Food Porn: 10 LA restaurants you must try

shrimp-and-grits

Over the summer I asked several of the homies and homegirls to hip me to their favorite restaurants in LA.  With the list provided (of over 40 different restaurants), we narrowed it down to 10 of the highest ranked amongst my friends and colleagues.  Each restaurant made our list for different reasons, some for overall dining experience, others, simply for tastes and or service and ambiance.  Out of the 10 listed below, we tried to catch a meal at as many of these spots as we could prior to creating this post to provide you with a more detailed critique.  So this post is for all you foodies, food porn addicts and tourists looking for some cool spots to hit up when you make it to the City of Angels…. You’re welcome 🙂

10. One of my personal favorites, My Two Cents.  Soul Food for your soul, this restaurant is committed to using fresh local organic ingredients to create a classic soul food taste with a healthy spin.  Located on Pico Blvd in Mid-City, this spot is an instant classic with Shrimp and Grits and a Catfish Club sandwich that will make you lose your damn mind!

09. Pink Pepper (Hollywood) Located in the middle of Hollywood on N. La Brea, in the cut, is Pink Pepper.  Thai and Asian fusion style restaurant opened in 1989 by Tony Boon with menu updates by Chef Malee Chantra, is home to the rib-eye main coarse known as the “Crying-Tiger” as well as a seafood fried rice that you will never in your life or your mother’s life forget.

08. Breakfast? Brunch? What? The Griddle! Just kind of sorta worked out? Oh you hit up Runyon Canyon so you feel like you’ve really hiked right? You have to stop by The Griddle on Sunset in West Hollywood.  No bullshit, hands down one of the most fulfilling, stuff your face, stomach bulging appetite crushing breakfast spots in LA.  Home of the Red Velvet extra large pancake.  Yo, and the pancakes are like the biggest freaking pancakes you have ever seen.  Like this place honestly is like the real house of pancakes.  So many flavors, (try the Yellow Brick Road) butterscotch, caramel, walnut filled pancake.  Like most of LA, expect a line!

07. Speaking of Breakfast spots, Grub made our lists a few times so we had to shout them out.  This spot is fashioned as a “home away from home” type of restaurant with some bangin omelettes and their special thick cut “crack” bacon that keeps the fiends coming back for more.  Check them out in Hollywood.

06. A personal favorite for just about anybody in the LA area that loves top of the line sushi and celebrity level ambiance, you have to get familiar with Katsuya.  Top shelf alcohol, five star celebrity service, you may even run into a few celebrities depending on the location you pop up in.  The price is a lil steep but you pay for what you want and if you like quality sushi and not that grocery store near frozen stuff then you may want to check this spot out, you won’t be disappointed.

05. Free-range fried chicken, artisan freshly made donuts, all natural Americana grub all right here at Birdies.  The website alone will have you trying to make your way down there.  Please don’t sleep on this place, there aren’t too many spots where you can get a breast and a wing or a leg and a thigh for less than $9.00 in LA.  Don’t take our word for it bro, check out the website and I promise you you will be on your way there!

04. Another top of the line sushi spot highly recommended by the homies is Wokcano.  You got a date? Bae trippin because you never take her anywhere, take her there! She will love the ambiance (the set up, ratchetly speaking). Top of the line sushi rolls and classic Asian cuisine fused with a little southern Cali style.  You won’t be disappointed.

03. Tart! You trying to get lit during brunch?  Down to jump in a pool with your clothes on for a free meal?  This is the spot.  Known for their rum punch’s and unique chicken and waffles with tabasco flavored syrup, this is one of our favorite brunch turn up spots.  You are guaranteed to be lit up before 3pm at this spot, you may even jump off the balcony in your clothes for a comped meal if you’re anything like me.

02. How could you come to LA and not get some Mexican food? Thats like going to the weedman and not getting any weed bruh! The spot that kept coming up in conversation amongst friends was Gracias Madre.  An organic/vegan Mexican restaurant located in the heart of West Hollywood.  Yeah we know, a vegan restaurant? Yeah no meat can suck, but this place is actually really good.  You would never know if we didn’t tell you, honestly! In my New York voice, “that Black bean burger is banging son son!”.

01.  Home, comfort food and cocktails for the hipsters? I’m so here for it! When I asked my friends what is this restaurant most known for the response was “EVERYTHING”.  Judging from their website I believe it.  One of the few places on the list I personally haven’t checked out yet, I’m anxious to check them out, I noticed endless mimosas so I’m already there.  Chill scenery, really cool hipster set up and cool staff, this restaurant was on 80% of my friends lists and highly recommended by native Angelenos so it sounds like a go for the kid.

Hope this helps in some way, nothing like some great recommendations to point you and your stomach in the direction of edible bliss.


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