home of creative New American cooking in LA.
Newcomer to the LA dining scene is Curtis Stone's Maude, which was recently awarded ‘Best Restaurant in Los Angeles’. The set-price menu is built around a seasonal ingredient and changes each month. Impeccable service and a wonderful wine list add to its charm.
Original Farmer's Market
Back in 1934, local farmers began selling produce at the corner of 3rd and Fairfax. A handful of stalls still sell groceries, but they're outnumbered by 30-plus catering stands offering a culinary round-the-world trip, from French crepes to Texan BBQ. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Urban Radish is a giant sprawling grocer in the Arts District. It's a neighbourhood-focused small business with spices, cured meats, artisan cheese, ready-to-eat selections, with an emphasis on quality product. On Meet the Maker days you can meet the artisans behind the products.
Los Angeles Food Trucks
Gourmet food trucks are a Los Angeles institution. Over 200 gourmet mobile food vendors roam the streets serving up everything from Korean BBQ to Sweet Treats to Grilled Cheese. Some are the offspring of well-known restaurants or chefs while others are a local chef’s first shot at LA stardom.
The food truck that is most widely credited with reinstating the catering truck as a part of modern culture, Kogi BBQ Truck, has become a traveling landmark that serves Korean-Mexican fusion.
Three Filipino aunties serve offal and meat on sticks, pre-marinated so you can cook it yourself on the makeshift grills that are set up right next to the truck. And the skewers really are only $1 each.
Let's Be Frank
The hot dogs here are griddled to perfection, then topped with grilled onions. You can rest assured that the beef franks are made with pasture-raised animals. If you're brave enough, add a spoonful of devil sauce for an extra kick.