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Tips for Eating Your Way Through Los Angeles

June 27, 2017
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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.  

Ask locals

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.

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Use Yelp/Tripadvisor

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 Companya coffee shop with a variety of breakfast choices. We spent several hours here working, drinking coffee and hot chocolate.

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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.

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Los Angeles also has an authentic, Chicago-style pizza restaurant, Masa of Echo Park. I love Chicago pizza, and I believe they nailed it here.

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.

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Explore

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.

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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.

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Check out our other stops on our Van Life road trip, Big Bend National ParkMarfa, Texas, and Joshua Tree

Also, read more about Maeve, our 1978 Volkswagen Westfalia

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Where do you like to eat in LA? Do you have any tips to share? Leave me a comment below!

56 Comments

  • Reply Katie June 27, 2017 at 9:41 am

    All good tips for eating out while traveling! I’m a huge fan of eating at only local places when we travel, its how I get the feel of a place! I also agree that asking locals is the best way to go!

    – Katie
    http://www.brewingupstyle.com

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Yes! We like to make friends every where we go and get their recommendations.

  • Reply Nicole June 27, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Oh my goodness – YUM! I love Mexican food, especially in Cali. Another tip: next time you’re in LA, you should check out the Korean food scene. Was there last month and we hit it up with a friend who lives in LA but had never been to Koreatown – I’m drooling just thinking about it!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Yes! That was what we heard. We just weren’t able to do it this time, but absolutely will next time. 🙂 We visited Koreatown but didn’t get to eat there.

  • Reply Marissa June 27, 2017 at 10:21 am

    I always recommend asking the locals for the best places to eat in town! It’s a no fail strategy 🙂
    And Salt & Straw is the best!

    Marissa
    http://www.quartzandleisure.com

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      You are so correct!

  • Reply Belle June 27, 2017 at 10:44 am

    These are such great tips! I loved LA when we visited a couple of years ago. This post makes me want to go back!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:36 pm

      It such a great foodie place.

  • Reply Willow June 27, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Great tips! LA is one place that I have never been to but would love to see. Being vegan and gluten free, LA is one of the food destinations on my list!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:37 pm

      You would love it! There are so many great choices.

  • Reply Sofia June 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    This is soo delicious! I am packing 😉 going to LA for dinner 😉 Thank you for great tips and delish places. On my list now 😉

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      haha. I wish it was that easy!: )

  • Reply foodtinerary June 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Great tips!!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Rachel Ritlop June 27, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Omg everything looks so delicious !! I need to plan a visit sometime soon!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Yes! So many great choices!

  • Reply Maryanne | the little epicurean June 27, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    I’m an LA local. You visited some great spots! I’m close to Masa of Echo Park. Love that place and eat there often!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks, girl! You have some great places. We loved Masa so much. We would be there often too.

  • Reply Leah June 27, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    These are all great trips, and how we travel, too! I personally love to ask locals, but I always do research online before we go, too, just to see if I can find any of those hidden gems! Thanks for this great post!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      Yes! Online is a great source too.

  • Reply Rachel June 27, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Awesome tips! TripAdvisor is usually my go-to + chatting with locals and getting some tips!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:48 pm

      You’re doing it right!

  • Reply Lauren June 28, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Great tips! I’ll be visiting LA soon and can’t eat my way through it!

    Lauren
    http://www.basicbabelauren.com

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Can’t wait to hear about your food choices!

  • Reply Crystal // Dreams, etc. June 28, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Love these tips! I love finding out where locals like to go and just exploring and finding places to eat that I stumble across. 🙂

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      Yes! So much better than just trusting random popular places.

  • Reply Deborah June 29, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I agree. Local advice is usually very good. And sometimes they may suggest something you won’t find on yelp (secret spot yeah!).

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:50 pm

      Yes! absolutely. All about the secret spots.

  • Reply Olivia Stacey June 29, 2017 at 9:34 am

    All of these places sound AMAZING! I’ve never been to LA, but hoping to make a trip in the next year. I will definitely be taking your advice on a few of these restaurants. Thanks for sharing your experience– I was living vicariously 🙂
    xoxo,
    Liv
    http://www.livslookbook.com

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Thanks girl! I hope you love it.

  • Reply Beth Kondrick June 29, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Great tips! I agree that asking locals is a great way to get good ideas of places to go eat! I haven’t ever been to California and it’s on my list of someplace that I would like to go. I’m not sure if we’ll do LA or San Francisco when we do go, but I sure hope to at some point!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm

      Yes! We have done both and love them both. My husband is crazy about San Fran.

  • Reply Tuyet June 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I love LA, the food there is soooo good.! kimballandkedzie.com

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      It really is!

  • Reply Dori June 29, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Great tips and advice. We live in SoCal; but actually have yet to do the touristy thing in LA…kids, life…work you know how it is! I am looking forward to going soon. Will definitely keep your suggestions in mind.

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks girl! I hope you get a chance to visit soon.

  • Reply The Southern Thing June 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

    YuM! This makes me want to visit LA!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      You should! It’s a great city!

  • Reply Emily June 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Everything looks great. The photo of the coffee is my favorite. I’ve never been to LA, but I definitely want to go visit.

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you Emily! It’s a really cool place to visit with tons to do.

  • Reply Madeline June 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Love this! I’m going to LA in August and have been looking everywhere for the best places to eat – I want to hit them all!

    xx
    Madeline
    http://www.wearweroam.com/

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      I hope you do!! It’s such a fun foodie destination!

  • Reply Jessica Sheppard June 29, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Omg! I LOVE LA! Definitely going to find some of your faves next time I go. I’ve found Salt & Straw! It’s unbelievable , so delish!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      We love it. Their ice cream is addicting.

  • Reply Erika June 29, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I just got back from LA on Tuesday and I’m missing it desperately already. Reading your post made me so happy! I love Salt & Straw and have had some of the oddest, yet yummiest, flavor combos. Loved your recommendations 🙂
    – Erika –
    MyRevampedLife.com

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Yes! Thanks, girl!!

  • Reply Rachel Ritlop June 29, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Los Angeles is awesome!! This post makes me want to visit so bad!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      It really is such a great city.

  • Reply Charlotte June 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    All of these foods look delicious (even the “wurst” though I myself am a German vegetarian–I know, it’s like finding a unicorn of something, ha!). Thanks so much for sharing… hope my travels take me to LA some day, never been!!

    Also I love Yelp and Trip Advisor for restaurant reviews, too 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend, momma!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      You are a unicorn! There are so many great vegetarian spots in LA 🙂 I hope you make it over there.

  • Reply Sara July 1, 2017 at 9:28 am

    All the ice cream looks so tasty!!! I love this Italian place called C&O Cucina. They have the best garlic knots EVER!! I’m a trip advisor loyalist and my husband scours yelp on all our trips, so we usually end up with some pretty tasty options!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Its a great way to find restaurants. Thats for sure. That sounds relish! I will have to try it next time I am there.

  • Reply shan July 1, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    What a fun trip! Nothing like food on vacay!

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      Absolutely! My favorite part of vacationing.

  • Reply Chelsea Pearl July 2, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    So many great tips! LA is one of the best cities to be a foodie in. Love trying new spots whenever I visit.

    • Reply Jessica July 6, 2017 at 11:00 pm

      It really is!

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