Jitlada. Like a beautiful trip on shrooms.
Madcapra. I love everything about this place.
Cafe Gratitude. I am grateful.
Marouch. Hooray for olive oil.
Jeon Ju. I’m addicted to the bibimbap.
Gamja Bawi. I’m addicted to the bibimbap.
Soban. Everything is good.
Au Lac. Some duds on the menu, but mostly very good and healthy.
Zankou Chicken. Like a fruit that’s ripe for the pickin’.
Gelson’s: the salad bar and 1/2 sandwich + 2 sides are both surprisingly cost-effective options (you have to learn to pick and choose, obviously, w/ the salad bar); it’s also literally next door to one of my offices
California Chicken Cafe: I really like the chicken pasta salad, the cesar salad, and the combo wrap
Siam Chan and All India Grill: delivery makes dinner so much easier… Love the Jun Pu at Siam Chan and the lamb masala at All India Grill
Tender Greens: I’m sort of addicted to the falafel wrap there
Literati: only b/c it’s almost directly across the street; the cobb salad is good, as is the portobello mushroom sandwich; the mint lemonade is excellent (Tender Greens pales in comparison, in this one regard)
Beni-Tora: love the giant gyoza and the white dan dan mien
If we could afford it, we’d probably be a Gjusta, like, daily.
Lemonade. I work at USC and they have one on campus.
BS Taqueria. Beet Torta. Churros!
Madcapra. Green falafel and beet soda.
Broken Spanish. Refried lentils, mushrooms, beet pibil, chile mango dessert.
Bar Ama. Vegan queso and cauliflower.
Sugarfish. It has price and proximity on its side.
Your mileage may vary, especially if you aren’t fond of beets.
Barbrix - it’s walking distance from my house. Not mind blowing but always very satisfying.
OB Bear - Love the tong-dak especially since I’m on a low carb diet.
Ssam - My new favorite joint for kbbq. The Ssam combo at $120 is such a great deal.
L&E Oysters - Best oysters in the city and their cooked dishes are no slouch either.
Work westside and live downtown so most often eat at the same places for lunch.
Mitsuwa (Centinela) food court - all of it especially the ignored curry and udon joints. great qpr.
Qin West (Chinatown)
Attari Sandwich shop
800 Degrees (Westwood) -potd only
Hop Li (Chinatown)
Patra Burger (EP)
LA Pizza Company
Have you not noticed a major drop in quality at OB Bear? Used to eat there at least monthly but I heard they booted all the longtime kitchen halmonis about a year or two ago. Everything was kinda imperfect after that. I haven’t been since I ordered their spicy wings and got fried chicken wings with sauce on the side. Apostasy.
Portsmouth (Whittier) seriously, like once a month…sometimes twice. Oysters, lobsters, eat it all.
Clearman’s Steak N’Stein (Pico Rivera). A whole meal is fantastic, but happy hour hits the spot and I love the fire pit.
Bizarra Capital (Whittier) The food and drinks here are spot on.
Phlight (Whittier) I love sitting at the bar and watching the kitchen staff work. Perfect for tapas and wine.
La Tavolata (Cerritos) Housemade pasta in a small place where the sauces are as terrific as the pasta. The smoked chicken tortellini sells out for good reason.
North Shore Poké (Cerritos) Because sometimes you just need poké.
Kebab Krush (Artesia) The garlic sauce and the filet need kebabs are so good, and the family who owns this place is so nice. The keftka is dry, though.
Bellhana Sushi (Bellflower) Sometimes you just need AYCE sushi.
Koi Restaurant (Seal Beach) For the days you need real omakase. Sit at the sushi bar with Taka-san and tell him you like everything.
Los Compadres (Norwalk) Home-style Mexican food and fabulous margaritas. I love the carnitas and tacos.
Amor Y Tacos (Cerritos) Elevated Mexican food and artisan cocktails.
Lock & Key Social Drinkery (Downey) Cauliflower buffalo, bacon candy, and any of their artisan/hipster cocktails will make you happy.
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