Welcome to L.A. baby!
That was my aunt's first line to me when my cousin and I landed in Los Angeles. L.A. is such a large city and a big contender for eateries. With so many options, I left satisfied with the choices we made. Continue reading for places we checked out during our visit!
Gelato & Angels - Manhattan Beach
If you're in the Manhattan Beach area, there are a few places we checked out and enjoyed. Gelato and Angels is an authentic Italian store offering homemade gelato. The name Gelato and Angels stems from the gelato (of course) and LA.'s nickname "City of Angels." After a stroll across The Strand, my aunt wanted us to try out her favorite gelato spot. If you've never indulged yourself with gelato, now is the time. Gelato is much richer and creamier in taste than ice-cream. It's honestly top tier. I got the Sea Salt and Caramel Ribbons Gelato, a wonderful treat
Bossa Nova Restaurant - on Sunset, Hollywood
Bossa Nova Restaurant serves us up Brazilian cuisine at its multiple locations across Los Angeles. From pasta to pizza to grilled dishes, there's something for everyone here. I had Manuella's Special Pasta - shrimp and chicken breast tossed with fettuccine in a Cajun-style cream sauce. If it weren't for my lactose-intolerance, I'd order that dish over and over. I loved it!
Grand Central Market - Downtown Los Angeles
Grand Market Central is a historic downtown landmark that boasts a food and retail marketplace. Strolling around the space, you'll find a range of foods from pastries, ice-cream, ramen, tacos, artisanal bread, and much more - including a brewery. What I enjoyed the most about the emporium is this concept of a shared table. I could order one item from a vendor, then walk over to another and get something else.
Two of the spots we grabbed food from were:
- Golden Road Grand Central Market - a tasting bar from Golden Brewing Company. The garlic Parmesan fries were golden! A bonus, if you're in the mood for a cold one, they offer a variety of cold beers tap.
- Tacos Tumbras a Tomas - serves burritos, tacos, and tortas. California has some of the best tacos hands down. Like honestly, the taco is something the West coast has up one-up on compared to the East coast. The tacos here were flavorful and packed. Even better was the price being $2 at the time. Amazing work!
Little East Bar - Downtown Los Angeles
Take a walk around downtown after and end up in Little Easy Bar, a gastropub with New Orleans-inspired flare tucked inside the Alexandria Hotel. Upon entering, you'll notice the space is polished like an old lobby hotel. The decor here is lovely. There's a second room with a live-jazz stage and another full bar. With hand-crafted cocktails and delicious food, take a trip to New Orleans while in L.A. at this bar.
Bruxie - Santa Monica
Bruxie boasts "the original fried chicken and waffle sandwich." The idea came together back in 2010 to bring together chicken and waffles in a different format. I had the pleasure of trying the Southern BBQ chicken sandwich (pictured) which has Double-Dipped Fried Chicken, Carolina BBQ Sauce, Cheddar, Crispy OnionStraws, Cider Slaw. It's a perfect mix of sweet from the bbq sauce and an acidic tang from the cider slaw. I tried to check their menu now (Nov. 2019) to see if it's still there, but I couldn't find it online. All-in-all, try any of their sandwiches if you happen to pass by one of their locations.
I loved L.A. the first time I visited and I cannot wait to revisit! Below are more pictures from my visit. If you check out any the places I mentioned, let me know. I'd love to hear about your experience and any places you think I should try next time I'm out there!
Other places I also visited were (pictured below):
- Cafe Wild in Manhattan Beach ( I had my FIRST bloody mary here!)
- The Rockefeller in Manhattan Beach during Happy Hour
- Sloppy's Beach Cafe in Manhattan Beach ( I had the Black and Blue Burger)
- The Local Yolk in Manhattan Beach
- poolside at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel