The Best Things to Do in L.A. On a Rainy Day: Dining

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot in Pasadena
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If you’re looking for authentic restaurants that serve cuisines from around the world, Los Angeles has no equal. And if it’s raining, there are endless dining options to warm you up and satisfy your hunger. Read on for the best L.A. restaurants for a rainy day.

Ajitama tsukemen at Tsujita LA
Ajitama tsukemen | Photo: Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle, Facebook

34. L.A.'s Best Ramen Bowls

Ramen, the savory Japanese noodle soup, has grown from a dorm room staple to an artisan phenomenon. Now, almost every L.A. neighborhood has at least one viable ramen option, and parts of town like Little Tokyo, Little Osaka, and Torrance, are bubbling over with rich, flavorful broth. Learn about 10 of the best ramen bowls in Los Angeles.

Hot Pot Hot Pot in Monterey Park
Hot Pot Hot Pot in Monterey Park  |  Photo: Joshua Lurie

35. The Best L.A. Restaurants for Hot Pot

Hot pot is an easy feast to put together and is commonly enjoyed in East Asian households during the holidays. For those who prefer eating out, here’s a list of the best hot pots in Los Angeles.

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Beef noodle soup at Noodle King | Photo by Natalie James, courtesy of

36. The Best Chinese Beef Noodle Soups in L.A.

Beef noodle soup, known as niu rou mian, is the epitome of Chinese comfort food. Enjoyed throughout China and Taiwan, it’s a beloved dish that takes hours to make. It makes for a sustainable lunch or dinner and thankfully, there are plenty of places in Los Angeles to get your fix. Here are our picks. Read More

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Phorage | Photo by Clarissa Wei

37. The Best Pho Restaurants in L.A.

Pho has been around for a century and is indisputably the national dish of Vietnam. A good pho takes hours to make; beef bones and parts are simmered under low heat to obtain a rich, complex flavor. Here are ten great places to get your pho fix in Los Angeles. Read More

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Ghost chili hot wings | Photo courtesy of Bhanu’s, Facebook

38. The Spiciest Restaurants in L.A.

From the tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorn to the elusive ghost chili, read on for our guide to the best restaurants in Los Angeles to get your fix of super spicy dishesRead More

Mapo Tofu Lasagna at Nightshade
Mapo Tofu Lasagna at Nightshade | Photo: @thepinoypanda, Instagram

39. "Top Chef" Restaurants

Top Chef, Bravo’s competitive cooking show that’s hosted by legendary judges like Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons and Emeril Lagasse, has built quite a legacy. L.A. alone has fielded a wealth of culinary talent in the show’s 16 seasons, including four champions: Ilan Hall, Michael Voltaggio, Mei Lin, and Brooke Williamson. In total, 14 Top Chef“cheftestants” currently run kitchens at 27 Los Angeles restaurants. Get out of the rain and into restaurants by your favorite chefs from the high-drama show.

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Margherita pizzas at Olio GCM Wood Fired Pizzeria | Photo by Joshua Lurie

40. The dineL.A. Guide to Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market (GCM) has been a Downtown L.A. staple since 1917, but only recently have the owners gathered a new generation of food and drink vendors. Yes, GCM institutions like China Cafe, Roast To Go and Tacos Tumbras A Tomas are still going strong, but here’s a chance to learn about 11 of the best new food and drink options at Grand Central Market. Read More

Festival de Moles at Guelaguetza in Koreatown
Festival de Moles | Photo: Guelaguetza

41. Ten L.A. Restaurants That Are Great for Group Dining

Whether it’s the holidays, a family reunion or a gathering of friends, there are occasions that call for more than a quiet corner table. Fortunately, there are restaurants throughout Los Angeles that not only offer family-style menus and private rooms, but are affordably priced as well. Read on for some of the best restaurants in L.A. with group dining options that won’t break the bank.

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The Rogue at Chimney Coffee House | Photo by Esther Tseng

42. The Best Breakfasts at L.A. Coffee Houses

It’s a no-brainer that breakfast and coffee are quite complementary to one another. There are specialty coffee shops across L.A. that serve breakfast dishes beyond the usual pastries. Read on to find out the best spots to get coffee, eggs, pancakes and more. Read More

Urth Caffé & Bar LAX | Photo: Urth Caffé
Urth Caffé & Bar LAX | Photo: Urth Caffé

43. The Dining Guide to LAX

From brand new eateries in the New Tom Bradley International Terminal, to recent additions in terminals throughout the airport, read on for some of the best dining options for travelers at Los Angeles International Airport.