Where to Dine Near Dodger Stadium

Restaurants in Chinatown, Echo Park and Silver Lake

Howlin' Ray's Nashville Hot Chicken | Photo: Howlin' Ray's
Howlin' Ray's Nashville Hot Chicken | Photo: Howlin' Ray's

It's time for Dodger baseball, which also means it's time for the iconic Dodger Dog and other Dodger Stadium fare. Outside the landmark ballpark, there are perennial go-tos like the classic French Dip at Philippe The Original or drink specials at the Short Stop. Read on for more dining options near Dodger Stadium in Chinatown, Echo Park and Silver Lake. Note: outside food is allowed at Dodger Stadium, so the guide includes take out options as well.

Double Cheeseburger at Burgerlords in Chinatown
Double Cheeseburger at Burgerlords in Chinatown | Photo: @lafoodjunkie, Instagram

CHINATOWN: Burgerlords

Brothers Fred and Max Guerrero come by burgers honestly, since father Andre Guerrero founded The Oinkster. They started with art, running the nearby Slow Culture art gallery when they’re not at Burgerlords. Their casual grab-and-go burger window, Burgerlords launched in Chinatown’s Central Plaza in 2015. The younger Guerreros are both vegetarian, which means they make a stellar veggie burger, but the primary burger is still meat-based. Their double cheeseburger features thin, griddled patties crafted from chuck, brisket, and short rib. Each order comes with a melted American cheese blanket, lettuce, tomato, onion, and Thousand Island dressing on a sponge bun. Kennebec shoestring fries and classic sodas round out the focused menu.

Waffle Platter at Chimney Coffee House
Waffle Platter | Photo: Chimney Coffee House, Facebook

CHINATOWN: Chimney Coffee House

Amnaj Bholsangngam's specialty coffeehouse is located outside the bustling Thai supermarket, LAX-C. Get an early start and fuel up for a weekend game with single origin coffee, nitro cold brew, and Kyoto Iced Coffee or Bangkok Iced Coffee. Breakfast combos include the Chimney Pancake Breakfast and the Waffle Platter - Belgian waffle served with a sage-black truffle pork sausage, herb roasted breakfast potatoes, and a bacon-wrapped baked egg. Breakfast sandwiches feature scrambled egg, cheddar crisp, sriracha-yuzu mayo and include options like house-made bacon (the B.A.E.), spiced chicken sausage (The Bieber) and pork sausage (The Rogue). For the game, order the popular Larb Burger, made with a choice of Thai pork or chicken larb patty, mint lime salad, fried shallots, toasted rice and cilantro-garlic mayo on a toasted milk bun.

Howlin' Ray's Nashville Hot Chicken | Photo: Howlin' Ray's
Howlin' Ray's Nashville Hot Chicken | Photo: Howlin' Ray's

CHINATOWN: Howlin' Ray's

L.A. born chef Johnny Zone and his wife Amanda Chapman studied hot chicken at the source – Nashville – and started with a food truck before opening a fully realized brick and mortar in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza to start 2016. Décor consists of decorative plywood, an open kitchen, a wall-mounted menu, and two framed paintings of Gram Parsons - another person who wasn’t born in Nashville, but connected with the city. Fried chicken utilizes a proprietary pepper blend that ranges from “country,” which falls short of mild, to “howlin’,” a spice level that’s liable to burn a hole in your cheek. Get a whole bird or pieces of your choice. Howlin’ Ray’s also serves a terrific fried chicken sandwich with juicy breast meat on a buttered bun with cabbage slaw, pickles and spicy “comeback sauce” crafted with chile powder, paprika and more. On weekends, they serve chicken and waffles, and neighboring coffeehouse Endorffeine will gladly pair a maple bourbon iced latte made using cold brew, Clover milk, and maple Bulleitt bourbon syrup.

Surf & Turf Po'boy at The Little Jewel of New Orleans
Surf & Turf Po'boy at The Little Jewel of New Orleans  |  Photo: Joshua Lurie

CHINATOWN: Little Jewel of New Orleans

Located a block from Philippe's, the Little Jewel of New Orleans brings a taste of the Big Easy to Chinatown. Little Jewel's all-day hours make it a convenient stop before or after a Dodger game. The grocery store is stocked with items like Zapp’s potato chips, Café du Monde coffee, and an array of Southern ingredients and hot sauces. New Orleans native Marcus Christiana-Beniger offers a wide range of favorites on his menu, including gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and daily specials. For Dodger Stadium, you can't go wrong with bringing a muffuletta, the classic New Orleans sandwich with Italian cured meats, provolone, mozzarella, and house-made olive salad on a sesame seed Leidenheimer loaf. Christiana-Beniger also features a variety of po'boys, including fried oyster, Surf and Turf (roast beef and fried shrimp), the Chaurice (Creole hot sausage), and the Bayou Godfather (meatball marinara).

