Eat Your Way Through L.A.: Places to Try

I visited Los Angeles for New Year’s shenanigans and proceeded to eat my weight in, well, basically everything. I’ve listed a few of the places I liked the most – give them a try the next time you’re in the City of Angels.

Disclaimer: I’m 99% sure that I’ve got the locations right, but I don’t travel to L.A. much, so maybe double check their Yelp/websites/social media pages before you go.

Quick Breakfast

Sam’s Bagels

Location: Main St., Santa Monica

If you love bagels (and really, who doesn’t?), then you’ll be a fan of Sam’s Bagels. Even though it’s along Main St. in Santa Monica, it’s a bit of a hidden gem, tucked between a tavern and a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Its own sign is pretty high up on it’s brick wall that you won’t notice it and the window signs won’t really help you either. You’ll know it’s Sam’s when you walk in and there’s a just a strange, inexplicably large bagel on the wall for decoration and not much else.

In case you thought I was lying about the large wall bagel.

Bagels are big and toasty, schmear is excellent (I got a strawberry spread that was perfect) and the place is small and quiet.

Extra perks:
1) It’s a stone’s throw away from the beach.
2)  Window seating to bask in the morning/afternoon sun and people-watch.

Not-So-Quick Breakfast (Or Brunch)

Nick’s Coffee Shop

Location: Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson

Breakfast is 100% my favorite meal of the day, so obviously Nick’s is my pick for best place. What you’re looking at here is a delicious waffle combo.

I would move to L.A. for this place, I’m only half-joking. I only had breakfast at this diner, but it was SO good. And the people were so nice – surprisingly jovial in the aftermath of New Year’s Eve and always checking to see if we were happy with our food and needed anything else. They seemed to know and have a great relationships with their regulars and the walls look to be chock full of “celebrity” diner portraits, even locals.

It’s not a big establishment, being a diner, after all. So if you’re thinking about dropping by, you can actually call ahead an ask to hold a table.

Extra Perks:
1) A few outside tables if the weather is nice or if you have a furry companion.
2) Perfectly crispy hash browns.
3) Did I mention that the staff is lovely?

Lunch/Dinner

Tatsu Ramen

Location: Sawtelle Blvd, Little Osaka (other location available)

Their Old Skool ramen with Tonkotsu broth – ’cause you can’t go wrong with a classic.

Little Osaka has a TON of restaurants in the area. Even the complex Tatsu is in has like four or five of them packed in there. But if you’re in the mood for some tasty Ramen, go to Tatsu.

Portions are generous, especially if you order extra noodles for just a couple bucks more. Space is limited, because of the small size of the restaurant (even with the extra seating outside) and because of Tatsu’s popularity. You won’t have to wait to order, thanks to the tablet ordering system out front, but you’ll most likely have to wait for a table. Just give your number to the hostess and they can send a text when your table is ready, meanwhile, you can pop into the other little shops nearby.

Extra Perks:
1) A true vegan/vegetarian ramen bowl for your veggie/vegan friends.
2) I say lunch or dinner, but this place is open until 2 a.m. (sometimes 3 a.m.) for your late-night ramen cravings.

Dessert

Honeymee

Location: Sawtelle Blvd., Little Osaka (other locations available)

You definitely won’t BEE sad when you eat this ice cream.

Once you’re done with ramen or some other savory goodness in Little Osaka, stop by Honeymee for a sweet treat. Not only is their ice cream swirled into a perfect dessert, it’s accompanied by a delicious little honeycomb from a local bee farm.

Extra Perks:
1) After you’ve had a heavy meal, it’s a great light dessert.
2) Particularly picture-worthy (I’m looking at you, food bloggers).

For the Trip Home

Bibi’s Bakery and Cafe

Location: Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson

Bibi’s is a great place to stop for reasonably-priced neighborhood baked goods for the drive (or plane ride) home and to take back to family, friends and co-workers.  Gentleman working the register was extremely helpful/patient as I figured out what I wanted and then inevitably came back to buy more, and seemed to be the bakery’s owner, Dan – which is always a good sign.

This chocolate rugelach might be TOO good. I bought three of these to share… and I ate most of them myself.

Extra Perks:
1) Kosher!
2) Also excellent bagels and schmear.

Well, I think that’s enough for you to chew on. Can you tell that I love to eat?

Bon appetit,
Katie

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22 Comments

  1. There are so many places to eat in this amazing city. I’ve lived here for 15 years and I’ve only been to one of these spots. Looking forward to checking some of these spots out.

  2. We live in AZ so we visit Cali every so often. So it’s great to learn some good places for food! We are total foodies. Honeymee is definitely toward the top of the list. Thanks for these!

    • waitingforrain28

      No problem! We are in AZ as well and all the delish food is almost worth braving the traffic!

  3. I’ve been wanting to try Bibi’s forever! Thanks for these fabulous recommendations, I love LA 🙂

  4. I live about an hour and a half from Santa Monica, was just there last week. I’ve eaten at Sam’s Bagels many times, they are the best. Often take bags homes. Glad you got to try them.

    • waitingforrain28

      I have yet to find amazing bagels in Phx, but hopefully soon, cause I really love them.

  5. Erica

    I live in L.A. and there is a Tatsu Ramen near me on Melrose. The line out the door is really impressive. I’ve never eaten there, but love that they offer gluten-free ramen since I can’t eat gluten. However, it is a $6 upcharge, so I would only do it on a very special occasion.

  6. These spots look so good! Next time I’m in LA, I need to check them out 🙂

  7. sondra barker

    These are all interesting places! thanks for the share!

  8. I am pretty sure I would spend most of my time at Bibi’s Bakery, and Cafe:) Every, in that case, looks incredible:)

    • waitingforrain28

      We definitely have some favorites in here too, although they are all amazing.

  9. Elizabeth O

    I would head straight for the bagels, I seem to have a real love for them lately. I really enjoyed this blog, its informative and shows your clear love of food. 🙂

  10. Vladi & Helena

    That is a hack of an overview! I wish all bloggers posted something like this – it would make it much easier to choose the place to go to. Thanks!

  11. Blair villanueva

    These are the places am pretty sure that i will enjoy. Especially if they also served well brewed coffee!

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