During our 3 week long trip, we stopped in Los Angeles for the weekend. Most of the trip has been about exploring, driving, and taking photos. However, we reset in Los Angeles. Since we spent several days in LA on our west coast trip two years ago, we didn’t have to do most of the touristy things this time. Honestly, we spent the weekend eating great food, working, and spending time with family.
All photos taken with phone, so quality is not the greatest.
Here are some tips on how to eat your way through LA.
Any time we visit a new city, we like to check out the restaurants the locals eat at. For one, they are usually cheaper than the tourist-heavy restaurants. Also, you get a more authentic vibe of the city and people. Fortunately for us, my cousin and her husband live in Los Angeles, so they were able to show us some great spots.
One of the spots I would have never known about without them is Wurstkuche, a sausage restaurant with classics, gourmet, and exotic flavors. We waited in a long line that moved quickly, and it was well worth the wait.
You can find great restaurants using Yelp or TripAdvisor. Read reviews, browse the menu, and see photos from different restaurants all over the world. Our first night in Los Angeles, we used Yelp to find a quick meal, so we could get back and work at the hotel. Ocho Mexican Grill is directly across from the Omni Hotel, and they have a menu very similar to Chipotle.
Another great find was Lazy Brewing Company, a coffee shop with a variety of breakfast choices. We spent several hours here working, drinking coffee and hot chocolate.
Mix it up
Los Angeles has food for every palette imaginable. As tempting as it may be to eat burgers and tacos for every meal, mix it up.
If you like BBQ, Horse Thief BBQ has good prices and wonderful food. My favorite part of BBQ are the sides, and theirs exemplify that. Order the mac’ and cheese or potato salad as your side.
Instead of eating dessert at your dinner restaurant, try to do a progressive dinner. We snagged ice cream from Salt & Straw, and Colton now proclaims its his favorite ice cream.
Los Angeles is made up of different neighborhoods. Try exploring a variety of them. You will find different restaurants that highlight the character of all the different areas in Los Angeles. We tried Guisados, a fun taco and tamale stop in downtown LA.
In Silverlake, I was distracted by pretty desserts at Pazzo Gelato. This little cafe makes their own gelato and coffee syrups, so be sure to find them and indulge.
One of my favorite meals of the whole trip was at Lunetta All Day. Technically, they are in Santa Monica, but it was a short drive out of Los Angeles. If you love breakfast foods and brunch, check out this place.
Where do you like to eat in LA? Do you have any tips to share? Leave me a comment below!