San Pedro has some of L.A. County’s richest history. Portuguese explorers first set eyes on the waterfront community in 1542. More than two centuries later, Spanish settlers took hold. The Port of Los Angeles has been in operation for over a century and played a key role in America’s shipbuilding efforts during World War II. The Port currently ships the highest percentage of cargo of any port in North America. San Pedro was also the setting for a Don Draper storyline on “Mad Men.” Depending on the block, San Pedro still feels that retro. The 12-square-mile span on the end of a peninsula retains a wealth of old world charmers while welcoming flavorful newcomers. Start with these five dishes.
West Los Angeles is an amorphous neighborhood that we’ll define as living between Bundy Drive and three Boulevards: Pico, Sawtelle and Wilshire. The swath is sandwiched between Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Japantown and features extensive Japanese and Middle Eastern representation, along with plenty of other interesting international contributions. Discover five of the best dishes in West L.A.
Interest has never been higher in dumplings, as it should be, but people are primarily focused on Chinese and Taiwanese dumplings. If we learned anything from Marco Polo, it’s that word of good food inevitably spreads, sometimes internationally. Dumplings reached the far corners of the globe over time, either by horseback, telegraph, print, or online. Over the centuries, the planet has embraced dumplings. Discover 10 great options that originated in Asia and Europe and now grace Los Angeles with global culinary flair.
Silver Lake’s transformation from bohemian, hipster haunt to trendy food and shopping destination is nearly complete. Gone are the days when neighborhood characters would play chess deep into the night at Tang’s Donuts. Sure, stalwarts like Millie’s Café persist, but the restaurant roster is almost completely different from 10 years ago. Discover five of our favorite Silver Lake dishes, drawing on Asian, Israeli, and Italian influences.
Sherman Oaks, yet another San Fernando Valley neighborhood that separated from railroad maven Moses Hazeltine Sherman’s massive landholding in 1927, has expanded over the years and now spans more than nine square miles. Sherman Oaks has a high concentration of Middle Eastern and Japanese restaurants, and of course plenty of gastropubs, which have proliferated all across Ventura Boulevard. Now Sherman Oaks is seeing a new infusion of culinary talent that leans higher end and more creative. Discover five great dishes.
Traditionally, people have formed hamburgers using beef. Thankfully that fact hasn’t deterred chefs from experimenting with different proteins. Other four-legged animals, birds, and seafood all contribute to patties. Discover 10 of L.A.’s best non-beef burgers. Just don’t expect to see veggie burgers on this list. That’s fodder for another story.
Embark on a self-guided journey with dineL.A.’s Taco Trek and find the simplest of pleasures: the taco, embodying years of tradition and families of flavor in a tortilla dripping green or red salsa. Meet the makers of food culture in Los Angeles, while taking a tasty tour of the city we call home.
Varieties from different nations, regions, and continents all on one map. Some are stands, some are trucks, some are carts. Some are cash only. All make up the experience of a life in L.A.
Start here for a taste of taco history. 25 signature tacos we know you have to try. Street tacos. Hard Shell. Breakfast. Sit on the curb, grab a booth or make a reservation. These are the 25 best taco experiences to be had right now, and it’ll put you on the path to many more culinary adventures. Have fun!
Back when people started settling Little Tokyo in 1885, the very first business was a restaurant called Kame. Immigration from Japan to work in agriculture, and mass relocation from San Francisco following the legendary 1906 earthquake, led to the largest Japanese-American community in the U.S., which grew to 35,000 people by 1942. A dark period in U.S. history forced Japanese-Americans to live in internment centers during World War II. The neighborhood’s history shows that it wasn’t until the 1970s that Japanese-Americans managed to institute a Little Tokyo revival (including food) that still continues to thrive and diversify. Discover five of the neighborhood’s best dishes.
Highland Park has been a working class hotbed for taco trucks and casual Mexican restaurants for decades. In the past five years, the neighborhood has seen trendy redevelopment take place on two fronts: York Boulevard and Figueroa Street. Now certain blocks could pass for Abbot Kinney Boulevard, given all of the boutiques, bars, and fashionable restaurants. Of course residents haven’t welcomed every addition with open arms, but we’ve identified flavorful new neighborhood favorites. Discover five of the best dishes in Highland Park spanning different Asian and European cuisines.