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The Non-Snobby LA Dining Guide

This isn’t a guide to the fanciest food in town. We aren’t trying to be like the Michelin Guide. We’re normal people, who just like really, really good food. What follows is what we believe is the best food in LA – we ignore factors like the pedigree of the chef and the price level. Our sole criterion is how good it tastes.

01. Fritto Misto

Big thanks to the brilliant @charsiuubaoo

Address: 601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90407

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  • Best Pastas ever
  • Try their pink sauce
  • Their Cajun pasta is bomb

2. Bombay Palace

Address: 8690 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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  • The best Indian restaurant in Los Angeles
  • Try their Paneer Makhani

3. Bottega Louie


Address: 700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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  • Excellent Pizza
  • Try their Portobello Fries (even if you hate mushrooms)
  • Their macarons and other desserts are famous

4. Ayara Thai

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Address: 6245 W 87th St, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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  • Excellent Panang Curry
  • Try the fried ice cream

5. La Serenata de Girabaldi

Address: 1842 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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  • The most legit Mexican in LA
  • Instead of chips and salsa they start you off with quesadillas
  • We love their tomatillo enchiladas

6. Langer’s in Westlake


Address: 704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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  • An LA institution – for good reason

7. Masa of Echo Park

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Address: 1800 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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  • Amazing Bread Pudding
  • People love the deep dish pizza – order ahead of time (takes 45 minutes)

8. Orochon Ramen

Address: 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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  • Amazing spicy ramen in DTLA
  • They can make a vegetarian broth if requested

9.Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Thanks to one of our favorite foodies, @heidishungryadventures

Address: 2121 Rosecrans Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

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  • The best pizza in LA (because it’s from NY)
  • We recommend adding garlic as a topping

10. Wood Spoon

Address: 107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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  • Delicious Brazilian in DTLA
  • Get some plantains & collard greens on the side

11. Mendocino Farms

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Locations all over LA

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  • Farm fresh sandwiches with a twist
  • Check out the menu – tons of interesting options
  • We’ve never met someone who didn’t like Mendo’s

12. Tuk Tuk Thai

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Address: 8875 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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  • Excellent Panang curry
  • Terrible Pad Thai

13. El Chato Taco Truck

Address: 5300 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

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  • Small, tasty, cheap, flavorful tacos
  • $1/Taco – get 6

14. Clementine

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Address: 1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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  • We love the Build Your Own Grilled Cheese section of the menu
  • Intelligentsia Coffee is served

15. Radhika Modern Indian

Address: 966 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

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  • Modern Indian done right
  • Paneer Makhani and Malai Kofta are the clear winners
  • Huge portion sizes

16. The Village Bakery & Café

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Address: 3119 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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  • Excellent Pastries: we love maple scone, apricot scone, chocolate pudding
  • Great for brunch

17. Porto’s Bakery


Address: 315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

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  • An LA institution – if you come on a weekend be prepared to wait in a LONG line
  • Everything is executed so well here
  • We love the guava pastries, Parisian cake, fresh OJ
  • Pricing is unreal – supppppper cheap

18. Guisados

Address: 8935 Santa Monica Blvd, 90069 and 541 S Spring St #101, Los Angeles 90013

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  • Cool Mexican spot with some unique soft taco options
  • We love the Chiles Toreados – Habanero, serrano, jalapeno, and thai chiles blistered together over high heat. Served on top black beans. This taco is extremely spicy.

19. Hollywood Pies

Address: 6116 1/2 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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  • Excellent Deep Dish Pizza
  • Reminds us of Lou Manalti’s pizza

20. Bossa Nova on Sunset

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Address: 7181 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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  • Brazilian place that also serves creative pizzas
  • Everything here is good, cap it off with chocolate mouse

21. India Sweet House


Address: 5992 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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  • Giant Paratas (Stuffed bread) with fresh homemade yogurt
  • Fresh, homemade sweets – try their giant gulab jamun

22. Wurstküche

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Address: 800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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  • Tons of great dogs, their vegan dogs will blow your mind
  • Great beer selection

23. Daikokuya

Address: 327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 and 2208 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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  • Considered one of LA’s most authentic Ramen spots
  • The ramen here is thick with a creamy soup base

24. Jaipur Indian Cuisine

Address: 10916 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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  • Their mint chutney is incredible
  • We recommend the Paneer Makhani, Malai Kofta & Chai

25. BLD

Address: 7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  • Amazing Doughnuts and French Toast
  • Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes are excellent
  • Excellent Brunch

26. Araya’s Place

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Address: 8101 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  • Vegan Thai – but you won’t miss the meat
  • We recommend the Drunken Noodles, Pad Thai, Mango Panang Curry, and stir fried green curry

27. Genwa Korean BBQ

Address: 5115 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  • Not an All-You-Can-Eat place, but still totally worth the $$
  • Gets really busy, long lines, no reservations

28. Bäco Mercat

Address: 408 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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  • Super trendy Mexican place
  • Great if you’re bored of eating the same style of Mexican food and want a modern, elevated twist

29. Manas

Address: 2823 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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  • Low key Indian, South Indian and Indo-Chinese spot
  • Try the Gobi Manchurian and Chana Butura

30. Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood

Address: 5786 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

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  • Come early (they close at 8PM!)
  • Lomo Saltado is popular here

31. Pita Bar & Grill

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Address: 519 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  • Amazingly fresh falafel place; low key, hole in the wall gem
  • Try the falafel plate, with a fresh drink and tons of great sauces from the condiment bar


32. Bao Dim Sum House

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Address: 8256 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  • Modern, clean, craft cocktails and authentic dimsum: it’s a grand slam
  • The Moon Bun is pretty delicious for dessert

33. Fat Sal’s

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  • Forget hole-in-the-wall, this is a shack on the street, but it’s GOOD
  • Tons of saturated fatty goodness – you can add things like mozzarella sticks to your sandwich

34. Badmaash

Address: 108 W 2nd St, Ste 104, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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  • Gastropub in DTLA with some great Indian-inspired food
  • Everything is flavorful and well executed


35. Kay n’ Dave’s

Address: 9341 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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  • Service, Food, Drinks, Outside Patio all get a thumbs up from us
  • Great Happy Hour, Excellent Margaritas



1 Comment

  1. DavidC

    August 10, 2016 at 17:23

    I’d pick Men-Oh in Honda Plaza for ramen over the crowded hipster haven Daikokuya.

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