So you’ve just finished up a ride with us and are looking for some solid grub. The food scene in Los Angeles is something everyone needs to experience the right way. There is obviously no shortage of restaurants in the city, but if you’re as indecisive as I am that can actually pose a bit of a problem. Luckily for you guys, my indecisive nature means that I’ve just had to try every restaurant within a five mile radius. Here are my top restaurant recommendations around LA Fly Rides tour routes.
Breakfast and Brunch
The Farm of Beverly Hills (439 N Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90401)
My favorite spot for solid comfort food in the morning. The atmosphere here is amazing. It’s the perfect middle ground between the trendiness typically associated with Los Angeles and a homey cottage feel. You really can’t go too wrong in terms of what you pick here. They have a wide variety from healthier options like a homemade granola and yogurt bowl to more decadent I’m-on-vacation-type dishes like the Chorizo omelet (my favorite). If you’re really feeling like getting in the LA spirit, make sure to order one of their cold pressed juices.
Bru’s Wiffle — A Waffle Joint (8635 Wilshire Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90211 AND 2408 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403)
If you’re coming from the west side and looking to pack in some calories to sustain you throughout your ride, this is your spot. A pretty unassuming looking place from the outside opens to a pretty unassuming interior. But the food is incredible. For me, the chicken and waffle section of the menu is where it’s at, but they’ve got a full selection of sweet and savory waffles and other brunch food for you to choose from. Also they just added a Beverly Hills location super close to our Beverly Thrills route!
Eat This Cafe (6547 Santa Monica Blvd Hollywood, CA 90038)
The breakfast here is awesome, and the brunch is just as good, but they only have it on weekends. Get here early as there is usually a wait! Everything here just feels so homecooked. I’d go with the french toast here. It’s never too eggy and you can make it just about as sweet as you want. You could also come back here for lunch if you’d like!
Demitasse (1542 N Cahuenga Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028)
Okay, coffee snobs. Here is your spot. This place is just about as LA as it gets. I mean, they grind nutmeg on top of your artfully poured latte right in front of you. In all seriousness, this is one of the best coffee places I’ve ever been to. If you’re a newcomer to third-wave coffee, try their Nitro Cold brew. And they have great food too! Go here if you’re looking for great coffee and more of a cafe feel than a full restaurant.
Momed (233 S Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212)
I like Momed because you can choose to stuff your face or choose to eat a little healthier. This cafeteria style mediterranean eatery is great for big groups too. The Duck Schawarma is so good. Also grab some of their avocado hummus and dip something in it. Literally, I mean anything.
India’s Grill (428 S San Vicente Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048)
This place is great not just for the food and atmosphere, but for the service. The family that runs it is super nice, and all the servers all super attentive. People rave about the Chicken Tikka Masala, but I prefer the Lamb Vindaloo. Also, they give you the rice with your meal which, believe it or not, is pretty rare here! Don’t forget your naan!
Chibiscus (7361 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90046)
This place’s main focus is their ramen. If you’ve never had real ramen before, you need to try it while in Los Angeles. I recommend this place because they also have a wide variety of asian dishes if ramen turns out not to be your thing. Go for the Tonkotsu Pork Broth Ramen here.
Stout (1544 N Cahuenga Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028)
The beer selection here is great, but the burgers are even better. It’s a small space, but they move people through pretty quick. Don’t be worried if it looks packed. I usually go with the Stout burger, but I’ve also enjoyed the Six Weeker and the Truffle Shuffle. If burgers are a little too much for you, they also have a great selection of chicken sandwiches and vegetarian options. If you’re getting a veggie burger, the Bollywood is the way to go. Also, don’t forget to try some of their sauces. I think they charge you fifty cents or something, but they’re worth it.
Pizzeria Mozza (641 N Highland Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036)
How could you not stop by a famous person’s restaurant while here? Mario Batali’s pizza place is always, always packed, so make a reservation if you are looking to come here. If you want to have a better chance, sit at the bar. But the pizza is worth it. It’s often credited as the place that but LA pizza on the map. Do yourself a favor and get anything with their prosciutto on it!
Ruen Pair (5257 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90027)
You really can’t go wrong in Thai town, but this is probably the most authentic Thai comfort food I’ve ever had. Like all of LA’s best dives this place doesn’t look like there would be much going on inside. But embrace it! I promise you will not regret it. I love the roasted duck curry. If you’re feeling adventurous go for some of the meats of which you haven’t heard. For those looking for safer options they have your classic drunken noodles and pad Thai. Cash only here!
Sushi Kiyono (255 S Beverly Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90212)
Slightly removed from the really crazy expensive sushi places on Rodeo, Sushi Kiyono is up there on my list of favorite sushi spots. I usually stick to the sushi here as opposed to rolls, which is a testament to the quality of their fish. They also just have really great service here.
Da Pasquale (9749 Santa Monica Blvd Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
Another really great family run place, but Italian this time! Their bolognese is perfect. Get any pasta with that. If you’re in the mood for pizza, get the Quattro Stagioni. It’s kind of fun for the novelty of getting four pizzas in one, but is also really solid. Campione would be my second pizza choice here. It comes with this really awesome truffle oil on top. Love it.
Happy Hours and Bars
The Hudson (1114 N Crescent Heights Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90046)
You might just run into me at this happy hour. From 4-7 daily The Hudson has $4 wells, $6 specialty cocktails, and cheap beer and wine to boot. They usually are playing some sort of sport on their one TV, but it’s definitely more of a social bar. The atmosphere is lovely, it’s designed to look like a boat (Hudson river, get it?). They even built around a few trees, which gives the whole place a really rustic look.
Barney’s Beanery (8447 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069)
Great bar for catching a game or playing some after a tour. It’s a local chain that’s been around for awhile. They’ve got air hockey, basketball, table shuffleboard, and pool in the back and TV’s in the front that are usually playing whatever game is on. Great beer selection and decent cocktails, but it’s all pretty cheap, which I love. The food is basically your typical bar fare, indulge if you dare. In all seriousness, the food is decent enough though. Bring some quarters!
The Outpost (1624 Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028)
Usually a pretty low key scene during the afternoon/evening with a decent happy hour. Another great place to go watch a game if that is what you’re looking for. If I remember correctly, beer and wine are a few bucks off during happy hour. I’ve never eaten here, but it is close to plenty of great places.
So there are LA Fly rides restaurant recommendations. Got any we should add to the list? Let us know!