Cachetada and vampiro at Mexicali Taco & Co.
Cachetada and vampiro at Mexicali Taco & Co.  |  Photo: Joshua Lurie

Chinatown: Mexicali Taco & Co.

At their restaurant on Figueroa, Mexicali natives Esdras Ochoa and Javier Fregoso drew inspiration from their childhoods in crafting comforting menu items like the vampiro, a garlic-blasted quesadilla filled with a choice of grilled meat; or the cachetada, a crunchy tostada topped with meat, molten cheese and a drizzle of spicy chipotle aioli. Nachos are also a hit thanks to the waterfall of yellow cheese and punchy salsa de rajas featuring roasted chile poblano, roasted Roma tomatoes, fresh onion and a “killer vinegar mixture.” Aguas frescas like the barley drink, cebada, or tart tamarind lime, help to tame the heat.

Southern Decadence at Brite Spot in Echo Park
Southern Decadence at Brite Spot | Photo: @pupfizzclink, Instagram

ECHO PARK: Brite Spot

An Echo Park favorite since 1949, Brite Spot received a makeover in 2013 courtesy of owner Dana Hollister, who redesigned the interior and added an outdoor patio. In September 2018, the husband and wife team of Jaime Turrey and Brooke Fruchtman (who also own Ostrich Farm and Bar Calo) were announced as the diner's new owners. Along with a new blue and white sign, the revamped menu features new dishes as well as Brite Spot favorites like the Brite Spot Burger, Fried Green Tomato Benedict, Steak & Eggs, and the hearty Southern Decadence (buttermilk biscuit, fried chicken breast, bacon, cheddar, pork sausage gravy, sunny side egg, home fries).

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Spicy Korean cold noodles at Button Mash | Photo courtesy of Starry Kitchen, Facebook

ECHO PARK: Button Mash

Fans of the nomadic pop-up restaurant, Starry Kitchen can enjoy Nguyen and Thi Tran's pan-Asian cuisine at the Echo Park arcade bar, Button Mash. The minimalist interior by Design, Bitches features a 90-seat dining room with booths and communal tables, so your whole group can hang out after a Dodger game, nosh on Starry Kitchen bites, and play classic arcade games and vintage pinball machines. The infamous crispy tofu balls are of course on the menu, along with other bar snacks like double-fried chicken wings, Vietnamese egg rolls and shrimp toast. Rice and noodle dishes include shrimp and pineapple fried rice, and spicy Korean cold noodles with Asian pear, watermelon, medium boiled egg, house pickles and cucumber. To pair with the food, Button Mash rotates through a dozen taps and offers a curated list of wines by the glass and bottle.

Taco Sampler at Guisados in Echo Park
Taco Sampler at Guisados in Echo Park | Photo: @chinese_carnivore, Instagram

ECHO PARK: Guisados

Opened in Boyle Heights in December 2010, Guisados has expanded to locations in Echo Park, Downtown L.A. and West Hollywood. Guisados is renowned for their homestyle braises, served on handmade corn tortillas that are made to order from the fresh ground masa next door at Carnitas Uruapan. The stews and masa are still made and delivered from the Boyle Heights location several times a day to ensure freshness and flavor in every bite. All tacos are priced at $2.75 each, except seafood options, which are $3.

The menu includes steak picado, mole poblano, tinga de pollo, chicharron, chorizo, camarones (fajita-style shrimp), pescado (grilled white fish), and vegetarian options like calabacitas (squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, onions) and the fiery Chiles Toreados - habanero, serrano, jalapeno and Thai chiles blistered together over high heat. Can't decide? The sampler plate features six mini-tacos - you can take the first six on the menu, or mix and match.

