LA Food Guide | Where To Eat in Los Angeles, CA

 

If there's one thing that keeps me coming back to sunny Los Angeles so frequently, it would 100% be the plethora of delicious food options there. On my last trip to LA, I discovered a ton of great eateries and dessert parlors, and decided to put together this quick LA food guide for you. Let's jump right into it!
 

Smorgasburg

  • District: Downtown
  • Address: 785 Bay St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
  • Hours: Sundays, 10am to 4pm
  • Love NotesSmorgasburg is a hip food marketplace in downtown LA with a ton of unique vendors to try! My friend, sister, and I came here around 10:30am (they're only open on Sundays between 10am-4pm) and there were barely any lines at most of the food vendor stands. We decided to divide-&-conquer to individually line up for all the places we wanted to try and share everything, which was a great idea in hindsight since the lines began to get immensely longer just 30 minutes later! We were able to prevent ourselves from getting hangry (since none of us had breakfast that morning) and easily found an empty table with an umbrella for shade.
  • Pictured: Amazebowls coconut acai bowl | Pop'd Up sparkly soda drinks | ShrimpDaddy garlic butter shrimp pineapple boat (favorite - so tasty!) | Workaholic artisan Korean mandu dumplings

MAGAL BBQ

  • District: Koreatown
  • Address: 3460 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs + Sun: 11am to 12am, Fri-Sat: 11am to 1am
  • Love Notes: Magal BBQ is a great Korean BBQ restaurant to go to if you want to avoid the long waits at the more popular BBQ joints in the area. You get a good variety of unlimited side dishes with your order. It's not an all-you-can-eat BBQ restaurant, but the staff cooks your meat for you and the quality of the meat is top-notch! Also, like many other Korean BBQ restaurants in LA (but not so common in SF), Magal BBQ uses grill pans with side moats, where they cook steamed egg and cheese corn in them. 
  • Pictured: Korean side dishes and the Beef Combo (we opted for the thinly sliced prime brisket and boneless short rib)

Yojié Japanese Fondue

  • District: Downtown
  • Address: 501 W Olympic Blvd, Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs: 5pm to 10pm, Fri: 11:30am to 2:30pm & 5pm to 11pm, Sat: 11:30am to 11pm, Sun: 11:30am to 10pm
  • Love Notes: My sister and I came to Yojié for lunch-time on a weekday, and there was no wait! Simply put, this restaurant serves high-quality shabu shabu, and they give you just enough so that you're satisfied but not overly stuffed. Both the sukiyaki and spicy miso broths were so divine and paired well with the meat. I wouldn't say it's the #1 shabu shabu place in LA, but definitely a must-try if you're in the downtown area!
  • Pictured: Kobe beef shabu shabu with half sukiyaki broth and half spicy miso broth, vegetables plate, and brown rice

BIRDIES

  • District: Downtown
  • Address: 314 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs: 7am to 9:30pm, Fri: 7am to midnight, Sat: open 24 hours, Sun: Midnight to 8pm
  • Love Notes: This review is for Birdies' donuts only. Birdies was my first stop after arriving in downtown LA, and their beautifully made galaxy donut sure satisfied my sweets craving! They're also known for the fried chicken sandos, which I didn't get since I had one for lunch in SF the day before (although they seriously looked so delicious). It's a cozy spot with limited seating, and their customer service is amazing. Pro-tip: They're open 24/7 on Saturdays! Also, if you have trouble looking for parking and will be in the area for a long time, opt for the parking lot around the corner with the $5 flat rate fee.
  • Pictured: Galaxy donut

Alfred Tea Room

  • District: Beverly Grove
  • Address: 705 N Alfred St, West Hollywood, CA 90069
  • Hours: Mon-Sat: 8am to 7pm
  • Love Notes: Alfred Tea Room has got to be the most Instagrammed tea shop in all of Los Angeles. They have multiple locations in the city, and I ended up going to their location in the Beverly Grove district in West Hollywood. I opted for the famous Pink Drink, which is blended with vanilla, almond milk, strawberries, pomegranate, beetroot, and cinnamon. I personally thought it was just OK, and liked my sister's original milk tea a lot more and would come back for that alone. The shop is super cute and I took home an adorable pink mug with the saying, "Tea, yes. You, maybe." ;)
  • Pictured: The Pink Drink (mentioned above), Milk Tea, & The BHH (beetroot latte with matcha)

Bumsan Organic Milk Bar

  • District: Koreatown, Wilshire Center
  • Address: 534 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs + Sun: 12pm to 11pm, Fri-Sat: 12pm to midnight
  • Love Notes: Bumsan Organic Milk Bar has my vote for the best soft serve parlor in Los Angeles! This ice cream parlor is located in Koreatown, has a mini parking lot, and was close to a bunch of other shops and restaurants I wanted to visit. It's such a cute place with pink walls and yummy soft serves! They serve organic, premium ice cream and work with a dairy producer that is HACCP certified (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point certified, to ensure food safety). Their ice cream is ultra creamy and overall so, so adorable. They hand-decorate their cones, too! I highly recommend the dragonfruit lychee flavor with their homemade cornflakes.
  • Pictured: Dragonfruit lychee soft serve with cornflake crunch toppings, Matcha/milk swirl soft serve

Gresescent Ice Cream (now closed)

  • District: Downtown
  • Address: 850 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
  • Love Notes: I was shocked to hear that Gresecent Ice Cream is now closed given how popular it was when I went, but I'm mentioning it on this post in case they open up shop again. They were well-known for their Instagrammable ice cream bouquet, which consisted of 10 mini scoops of multiple flavors (5 flavors with 2 mini scoops each) - all for just $9!! They had so many flavors and the worker their happily let us sample a ton before putting together our bouquet. The parlor was extremely bright and clean as well. I truly hope that they open up shop again!
  • Pictured: Ice cream bouquets with 10 mini scoops each

Honeymee - Gardena

  • Address: 15480 S Western Ave, Ste 108, Gardena, CA 90249
  • Hours: Mon-Sun: 12pm to midnight
  • Love Notes: Honeymee has multiple locations in LA, including in Koreatown/Wilshire Center and Little Tokyo. I ended up going to the one in Gardena, CA. It was the first time I had a 'milk ice cream' that dripped with natural liquid honey swirls. It was truly a magical experience, especially because I'm obsessed with honey. It seems like this parlor is too ;) Other than milk ice cream, customers can also opt for honey tea, honey milkshakes, and purchase honey-related goods. I highly recommend 'The Sweetie' ice cream!
  • Pictured: The Sweetie - milk ice cream with natural honeycomb chips

Will you be trying any of the places recommended above? If so, let me know in the comments below :)