4 must-try restaurants in Los Angeles, California
Food is a passion for me, a muse inspiring me to taste all flavors the world has to offer, and my worst enemy all at once. My family emigrated to America for better opportunities for my sisters and I, so we did not have much growing up. Even when we were at our low, my parents never made me eat anything I did not like. Therefore, I never adopted the belief of food being consumed ONLY as a livable source. I understand not everyone can live practicing this belief, but I am very grateful for being blessed to only eat what I enjoy and not forced to eat otherwise. (Please, let’s take off any judgey pants for my honesty)
Food /fo͞od/ – noun
material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy
What does food mean to you? Above is the generic definition from Merriam-Webster dictionary.
This is a super late post about my travel to Los Angeles, CA visiting a college friend, but I need to share these amazing spots to try if you get the chance to visit! First off, it’s obviously a beautiful city with amazing weather and terrible traffic, lol. 🙂 And now, let’s get back to post’s motif!
Good to know before reading: I rarely order anything directly from the menu. I typically ask for modifications, catering to my personal preferences, complicating the order, and confusing the server. Yes, I am ONE OF THOSE people. List of restaurants will be chronological, but I will point out my favorite and least favorite dish! All descriptions of the food will be from their websites, if applicable.
1. Urth Caffe for Brunch
Egg White & Spinach Breakfast Panini
Egg whites, sautéed spinach and mozzarella cheese grilled on wheat bread. Served with mild tomato dipping sauce.
Choose from fresh seasonal fruits of the day such as strawberries, bananas, kiwis, pineapple and mango.
I added prosciutto to my sandwich because I fell in love with prosciutto from a small deli shop in Boston, no prosciutto compare to theirs. The egg whites and spinach were yummy, but the bread wasn’t all that. The bread was not super crispy and had a cardboard texture to it. Maybe it’s the particular wheat bread brand they are using. The tomato dipping sauce was a nice touch to dip the bread I pulled off of my sandwich. When I order any sandwiches or bread meals, I typically eat only half of them to have the full experience but in moderation. NO carbs stinks!
It came in a pretty large-sized saucer, so I assumed the consistency was hearty like a tomato soup you would have with your grilled cheese, but nope. It was saucey like the description and bland. Although, It had a spicy after taste; one of those spicy that comes after the food had gone down. I was on about the dipping sauce. I thought the dipping sauce was not a good complement for the sandwich. The sauce was watery, bland and did not add anything else to the sandwich other than a spicy kick, which your favorite hot sauce could do the trick better. I am very critical when it comes to food, I know. Why do you think the boyfriend has a hard time taking me out to eat? lol
I ordered pineapple, mango, and strawberries. As for the smoothie, where do you see in there did it say SUGAR in the description? NO, NO, and NO! Okay, first off this restaurant advertised as a “health conscience” spot. Once again, never assume anything. When I received my smoothie, it was super sweet. I am all for sweet, but this was way too sweet! The fruits had their natural sugar already, so why add more? I never understood why people ordered fruit smoothies, but to only add more sugar – redundant. I had to take it back because my friend convinced me to do it. Asked them if they added sugar they said yes, so I requested for one without sugar. They were very amenable to my request.
2. Calle Tacos for Pre-hike Lunch
Layered corn tortillas with your choice of meat topped with onions and cilantro. Meat choices: Al Pastor, Carnesada, Pollo, and Carnitas.
Honestly, I would be lying to you if I told you the meats I ordered and was 100% about them. Knowing myself and I had to guess, I would order the Al Pastor and Carnitas. I am 80% sure, so that’s a passing score. From what I had, the deliciously marinated and tender meats packed my soft, warm corn tortillas, creating amazing tacos. What I love most about this place was the authenticity of the tacos. Authentic taco trucks are simple. All them tacos with fancy ingredients are considered “infused” Mexican dishes, not authentic.
When it comes with Mexican foods, I tend to order as is because traditional dishes entail robust flavors and requesting to take out or add any ingredients may falter the dish completely! Contrary, I would have liked avocados with my tacos. 🙂
3. Pomodoro Trattoria for Dinner
Seafood Pasta Special
Linguine with mussels, scallops, shrimps, and clams in a red sauce.
It was the restaurant’s special for the night. Super fishy and definitely would not recommend. I chose this restaurant not because of my dish, but it’s because of my best friend’s dish…
Gnocchi Alla Paesana
Tomato sauce, grilled eggplant, garlic, fresh basil and mozzarella cheese.
Sorry no image available because it was not my dish. 🙁
Okay, I typically try stuff at least ONCE. Two things deterred me from getting this dish as well were gnocchi and eggplants. Well, first time having gnocchi was in the North End of Boston, MA at the famous Italian restaurant called Fiore. Best part was meeting GRONK and another football player of the Patriots (Superbowl Champs) – image below!
Here, I ordered my first gnocchi pasta dish ever in my whole entire life. Sadly, it was not a pleasant experience because the gnocchi were just too heavy for me, maybe because of their sizes. However, at Pomodoro Trattoria, the gnocchi were petite and just perfect! The flavor of the sauce was amazing.
As far as eggplants, everywhere made them really gooey texture. I have tried eggplants several times and each time, the eggplant was soft and had a residual film texture in my mouth. Gross. Nonetheless, the eggplant, slightly crisped, had a bounce to them when you bite into it. Oh my goodness, my first love for eggplants developed here. I honestly wanted to take her plate and eat it all, but I had to refrain myself, suck it up and leave the restaurant unsatisfied.
4. Blu Jam Cafe for Brunch
Do you have a favorite go-to spot in LA? Would love to hear any recommendations for I will be definitely traveling to there again!
the food enthusiast
Special thanks to her (below) for all the hospitality, making this post possible! xoxo