Seriously, who doesn’t love food? It’s a bonding activity, a reason to go out and explore, something you do as you catch up with friends and family.
I saw something on Instagram recently that I found to be hilarious: Relationships are just two people constantly asking each other what they want to eat, until one of them dies.
Anyone who knows me knows that I live for dining out a lot and often!
I mean, who doesn’t love a good burger every once in a while? Fish and chips. Sushi 5 nights in a row. Yes, please.
Having lived in Los Angeles for two years, I’ve been able to have a few go-to good restaurants in my back pockets as recommendations for those who want a good meal and overall dining experience.
The plus side to living in LA is that there are restaurant options for every kind of palette right at your fingertips. Truth be told, after a long day of work, sometimes, I just don’t feel like exerting more effort into cooking, waiting, and preparing for a meal. Eating out makes things a lot easier for me.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Tony P’s Dockside Grill
1. Tony P’s Dockside Grill in the Marina is my absolute favorite restaurant in LA. I’ve previously referenced this spot in my post, 12 Things to Do in Los Angeles, but I have to mention it again because having sampled fish and chips all over town, I’ve come to the conclusion that this spot has the best you could ask for. Besides, who doesn’t love dining on the water?
2. If you’re looking for healthy dining options, Cafe Vida is your go-to. With locations across Los Angeles, Cafe Vida offers a diverse menu of fresh juices, smoothies to salads, and burgers, where you can have a fulfilling meal, and not feel heavy and weighed-down afterwards! One of my favorites is the Real Good BBQ Veggie Burger.
Gilbert’s El Indio Restaurant
3. I’m constantly on a quest for great Mexican food, and Gilbert’s El Indio Restaurant in Santa Monica is a gem. When you walk in, there’s a full bar to grab a couple of drinks, or you can opt to sit down at one of their booths. The super cool thing about this restaurant is the colorful decor and the all-around feel-good vibes. Along the walls you’ll find photographs upon photographs of customers that have previously visited the restaurant. Clearly, if the customers are happy when they leave, it has to be a good place, right?
P.S. — their nachos are yummy!
4. Gjelina is the absolute romantic date spot in Venice.
Love their gnocchi dish, and their endless choices of pizzas! The vegetarians go nuts for this place. Understandably so.
And, don’t forget to book reservations in advance as this location does fill up rather quickly.
A cute date spot!
5. Eggslut in Downtown LA is AMAZING! If you’re vegetarian, yes, you can eat here. You can pay extra to add extra ingredients such as avocado, bacon, etc. Their burgers are absolutely rich in flavor, and I devoured the Fairfax one in seconds!
There’s a reason why so many people come to this place. The wait was very well worth the experience.
What are your favorite restaurants in the LA area? For vegetarians, seafood, or some good Italian? Share your recs below, please!