If you spend a few days in the City of Angels, more commonly known as Los Angeles, you will undoubtedly want to eat in one of the many restaurants present there.
The city is indeed a place that attracts many national and international chefs and has become a fertile ground for everything related to gastronomy.
California offers a wide variety of cuisine based on seafood, as well as recipes directly from its neighbor Mexico.
In Los Angeles specifically, you can enjoy the French dip, a sandwich made with cooked and finely sliced beef with onions and Swiss cheese. The whole thing is encased in a French baguette soaked in meat juice. So, yes, it’s not necessarily gastronomy, but you’ll find it everywhere in L.A.
But don’t worry, the city of angels also offers more sophisticated dishes mainly based on vegetables (often local and organic, the current trend).
You can also enjoy ramen, which has become the signature of local chefs. You can find them in the form of burritos or burgers. You can also devour a poke, which is also a huge success and is also endlessly revisited.
If you are a meat lover and have no intention of succumbing to vegetables, don’t worry. The city also offers very good meat dishes that are traditionally cooked on the barbecue: ribs, beef entrecote…
There are many different places in LA where you can enjoy a good meal. For example, street vendors can seduce you if you pass by neighborhoods like Thai town or Korean town with their specialties. Yes, I admit it, it’s not pure Los Angeles gastronomy, but that doesn’t stop it: it’s delicious!
On the other hand, you can enjoy the local cuisine by pushing the door of a high-end restaurant. It will cost you an average of $150 per person, but you won’t regret it.
If you’re a vegetable lover and want to eat vegan or vegetarian, you’ll have plenty of options. LA is full of such restaurants.
I’m going to go into more detail about the places to choose to discover real local gastronomy.
At the top of the list of restaurants that put green in the spotlight, you can enjoy Gusto Green, an establishment that offers fascinating dishes, but totally in the Los Angeles trend that puts health in the foreground. You will be able to try the cannabis pizza, an ingredient that has become a staple of the “local gastro”.
Also vegan, The Butcher’s Daughter (yes, the name is funny!) offers the best in cooked vegetables. Cashew Ricotta, cauliflower rice, watermelon radish are just a few examples of what is done here.
Vegetables are good, but would you like to taste something else typical? Then you’ll have to eat a taco! Yes, it’s not a dish concocted for hours by a 3-star chef, but it’s the dish that sums up the gastronomy of Los Angeles! You’ll find it with everything, even chocolate. Two places to get the best of these sandwiches? Of course! I chose Guerilla Tacos and Tito’s Tacos.
But don’t worry, LA is also starred restaurants run by renowned chefs. 26 establishments have at least one star and 56 have been awarded the title of Bib Gourmands, a mention synonymous with very high quality at reasonable prices (around 50 euros for a menu). You can enjoy gourmet tacos, but also delicate and delicious Mexican dishes (such as arrachera) at Chulita in the Venice district.
You can also enjoy a roast duck leg and oatmeal patties at Salt’s Cure, a star dish in Hollywood right now.
And if you miss French food a little too much, go enjoy an omelet at Petit Trois. It’s simple, yet you’ll never have a more gourmet omelet!
You’re ready to enjoy Los Angeles’ gastronomy!