Poke at A-Frame

The Best Poke in Los Angeles


Zach Brooks

Ask us where our favorite poke place in L.A. is and we'll likely answer "Whichever poke place is closest to you." Because at this point, there are versions of Hawaii's take on ceviche in practically every part of the city. Ahi tuna, soy sauce, sesame oil, seaweed and sesame seeds are the constant, along with adding avocado for a few bucks. At newer places you're also likely to find kale, kelp noodles, spicy edamame and coconut flakes tossed in sauces made from sriracha, ponzu or miso. Whether it’s new or old, traditional or modern, there's a poke for everyone. Here are 10 of the best in L.A.

Falafel at Skaf's Lebanese Cuisine

The Best Falafel in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

Falafel, a fritter crafted from garbanzo beans, fava beans or a combination of both beans, has historical ties to Egypt, but can now be found across the Mediterranean and Middle East. Regional nuances are evident in versions from countries like Armenia, Israel, Lebanon and Syria. Color, spicing and shape are key differentiators. Regardless of how they’re made, falafel is having a moment in Los Angeles, with modern interpretations joining classics. Learn about 10 of the best falafels in L.A.

The Rogue at Chimney Coffee House

The Best Breakfasts at L.A. Coffee Houses


Esther Tseng

It’s a no-brainer that breakfast and coffee are quite complementary to one another. Yet serious coffee houses that serve breakfast are much rarer than you might expect. Either you’ve got a coffee hotspot or an all-out breakfast place, but what if you want eggs with your Third Wave coffee? Kitchen space can be very hard to finagle. Fortunately, there are specialty coffee shops that serve breakfast dishes beyond the usual pastries. Read on to find out the best spots to get coffee, eggs, pancakes and more.

Dim sum at Hakkasan Beverly Hills

Top 10 Chinese Restaurants Outside the San Gabriel Valley


Clarissa Wei

It’s no secret that Los Angeles has some of the best Chinese food outside of China. A lot of the best places, however, are concentrated in the San Gabriel Valley, which is a trek for some folks. For the longest time, the best Chinese food outside of the San Gabriel Valley were mom-and-pop shops serving Cantonese cuisine with an Americanized flair. In recent years, San Gabriel Valley powerhouses like Din Tai Fung, New Port Seafood and Little Sheep have expanded west. Following them are a slew of more entrepreneurial spots like New School Kitchen for dim sum takeout and Pine & Crane for farm-to-table beef noodle soup. These days, if you’re outside of the SGV there’s no reason to complain about the lack of good Chinese food - you just have to know where to look. Here’s a guide to the top 10 Chinese restaurants outside the San Gabriel Valley.

Strawberry Caipirinha at Fogo de Chão

Highlights of dineL.A. Happy Hour Week: April 27-May 1, 2015


Discover Los Angeles

The first-ever dineL.A. Happy Hour Week is taking place Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1, 2015. Presented by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, dineL.A. Happy Hour Week features afternoon/evening and late-night happy hours at more than 135 restaurants and bars throughout L.A. County, including those that normally do not offer happy hour specials. Each restaurant and bar will showcase a selection of bar bites and drinks, with some offering exclusive items only available for dineL.A. guests during Happy Hour Week. Reservations are not necessary.

Following are highlights of the inaugural dineL.A. Happy Hour Week. Browse the full list of participating restaurants and bars, then start making plans to enjoy 5 Days of Happy: discoverlosangeles.com/dinela-los-angeles-happy-hour-week.

Hickory maple waffle at The Peach Café

The Best Waffles in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

Some form of waffle – batter pressed between patterned irons - has been impacting plates for more than a millennium. The name is a nod to the Dutch term, wafele but different spellings and styles have now proliferated across the globe. Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles is one of L.A.'s most iconic dishes. Learn about 10 other great waffles in Los Angeles.

Tim Kelly Lifeguard Memorial in Hermosa Beach

A Walking Tour of Hermosa Beach


Sarah Dandashy

Hermosa Beach is located in the heart of the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Situated between Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, Hermosa is on the southern end of the 22-mile Marvin Braude Bike Trail, aka The Strand. Besides oceanfront biking, there are many activities that make Hermosa a prime beach destination, including beach volleyball, surfing, paddle boarding and sandcastle building. The hub of the action in Hermosa is centered on Pier Avenue, filled with notable restaurants, coastal-cool shops and fun bars. Read our guide to discover all the great places that make Hermosa Beach special.

Maui onion rings at Shaka Shack Burgers

The Best Onion Rings in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

Whether they’re thick or thin, breaded or tempura battered, onion rings remain a classic side dish that is particularly popular at steakhouses and gastropubs. Learn about 10 of the best onion rings in Los Angeles, listed in alphabetical order.

Patio at Whiskey Red's

The Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Tour Groups


Discover Los Angeles

From Downtown L.A. to the Beach Cities, restaurants throughout Los Angeles are ready to host tour groups of any size. Whether it’s authentic Mexican cuisine in a 19th century building, or fresh seafood with spectacular waterfront views, here are some of the best restaurants in L.A. for tour groups.