Five Days In Los Angeles
From burgers to salads, pretty much everything we ate in LA was so good, one dish was one of the best things we’ve ever eaten. Add to that the impeccable service and sun and it’s pretty hard to beat. I didn’t expect to love LA quite as much as I did, but I fell in love hook line and sinker. I don’t think I’ve been as happy as I was there since I returned. If I could uproot all I love to California, I’d do it in a heartbeat. We were only there for five days and crammed in as many restaurants as we could, thank you to all that gave us recommendations.
WHAT: Classic comfort food – burgers, melts, custard shakes, fries and salads. A concept incorporating the two owners shared desire to support local farmers.Short Order was a recommendation given to us by The Diner back here in London, so we knew it’d be good. Housed in the car park on the edge of the Farmers Market, but don’t let that put you off. The outside seating is perfect for a balmy Californian evening.
WHERE: Farmer’s Market, 6333 W. 3rd st. Stall #110 Los Angeles, CA 90036
WHAT WE ATE & DRANK : Spicy hot wings with spicy caramalised pineapple sauce $9, Old School Fries $3, Short Order burger – grass-fed beef, griddled mushrooms, bibb lettuce, reading raclette, mustardy mayo $12, Coffee custard malt shake $6, Mama’s Lil Yella Pills $6
OPENING HOURS: Monday – Sunday 11am – 10pm
WHAT: Urth Caffé is America’s first exclusively organic coffee company. Over 100 teas and coffees A must visit for amazing breakfasts, celeb spotting and the best coffee we had in LA. We have been unable to stop thinking about it ever since.
WHERE: West Hollywood: 8565 Melrose Avenue, (310) 659-0628
Beverly Hills: 267 S. Beverly Drive, (310) 205-9311
Santa Monica: 2327 Main Street, (310) 314-7040
Downtown: 451 South Hewitt Street, (213) 797-4534
WHAT WE ATE & DRANK: Eggs Verde Two soft poached organic eggs over a bed of arugula, roasted corn, baby tomatoes & poached asparagus spears tossed with peppercorn dressing garnished with cracked pepper & chive oil served with toasted whole wheat bread $11.50.
Natural Beef Hash Heirloom potatoes, bell peppers, onions, parsley and slow roasted short rib topped with two soft poached organic eggs. Served with whole wheat toast $14.95.
The Scramble Three organic eggs served with mixed greens salad dressed with Urth vinaigrette and served with salsa & fresh bread $7.50.
Assorted Bread Pudding brioche baked in custard with a choice of plain or cinnamon raisin $3.25.
BOOK IT: N/A
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday 6.30am – 11.30pm
WHAT: One of the 1950’s original style diners, burgers, shakes, sliders, ribs, dogs, you name it, they’ve got it. Open 24 hours, with low prices and great service. We were served by a waitress named Angel, yes really.
WHERE: 8585 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069. Other locations all over California, click here for info
WHAT WE ATE & DRANK: Ground chuck slider topped with caramelized onions on a brioche bun and Mel’s special sauce $3.25, Short Rib Slider braised short ribs served on a brioche bun, relish and horseradish aioli $4.25. Wet fries (with gravy) $3.95, Short Ribs served with lumpy mashed potatoes, vegetables, roll, and butter $14.95, Strawberry malt £5.25
BOOK IT: +1 310-854-7201
OPENING HOURS: 24 hours
PHILIPPE THE ORIGINAL
WHAT: Home of the original French dipped sandwich – a crusty French roll dipped in juice from freshly roasted meats. A great experience, like stepping back in time and rock bottom prices, but the sandwich didn’t beat The Hawksmoor’s version. Read up on the history of how the French dip came about here. And make sure you buy some Philippe Mustard ($5) and a t-shirt (from $14) on the way out.
WHERE: 1001 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
WHAT WE ATE & DRANK: Beef Dip sandwich $6.75, Lamb Dip Sandwich $8.25, Potato salad $1.30, Coleslaw $1.30, Lemonade 80c, Iced tea 70c, Banana pie $3.65, Cherry pie $3.65
BOOK IT: Not necessary, but be prepared to queue at peak times. You can also order online
OPENING HOURS: 6am.-10pm. daily
WHAT: A really lovely family and pet oriented restaurant, you’ll be sure to spot many cute pooches. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a homely atmosphere. A lovely outside terrace area with great food, don’t miss their signature fried chicken and waffles for breakfast!
WHERE: 1760 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Feliz, CA 90027. They also have a branch in Silverlake.
