Los Angeles is a melting pot of people from all around the world. That means, there’s a melting pot of restaurants in LA! But, we don’t always want to spend a lot of money. We don’t always want to get dressed up. We want casual, comfort food. Maybe you’re like me, you want casual, but still want a nice atmosphere. You just want to chill out and eat good food. Here’s some favorite eats that fit the bill.
The Original Farmer’s Market
This iconic Los Angeles attraction first opened in 1934. With more than 100 restaurants, shops and grocery stands, this place is a foodie’s playground!
Yes, this place is a tourist attraction, but you’ll find locals at their favorite eateries, enjoying the entertainment on the weekends. Sometimes there’s karaoke, sometimes there’s a live band. On a warm summer’s night, it’s my family’s favorite place to be.
My favorite food inside of Farmers Market:
- Monsieur Marcel – My favorite wine bar in LA, with great food, including steak and fries, scrumptious quiche, cheese platters and don’t miss out on the fondue!
- Short Order – Crafted casual foods with locally raised, organic & artisanal ingredients. Cocktails are to die for. Good happy hour.
- Singapore’s Banana Leaf – South East Asian food. I am Indonesian and I will attest that the food is authentic and delicious!!
- Little Spain – Spanish fare specializing in tapas. But try the paellas, they’re amazing. Sangrias are a must!
- Gumbo Pot – This is where you’ll find my hubby. Authentic New Orleans food. Best gumbo, jambalaya, even frog’s legs, which is my hubby’s fave. Don’t forget to try the beignets.
Located at 6333W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles 90036
Lucy’s El Adobe Cafe
One of the most authentic mexican restaurants in town. Yes, there are many mexican restaurants, but this restaurant is special. Has been opened for over 50 years, located across the street from famous Paramount Studios, so celebrities you may see! It’s not cheap, but you get a lot for the price. Lucy, herself, walks around and greets guests. A nice, casual, family feel. 5536 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles 90004
Kung Pao Bistro – West Hollywood
Lots of chinese food in Los Angeles, but Kung Pao Bistro is my favorite. There’s a reason why its named Kung Pao, their Kung Pao Chicken is the best I’ve ever had. All fresh ingredients. A lot of vegetarian dishes, as well. You can watch a game here too. Great happy hour. 7853 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood 90046
With tons of great sushi around, its hard to pinpoint a favorite. However, a great happy will do it for me! Can you see a pattern here? Don’t you want to find good happy hours while on vacation? This sushi bar has great food, simple but nice atmosphere and all night happy hour. Yay! 8267 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood 90046
The best Polynesian styled Steakhouse in the Los Angeles Area. While its not in LA proper, but in a neighboring city of Glendale, its worth the extra 20 minutes drive. Opened since 1937, it still has the best steak and seafood around, with a reasonable price. Fun atmoshpere and fun tropical drinks, like Mai Tais, Chi Chis, to name a few. Always packed, but worth the wait, because the food is that good. Service is always friendly and efficient. 317 N. Brand Blvd, Glendale 91203