Foodie culture is at large in L.A., and the selection, both in terms of price and inspiration, is tremendous. There is no shortage of options for eating out. For eating in, nearly every neighborhood has at least one Whole Foods and one Trader Joe’s—often two or three—as well as a traditional grocery store like Ralph’s, Von’s, or Gelson’s.
L.A. Magazine is generally a good resource for finding new restaurants and good eats. Some of the best places include:
Church & State: with a chicken liver pâté to die for and an atmosphere that works for both a group dinner and a romantic night out.
Comfort Café at Fred Segal: very healthy and satisfying, pleasant outdoor seating, and you can walk your meal off in the famous Fred Segal boutique across the street.
Diddy Riese: amazing ice cream cookie sandwiches! Highly recommend the snickerdoodle.
Katsuya: addictive, inventive sushi in a trendy setting. The crispy rice with spicy tuna, rock shrimp tempura, and kobe beef with foie gras are all to die for.
SusieCakes: everyone has a “best” red velvet cupcake to recommend. But this is actually the best red velvet cupcake you’ve ever had.
The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel: classic place to grab a late night dish and drink on a whim or after a special event.
Canter’s Deli: the landmark L.A. deli, open 24 hours.
Reddi Chick at the Brentwood Country Mart: famous for its rotisserie chicken, but the scrumptious golden nugget basket is the real gem. Cash only.
Malibu Kitchen & Gourmet Country Market: the perfect sandwich place after a day at the beach. Highly recommend the turkey, brie, and cranberry on sourdough. Don’t ignore the bakery either.
Tender Greens: provides the perfect salad fix. And it’s a chain! Locations in Santa Monica and West Hollywood.
Father’s Office: one of the best burgers in town. 21+.
In n’ Out: if you’re in L.A., you gotta do it! Double double with animal style fries.
Complementing the restaurant scene, a wave of gourmet food trucks has recently sprung up all over the city, inspiring the creation of food truck maps monitoring their positions. Many food trucks gather for First Fridays in Venice Beach.