Where to Dine Near Dodger Stadium

Restaurants in Chinatown, Echo Park and Silver Lake

Coctel de Cameron and tacos at Bar Flores in Echo Park
Coctel de Cameron and tacos at Bar Flores | Instagram: @barflores_la

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 numerous pre- and post-game dining options in Chinatown, Echo Park and Silver Lake. From old school favorites to the newest hotspots, read on for the best places to eat near Dodger Stadium.

Note: outside food is allowed at Dodger Stadium, so the guide includes takeout options as well.

Classic Double at Amboy Quality Meats in Chinatown
Classic Double at Amboy Quality Meats | Instagram: @amboy_qualitymeats

CHINATOWN: Amboy Quality Meats

Located in the former Chego space at Chinatown's Far East Plaza, Amboy Quality Meats & Delicious Burgers lives up to its name with the Classic - a thinly smashed patty is topped with New School American Cheese, caramelized onions, pickles and "Burger Sauce" on a toasted sesame seed bun. Make it a Double for $2 and add chopped chilis for an extra buck. For those with heartier appetites, the DH features a hefty 10 oz dry-aged beef patty. Get "Fancy" with Provolone cheese and garlic aioli.

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

CHINATOWN: Burgerlords

Brothers Fred and Max Guerrero launched a Burgerlords window in Chinatown’s Central Plaza in 2015 and added a Highland Park outlet in March 2019. Fred now oversees both Burgerlords locations as well as The Oinkster, following the retirement of their father Andre.

Their Vegan Cheeseburger is still one of the plant-based options in town, but with the reintroduction of meat to Burgerlords menus, the Double Cheeseburger is the star - thin, griddled patties crafted from chuck, brisket and short rib. Each burger is dressed with melted American cheese, 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.

Pregaming at Highland Park Brewery in Chinatown
Pregaming at Highland Park Brewery | Instagram: @ronjrey

CHINATOWN: Highland Park Brewery

Opened in March 2018, Highland Park Brewery has become a popular pregaming spot for Dodger fans. Located across from Los Angeles State Historic Park, the Tasting Room features a rotating list of guest taps along with HP's own award-winning beers, like the crushable Baseball Lager and the Hello LA, a 6.8% ABV West Coast IPA.

Plant-based bar bites include the Jumbo Pretzel (great with a pilsner), Chips & Queso, Pomegranate Brussels Sprouts, Poutine Tots with mushroom gravy, and the Southern Chipotle Burger with an Impossible patty, vegan cheddar, chipotle crema, frizzled onions, greens, tomato and pickles on a Röckenwagner vegan brioche bun.

Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown
Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood | Instagram: @hopwoola


If the game goes into extra innings, you can still enjoy a late night feast at Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood, a Chinatown institution that's open nightly until 1am.

Chef Yening “Lupe” Liang and his wife Judy opened the original Hop Woo in 1993 with just eight tables - they later expanded to a larger space in the same building, and then moved across the street to its current location on Broadway.

Chef Liang, who passed away in May 2022, garnered widespread acclaim for making the Hop Woo menu trilingual - English, Chinese and Spanish - a first for Chinatown. Liang was inspired by his years cooking at his uncle's restaurant in Rosarito Beach, where he met Judy.

Liang's legacy of inclusivity can be seen in the diverse groups of diners loading up Lazy Susans with Cantonese classics from the expansive menu, which spans nearly 150 items. Hop Woo thoughtfully features a plant-based section that highlights vegetarian, vegan-friendly and gluten-free dishes. Three dozen lunch and late night specials - available 11am-5pm and 9:30pm to close, respectively - offer budget-friendly options for dine-in or takeout-only on weekends.

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.

Muffuletta at Little Jewel of New Orleans in Chinatown
Muffuletta at Little Jewel of New Orleans | Instagram: @littlejewel_la

CHINATOWN: Little Jewel of New Orleans

Located a block from Philippe The Original (see below), the Little Jewel of New Orleans brings a taste of the Big Easy to Chinatown. On game day, Little Jewel stays open till 6pm and Abita beers are buy 1, get one for 25 cents.

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 Surf and Turf (roast beef and fried shrimp), fried oyster, 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.

