Korean cuisine is only getting bigger in America, and LA is one of its headquarters. The city's sprawling Koreatown has everything from braised short rib stews and crackling rice cooked in stone bowls to 4 a.m. platters of fatty barbecue after all-night karaoke, and it all rarely disappoints.
From Japanese standouts in Little Tokyo to sausage and beer halls in the Arts District to buzzy fine dining, these days there's no end to the possibilities in Downtown L.A. Here's our guide to where to eat in the revitalized neighborhood.
With its funkily-spelled name and occasional high-minded concoction, Sqirl can sometimes feel like the sort of place that gets Los Angeles put on the map for all the wrong reasons. But at the end of the day, there's no denying that Jessica Koslow's sweets are top-notch—so we gave them all a try.
A new player has entered the LA food-fusion market, offering $3 rounds of glazed and fried dough in such unique combinations that the city is rubbing their morning eyes and taking notice. That shop is Glazed Donut Bistro.
After a lengthy dinner-only run, République's morning pastry program is quickly make its own name inside this vaunted space.
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.
Chef Walter Manzke returns to Los Angeles with this ambitious new French-accented bakery-cafe-restaurant in a dramatically renovated historic building. Uni-topped scrambled eggs, steak frites, and homemade baguettes, right this way.
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.
Handmade tortillas and cheesy, meaty mulitas are the star at Tacos El Korita.
Los Angeles has a lot more late night food to offer than just taco trucks. Here are six of our favorites.
Quick: look over both shoulders. Are the kids out of the room? Great. Then listen up: you don't have to let the kids take Halloween away from you anymore. Once the kids are asleep, your Halloween can really begin, with these awesome (and weird) candy-infused spirits. The basic idea: take popular Halloween candy, dump 'em in a jar full of hooch, wait until it tastes great.
Chichen Itza serves Mayan and Yucatan specialty Mexican food in the Mercado La Paloma in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has no shortage of great grilled cheeses. Here are six of our favorites.
We chat with the folks behind three new Los Angeles breweries about their inspirations, their brewing systems, and their plans for world domination.
Bizarra Capital in Whittier brings fun new Mexican cuisine to the Los Angeles suburb of Whittier.
Years into his empire building, Roy Choi now controls much more than just a few loncheros that sling short rib tacos. His multi-faceted ventures include a Chinatown rice bowl spot we love, a reclaimed IHOP that serves quick and dirty dinner plates, and a South Central juice and smoothie house that's co-run by a giant food corporation. Indeed, Roy Choi is doing it all, while the rest of us just ride along through his twitter account @RidingShotgunLA.
Roadside Eats is now open in Hollywood at the Arclight complex, offering Southern-inspired sandwiches, sides and dessert.
Coni'Seafood in Los Angeles offers unparalleled Mexican-style seafood, with smoked marlin tacos and assorted ceviches to suit anyone's taste.
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.
Every neighborhood in Los Angeles has its own dark, slightly sticky haunt. Here are our 8 favorites.
The redefined Green Eggs and Ham at Mar'sel at the Terranea Resort is the perfect cure for a high class hangover.
We set out to do what nobody before us has ever done before: try every single hot dog on the menu at Pink's Famous Hot Dogs in Hollywood. For those uninitiated to the Pink's hot dog legacy, the 73-year old stand on the corner of Melrose and La Brea serves up everything from basic chili cheese dogs to double-dogs stuffed into a single bun, weighed down with guacamole, chili, cheese, onions, tomatoes, pastrami, bacon... you name it.
At Tacos Los Guichos, carnitas is a weekend tradition. Well south of USC and just east of the 110 freeway, this long-standing trailer offers late-night eats to a hardworking mix of folks, all milling around in the gated parking lot of a car repair shop. The long-simmering carnitas make this one of the best tacos in Los Angeles. Just make sure to show up on a day that begins with the letter S.
The taco tables are a ubiquitous late-night sight along the avenues and corners of much of Los Angeles. Heading east from Western along Pico Blvd. towards downtown, the weekend streets are awash in tacos (and taco tables).
