Cash only, no-frills Thai eatery.
Thai and Cajun seafood joint with patio seating in the heart of Hollywood.
Quaint store offering new & used books plus coffee & food, with an outdoor patio for special events.
Retro-style diner whips up American coffee-shop eats.
Family-owned restaurant with a wide array of traditional Indonesian and vegetarian fare.
Casual noodle bar presents a traditional Japanese menu starring ramen soups
Minimalist, cash-only restaurant serving hot bowls of pho. Vegetarian options available
An Echo Park neighborhood staple for decades and just a stone’s throw from Echo Park Lake, Brite Spot serves up delicious housemade pies and classic diner fare with a modern twist (vegetarian and vegan options available).
Family-run kitchen fixing up handmade tamales & traditional Mexican eats for breakfast & lunch.
Upscale Italian gastropub in Venice, specializing in Italian specialities including hot and cold antipasti, pasta helmed by Top Chef alum Antonia Lofaso.
Festive Los Angeles restaurant chain with classic Mexican dishes.
Traditional deli and wine shop.
Cozy and colorful eatery serving creative Mexican dishes.
American breakfast & lunch menu uses local & organic ingredients at this low-key spot with a patio.
Vibrant eatery serves cocktails & French bistro classics into the wee hours, plus sidewalk seating.
Sushi house tucked inside a strip mall, offering only fixed-price omakase (chef’s choice) meals.
Comfortable dining room known for its dim sum lunch featuring a wide variety of seafood dumplings.
Made-to-order artisinal donuts with variety of sweet & savory flavor options. Vegan options available!
You have, no doubt, tasted a potato taco, but not like the wonderment of civilization that is the potato taco at this taqueria chain’s outpost on the fringes of Glassell Park.
Serving creative California-sourced dishes and charcuterie made in house.
Traditional Thai restaurant keeping late hours.
Bustling cafe serving coffee & homestyle breakfast & lunch options, including vegetarian dishes.
Serving a variety of shawarmas, kebabs & falafel.
Chinese dim sum dishes are served directly to the table at this bustling eatery with a varied menu.
Counter-service joint known for their ceviche and offering a range of other Mexican eats & seafood dishes.
Creative takes on classic Mexican eats plus a full bar keep this bright, airy chain outpost hopping.
The only 24-hour fine dining establishment in Los Angeles, Pacific Dining Car has been serving up the best since 1921. True to its name, the restaurant features an original, vintage railcar from the same era where patrons can dine in style.
A longtime staple for Caribbean fare with mismatched chairs, a cloud mural ceiling & sidewalk seats.
Retro coffee shop serves huge menu of diner fare, including signature desserts, till the wee hours.
Upscale stop for American gastropub dining in classic tavern digs with leather booths & art.
Classic nigiri sushi & sashimi are the draw at this buzzy, throwback Japanese spot with no set menu.
Family-owned institution since 1927 serves tureens of soup & other French bistro staples.
Husband-and-wife team serving Vietnamese faves with a Mexican twist in a bright space with outdoor patio.
Warm, rustic-style cafe fixing up tacos, queso & Central Texas-inspired chow for breakfast & lunch.
This classic West Hollywood gastropub is the perfect destination for cheap beer, pool tables, and Rock’n’Roll history.
Upscale market with local, sustainable and organic food.
Cliff’s Edge offers a romantic dining atmosphere right in the heart of Sunset Junction. Stop by for happy hour, dinner, or weekend brunch.
Go here for sushi, Japanese small plates, and great martinis.
Open only for dinner, this highly-rated sushi joint is a west side staple.
Relaxed cafe with colorful, beachy decor, Southeast Asian eats, karaoke, and boba tea.
Unpretentious taco spot earns buzz for its braised meat & veggie stews atop handmade tortillas.
Quirky neighborhood fixture offering tapas, paella, and weekend flamenco shows, plus live-music nights.
Family-friendly pizza joint with a game room for kids and a BYOB policy for the adults.
Waterfront hangout with nostalgic decor featuring hearty seafood, burgers, beer, and classic cocktails.
Known as the “Whale Capital of the West,” Dana Point Harbor is a scenic coastal destination for dining, shopping, and seaside activities.
