As famous Los Angeles is for its razzle-dazzle, the city should also be known for its brilliant food culture. Anyone who has visited the city will tell you how happening the food scene is here. Ranging from traditional delicacies to street food, you can get find all of them delightful flavours if you just know where to go. So, take out your stretchiest pair of pants and get ready for a food crawl in this behemoth of a city. And if your food crawl is going to be a group affair, you should rent a private charter bus or minibus so can relax between bites, and no one can get lost along the way. So, without further ado, here’s a list of places you should visit while on your food crawl in LA:
Bay Cities Italian Deli and Bakery
Start your day off with one of the best breakfast joints there is in LA. Any local will tell you eating here is basically considered a rite of passage to being an actual foodie. Situated in Santa Monica, every item on the menu here is a delicacy. But the biggest attraction on the menu has to be “The Godmother”. As the name suggests, it truly does remind one of the loving godmothers from your childhood who loved to stuff with a ton of good food including ham, prosciutto, genoa salami, mortadella sausage and capicola all mushed in between two very fresh slices of Italian Bread, topped with peppers and mustard. And if that description has already made your mouth water, rest assured that even fantasy cannot compete with the plate of real goodness that this place has to offer you.
You might have visited one of these joints in Vegas or any other city. But you don’t have any idea of what’s about to hit your taste buds unless you try eating in one of these in LA. We would suggest that you specifically go to the one located in the Sunset Boulevard. If not, any other branch is also fine. Depending on how hungry you are after that stop at Bay Cities, you may order either your pre or main lunch here. Just stride right in, find a waiter and order a “Double double, animal style” and get ready to be blown away by the legion of flavours about to explode in your mouth. In-N-Out Burgers will offer you the best burger you will ever have in LA and then some.
Ricky’s Fish Tacos
There is no shortage of Taco stalls in LA and each one of them has their own selling point. But if there is one thing everyone in LA will agree on, it is that if you want to take a bite out of the juiciest and most flavourful fish taco in LA, you go to Ricky’s. Treat yourselves to some delicious evening snacks here. Recently shifted to Riverside Drive, you can find this truck in the crowdiest parts of the neighbourhood.
With Rick’s, there are no secrets involved. There is no magic, no recipe for a sauce that they protect with their lives. It’s just the freshest of fish deep fried till they are at their juiciest. The invitingly crunchy texture outside is but a door the melt in the mouth goodness inside. So, whatever you do, do not miss this. Just make sure to follow their twitter to see if they have moved their location or not, but you’ll usually find them strolling around the Riverside Drive.
Jon and Vinny’s
You remember when the artsiest student in the class gets to decorate the board and it turned out to be the best decision ever made in human history? Same happened when Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo were given a place in the city to serve modern Italian food. But don’t be fooled as it is not just one of those neighbourhood pizza joints. With a secret wine stall tucked into its back, the inside of Jon and Vinny’s look like it has walked right out of a Van Gogh painting. And the pizza and pasta here are art in themselves. But you can also try the meatballs here and they too will not disappoint. Hit this place before nightfall to avoid the crowd so you can take your time splurging on food that will remind you that yes, God does exist.
If you want to have an elite dining experience in the city, look no further than this piece of paradise that is known to serve the best Sushi in LA. Situated in Westside LA and voted one of the top 5 meals in the city, you will not regret burning a hole into your pocket once to taste the authentic and flavourful sushi they serve here. In case you are picky and want your money’s worth, you need not worry either. Sushi Park has over 17 courses and over 30 finest cuts of the highest quality of various fishes and each of their servings is large enough to make you struggle to finish it all. Yet no matter how much you eat, you are sure to crave for more once you return home.