Whole Plate Short Rib at Majordomo in Chinatown
Whole Plate Short Rib | Photo: Andrew Bezek, Majordomo

CHINATOWN: Majordomo

For an upscale dinner, book a table at Majordomo, which opened in January 2018 and is the first LA restaurant from David Chang of Momofuku fame.

Majordomo is housed in a converted warehouse on the edge of Chinatown. The stunning dining room features artwork by David Choe at the bar, Korean earthenware by Adam Field on display, and large pieces by James Jean in the private dining room.

Grouped into six sections, the seasonal menu starts with bing breads and a selection of accompaniments like Caviar, Egg Yolk & Chive; Chickpea Dip, Whipped Bone Marrow and Lady Edison Country Ham.

Recent "Snacks" include Grilled Gai Lan, Summer Squash, Fried Shrimp and Little Gem Salad with anchovy, miso and smoked trout roe. An entire meal can be created from "Noodles & Rice" dishes like Truffle Macaroni & Chickpea, Clam Lo Mein and Duck Confit Crispy Rice with stone fruit, baby leek and shiso.

Mains are designed for sharing, such as Grilled Striped Bass, Ibérico Pork, Boiled Whole Chicken, Grilled Wagyu Zabuton and Smoked Half Bo Ssäm (glazed pork shoulder with rice, Bibb lettuce, condiments).

The Whole Plate Short Rib feeds 5-6 people and is a showstopper: smoked bone-in Adam Perry Lang-style, and served with beef rice, shiso rice paper, ssamjang (Korean dipping sauce) and condiments.

French Dip with pickled eggs at Philippe the Original in Downtown LA
French Dip with pickled eggs at Philippe the Original  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

CHINATOWN: Philippe The Original

On game days, Philippe The Original is packed with fans in Dodger blue. Philippe's was opened by Philippe Mathieu in 1908 and has been at its current location on the edge of Chinatown since 1951. In Philippe's "official" version of the French Dip origin story, the classic sandwich was born when Mathieu accidentally dropped a French roll into a roasting pan filled with drippings, and the policeman who ordered the sandwich agreed to eat it anyway. He and some friends returned the next day asking for the “dipped sandwich.”

The cafeteria-style ordering hasn’t changed in decades - queue up in front of the long deli counter and order from a "Carver." The iconic sandwich can be made with roast beef, roast pork, leg of lamb, turkey or ham and is served on a French roll with several cheese options. You can ask for "single-dip," "double-dip" or "wet." Find a seat at a communal table and top your sandwich with potent hot mustard.

Focaccia Ebraica at Bacetti in Echo Park
Focaccia Ebraica at Bacetti | Photo: Katrina Frederick

ECHO PARK: Bacetti

The adage "Rome wasn't built in a day" is printed in the upper corner of the menu at Bacetti, a wink to the restaurant's arduous journey to its opening in November 2021. The gorgeous dining room was designed by Echo Park-based Stayner Architects, which took inspiration from chef Joel Stovall's rustic, Roman-style menu for the Italian-industrial interior.

Nearly every table at Bacetti ("little kisses") starts with the Focaccia Ebraica, an instant classic and a must-order - baked in rounds, dotted with currants and Taggiasca olives, and finished with rosemary and sea salt. Get two and save the second to sop up sauces. Other antipasti include Suppli (rice balls with basil, spinach, mozzarella) and "Kanapaccio" (amberjack carpaccio with ninja radish, salsa verde).

Small plates feature Gnocchi Alla Romana, Concia (blistered sunburst squash) and Bruschetta Carne Crudo (beef tartare) with capers, pickled celery and whole-grain mustard aioli. Roman trattoria staples include pastas like Tonnarelli alla Carbonara and Rigatoni all’Amatriciana; and the Capricciosa pizza with soppressata, tomato, olive, artichoke and parmigiano.

The mains are generously-portioned and ready to share - Whole Branzino, Agnello (braised lamb shank) and the Bistecca, a 10 oz prime skirt steak served with salsa verde and peewee potato al forno.

Coctel de Cameron and tacos at Bar Flores in Echo Park
Coctel de Cameron and tacos at Bar Flores | Instagram: @barflores_la

ECHO PARK: Bar Flores & Lowboy

Park Hospitality serves up a one-two punch on Sunset Boulevard with Bar Flores and Lowboy.