Ostrich Farm in Echo Park
Ostrich Farm in Echo Park | Photo: Ostrich Farm

ECHO PARK: Ostrich Farm

For a classy early dinner or weekend brunch before the game, head to the stylish neighborhood restaurant, Ostrich Farm. Chef/owner Jaime Turrey frequently changes his menu, which can feature starters such as salt cod croquettes, chicken liver mousse, or fritto misto with oyster, calamari, artichoke and lemon. Entrees include grilled lamb chops, wild mushroom risotto and grilled Pacific salmon. Brunch can start with tartines such as smoked salmon or smashed egg with feta, pickled onion and garden herbs. Main dishes include savory bowls, breakfast plates, salads and sandwiches like skirt steak or chicken salad.

Chicken Katsu Sando at Tsubaki
Chicken Katsu Sando | Photo: Tsubaki

ECHO PARK: Tsubaki

Chef Charles Namba and sommelier Courtney Kaplan opened this 35- seat, modern izakaya on the edge of Echo Park in February 2017. Six bar seats are available to view the kitchen action, while another six seats have a view out to Sunset Boulevard via a street-side window counter. Small tables fill the rest of the space against peacock blue and brick walls with a casual, buzzy ambiance. Namba, who is Japanese American, has a heavy French cooking background (including Thomas Keller's Bouchon) that works to elevate classic dishes such as foie gras with innovative turns. Kaplan, whose stints include Bestia and Domaine LA, has created an imaginative, "ever-changing" drinks menu highlighting unique craft sake breweries, beer, shochu and French wine. Servers happily offer pairing suggestions. Sake is brought out in ceramic vessels along with a basket of cups from which to choose.

The menu is split into sections - cold, steamed, fried, grilled, yakitori, braised, rice & noodles, and sweets. Everything is meant for sharing with some bigger dishes such as kore soba (buckwheat curry noodles) and sukiyaki. A small happy hour menu is offered from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, featuring the popular Chicken Katsu Sando - a fried chicken sandwich with snowy cabbage and tonkatsu sauce on Yamazaki milk bread.

Grilled corned beef sandwich at Winsome
Grilled corned beef sandwich | Photo: Winsome, Facebook

ECHO PARK: Winsome

Opened in February 2016, Winsome is a handsome neighborhood eatery from the team behind The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Located at The Elysian, Winsome pays homage to the historic building's Mid-Century architecture with an indoor-outdoor design that includes a classic 16-seat lunch counter and a 75-seat dining room filled with natural light. The kitchen is helmed by former Rustic Canyon Chef, Jeremy Strubel, while pastries and desserts are overseen by République alum, Leslie Mialma.

Weekend matinee games are ideal for exploring Strubel’s modern American menu, which is inspired by the diverse cultures of L.A., his hometown. Brunch highlights include potato rosti with sunny side eggs, buckwheat and semolina pancake, fried egg sandwich, and duck egg toast. Small and shared plates include Kennebec potato chips, baby carrots and root vegetables, and crispy tofu. Mains include a farro piccolo and grilled chicken salad, and a grilled corned beef sandwich with Niman Ranch brisket, black garlic, cabbage slaw and aged provolone on rustic bread.

Pig in a Blanket at Alimento
Pig in a Blanket at Alimento | Photo by Dylan + Jeni, courtesy of Alimento


Located adjacent to the Silver Lake Reservoir, Alimento draws inspiration from Italy's regional traditions while not strictly adhering to them. Ingredients sourced from local artisans and growers are showcased in chef-owner Zach Pollack's menu of small plates, pastas and large platters designed for sharing. Described as a Dodger Dog "with very cool Italian ingredients,” the Pig in a Blanket is made with mortadella, spelt pastry, brovada (pickled turnip kraut) and stracchino (Italian cow's milk cheese). The extensive selection of small plates also includes pork meatballs, yellowtail collar affumicato, chicken liver crostone and escaolar crudo.

Pastas include tortellini in brodo; radiatori with braised pork sugo, kale, fennel pollen; and squid ink strozzapreti with octopus, cuddle fish, bread crumbs and calabrian chili butter. Larger format platters include the prime ribeye tagliata and whole grilled orata with calabrian chili, beans and pesto trapanese. The food is complemented by an eclectic wine list with lesser-known varietals and hard-to-find wines from small producers, as well as a rotating selection of microbrews from the U.S. and Italy.

