AOC -Inventive small plates to share, with an excellent wine list. Items not to be missed: Braised Pork Cheeks & roasted date wrapped in bacon, chicken liver crostini with pancetta.
The Apple Pan – Old school hamburger joint; the grill, the counter and the waiters. Some of the best burgers in the Southland. They also have great fries and pies. Open late as well.
CaCao Mexicatessen – Fancy, but tasty gourmet tacos and Mexican food in Eagle Rock. Duck Confit tacos are supreme.
Kogi Korean BBQ Truck, Los Angeles – this is the real deal; accept no imitations! Korean BBQ short rib tacos and sliders are choice!
In ‘N Out Burgers: A California classic
Jitlada Hands down, best Thai food on the West Coast.
Philippe’s – Home of the french dipped sandwich – pork, lamb, beef, turkey. Buy a jar of their hot spicy mustard and have your sandwich with some potato salad.
Soot Bull Jeep – Inexpensive Korean, where you cook your own meat/seafood. Tons of side dishes, which they’ll keep bringing if you ask.
Tacos Por Favor – my favorite sit down, authentic Mexican restaurant, located in Santa Monica. Great Al Pastor, Pozole and amazing green salsa.