Lassens Food is a health food store chain with twelve locations in California.They focus on all natural products, organic produce, hormone-free meats and dairy, and herbs and vitamin supplements.
Delicious Mexican food joint with a food truck and brick-and-mortar location.
Cozy music venue and bar that offers intimate live performances and tasty comfort food.
Cantina-style spot with a patio offering breakfasts, ceviche, tacos & regional Mexican specialties.
“The owner is a man I know well, to say the least. I have spent the later part of my 20s especially admiring his drive to make the world a happier place through food. He opened his restaurant Post & Beam about 5 years ago in a neighborhood around Baldwin Hills that was nowhere near hip or up-and-coming. He built a place that today has helped shape the diverse community of interesting and thoughtful people in the greater Los Angeles area. This man is my father, Brad Johnson (he also opened the original Roxbury and Georgia in the 90s). When I do drink, I prefer their Negroni or an Aviation.” — Bryce Vine
“I recently saw Irontom at El Cid, and it was small and amazing. It is a really cool place to see a more intimate show, and feel like your at an underground club in Tijuana.” — Awolnation
“I’m too embarrassed to do it myself, but Tim Commerford loves to sing at Cafe Habana and loves it.” — Awolnation
Ex-general store turned restaurant serves hearty American eats in a setting out of a Western film.
“Cheap and delicious Korean food and it’s never overwhelmingly busy. I get the Veggie Kimbap with no sesame oil.” — Baths
“It’s right around the corner from our studio and serves the best tacos we’ve ever had. Go for the al pastor tacos. No doubt.” — BRÅVES
“Best decor – African themed sorta kinda. Never seen anything quite like it. Totally subtle too. Best craft cocktails. The Coastline is a favorite drink. Jericho’s favorite drink is a Manhattan, Thorald likes whiskey neat, and Johnny likes top shelf tequila.” — BRÅVES
“Eat the chicken sandwich at Son of a Gun.” — BRÅVES
Hot spot for seasonal New American cuisine presented in a rustic-chic dining room.
Exclusive locale featuring updated American comfort fare, cocktails & impromptu music performances.
“Cactus has been around for decades and has perfected the art of authentic Mexican street food. We like the humble atmosphere and shared table seating. All kinds of people eat there, their prices are great, everything on the menu is good and they are open late. Our usual order is a combination taco plate (chicken,fish or beef supreme style), quesadilla, lengua and carne asada burrito with avocado, cheese and sour cream, chips, pico de gallo and guacamole.” — Diana Purim & Eyedentity
“Gorgeous, innovative, well balanced, and sexy peruvian flavors that make my mouth water as I talk about it. The chaufa paella is the best I’ve ever had. The hamachi ceviche is blissful and the pescado parrillero makes me cry. Drinks are insane too.” – Shana Halligan
“A sweet Italian family came here to make the BEST hand made pasta imaginable, and the pesto on handkerchiefs of love is to die for. Super affordable and insanely delicious.” – Shana Halligan
“Gracias Madre has the most lovely patio for nibbling, drinking and dreaming about all things eclectically LA. It has the perfect blend of boho chic and sunny morocco that makes me feel all happy inside while sipping on my margarita, chatting about lady things.:)” – Shana Halligan
This was an iconic food truck but now it’s a fully-fledged restaurant. The sweet potato taco is always on my order and after that my decisions pretty much depends on my mood. You can’t go too wrong here because it’s just brilliant. Might consider having them cater for my release parties, tours, wedding, birthdays, songwriting sessions, and so on…
Last but not least… My favourite doughnuts in LA (if you know a better place please let me know): Sidecar. Maple Bacon is the classic but if you’re up for adventure there are many other fantastic combinations to choose from. Grab a variety and stroll over to the beach to share the good times, why not?
“[Order] literally anything. This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city and you are taken care of by the amazing owners the second you walk in.” – BIIANCO
Recommended in the Los Angeles edition of the Waterloo Sparkling Sessions, presented by Waterloo Sparkling Water.
“I love eating at Sage Vegan Bistro all day every day.” – Lauren Ruth Ward
Recommended in the San Francisco edition of the Waterloo Sparkling Sessions, presented by Waterloo Sparkling Water.