Located next door to Spumoni Italian restaurant, this quaint cafe serves savory crepes and gelato. The Italian man behind the counter—you’ll know him by his heavy accent—makes homemade batches of gelato each morning, featuring a seasonally changing menu. Flavors include ricotta and fig, strawberry, coffee, Reese’s, and the local favorite: a non-dairy fondant that tastes like a creamy dark-chocolate mousse.
This New York pizza parlor first popped up in Echo Park in 2009, offering Angelenos their wacky, new-age pizzas with a pop culture twist. Two Boots has since opened a second branch in Downtown along the Broadway Corridor. We're not exactly sure how Mr. Pink—inspired by Reservoir Dog's Steve Buscemi—has anything to do with a garlic-scented slice topped with Creole chicken, but it is as tasty as it is tongue-in-cheek. For the adventurous, there's plenty of non-traditional toppings (think artichoke, eggplant, and broccoli) to choose from. As for vegan and gluten-free diners, Two Boots has some mouth-watering options for you as well.
With three separate dining areas and a full service bar, The Novel Cafe is a Koreatown staple serving comfort (and organic!) food from breakfast until the wee hours of the morning. Stop by for an omelette, a burger, salad or pasta—or order from the convenience of your own home. Yup, they deliver, too.
Authentic New York pizza in SoCal? Dig into Joe's pizza at one of their four locations throughout LA or at their roving truck. Thin-crusted, loaded with toppings and garnished with Joe's special pizza sauce these pizzas make the wait worth it.
This loud but friendly diner/restaurant is relatively affordable and fairly speedy, making it a good option if you're heading on to a concert at the nearby Wiltern. The cooking is simple and exuberant: pasta with Moroccan-style beef and vegetables is hearty and tasty, as is the Singapore shrimp fried rice. Your enjoyment of the evening may be aided by the lethal cocktails served at the bar.
It's the simple things that matter, and for this quaint cafe in West LA, the simple things mean sandwiches, salads and pot pies. Oh yes, and sweet pies, too: banana cream, chocolate, salted caramel and more are all on rotation at Simple Things, where desserts are baked daily.
A waffle joint that serves beer, wine and piña colada waffles—we're in heaven. So is pretty much everyone who eats at Bru's Wiffle in Santa Monica. Sure, there are other breakfast items on the menu, like the eggs benedict, granola bowl and french toast, but the real winners here are the elaborate waffle dishes. Try the chocolate waffle party, a sweet concoction topped with Oreos, whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
For over 20 years, Robert Burns Wines has offered an incredible array of liquor to the Beverly Hills community, from top shelf liquor to accessible wines. Need that perfect bottle of Bordeaux to impress the in-laws? Bob Burns, as the store is affectionately called, has you covered for last minute pick-ups. They even deliver, for those times when leaving the couch while The Bachelor is on just isn't an option.
Authentic New York pizza in SoCal! Catch Joe's pizza at one of their four locations throughout LA or at their roving truck. Thin-crusted, loaded with toppings and garnished with Joe's special pizza sauce these pizzas make the wait worth it!
Since 1987, the Two Boots mini-chain has been serving innovative pizzas named after pop-culture figures (example: the Dude from The Big Lebowski)—offering diners a leg up at Trivial Pursuit in addition to a tasty slice. Although Two Boots began in New York, we're pretty sure it tastes better out here (if only because it lacks the competition of the east coast pies). Schoolkids can stop by in the afternoon for the after-school special: a cheese slice and small soda for $2.50.