Explore Los Angeles Flight Network Foodie Travel and Eats
In a city where cultures meld together so well, LA is one of the best places to take your tastebuds on a trip around the world. Foodies will feel right at home surrounded by new flavors all around them in some of these gorgeous places. World-class restaurants, food markets, food tours, and intimate coffee bars!!
Check out this list of my not-to-miss foodie gems you can find in the City of Angels!
Picture Credits: Six Taste
Feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of mouthwatering restaurants in the “City of Angels” and not sure where to grab dinner? Six Taste food tours can really feel like a lifesaver!
They offer well-organized tours to some of the best restaurants in town, and it’s a great way to meet fellow foodie-travelers if you’re traveling solo. Their tours go to several popular neighborhoods like Santa Monica, Downtown, Hollywood, Chinatown, Koreatown, and Glendale. It’s a great way to get some local flavor from hidden-gem restaurants that locals actually go to and an even better way to make some new friends along the way.
Picture Credits: The Los Angeles Urban Adventures
Looking for a tour that feels less like a tour, and more of a local showing you around to their favorite spots in their city? Then I’d highly recommend Los Angeles Urban Adventures for an awesome afternoon in LA. Foodies should jump at the chance to explore the foods and cultures of some of the ethnic centers in the city, such as Chinatown, Little Armenia, and Thai Town on their Food & Culture Tour.
Booze and history buffs will love their “Sips of Old Hollywood” tour with a chance to raise a glass in the same bars where Hollywood greats like Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, and Ernest Hemmingway once did in years past. No matter if you choose one of these tours or any of the additional expert tours they offer you know you’re going to experience LA like locals do!
Picture Credits: Melting Pot Food Tours
Melting Pot Food Tours is a fun and interactive way to get to know one of the most important parts about a city… it’s food! Embark on a culinary tour with a group of new friends as you taste the best of what LA has to offer (which is a heck of a lot). My favorite of the tours the offer was the “Original Farmer’s Market Food & History Tour” which runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday year round from 9:30 AM to noon, all year long. Fortunately, the tour is located really close to hotspot neighborhoods like Hollywood, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills so it’s a great way to spend a morning before heading out for an afternoon of exploring these gorgeous places and spaces.
Pro-tip: booking your tour on their website will save you an extra 10% off as well, so be sure to check it out. While you’re on their site you can also peruse the many colorful and mouth-watering photos of previous tours and even read about the tour experience from other foodies!
Picture Credits: Mr. Chow Restaurant
Opening in 1974, MR CHOW in Beverly Hills has been dazzling diners with a unique blend of art, class, and delectable cuisine on a nightly basis. A beloved restaurant by many celebrities this restaurant/culinary theatre hybrid is an experience not to miss for any traveler to the LA area. Serving up Chinese cuisine that’s elevated to a new level thanks to its masterful chefs who understand that food is equal parts spectacle and sustenance, MR CHOW is a place that “must be appreciated for its sheer fabulousness” according to Alan Richman of GQ Magazine. Be sure to book a reservation on their website ahead of time to make sure you get a good seat to the show!
Picture Credits: Moonshadows
Moonshadows Malibu is your chance to dine with style while watching the waves of Malibu beach. This restaurant has reached #11 of CNN’s list of “World’s Best Beach Bars” and for good reason! It’s chic yet casual atmosphere will be the perfect ending (or beginning) of your evening, no matter the type of trip you’re after. The menu is varied with no bad choices in sight between seafood dishes, Asian fusion, Italian, and classic American fare to cater to any taste. Everything is made with fresh ingredients by a highly skilled and accommodating staff. Pro tip: Don’t forget to ask about the fish of the day for the freshest fish around! You can also make your reservation online to be sure you have an unobstructed view of the waves!
Picture Credits: Big Bar
If you’re a big fan of a well-made cocktail like I am, the Big Bar is the place to be! This place has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and some cocktails that really deliver on quality and taste. With cocktails like “staycation”, “* s u m m e r *”, and “sun glitter” it will be hard to choose your first of what may be many hand-crafted libations. Rest assured that each ingredient is either house made or carefully sourced so that you’re truly getting the best of the best from the master mixologist Cari Hah. All that being said, the best part of this location is that they serve wine, beer, bloody marys, and mimosas starting at 7 AM for those needing a place to chill before their departure or after their arrival in Los Angeles. Pro tip: Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 2 PM to 7 PM if you’re looking for great cocktails and eats on a budget!
Picture Credits: Everson Royce Bar
The Everson Royce Bar (ERB) is a fun-loving and seriously talented spot to grab some food and that perfect margarita with either a small or large group. They have a wide range of possibilities for both food and drink on their menu, including everything from Mexican tequila to Japanese whiskey, and from the classic nachos to a grilled pork chorizo burger (yum!). Happy Hour connoisseurs like me will be glad to know they offer cheap drinks and food from 4-7PM from Tuesdays to Fridays with free chips and salsa for everyone! Start out with the “Smoky Potato Taquitos” and you’ll be thanking me for sure.
Picture Credits: Endorffeine
Endorffeine (think endorphin + caffeine), is an experience in coffee that goes beyond calling it a “coffee shop.” Located in the Chinatown neighborhood it was born out of the creative and culinary passions of owners Jack and Taya. Jack, a former biochemist turned culinary school graduate with a passion for pastries and coffee is the mastermind behind the beverages while Taya is the creative force behind everything else. Together they run this must-see locale and are the only ones in LA to focus themselves entirely on Nordic-style coffee roast offerings. The roasts they offer are fruit-forward, elegant, and balanced and Jack and Taya do well to pair them with elegantly plated desserts to take your coffee experience to the next level. I highly recommend going for a visit to see what Jack and Taya have brewing for you!
Picture Credits: Zinc Cafe
Zinc Cafe is a visual and culinary gem of a place that you should spend some time checking out. Open from 8 AM to 10 PM during the week and from 8 AM to 11 PM on Friday and Saturday, it’s a great place to relax with some good food and a cold drink any time of day. Brunch lovers, this place is for you since they serve an amazing brunch spread from 8 AM to 4 PM on the weekends! If you’re more of a happy hour kinda person then they have you covered on weekdays from 4-7PM with a creative and colorful choice of cocktails, full wine, and beer list, as well as discounted bites at the bar! In LA to celebrate an event? They also offer private event space and catering if you wanted to take all the stress out of planned the perfect birthday, anniversary, baby shower, or holiday bash. Don’t miss out on this delicious and visually stunning slice of paradise!