Now, I am a die-hard NYC fan. The energy of New York is unparalleled and I’ll always think of it as the best city of the world. It definitely trumps LA … except in one particular area. One of my favorite areas to be exact. Sorry New York, but Los Angeles has you beat in food. Ever since moving out to the West Coast, I can’t seem to stop eating. And, luckily, to my surprise, there is more than just kale and quinoa out here. From burgers, to ramen, to turkey flavored ice cream, LA seems to have it all. Here’s a list of some of my favorites:
- Eggslut: Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
I am definitely a slut for eggs. Eggs and rice was my staple breakfast (and lunch and dinner some days) at home. The line out the door for this place can be daunting, but definitely worth it after taking a bite of their Fairfax sandwich. The scrambled eggs on a brioche bun come with caramelized onions and sriracha mayo. It may not be the easiest sandwich to eat, but for egg lovers, I’d say it’s one of the best!
- In-N-Out Burger: Chain
No trip to Los Angeles would be complete without a burger from In-N-Out. My personal favorite fast-food chain, it’s always one of my first stops when I visit LA. I like to order a classic cheeseburger which comes with onion, cheese, beef, lettuce, tomato, and thousand island dressing along with some secret menu items. I would recommend getting animal style fries which come with melted cheese and grilled onions and a root beer float.
- WP24 by Wolfgang Puck: 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
If you’re looking for a higher end restaurant, look no further than WP24. On the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, people do not just come here for the food. The large windows provide a gorgeous panoramic view of downtown Los Angeles. A modern Asian food restaurant, the menu consists of chili dan dan dumplings, wok fried whole sea bass, and many other Asian inspired dishes. I tried the lobster fried rice, beef tenderloin, and “angry” lobster. Definitely forget your diet if you dine here, the banana cream pie is incredible!
- Salt and Straw: 829 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA
This brightly lit ice cream shop definitely stands out at night on the streets of the arts district. Hipsters are gathered around it playing cornhole while trying to balance their buttered mashed potatoes and gravy ice cream. You read right folks, this place doesn’t just carry your average vanilla and chocolate. The flavors range from black tea and coconut stracciatella to avocado and strawberry sherbert. They also carry limited time flavors that coincide with the season. For November they have salted caramel thanksgiving turkey and cranberry walnut stuffing. I tried the sweet potato casserole with maple pecans. Sweet potato casserole is my favorite dish during the holidays (mostly because I can have dessert for dinner) and it’s just as good in ice cream form.