LA City Guide {Eat}

Raise your hand if you are getting on a plane in the next two weeks!  Uh-huh. I thought so.   My favorite thing about visiting a new city or an old favorite is getting recommendations from friends that live there.  Is there anything better than discovering a new gem that is off the beaten path?  A good friend of mine is coming out to LA for a full seven days and asked for city recommendations so I thought I would go ahead and post some spots around town that would definitely make it on my must-visit LA itinerary.

breakfast

Square One Dining

4854 Fountain Avenue, Los Feliz

This place serves up such a delicious breakfast!  The New York Post said, “Square One Dining cooks the most incredible bacon, eggs, and grits we’ve had in eons … the brioche french toast is a marvel.”  I love their baked eggs which are served in small cast iron skillets.  My personal favorite is the baked eggs with chorizo, gruyere cheese, tomato, onions, tortilla, roasted bell peppers and salsa roja.

Beverly Hills Juice Club

8382 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood

I am crazy for the tangerine coconut juice here, but usually get a big 10 veggie juice also for good measure 🙂  Either way their juice is raw, made fresh, and absolutely delicious!

lunch

Simple Things

8310 West 3rd Street, West Hollywood

I would actually be totally embarrassed to admit just how often I eat here.  It is in the middle of West Hollywood making it super convenient when I am out prepping a job.  The menu includes sandwiches, salads, soups, and homemade pies that range in size from silver dollar to enormous.  Everything is fantastic, but the pulled chicken on a pretzel roll with chipotle barbeque sauce is so good I usually can’t bear to order anything else!

Loteria at The Farmer’s Market

6333 West 3rd Street

This is one of our favorite spots to have lunch on the weekends.  You can bypass the line and sit at the bar.  Aaron loves the shrimp tacos and I am a total sucker for the enchiladas suizas with the green minty rice.  You know its good mexican food if it gets my stamp of approval!

Cafe Habana 

3939 Cross Creek Road  Malibu

My first Cafe Habana experience was in New York a few years ago.  I had just finished 8 full hours of non-stop shopping for a client and will never forget how delicious that grilled corn with cotija cheese, chili powder and lime was.. or the mojitos 😉  The Malibu location opened not too long ago and is situated right in the middle of great shopping and close proximity to the beach which makes it an ideal place to spend the day!

dinner

Pace

2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd

I actually debated for quite awhile on whether or not I should include this one.  Not because I wasn’t sure if the homemade pastas and fresh seafood would knock your socks off, but because it is a hidden gem tucked away under a small market that has managed to escape all of the buzz of most great spots in LA and I want it to stay that way.  The pizzas are delicious as is the butternut squash ravioli and the lobster tagliatelle.  I once had a stuffed squash blossom there that was totally unforgettable… I could go on and on.

Church & State

1850 Industrial Street, Dowtown

This french bistro is located in the old National Biscuit Company warehouse and is hard to miss seeing as it is the only upscale spot for blocks.  You will begin your delicious dining experience with biscuits and champagne butter and the rest is up to you.  From the tarts to the steak tartare, you really can’t go wrong.  Just make sure your order dessert!

  1. Oh Jen, what a great guide! I forwarded it to my family and we’re already making plans to check some of these out! Yay!

  2. D.Ann Shiffler

    12/14/2011

    Wow. Thanks for your list. I’ll have to go on a diet after we return from LA, for sure. No chance of cooking now. Have a great holiday.

    • You will have to let me know which place is your favorite! Hope you all have a wonderful trip!