"We're coming to visit you." It's those five short words that few 20- or 30-something-year-olds are dying to hear from their parents. And yet, the arrival of summer always seems to bring with it a wave of relatives to entertain. With everything from beaches and beautiful weather to movie stars and shopping, Los Angeles has something for every brand of tourist. But what about the food? Where can you take guests that will give them a taste of old Hollywood glamour (and prove to your mother that you have a handle on your life)? Forge onward for our top picks!
Los Angeles has the highest population of Mexicans in the United States, with the eats to prove it. When you're done completely redefining your regional Mexican food palate by taco touring your way through this sprawling city, there may come a time when you will want to start experimenting with your very own carne asada and long-braised lamb barbacoas at home. When this time comes, you can rest assured that the hundreds of Mexican markets, corner stores, and even some major local supermarket chains will have your back. Here's where to go for the best tortillas, produce, meats, dairy, and more.
Sunny Blue's excellent rice balls come in flavors and fillings that suit just about everyone. And at just $3.15 to $4.95, there's no reason to skimp on your order...which is why we decided to take on the full dozen they had in stock. See them all!
In the grand expanse of Los Angeles, vegetarian and vegan options are easy to come by, but the truly great ones aren't always readily apparent. I'm constantly on the hunt for outstanding vegetarian options —here are my picks for some affordable favorites from omnivore-friendly spots.
LA's new Burrito Box brings hormone- and antibiotic-free burritos to a 24-hour gas station kiosk. The end is nigh.
Simple East Coast style deli sandwiches, including the freshly ground meatball, at Potato Chips Deli in Los Angeles.
LA's Grand Central Market is back, with more gourmet offerings than ever before.
The iconic Western New York beef on weck sandwich finds a new home in Los Angeles.
Colonia Taco Lounge in La Puente is Ricardo Diaz's latest taco operation, improving the stewed taco, tortilla and craft beer scene in Los Angeles.
Chichen Itza serves Mayan and Yucatan specialty Mexican food in the Mercado La Paloma in Los Angeles.
Roadside Eats is now open in Hollywood at the Arclight complex, offering Southern-inspired sandwiches, sides and dessert.
Warm weather and fantastic food welcomed guests to Saturday evening's The Taste: Flavors of LA, theatrically staged in the magical Paramount Studios movie backlot. Organized by the Los Angeles Times, it was but one of The Taste's five food events held over the three-day weekend; it was also the first to sell out, to a hungry crowd of 2,000. See some of our favorite bites in the slideshow!
The San Fernando Valley neighborhood of North Hollywood in Los Angeles offers a wide array of amazing Mexican foods. Here are five of our favorite dishes.
With more out-of-town chefs, wineries, and attendees than ever, the LA Food & Wine Festival seems poised to keep riding the wave of LA's food scene success. Here are our favorite bites from this year's Grand Tasting.
Los Angeles restaurants make it easy to breakfast like a champion, and the city plays host to a slew of phenomenal egg dishes. From breakfast pizza to a Cali-Mex burrito, these six dishes will have you counting down the clock until your next brunch. Resistance is futile.
Brent's Deli in Northridge is a Los Angeles sandwich institution. The thing to get? The Black Pastrami Reuben.
Summer in Los Angeles: sure, you can dismiss it as a "dry heat," but it's still plenty hot. That's where the refreshing ceviches from the multitude of Latin American cultures who call this city home step in, offering relief in the form of raw fish tossed with an acidic marinade. Here are six ceviches around town that are all but guaranteed to keep you cool. ¡Provecho!
BBQ pitmaster Adam Perry Lang is running a lunch-only, summer-long BBQ pop-up in the heart of Hollywood.
An Ethiopian restaurant outside of Little Ethiopia's restaurant row in Los Angeles? Now, there's a thought! There aren't many of them in this town, but Azla, a new family-run operation in South LA's Mercado La Paloma food court, is making a name for itself with excellent homestyle Ethiopian eats. Full disclosure: this place is vegan. But hey, so is a lot of Ethiopian food by default, so don't trip out just yet.
The semi-regular Asian street food festival is modeled after a traditional Taiwanese night market and is loaded with hawker fare, attracting thousands of visitors. There are dozens and dozens of street food and restaurant booths offering attractively prices bites of both common and less-common regional dishes.