Los Angeles, CA

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.

The Apple Pan

CaCao Mexicatessen – Fancy, but tasty gourmet tacos and Mexican food in Eagle Rock.  Duck Confit tacos are supreme.

Cacao Mexicatessen

Griddle Cafe – Fred Flintstone sized portions pancakes. Go early (and hungry),  especially on weekends.

Griddle Cafe

Kogi Korean BBQ Truck, Los Angeles – this is the real deal; accept no imitations! Korean BBQ short rib tacos and sliders are choice!

Kogi BBQ

In ‘N Out Burgers: A California classic

In ‘N Out Burger

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.

Soot Bull Jeep

Tacos Por Favor – my favorite sit down, authentic Mexican restaurant, located in Santa Monica.  Great Al Pastor, Pozole and amazing green salsa.

Tacos Por Favor

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