You must already be tired of knowing how much I love Los Angeles! We have already been to the city several times and I confess that I find it almost impossible to get sick of a place like this. All places are charming and the restaurants are incredible. Those who are vegetarian or vegan also have nothing to worry about, because there are great restaurants for this audience there, as I said in another post.
Now, it’s time for meat eaters to stay on top of the best places to have lunch and dinner. The alternatives are endless, so I made a special selection. The list has a little bit of everything, so I’m sure you will find something interesting to add to the trip’s itinerary 😉
With a menu focused mainly on Italian cuisine, Bestia has increasingly attracted the attention of customers. Although their type of cuisine is usually related to more classic dishes, they explore a new side of Italian dishes. The presentations are super modern and the use of the ingredients is also very creative.
For those who are more daring, a good option is the ox-heart tartar served on a slice of toasted bread. If you don’t want to risk yourself that much, just ask for some pasta or pizza, like the salami topped with ricotta and cabbage leaves. Ah, if you really want to visit this restaurant, make sure to make a reservation – it is always full!
Gjelina is, without a doubt, one of my favorite places in LA. It is the perfect type of place for all meals of the day, from breakfast to dinner. Dishes are always served with large portions and, depending on what you order, you can even share with someone else.
The mushroom pizza is delicious and is a great option for those who are vegetarian or vegan. For breakfast, I recommend the pancakes with blueberry sauce – they are amazing! As the menu is super varied, I’m sure you will find something delicious to eat there 😉
If you don’t give up on classic and flavorful food, don’t leave Petit Trois out of your itinerary. Despite being small and the decor is not his strong point, the restaurant serves wonderful dishes, especially for those who like French cuisine.
They do not have any booking arrangements, so try to get there early to avoid a long wait. Among the dishes on the menu are fried and fried chicken drumsticks, accompanied with endive salad. Mussels are also always among the most ordered in the house, always accompanied with a good white wine.
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Have you ever imagined a hamburger with ketchup leaf? It may seem strange and unusual, but it really exists in the Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. Me and Paulo tried the snack and found it super tasty, so it’s worth a try.
In addition to the hamburgers, they also serve great salads and other more exquisite dishes, such as grilled yellowfin tuna with wasabi crust. Their desserts and drinks are also great, so it’s a good idea to go to this place during the night and enjoy something different!
Is there anyone around here who can’t resist Japanese food? If so, you can now add Hiko Sushi to your Los Angeles restaurant list. The place is very small and traditional, over frequented by city dwellers looking for these more reserved spaces to eat good Japanese dishes.
Paulo and I chose to let the chef choose what we would eat and we didn’t regret it one bit. The owner and chef of the place is concerned with making customers have a true gastronomic experience, so he doesn’t even like people to be using his cell phone. It may seem like a challenge at first, but the food is so tasty that you end up focusing only on it!
In addition to having a charming atmosphere, Republique has one of the most varied menus among the restaurants on this list. The menu is divided into different sessions, each of which has several options. They sell appetizers, cheese boards, pasta, meat, fish and salads – all very tasty and well prepared.
Ah, what is most interesting is the continuous change of the dishes on the menu. They are always working with fresh ingredients and some seasonal products, so it is interesting to know that they adapt according to the season of the food itself. Depending on when you go, be sure to try the pumpkin agnolotti.
Like Petit Trois, Providence has more classic and traditional cuisine. This restaurant specializes in fish and seafood, so I recommend it only to those who enjoy this type of food. If you are the type that loves dishes in this style, you can be sure that you will love the place!
The à la carte menu is only available during lunch, and in the evening they offer three tasting menu options. The menus vary according to the chef’s choices and also with seasonal ingredients, so be sure to look at what foods will be served to make sure they are your taste 😉
To feel transported to Mexico through food, just go to Gracias Madre. The owner of the place aims to serve typical dishes of the country using ingredients and local products, so everything is very fresh and full of flavor. The dishes are all plant-based, so there is almost no meat there.
The dishes are super creative and innovative, like the “beef” jackfruit and cashew cream barbecue. They also offer a tasting menu option for each meal – it’s a good option if you want to sample more than one dish. The environment is also a grace, with a cleaner decoration, focused on the Scandinavian style!
The Otium space is already a good reason to visit the place, because it is really wonderful. It’s super modern and spacious, with small details that transform the environment, like the lights with apparent piping in industrial style, you know? During Fridays and weekends the restaurant is usually very crowded, so it is a good idea to leave the table reserved to guarantee your place.
Regarding food, the dishes are quite varied and change according to the meal of the day. Bolognese rigatoni with veal and mushrooms is always among the most requested by customers. The cocktails are extraordinary, perfect for people who just want to have a drink and chat with their company.
Another Mexican restaurant on the list! Broken Spanish has a different proposal than Gracias Madre, so it is worth going to both places if you enjoy this type of cuisine. They bring a touch of incredible modernity to the dishes, both in the choice of ingredients as well as in the presentation.
The chef of the house, Ray Garcia, prepares all the dishes with admirable care. The menu goes far beyond simple tortillas. They offer as main course, for example, organic roast chicken served with carrot and ginger stew, seasoned with typical country spices.
Paulo and I still haven’t been everywhere on the list, but we know some of them. For you to find out what they are, just watch the vlogs of our trips on YouTube. We tell you several tips and share all our experience with you 🙂