Every day is Taco Tuesday on the patio at Bar Flores, which offers an Asada Taco with Tecate-marinated carne asada; Pollo (chile-marinated chicken thigh), Pescado (beer-battered fried Pacific rockfish) and the vegan/gluten-free Hongos with achiote roasted king trumpet mushrooms. There's also Queso Fundido, Leche de Tigre Ceviche and Coctel de Cameron - four poached and peeled local shrimp served with fire-roasted chile verde cocktail sauce.

Downstairs from Bar Flores, Lowboy features several burgers, including the namesake Lowburger and a vegan option with Impossible patty; the Cali Burrito with carne asada; spicy chicken wings and vegan Jazzy Chili Fries.

Yellow Curry Bucatino at Button Mash in Echo Park
Yellow Curry Bucatino at Button Mash | Instagram: @eatpoltergeist

ECHO PARK: Button Mash

For a veg-friendly post-game hangout, head to Button Mash, one of LA's best barcades.

Chef Diego Argoti launched Poltergeist at Button Mash in February 2023, featuring an elevated bar menu with influences that span the globe. The menu is divided into Small, Medium and Large plates with numerous vegan options, including Green Goddess Salad, Mapo Tofu Stuffed Cabbage, and Yellow Curry Bucatino with vadouvan noodle, sweet corn curry, red walnut adjika, tomatillo zhug and palomitas (popcorn).

For the carnivores, there's Broccoli Beef Ravioli, Sticky Rice Stuffed Game Hen and Panang Lamb Neck.

Smokey Mozzarella Sticks at Cosa Buona in Echo Park
Smokey Mozzarella Sticks at Cosa Buona | Instagram: @cosabuona

ECHO PARK: Cosa Buona

Located on the prime corner of Sunset and Alvarado, Zach Pollack's Italian American eatery is known for its wood-fired pizzas (traditional and Sicilian style) and antipasti like chicken wings, meatballs and the acclaimed Smokey Mozzarella Sticks - deep-fried and served with a marinara dipping sauce. In his LA Times review of Cosa Buona, Pulitzer Prize winning restaurant critic Jonathan Gold wrote: "You have never had mozzarella sticks this crunchy or this good."

House Specials are ideal to-go orders, such as the Calzone Alla Franco (burrata, escarole, olives, capers, anchovy oil) and The Stepmother - Pollack's take on the acclaimed Bay Cities Godmother - an Italian sub sandwich with cold cuts on a house-made ciabatta roll.

Spaghetti & Meatballs at Donna's
Spaghetti & Meatballs | Photo: Donna's

ECHO PARK: Donna's

The latest from Park Hospitality, Donna's is an Italian American red sauce joint that opened in the former Adamae space in July 2023. Former Felix and Union chef Sathia Sun showcases classics like an insanely cheesy Garlic Bread, Tonnato Caesar Salad and Fried Calamari to start; Spaghetti & Meatballs, Fusilli alla Vodka, Chicken Parm, Veal Piccata and Shrimp Scampi. Be sure to save room for the Tiramisu and Cannolis!

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.

First Mate at the Lonely Oyster
First Mate at the Lonely Oyster | Instagram: @the_lonely_oyster

ECHO PARK: The Lonely Oyster

Opened by the Little Joy crew in September 2022, The Lonely Oyster specializes in sustainable raw seafood with lunch, dinner and brunch hours that are great for day and night games alike.

Dive into the menu with one of three Plateaus, which range from the Deck Hand to the First Mate and the deluxe Captain. The First Mate includes 9 oysters on the half, 6 cold smoked mussels, 6 chilled clams, 3 tiger shrimp, salmon crudo, Alma's ceviche, scallop aguachile and uni-cavi wonton (wild uni, Osetra caviar, wasabi aioli, chive).

Other raw selections include Salmon Crudo and the Surf & Turf Tartare with raw wagyu steak, roe, chive, celery, shallot, horseradish-anchovy aioli and wonton.

Beyond the raw items, there's the Lobster Roll Trio (miso-brown butter, Connecticut, Louisiana-style), Fish & Chips with New Zealand red snapper; Brown Butter Scallops, and Cioppino with shellfish, fin fish, calamari, spicy Alaskan konbu marinara and toasted sourdough.