Karma Burger at Haché LA
Karma Burger | Photo: Haché LA, Facebook


Opened in September 2014, Haché LA is restaurateur Michael Schepers' L.A. sequel to his Mick's Karma Bar in Orange County. French for "ground steak," Haché touts 100% Angus Steak burgers that are made to order and all-natural without hormones or antibiotics. Highlights include the signature Karma Burger with Karma Sauce and American cheese; the Habanero with four-chile mix, garlic mayo, queso fresco; the Mediterranean with spicy hummus, roasted red peppers, feta; and the Roaring Forties with blue cheese, portobello, caramelized onions, horseradish. For a stellar ballpark-ready combo, order a Haché burger to go with Mick's Triple-Cooked Fries and a strawberry basil lemonade, or stop by after the game and kick back on the patio with a pitcher of sangria or a Belgian wheat, IPA or amber on tap.

Whole Branzino at Mh Zh
Whole Branzino at Mh Zh  |  Photo: Joshua Lurie


Mh Zh (pronounced "mah zay") is a Hebrew expression that translates to "what’s this," which is exactly what you'll think when you discover this tiny brick corner restaurant that opened on the block anchored by Millie’s in March 2017. Featuring an open kitchen and counter stool seating, Mh Zh is accented with colorful jarred pickled vegetables, spices, and edible flowers. The casual eatery is almost like a large stand with table service spilling over to the sidewalk. As one of the newer entries in L.A.'s thriving Middle Eastern culinary scene, Mh Zh has been exciting to watch.

The reasonably priced menu is handwritten on thick brown paper bags and divided into Hot (cooked over charcoal) and Cold sections - showcasing unique and beautifully plated vegetable-driven choices with a couple of meat options. Recent Hot offerings include whole branzino, potato with charred lemon, braised cabbage, greens in tarragon butter, and ribeye. Cold dishes include Bub & Grandma's Bread with herb techina, grilled beet with hazelnuts, and Hummus Bling Bling. There's also a "Fire the Menu" option for $125.

Night + Market Song dishes
Photo: Night + Market Song, Facebook

SILVER LAKE: Night + Market Song

Night + Market Song, the Silver Lake sequel to Chef Kris Yenbamroong's Night + Market in West Hollywood, was already a hit before he was named a 2016 Food & Wine Best New Chef. It's well worth the wait for Yenbamroong’s adventurous northern Thai street food, which is served in a brightly colored room decorated with wooden folding chairs, vinyl tablecloths, a plastic bead curtain and a vintage poster of Cindy Crawford in a risque pose. Dishes are meant to be shared, eaten with sticky rice or coconut rice, and ideally - in particular any of the snacks, larb or yum dishes - eaten with your hands.

Starters are touted as "great with beer" and include the pork toro - grilled fatty pig neck that's "salty like bacon" and served with jaew, a northeastern chile dip; and hor ab, a tamale with catfish and pork fat baked in a banana leaf with chile and herbs. Other highlights from the extensive menu include larb tod (fried larb "meatballs" made of pork, pork liver and pork blood), served over shredded cabbage, topped with garlic oil and rau ram; the fragrant and mild gaeng khua pak boong, a central/southern-style coconut curry; and khao soi neua - mae sai curried noodles with braised hanger steak, tendon and house-made nam prik khao soi.

Tuna Salmon Sashimi Bowl at Ohana Poke Co.
Tuna Salmon Sashimi Bowl | Photo: Ohana Poke Co., Facebook

SILVER LAKE: Ohana Poke Co. & Sopressata

In August 2015, Chef Eric Park relaunched his popular dinner spot, Black Hogg as the second location of his Ohana Poké Co. Open Monday through Saturday, Ohana's all-day menu showcases poké made with sashimi-grade bigeye tuna, Scottish salmon, Spanish octopus, black tiger prawns and organic tofu. Ordering starts with a base of white or brown heirloom rice; then poké options such as traditional Ohana Shoyu Tuna, Spicy Tuna, vegan Soy Ginger Tofu; and finally a choice of side, including wakame seaweed salad, kimchi cucumbers, or ponzu glass noodles. You can also order poké a la carte in half-pound and one-pound portions and go to town with island chips.

Park's lunch-only sandwich pop-up, Soppressata occupies part of the former Black Hogg dining room on Monday-Saturday. For Saturday matinee games, Soppressata's take-out option include the namesake #99 Soppressata, #88 Italian Meats, #11 The Meatball, and vegetarian options like the #44 Fontina and Provolone.