WHAT WE ATE & DRANK: Breakfast ribeye steak and eggs flat iron steak, cooked to order, served with three large eggs cooked to your liking, our seasoned home fries and choice of toast $13.95. Fried Chicken and waffles – honey breaded fried chicken on a golden brown Belgian waffle. Served with maple syrup $13.95. Latte $3.25. Bottomless regular house coffee $2.50.
BOOK IT: (323)665-0211
OPENING HOURS: Mon-Fri 9am to close and weekends 8am to Close. Closing hours are seasonal, please call in colder months.
JACK N’ JILLS
WHAT: An unassuming bakery and cafe, great for breakfast. The Beckhams were spotted recently at the Beverley Hills branch.
WHERE: 510 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401. Also branches in Beverley Hills and 3rd Street.
WHAT WE ATE & DRANK: Breakfast Bowl – sauteed onions, bell peppers, asparagus and mushrooms served over brown rice and topped with a poached egg. choice of ground turkey, chicken or veggie chorizo, with a side of salsa $7.95. Protein Scramble egg whites, fresh pulled chicken, turkey bacon, spinach, tomato, onion, jack, cheddar & mozzarella cheese $12. Large latte $3.50
BOOK IT: You can order online here
OPENING HOURS: Everyday 8am – 4pm & 5pm – 9pm
WHAT: A market, kitchen and cafe set up by two friends with a passion for farm-to-table cooking. We stumbled across the branch at The Market within the Santa Monica Place mall and ate one of the best things we’ve ever had in our lives.
WHERE: The Market at Santa Monica Place, 395 Santa Monica Place and there’s a branch at Mar Vista
WHAT WE ATE & DRANK: Double Pork Chili cup/bowl – slow roasted pork shoulder and applewood-smoked bacon w/ale, pinquito beans, apricot purée & an assortment of dried chilies $8/$14, Smog City L.A. Saison 5.8% Smog City Brewery, Tustin, CA $7, Strand 24th Street Pale Ale 6.1% Strand Brewing, Torrance, CA $7
BOOK IT: 310-395-2901 or order online here
OPENING HOURS: Open daily from 10am to 10pm (9pm on Sundays)
WHAT: An achingly ‘hip’ restaurant on the equally cool Abbott Kinney Blvd, just off Venice beach. For a second we thought we were back in London. Dark, moody, filament bulb overload, blaring music. The food was good but it didn’t match the raving reviews we’d heard of.
WHERE: 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291,
WHAT WE ATE & DRANK: The Long Walk Home cocktail – Bordeaux, bitters, citrus $8, Stone IPA (22oz) $14, Roasted beets and tops with sherry yoghurt and horseradish $8, Roasted fennel with orange, chilli and fennel pollen $8, Mushroom, goats cheese and fontina and truffle oil pizza $15, Crispy Niman ranch pork belly with anson mills corn grits and apple glaze $15, Affogatto with vanilla gelato caramel and cookies $10
BOOK IT: Book here
Open all day M-F 11:30 – Midnight. Weekends 9:00am – Midnight – Brunch until 3pm.
WHAT: A very kooky and eccentric boutique hotel nestled in a residential area in West Hollywood where we spent a wonderful few nights. A charming private rooftop bar with a pool, fire pit, lanterns and flickering candles. The garden has an outdoor restaurant also doubles as a butterfly and hummingbird sanctuary. Every Monday they screen films on the Firedeck, snuggle up and watch a film under the stars with a cocktail in hand.
WHERE: 8822 Cynthia Street, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California 90069
WHAT WE ATE & DRANK: Due to an overwhelming itinerary, we ran out of time to dine here. However the cocktails were beautiful, and unusual. One drink – The Buzz Button, involved chewing on a Szechuan bud before sipping, it makes your mouth tingle and go numb, great for toothache…
BOOK IT: Book here
OPENING HOURS: Breakfast is from 7am to noon; lunch is served until 5pm and dinner is from 5pm to 11pm Sunday to Thursday (midnight at weekends). Cocktails are mixed until midnight at the Butterfly Bar.
WHAT: Back on the cool Abbot Kinney Boulevard lies a coffee lovers dream, they use the Clover brewing system, which means each cup is brewed individually. This place is for proper coffee connoisseurs, and anyone who’s after wi-fi judging by all the guys we saw with MacBooks. A great pit-stop for some people watching after wandering the great junk yards and stationary shops along this street.
WHERE: 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd.Venice, California 90291
BOOK IT: N/A
OPENING HOURS: 6am – 8pm Monday – Wednesday, 6am – 11pm Thursday – Friday 7am – 11pm Saturday, 7am – 8pm Sunday