We're still obsessed with avocado toast—and if the menus of many of the best resturants in Los Angeles are any indication, so is everybody else. The trendy toast is more than an Instagram-worthy treat, it's a kind of testament to what makes SoCal cooking so great: simple preparation of fresh produce, presented with finesse, adding up to a casual yet oh-so-stylish dish. Avocado toast is also versatile, showing up everywhere from elaborate offerings at the best hotel brunch services in the city, to more grab-and-go versions at some of L.A.'s best coffee shops. Make your way to these spots and you'll see why we think they're the toast of the town.
Where to find the best avocado toast in L.A.
Not every avocado toast has to be a fancy production. This diner-style version is simplified, but no less satisfying. Here, a smooth spread of avocado is slapped across bread and dusted with pepper flakes, and, best of all, you can sate your cravings at almost any hour of day or night.
This cute coffee shop in Pasadena offers a variety of tasty toast options to compliment your latte, including peanut butter-banana and, indeed, lavender and honey. If you can look past the sweet treats to a more savory option, we suggest the avocado toast, upgraded with salt, pepper, lemon juice and a smattering of red jalapeños.
The name may sound cute-sy (it's also a Fleetwood Mac song), but Honey Hi is serious about making flavorful, healthy dishes for the Echo Park crowd; the most popular of which is their bright, colorful avocado toast (even the L.A.-lovers over at the New York Times think so). Creamy avocado tops a buckwheat sourdough, and is then piled high with sweet potato, pickled onions, scallions, parsely and lemon, and lightly dusted with sumac and smoked paprika. It's almost too pretty to eat.