Chicken Katsu Sando at Ototo
Chicken Katsu Sando at Ototo | Instagram: @ototo.la


Chef Charles Namba and sommelier Courtney Kaplan opened Ototo in May 2019, adjacent to their izakaya, Tsubaki. LA Times restaurant critic Bill Addison wrote in his 2022 appreciation: "If there’s a deeper list of sakes than the one at Ototo available on the West Coast, I don’t know of it." Ototo was recognized with the 2023 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine or Other Beverages Program.

Sakes are grouped into categories: Fruit + Flowers, Earth + Umami, Rice + Minerals, Delicious Weirdos and Seasonal + Nama. Kaplan features a rotating list of traditional and innovative sakes with a focus on small craft breweries (jizake). There's also Japanese beer and a wide selection of shochu.

Ototo's version of Tsubaki's Chicken Katsu Sando is made with fried jidori chicken, snowy cabbage, pickled jalapeño and tonkatsu sauce. Other drinking snacks include Soft Shell Shrimp, Hiyashi Chuka (chilled ramen salad), Nasu Tempura (eggplant skewers) and Black Pepper Tofu. Recent seasonal specials include live Santa Barbara spot prawns and Sakura Masu (ocean trout crudo, house-cured ikura, yuzu daikon, shiso, ponzu).

Red Top and Mike's Baked Onion at Quarter Sheets Pizza in Echo Park
Red Top and Mike's Baked Onion at Quarter Sheets Pizza | Instagram: @chaudownwithjenny

ECHO PARK: Quarter Sheets

Like many newer restaurants, Quarter Sheets Pizza began as a pandemic pop-up - in this case, at the Glendale home of co-founders Aaron Lindell and Hannah Ziskin. The couple opened their brick-and-mortar in January 2022 - Lindell makes the signature pan pizzas and Ziskin creates the desserts.

QS serves three styles of pizza: thick crust, available whole or by the slice; Sicilian Squares and Tomato Slices. Recent pan pizzas include Pepperoni, the Red Top (mozzarella, red sauce, grana, basil) and a seasonal special - Mike's Baked Onion with Maui onion, red onion, scallion, garlic cream, Bloomsdale spinach, serrano chili and Agrumato lemon olive oil.

The "Slab" Cake is a customer fave, made with spiced honey chiffon, Blenheim apricot preserves, lemon verbena custard, and crème fraîche. Ziskin features dessert specials like Triple Berry Cheesecake and Rainbow Sherbet with pineapple-lime, fresh passionfruit and raspberry-yuzu sherbets.

Randazzo's Famous Fish N' Chips at All Day Baby
Randazzo's Famous Fish N' Chips at All Day Baby | Instagram: @alldaybabyla


Opened by the Here's Looking at You dynamic duo of Lien Ta and chef Jonathan Whitener in November 2019, All Day Baby recently extended its hours (9am to 9pm Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-3pm Sunday) and expanded its menus - great news for Dodger fans and ADB regulars alike.

Available all day, the massive ADB Breakfast Burrito 2.0 is made with smoked longaniza sausage, refried beans, fried eggs, jack cheese, and salsa roja from HLAY's Taco Drama pop-up. All-day sandwiches include a classic BLT, Smoked White Fish Melt, LT's Hot Catfish Sandwich, Veggie Sando and the ADB Double Smashburger (available Wednesday-Friday, dine-in only).

Pre-game during Happy Hour (3-7pm, dine-in only) with Crispy Barbacoa Tacos, ADB Hot Wings, Smoked Artichoke Dip and Nachos Baegrande (chili lime tortilla chips, refried beans, pickled jalapeño, cilantro, onion, tomato, avocado crema, cheese sauce).

Offered 3-9pm, the Chef's Special features chef de cuisine Catie Randazzo's Famous Fish N' Chips - rockfish with "special sumthin’ in the batter," tartar sauce and lemon.

Chopped Cheese at Bodega Park in Silver Lake
Chopped Cheese at Bodega Park | Instagram: @thecalifoodie

SILVER LAKE: Bodega Park

In February 2022, chef-owner Eric Park pivoted his Black Hogg sandwich shop into Bodega Park, featuring a career-spanning menu that touches on his love of Italian sandwiches, LA, New York and his Korean American heritage.

