I recently went to Los Angeles to visit a friend who works for one of the movie studios. He knows food quite well and we ate at some great places. Here are the highlights. They are mostly located in Hollywood and are not too pricey for the area. First, I will cover the ones we actually visited. I will start with two breakfast places, then a lunch one, and finally two Italian dinner choices. Then I will add a highly recommended French place that we could not fit in this time. Next weekend, I will cover local fast food chains. None of the places below seem to believe in web sites or blogs or at least they do not know how to get up in Google so I had to link to review sites. Hopefully, this is because they focus on their food.
Doughboy Bakery offers a great breakfast and lunch is good also. We had the former and I had a version of scrapple with grits and shredded pork that came with eggs scrambled with potatoes and onions. It is located at 8136 W Third St. (323) 651-4202
Quality Food and Beverage also provides a great breakfast and, like many places, you can sit outside. Here I had a wonderful version of Eggs Benedict which used crab cakes instead of English muffins and Canadian bacon. It is located at 8030 W. Third. Street (213)-658-5959.
The Loteria Grill is an excellent Mexican place located in the Farmer’s Market at 3rd and Fairfax. I had Mole Tamale, a roasted pork taco, and zucchini and roasted corn taco. I also shared some cactus salad taco. It was all very fresh and very good as was the guacamole and chips. It is located at the Farmers Market, Stall 322 6333 West 3rd St. West Hollywood. (323) 930-2211.
Angelino’s offers Italian comfort food at reasonable prices. You can sit outside and they had the heaters going when we did this. I had a very nice seafood pasta, sort of a scampi with assorted shellfish and we shared a very garlicy bruschetta. It is located at 8735 West 3rd Street, 310 246 1177.
Girasole provides upscale Italian at mid-market prices so there is value for money here. One Hollywood producer of Italian ancestry calls it the best place to get Italian food in LA. I can see why. I had one of the best carbonaras I have very had. It was both light and flavorful. Sometimes carbonara can gets pasty and this was the opposite without compromising the richness. It is located in Hancock Village at 225 ½ Larchmont Blvd. on the main shopping street of the area. (323) 464-6978.
Here is a French place that we did not try but is highly recommended.
Café des Artes is “a timeless hotspot that manages French cuisine and LA attitude” according to the AOL City Guide. It is located at 1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323)-469-7300