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My name is Scott and I like to travel. There I said it, wow that does feel better. There is probably a program for my affliction somewhere. I am what I would consider a Normal Guy. I am a native Arizonan, sometimes we are called “Zonies”. I am in my mid 40′s and enjoy a great life. I am self employed and have a wonderful daughter and Partner. Although I would say my life is a fairly normal one, I am also quite lucky in that I have the ability to travel and enjoy the world, I enjoy learning about other cultures and experiencing the world around us. I want to be right upfront about the type of travel I enjoy and the type I don’t. You will probably not ever read a story of about me backpacking my way through the serengeti during the height of summer, nor will you probably read any stories of me sleeping in the presidential suite of the Ritz Carlton in Paris. I am not a budget traveler, nor am I an uber luxury traveler, I fall somewhere in the middle, where most people fall I believe. I started this blog for the sole purpose of sharing my stories, my views and my excitement for traveling around this world with my friends, family. However it doesn’t stop there for me, I also wanted to make friends with others around the world, those who travel and those who dream of travel. Blogs and Websites evolve over time, mine will no doubt expand over time as well please come back and see what has taken place. However if you have come to my blog to schedule a flight or a hotel, this is not the place.

Angelic Eating The Culinary Tour

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.

Angelic Eating

Angelic Eating…Part 2

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!

Day 1

~ Breakfast

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.

~ Lunch

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

~ 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.

Day 2

~ Breakfast

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.

~ Lunch

Along with lunch wouldn’t a little culture be fantastic too?  Great, I am glad you agree.  So head on over to The Getty Center Museum.  Not only will you see some  of the art world’s greatest pieces your going to have lunch at The Restaurant, located in the restaurant/cafe building.  The Restaurant offers full service lunch in an elegant setting with some of the best views in the Los Angeles area.  The Restaurant’s menu changes seasonally and offers fantastic local products.  If available try the Dungeness Crab Cake, Beef Short Ribs or Boulliabaisse.  You’ll have a wonderful lunch in one hell of a beautiful setting.

With free entrance to the Museum, it will end up being a relatively inexpensive day filled with Culture and Fine Food.

~ Dinner

By now, after all that walking and art watching, you could probably eat an elephant.  Well maybe not an actual Elephant.  For dinner I am going to recommend you make your way to Animal.  One of my favorites because of it’s coolness factor.  But I also like the small, intimate and local places where you can try things that your not likely to find at PF Chang’s or The Cheesecake Factory, I don’t like the big conglomerate restaurants.

These guys know how to put some wow into their food.  It’s also a great place to do a little people watching.  While having dinner one night, we had Alison Janey (West Wing) and at another table was Brian Baumgartner (Kevin Malone, The Office)

Day 3

~ Breakfast

What would a trip to Los Angeles be without a visit to the Beach.  Not just any beach, but the infamous Venice Beach. yes, it is all that you have heard, quirky, strange, fun, and a great place for people watching.  And while your there, stop at 26 Beach.  They serve an outstanding breakfast or brunch if you get a late start to the day.  It’s a pretty extensive menu for Breakfast, where can you go for 19 different types of French Toast?  26 Beach of course.

If you can’t find something to eat here, then you should leave immediately and seek medical attention.

~ Lunch

Burger time, Umami Burger is the place to go, there are several around the city, just google it.  Whatever you do, don’t skimp, make sure you get the onion rings.  If Breakfast didn’t satisfy your need for sugar, then make sure to order yourself a Mexican Coke, it’s the real deal.

~ Dinner

Ok, this is it.  The last meal of your Los Angeles Culinary Tour.  Up to this point it’s been a day of comfort food, french toast, cheeseburgers, onions rings, coca cola.  And now, Pizza for dinner.  Thats right, with all the choices you have before you for dinner, pizza.  Not just any Pizza, some of the best pies you’ll ever have. Pizzeria Mozza is one of the finest Pizza places in the country, how can you go wrong when it’s ownership consists of Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali.

Most people come here for the thin, crispy, light pizza and for good reason, copious amounts of flavor ooze from these pies as they are pulled from the wood burning oven.  But don’t be misled, this restaurant does more than just the best Pizza’s in Los Angeles, take your time, order lots of different things and enjoy your last meal in Los Angeles.

There are a number of places on this list that weren’t in the original Angelic Eating Posts, but they are deserving for their own unique reasons.  So don’t be shy, pack your bags and your Tums because your about to have a good time stuffing your face.  In fact I am a little jealous just thinking about some of you out there trying these great places.

Coming soon….. 3 day Culinary Tour of Paris

I’m starving now, got to go.

Bon Appetite’ and Happy Travels


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