Los Angeles is massive and a day or two will only scratch the surface of what's available in the city. This guide includes some of my faves from a recent evisit
This old school deli has a large menu of breakfast and lunch options yet the signs in the restaurant will steer you to their world famous, #19 hot pastrami sandwich. Piled high with meat & Russian dressing, you certainly won't leave hungry
Just south of Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach has an excellent boardwalk popular with fitness buffs along The Strand that it shares with neighboring Manhattan Beach
You won't find cocktails here, only fragrances in this LA boutique. The shop steers away from the fashion labels and stocks exclusive perfumes & colognes you don't find elsewhere
Irresistably crispy, this Korean Fried chicken joint has a fun modern atmosphere. My go-to favorite are the honey wings
Delicious cream puffs with a variety of flavors in DTLA. The pastries come in multiple flavors but the original vanilla is tops
The old school butcher is back with a rock star edge and two females at the helm. Beautiful cuts of meat and farm fresh produce are packed into this Fairfax storefront with an incredibly friendly staff
A serious coffee shop in laid back Manhattan Beach serves espresso drinks made with Seattle's Caffe Vita roaster. Get a drink popular in Austrakia, but rare stateside - the flat white.
A beach seafood restaurant brought to you by the restaurateurs behind Animal is sure to satisfy. Get the acclaimed fried chicken sandwich and the sriracha shrimp toast
Perfectly crafted espresso drinks & a sharply dressed staff make this spot one of my favorite Indie coffee shops in the country.
This coffeehouse on the edge of downtown in the Arts District keeps it simple on the menu with only brewed coffee and espresso w/ milk options. Lines out the door confirm that the baristas have a hit on their hands
One of the best craft breweries in the country, through the doors of an unassuming Orange County business park, beer enthusiasts have a pick in their tasting room of exclusive brews & flights. Rotating food trucks provide an accompaniment to the beer
A cupcake shop worthy of the lines, I have many favorites here including the brown sugar praline & the red velvet!