Over the course of two posts, I have shared with you some of my favorite restaurants in and around Los Angeles. If you’ve missed those posts, you can get caught up by clicking on either of them below.
I swear I may have put on about 5 pounds just writing and reminiscing about my visits to those restaurants. There are so many more that I have not had the opportunity to visit yet, one that is very high on my list is Ink and it’s sister restaurant, Ink.Sack, the new Michael Voltaggio’s restaurant, which was highly anticipated and completely packed since opening. Look out Michael, I’m making my way to your place soon.
For those of you who are thinking about spending a few days in Los Angeles, or even if you already live there by don’t make your way out to eat very often, I would like to share my suggestions for a culinary tour of Los Angeles. So, let’s assume you’ll be there for 3 days, and you want to eat Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner along with some people watching or star sightings thrown in.
These are only my suggestions, I do not receive any benefits from these suggestions or restaurants, nor do I guarantee your enjoyment, thats up to you. Also, I am making no suggestion of where to stay, these restaurants may be in different parts of the city, but I will try to make the day’s tour fairly close to each other. Now let’s go eat!
You’ve got to start the day off right with a good hearty Breakfast. One of my favorite places is The Farmer’s Market at The Grove. These are actually two different places, but seem like they are one. The Grove is an outdoor mall and a great place for “people watching”. And next door to The Grove is The Farmer’s Market which has been a staple of Los Angeles since 1934. Created by two local businessmen, who asked the owners of Gilmore’s Island, the former Dairy farm at 3rd and Fairfax if they could invite local farmers to park truck’s on the land to sell Fresh Produce to local’s. The Farmer’s Market is made of up numerous stalls where you can find nearly everything and anything you want including some pretty outstanding breakfasts.
|Excellent Breakfast Pizza with Bacon and Egg, one of my favorites|
This is a great place to start your day off slowly, bring a book or grab a newspaper, breakfast and take your time getting the day started.
Ok, now if your looking for a good, but relatively inexpensive lunch, then today is the day for you to make your way to Philippe’s for the world class French Dip Sandwich. One of the oldest and best known restaurants in Southern California. Now some people are going to want to debate if Philippe’s actually created the first French Dip, there is another faction of foodies in LA who believe it was Cole’s in Downtown. However I am convinced that Philippe’s is superior to Coles, but perhaps it’s best if you try them both and decide for yourself.
After your done with your lunch why not take some time and walk around China Town, its just around the corner, you’ll have a good time. If your not already aware of Downtown Los Angeles and how its laid out, your in for a treat. The locals know all about the Jewelry District, Produce District, Flower District, Banking District, Fashion District etc. The list goes on and on. It’s actually quite fun to walk through the Fashion District and do a little shopping. And if you do, and find yourself hungry for a little snack, then stop at a food cart and get yourself a bacon wrapped hot dog. You’ll thank me. On to dinner
While your still downtown then get yourself over to Church & State for Dinner. One of my favorite places in downtown LA. This is a special place, outstanding food, hip and cool ambiance all in a location that is a little bit scary and thrilling at the same time. The wine list is not extensive, but it is fantastic and pairing your selection with any of the outstanding items on the Menu is quite easy, you simply can’t go wrong. Let me just suggest a couple things, the Charcuterie tray, escargot, flatbreads and the bone marrow if your into that.
What a great day of food binging, if you still have energy for a nightcap or a little fun, make your way to the rooftop bar at The Standard Hotel. But don’t stay out too late, tomorrow is another day of outstanding food.
Rise and shine sleepy head, there is much to do today. Ok, I have not written about this one, Nat’s Early Bite Coffee Shop, 14115 Burbank Blvd. Not a place for lunch or dinner, but WOW, don’t miss Breakfast. Hot coffee, great pancakes, waffles and outstanding eggs. Now this is not a fancy place, so no need to get all dressed up, it’s just a local coffee shop that happens to have one of the best breakfasts in town.