Last visit November, 2012
Californians are passionate about their In-N-Out Burger's, the drive thru is always stacked with cars, there is always a line inside with people waiting patiently for their... more
Pink's restaurant sells because they have a set-up near the sidewalk and when cars drive by, they always see a line. If people had to go inside to order, there wouldn't be any lines nor any business.... more
The legendary Spago. Quirky, expensive, and impeccably run.
Working on an expense account, I've had the pleasure of eating here, several times, free of charge. If you don't have the same connections,... more
Tried my regular hot & sour soup - different to the others I have tried not just to my taste. Main course of shrimp and scallop I took a punt on, and when it came again a little delicate to my taste,... more
No need to describe this world wide chain. Who hasn't been to at least one? In fact, there are so many locations these days that it seems the Hard Rock Cafe, no longer creates the individual image it... more
So if in downtown Los Angeles and crave simple American food, go to the Original Pantry Cafe. Save room for steak and eggs, pancakes, pastrami sandwich or meatloaf. If you don't like to wait to get a... more
This is my favourite restaurant in LA!
All the waiters serve you on rollerblades and are dressed in the 50ies style (remember the series "Happy Days"?) , moreover every 20 minutes they put up a show... more
Normally I eat Mexican food from stands at home and on Olvera Street but when I asked at the tourist desk at Union Station the man suggested La Golondrina which is a sit down restaurant. As I was... more
This is a great old restaurant, the likes of which one almost never finds in, and does not generally associate with, Southern California. It has been in business since 1908 and has the old-style early... more
To be fair, I was warned by my dining companion that people do NOT go to Musso & Frank for the food. But at the prices they charge I was left wondering why, oh why, couldn't they hire a chef that... more
Buca's is a fantastic place to go to if you're planning a group outing with 10 or more people. You get served the food family style portions resulting in an affordable meal for the night.
Food: I... more
Not food as I understand the definition!
Never thought I would write a tip on McDonalds but I liked the look of Westward Ho! this quirky McD outlet at Disneyland which is one of I think three in... more
Last visit, and I mean last, we brought guests from overseas (at their request), and the nasty hostess would not honor our reservation made 2 weeks earlier, and called us liars. The manager did... more
As a long time waitress at Canters, I gotta say that you can and mostly do get good service there.I have even been accused of being "too nice" Just avoid any of the waitresses that look older than our... more
When I visited LA in November 2012 Clifton's was closed and under renovation. Check their website for updates
Clifton's Cafeteria has been operating in downtown Los Angeles since 1935, it was the 2nd... more
Doughnuts are probably the worst things you can eat. They are full or lots of things that aren't good for you and very fattening. But Krispy Kreme doughnuts are so yummy that occasionaly you just have... more
While the Cheesecake Factory is definitely a chain, I've always liked their food. Their dishes, whether they are Asian, American, Mexican, or Italian, are delicious and very filling. In fact, their... more
What to do after a tiring whole day fun and jaunt at Disneyland? what else but eat a hearty meal. Being so hungry means finding a good place and familiar place to eat nearby and whats more hearty meal... more
Everything is tasty, service is friendly and prompt, and to add to the prior reviews: they sell beer and wine, there is parking lot for $3.50 (one block north, 1/2 block east), and at night the lights... more
The LA Traveler site is a great starting point if you're planning a vacation in LA.
They have good hotel, restaurant, transport and itinerary recommendations, and describe the neighborhoods and... more
Man, in health-crazed Southern California ANY cuisine can be made healthy :)
This is a quite popular chain of "Pizza Joint" that I go to for lunch with my vegetarians and health-conscience friends... more
I am a person who likes to eat and knows a fair bit about food. Los Angeles can be a great experience of a really lousy one. For sure, there are a million high style, high concept expensive and good...
I am a person who likes to eat and knows a fair bit about food. Los Angeles can be a great experience of a really lousy one. For sure, there are a million high style, high concept expensive and good restaurants in LA. The problem is that it's all a little overwrought and over thought. They have to turn those tables over and make a lot of money, so you'll get high quality food, but it will be expensive and it will be like any meal you can have at any big city. I have had MUCH better super fine dining experiences in Walla Walla, Washington. The other thing that's not great is the service. The person serving you will be less interested in the food than their audition or screenplay and will probably be hustling hard to turn over tables. So you need to slow them down. ON THE OTHER HAND - Los Angeles is an absolute treasure for world dining. In LA, you can get the most down home - often super authentic food from around the world serving the various diasporas here. Persian food, Ramen, Korean BBQ, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese - all regions - you name it. South Indian, Caribbean, Mexican, Salvadoran, Peruvian. You could travel to a different country every day and have an incredible, authentic and inexpensive meal. So...yeah there are a lot of hipster restaurants in LA - if you got the cash you'll eat well - but you can do that everywhere. For a real inside view to restaurants - go local and go find some world food.
I've been to Los Angeles quite a few times over the years, I was born in nearby Inglewood and lived there until the tender age of 3, returned when I was in grade school, again in junior high when I......