Los Angeles Restaurants

Los Angeles may be known for its beach living and celebrity-infused backdrop, but it was once a farm town. The hillsides were covered in citrus orchards and dairy farms, and agriculture was a major industry. Today, even as L.A. is urbanized, the city's culinary landscape has re-embraced a local, sustainable, and seasonal philosophy at many levels—from fine dining to street snacks.

With a growing interest in farm-to-fork, the city's farmers' market scene has exploded, becoming popular at big-name restaurants and small eateries alike. In Hollywood and Santa Monica you can often find high-profile chefs scouring farm stands for fresh produce.

Yet the status of the celebrity chef continues to carry weight around this town. People follow the culinary zeitgeist with the same fervor as celebrity gossip. You can queue up with the hungry hordes at Mozza or try and snag a reservation to the ever-popular Trois Mec that’s much like getting a golden ticket these days. Elsewhere, the seasonally driven bakery and insanely popular Huckleberry in Santa Monica has been given a Brentwood counterpart with the rustically sweet Milo & Olive created by the same owners. In Culver City, a run-down International House of Pancakes has been turned into the ski chalet–inspired A-Frame Tavern. The Ace Hotel opened an L.A. chapter Downtown, creating a hip haven when you can enjoy cocktails and locally sourced menu items poolside or in the restaurant.

Ethnic eats continue to be a backbone to the L.A. dining scene. People head to the San Gabriel Valley for dim sum, ramen, and unassuming taco lounges; Koreatown for epic Korean cooking and late-night coffeehouses; and West L.A. and "the Valley" for phenomenal sushi. Latin food is well represented in the city, making it tough to choose between Guatemalan eateries, Peruvian restaurants, nouveau Mexican bistros, and Tijuana-style taco trucks. With so many dining options, sometimes the best strategy is simply to drive and explore.

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  • 1. Bea Bea’s

    $ | Burbank | American

    Just because Bea Bea’s is a no-nonsense kind of place, it doesn’t mean the food isn’t special. This diner serves breakfast food that is about...Read More

  • 2. Cassell's Hamburgers

    $ | Koreatown | American

    Since 1948, Cassell’s has been grilling up some of the city's best burgers and remains on just about every top burger list in town. The simple...Read More

  • 3. Cindy’s

    $ | Highland Park | American

    The husband-and-wife team that took over Cindy’s in 2014 never set out to create a trendy space for hipsters looking for their next artisanal...Read More

  • 4. Good Neighbor Restaurant

    $ | Studio City | American

    Its walls may be heavy with framed photographs of film and TV stars, and folks from the biz might regularly grace its tables, but this Studio...Read More

  • 5. Kitchen Mouse

    $ | Highland Park | American

    Born in 2014 out of the owner’s need for more kitchen space for her growing production catering business, Kitchen Mouse has blossomed into a...Read More

  • 6. Pie 'n Burger

    $ | American

    Since 1963, this small and charming diner has done two things really well—pie and burgers. Most seats are counter-style, with a griddle searing...Read More

  • 7. Warren's Blackboard

    $$ | North Hollywood | American

    For years, the diner at the Beverly Garland Hotel was sadly overlooked. No longer. Led by Executive Chef Warren Schwartz, the menu at Warren...Read More

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