Fathom Favorites : Los Angeles Restaurants

1. Kogi BBQ Taco Truck

Kogi BBQ Taco Truck

Since 2008, locals have been lining up for chef Roy's now-iconic short rib tacos. They recently opened a brick-and-mortar taqueria in Palms, but four Kogi trucks continue to drive out to the far ends of the sprawling city much to the delight of hungry locals. Check for the truck schedules online.

3500 Overland Ave #100,
Los Angeles,

2. Beachwood Cafe

Beachwood Cafe

A super cute cafe just outside of town is filled with whimsical details and bright patterns and lots of natural light. Expect cozy, old-school diner vibes and healthy comfort food (with delivious vegan and vegetarian options).

2695 N. Beachwood Dr.
Hollywood, 90068

3. Alimento


The menu at Zach Pollack's Italian-American bistro is subtle, fun, and oh-so-beautifully plated. Think chicken liver crostone with quince mostarda or Pollack's version of a pig in a blanket (with mortadella, spelt pastry, brovada, and stracchino). For the less adventurous, the fried chicken sandwich and chopped salad are crowd favorites.

1710 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90026

4. Sqirl


Breakfast is the meal you want, and you have plenty of time to ponder the menu while waiting in line at this culty organic spot. (Luckily, they serve breakfast till 4 p.m.) Expect generous portions of delicious, healthy, mostly vegan dishes and incredibly surprising and delightful combinations of flavors and herbs. Take home house made jam on your way out.

#4, 720 Virgil Ave.
Los Angeles, 90029

5. Pizzeria Mozza

Pizzeria Mozza

Arguably one of the best pizzerias in town, thanks to the all-star team Nancy Silverton, Joe Bastianich, and Mario Batali. They bring together Cali-fresh ingredients and a wood-burning oven to create that widely adored crust. If you're still not stuffed, take one more pie to go from their takeout outpost next door.


641 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, 90036

6. Night + Market Song

Night + Market Song

The popular Northern Thai restaurant continues to rack up praises from food critics for its authentic street-food style dishes. Dinner might be a long wait since they don't take reservations, but drop in for jaan dian (fast plates) at lunchtime.

3322 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90026

7. Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market

A downtown landmark that opened in 1917 continues to be one of the area's biggest draws for its myriad of ethnic food options and the recent influx of new, cool businesses. Join the line for Eggslut (try the namesake dish, a coddled egg atop a potato puree served in a glass jar with a side of toasted baguette); Wexler's Deli, a modern Jewish delicatessen; and specialty espresso bar G&B Coffee.


317 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, 90013

8. Little Dom's

Little Dom's

Stroll down a pedestrian-friendly street to the laid-back joint serving up Italian-American fare. Try to score a seat at their fixed-priced Monday suppers or grab a bite to go from the attached deli. 

2128 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, 90027

9. Café Gratitude

Café Gratitude

An organic, plant-based restaurant that is practially a Los Angeles institution. Their new space in the Arts District is bright and beachy with reclaimed woods and handmade tiles. The menu features healthy riffs on junk food classics: pizza, burrito, Indian curry.

300 S. Santa Fe Ave.
Los Angeles, 90013

10. Umamicatessen


Come hungry. Each of the six kitchen stations around the periphery of the room focuses on a specialty, be that mixed drinks, cured meats, mile-high sandwiches, or juicy burgers layered with ingredients gunning for the fifth taste, after which the dining hall happens to be named.

852 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, 90014 

11. Musso & Frank Grill

Musso & Frank Grill

A Hollywood institution that predates the talkies. Stick with steaks as Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, and Rudolph Valentino would do. Follow in the footsteps of Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Hemingway and sneak back for a nightcap in the writer's room. 


6667 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90028

12. Màs Malo

Màs Malo

The super-sized spinoff to the Silver Lake original is tops on nights when the gang's all in for chewy chips, guacamole, and medicina latinas. Potato/cheddar and beef/pickle tacos are specialties of the house.

515 W. 7th St.
Los Angeles, 90014

13. The Eveleigh

The Eveleigh

Rustic, market-driven plates and crafted cockails for brunch on the weekend and dinner every night of the week. Take in the cityscape from a cozy seat on the covered patio. It's hard to believe you're sitting on the Sunset Strip.


8752 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90069

14. Nickel Diner

Nickel Diner

Some call it the Five Cent Diner; others, The Nickel. Everyone knows it as the old-school joint where hearty plates and hefty maple bacon donuts keep the downtown dwellers and weekend brunch crowd well fed.

524 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, 90013

15. Escuela Taqueria

Escuela Taqueria

Restaurateur Steven Arroyo (Cobras & Matadors, Potato Chips) puts his elevated spin on down-home Mexican fare. Though there are no shortage of taco stands in town — and some much cheaper — carnitas, tamales, and chewy chips and guacamole keep locals coming back for more. 

7615 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90036

16. Joan's on Third

Joan's on Third

Whatever their zip code, residents of the city claim this to stay or to go spot as their own. Sidewalk seating or indoor tables both offer good vantage points for enjoying Chinese chicken salad, a cakey hunk of brownie, or one of the many popular sandwiches with a side of people watching. Sundries and prepared foods in the freezer make it easy to take it all home.


8350 W. 3rd St.
Los Anglees, 90048

17. Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

The seafaring answer to meat feast Animal: shrimp toast, lobster rolls, and elevated East Coast fish shack fare. Just weathered enough and always buzzing, the maritime-themed spot welcomes walk-ins at the communal table.

8370 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, 90048

18. Cafe Stella

Cafe Stella

By day, local characters linger at the French bistro’s outdoor tables with fresh croissant and espresso drinks made by Intelligentsia next door. By night, they're still there, now with twinkling lights overhead, and steak frites on the way. The infamous burger is only served at the bar.

3932 West Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90029

19. Dan Tana's

Dan Tana's

Even with a reservation at this Italian institution (checkered tablecloths, hanging Chianti bottles, chicken parm), there's always a wait for a table. The charming old school waiters and over-the-top clientele put on a real good show.

9071 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, 90069 

20. Fountain Coffee Room

Fountain Coffee Room

Skip the formalities and wind downstairs to the Beverly Hills Hotel’s old-timey breakfast and lunch counter for waffles, fried eggs, or a classic BLT. Fine linen napkins catch toast crumbs.

9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, 90210

21. Tavern


Fans of chef Suzanne Goin (AOC, Lucques) stream in from afar for a casual nosh at the bar or a dressier affair in the dining room. Well-heeled homebodies get short ribs, charcuterie, and house-made bread from the marketplace.

11648 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, 90049

22. Huckleberry


A sunny neighborhood place for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to go. Buttery croissants and eggs many ways segue from breakfast to lunch's farmers’ market deli salads and hearty chalkboard special sandwiches. Take home a rotisserie duck and rustic cake for later. Cater for a crowd. 

1014 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, 90401

23. Gjelina


People clamour for a reservations or cross their fingers for a seat at the farm-style communal tables in front. Wood-fire specialty pizzas and simple, rustic cooking make it worth the wait. Grab breakfast, lunch, or dinner from Gjelina To Go next door if it gets to be too much. 


1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, 90291