There are approximately a gazillion taco destinations in Los Angeles, and Farley has made it his mission to eat all the good ones. Every Tuesday he talks tacos with us, whether deep-fried shrimp tacos from a truck or late-night chorizo tacos from a taqueria next to a car wash. So what else is Farley into besides tacos? He's here to tell you.
Tacos Arizas is a long-standing member of the Echo Park taco tradition. Their trailer idles nightly just off Sunset Blvd., alongside the Walgreens on otherwise forgettable Logan Street. If you're not already familiar with the location, feel free to let your wandering stomach and a multi-colored neon sign guide you. The chorizo is the best choice on an already satisfying taco line-up.
The lovely and talented Katie Robbins dined with me and taco titan Farley Elliot broke burgers with some Yelp reviewers for the reopening of Burger Kitchen. It's being pitched as "most intense Kitchen Nightmares of the year." The first installment aired last Friday and tonight is the conclusion which includes the a reworked Burger Kitchen menu, staff, and interior.
Two trucks, Tacos Leo and Tacos Tamix, bring the trompo (that beautiful log of spinning al pastor) to heights not often seen outside of Mexico City. At each, the taqueros use a sharp knife to ease off generous slices of pastor directly onto a warm, waiting tortilla with a hunk of pineapple for good measure. But is one better?
It's a jungle out there, folks, especially when it comes to tacos northeast of downtown. Taquerias and loncheros lurk around every corner, ready to satisfy your meat and tortilla needs. There are heavy hitters like La Estrella amidst an unending sea of nameless taco tables, each with their own white-hot string of lights overhead. And then, there's Rambo's Tacos on Eagle Rock Boulevard near York.
Since time immemorial, two taco trucks have parked in front of the dimly lit auto body shop at Western and Lexington. Two competing trucks, not 20 feet from one another, with no plenty of other real estate around and no other trucks in sight. Granted, the neighborhood seems more than happy to oblige them both, and flashy bar LA Descarga down the street certainly offers up a nice influx of late night eaters. But... two?!
Taco Zone is one of Los Angeles' most beloved late night taco trucks, having successfully weathered the flood of gourmet fusion trucks that continue to zip around town (although, with the tide receding, some are beginning to look for any brick-and-mortar in a storm). In fact, it almost feels like Taco Zone has been there forever, quietly serving a wide selection of meats while the Echo Park neighborhood around them changes.
Among the late-night Hollywood set, there's a quiet war being waged on the streets. As you pile out of whatever expensive social experiment you spent the evening in, do you choose tacos or bacon-wrapped hot dogs? Both are delicious, widely available and an essential source of Vitamin-Sober. But for all the consistent greasy goodness that a street dog provides, it is no match for the wondrous highs of a perfectly executed taco. Particularly if it's the birria taco from Cactus Taqueria on Vine.
Parked not half a block from La Estrella, one of Highland Park's most venerable taco trucks, El Pique has had to scrap and fight for every $1.25 taco sale. Luckily, there are a few options (including the cabeza tacos) on the menu to throw your spare change at, should the line at La Estrella bend past the curve of tolerability.
Though the truck is on the east side of Los Angeles, it has not succumbed to the "into it before it was cool" movement. I've been coming to La Estrella's truck since I first moved to Los Angeles four years ago, and they were parked in the same spot long before that. There was a line to order before I got there; there'll be one when I leave. This is why.
Los Angeles is a city full of American brunch spots, unrivaled Mexican food, and a wonderful knack for blurring the borders between the two. Where, then, are all of the great breakfast burritos? The answer is a bit muddled. With thousands of taco trucks, taquerias, and upscale breakfast eateries, they're absolutely everywhere in Los Angeles. Yet, the truly great examples are undeniably hard to find. Here are ten that we'd wake up early for.
In Los Angeles, the prevailing sentiment seems to be that the sandwich has gone the way of our beloved La Brea Tar Pit mammoths. But the "Godmother" sandwich from Bay Cities Italian Deli in Santa Monica is a testament to old-world sandwiches still being done right, as the perpetual line in front of the deli counter can attest. Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella, coppacola, ham and provolone cheese are all thinly layered inside a crusty length of Italian bread. Be sure to give it "the works."