The lowdown: Casual, affordable and downright delicious, Daikokuya is a Los Angeles ramen staple. Brave the lines and peak inside a true authentic ramen spot straight out of Tokyo.
Best bite: Order the spicy ramen combination with the shredded pork bowl (it comes with a cabbage salad and a creamy mayo sauce, too). Get a side of spicy oil and lemon to take your ramen to the next level.
In the know… Go during the day and sit next to the window for natural light to snap the perfect noodle pull.
The ingredients are strategically designed by the chef to create a specific combination of flavours on the tastebuds.
Night + Market
The lowdown: Busy and bustling, Night + Market offers up some of the best Thai food in town. While the ambience and aesthetic is truly Thai, the food is the star here, although the flowered tablecloths do make for the perfect juxtaposition for that essential Instagram shot.
Best bite: Top of the must-try list here are the ‘Startled Pig’, crispy rice salad and the famous fried chicken sandwich.
In the know… The Silverlake location doesn’t take reservations, but the West Hollywood one does. Keep in mind, it does fill up quickly, so go at lunchtime if you don’t want to wait (maybe) over an hour for a table.
From farm to fork
Big fans of local produce, Osteria La Buca’s head chef Cameron Slaugh sources most of the menu from a nearby farm in West LA.
Green and lean
Chef Avner Lavi’s intimate pasta bar is a lunchtime only affair, so get there between 11.00-15.00 to enjoy one of the three ever-changing lunch specials.Experience California
The Burger King
The ‘Office Burger’ became one of the city’s most famous bites thanks to the restaurant’s strict no-modification policy, meaning no ketchup or substitutions allowed.Explore things to do in LA
The lowdown: Want the best burger in LA? Head over to Father’s Office. There are two locations, Culver City and Santa Monica, but catch a laid-back vibe at Culver City. It’s worth remembering, there are no substitutions of any kind, but that’s what makes the Office burger so special. The ingredients are strategically designed by the chef to create a specific combination of flavours on the tastebuds.
Best bite: The Father’s Office Burger – it was based on French onion soup, and has rocket and blue cheese.
In the know… Share a burger and steak for two to try the best of both worlds (the steak has bacon butter) and ask for a side of their garlic aioli.
Cento Pasta Bar
The lowdown: Only open for lunch Monday to Saturday, one-man show Cento Pasta Bar in Downtown LA is one of the best spots in Los Angeles for homemade and affordable pasta. Gorgeous marble tables placed right next to the window allow for that perfect pasta photo, as well as avocado toast with the most pristine cuts of avocado you’ll see, laced with a truffle cream.
Best bite: As well as being delicious, the avocado toast, and beetroot spaghetti – with its vibrant pink pop – is perfect for your Instagram feed.
In the know… The menu changes weekly but their beetroot spaghetti is usually always a fixture.
Despite opening three LA locations, Night + Market chef Kris Yenbamroong found time to pen a cookbook, filled with the restaurant’s famed party dishes.
Son of a Gun
The lowdown: Son of a Gun is a small, quaint seafood restaurant by chefs Jon and Vinny located on 3rd Street. They focus on fresh flavours, and although the menu is seafood focused, with some of the best oysters in LA, they also serve an epic fried chicken sandwich, tender on the inside and with the perfect crunch on the outside.
Best bite: Try the hush puppies with ham and honey butter, the fried chicken sandwich and lobster roll.
In the know… Call ahead of time to make a reservation as it can fill up pretty quickly.
The lowdown: Angelenos love their spicy fried chicken, so much so, they have no problem waiting more than two hours in line for food-truck-turned-bricks-and-mortar Howlin’ Rays – but it’s worth it.
Best bite: There’s only one real choice, the spicy fried chicken sandwich.
In the know… Come with some friends so you can take turns walking around the complex while they wait in line.
In LA’s Studio City, an unsuspecting backstreet is where you’ll find the much-praised Iroha Sushi of Tokyo and their decadent sashimi.Discover Los Angeles
Causing a stir
Dominating the LA food scene, Son of a Gun owners Vinny Dotolo and John Shook have a whopping eight restaurants in the region, plus their own catering company.Find your LA neighbourhood
Hot and heavy
After discovering the phenomenon in Nashville, chef Johnny Zone brought hot chicken to his native LA, where his fried chicken burgers stir up some of the biggest queues in town.
Osteria La Buca
The lowdown: Brunch is probably the most Instagrammed and Instagrammable meal, and in LA there is no shortage of photo ops. Head over to Osteria La Buca for the baked eggs, bucatini carbonara and their polenta ricotta skillet cake.
Best bite: Their bucatini carbonara with house pancetta, poached egg and black pepper is divine.
In the know… The beautiful open windows make for great lighting to get the perfect flat-lay (overhead) shot.
Iroha Sushi Of Tokyo
The lowdown: If you’re ever on Valley side, Iroha Sushi of Tokyo is the place to get your sushi fix – think high quality eel and salmon – that won’t break the bank.
Best bite: Step outside the box and order their crispy rice spicy tuna burger that is unique and flavoursome, but bear in mind, this does get messy.
In the know… Go for the $18 lunch special – it’s such good value.