The panini-style Chopped Cheese is made with certified Angus beef, American cheese, grilled onion and jalapeño, lettuce, tomato, ketchup and mayo on a pressed sesame hero roll. Other standouts include the Sopressata (Molinari Sopressata, Sharp Fontina, artichoke, arugula, red onion, mayo, aged balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper) and The Roma, inspired by Park's favorite sandwich - spicy capocollo, Sharp Fontina and olive oil.

All-day breakfast items include the Pork Bulgogi Roll (house-made spicy pork bulgogi, sliced onion, mayo, toasted roll) and the superb Aji Chicken Breakfast Burrito with Peruvian marinated roast chicken, butter scrambled egg, crispy hash browns, house aji verde sauce, melted cheddar and a side of house salsa roja.

Dishes at De Buena Planta in Silver Lake
Photo: De Buena Planta

SILVER LAKE: De Buena Planta

Heather Tierney (The Butcher’s Daughter) opened this sequel to her Venice Beach original in March 2022. The plant-based Mexican restaurant is a 5,000 square-foot tropical oasis with communal tables and colorful patio chairs. Groups can order Margaritas and Mezcalitas by the pitcher (serves 5, minimum 2 guests). DJs and live music nights add to the festive mood.

Shareable plates include Buenitas (crispy corn & queso fritters), Roasted Tomatillo Sikil Pak (traditional Mayan pumpkin seed dip) with Market Vegetable Crudité; Vegetable Cesar Salad and Nachos del Jardin. The Market Vegetables En Fuego! is a grilled seasonal veggie platter with jalapeño crema and handmade blue corn tortillas.

Tacos come two to an order - the Barbacoa is made with Slow-Roasted Chunk Foods "Steak" and Buena Seasoning, lime, cilantro and onions on corn tortillas. Other options include Al Pastor (roasted mushroom), Colifor (roasted cauliflower) and Gringa with Impossible Carné Molido.

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.

Three Cup Jidori Chicken at Pine & Crane
Three Cup Jidori Chicken at Pine & Crane | Instagram: @interestsarefree

SILVER LAKE: Pine & Crane

Vivian Ku opened her fast-casual Taiwanese restaurant, Pine & Crane at Sunset Triangle Plaza in 2014. A more spacious Downtown LA location followed in June 2022. Ku's sophomore restaurant, Joy on York, opened in trendy Highland Park in 2018. In its Bib Gourmand review of the original P&C, the Michelin Guide notes that the vibe is laid-back, but "this is a serious kitchen dedicated to Asian cuisine."

Highlights include the Beef Roll, Taiwanese Sausage, Mapo Tofu (vegan option available), Beef Noodle Soup and the classic Three Cup Jidori Chicken - Jidori leg and thigh, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine, ginger, garlic and Thai basil, served with a side of Koshihikari white rice.

Veg-friendly dishes include a rotating selection of traditional cold appetizers (Bean Curd, Lotus Root and Smashed Cucumber are gluten-free), Scallion Pancakes, Bok Choy Potstickers, Dan Dan Noodles and Wok-Tossed Basil Eggplant.

Dishes at Pijja Palace in Silver Lake
Pijja Palace | Photo: Stan Lee

SILVER LAKE: Pijja Palace

Pijja Palace was an instant hit when Echo Park native and Dodger fan Avish Naran opened the Indian sports bar in May 2022. The lively 80-seat dining room features Mid-Century furniture, flatscreens and a hip-hop playlist.

Named a Michelin Bib Gourmand, Pijja Palace serves a Desi-influenced menu that includes the Instagram fave Malai Rigatoni with creamy tomato masala and coriander; Dosa Onion Rings, Lamb Kebab Sliders with Amul cheese; and Achaari Buffalo Wings with Kashmiri red chili and garam masala, served with curry leaf Ranch or yogurt Stilton dipping sauce.

There are two house pijjas - Chutney and Green Tikka, or you can build your own with ingredients like tandoori onions, chicken tikka, kadai paneer and a choice of sauce: Northern makhani, peri peri vindaloo or white korma.

Tables can be hard to score on Resy, but the recent debut of weekend brunch - perfect for day games - offers more opportunities to experience one of LA's hottest dining destinations.