8 Fall-Inspired Dishes That Are Worthy of a ‘Gram

From Bougie Mac and Cheese to a Pumpkin Milkshake, The Phone Eats First When It Comes to These Fall Dishes 

Sure, we might not get a leaves-crunching fall in Southern California, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get a cozy food season with belly-warming dishes. These eight SoCal restaurants bring a whole new meaning to comfort food with decadent eats that’ll keep you warm from the inside out. From soups served in sourdough bread bowls to creamy pumpkin milkshakes, you’ll want to slurp up all the fall vibes at these cozy eateries. And don’t worry, even though they are comforting, they are all photo-worthy dishes that are perfect for posting on the ‘Gram this season. Most Instagrammable Dishes SoCal


Whitestone Restaurant

Must-Order Dish: Bougie Mac and Cheese

Ideal for date night, Whitestone serves modern yet eclectic American cuisine and is located on PCH in Dana Point. To really impress, order the latest addition to the Whitestone menu—Bougie Mac N Cheese. The noodles come tossed in homemade truffle mac sauce, tossed with decadent lobster meat, fresh shaved black truffles ($600 a pound!) and topped with white sturgeon caviar. Not only that, but this magnificent dish is served alongside a Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label brut champagne—can’t call it bougie without a little Veuve! You can only imagine how delicious this decadent dish is, now go see for yourself.

Location: Dana Point

Most Instagrammable Dishes SoCal

Patxi’s Pizza

Must-Order Dish: Deep-Dish Chicken Fajita Pizza

Located on Figueroa St, Patxi’s Pizza brings a taste of Chicago to SoCal with its deep-dish Chicken Fajita pizza made with chicken, dry rub seasoning, red onions, white onions green bell peppers, cilantro, jalapeños and tomatoes on homemade crust. This pie is the ultimate comfort food with its gooey strands of cheese dripping from each slice (which make it perfect for slo-mo videos). Expect an ambiance as cozy as the food—think exposed brick walls and tufted leather sofas—that conjure a quintessential autumn mood.

Location: Downtown Los Angeles

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Slater’s 50/50

Must-Order Dish: Pumpkin Milkshake and Thanksgiving Burger

Move over PSLs—Slater’s pumpkin milkshake is a better contender for our favorite fall-themed drink! This over-the-top dessert is capped with a graham-cracker rim and whipped cream, caramel sauce and a slice of pumpkin pie. Your followers will definitely be commenting *heart eyes*! Fully embrace fall festivities by pairing it with the limited-time Thanksgiving Burger (launching Nov. 1), a foray into holiday decadence dripping with turkey gravy, housemade cranberry sauce and garlic and sage aioli. Slater’s boasts a casual sports-bar atmosphere, and locals will tell you to stop by for the $10 lunch specials. 

Locations: Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Diego

Most Instagrammable Dishes SoCal

Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers

Must-Order Dish: Barney’s Voodoo Burger

Barney’s Voodoo Burger is one of LA’s best-kept secrets. A simple bun yields a savory and spicy confection of provolone, blue cheese, bacon and sauteed mushrooms, adorned by the infamous Voodoo sauce, which kicks the heat up a few notches. Barney’s channels irresistible burger-place vibes with classic, casual furnishings that invite guests to unwind and savor one of their gourmet burgers while admiring the wall lined with famed accolades. Dietary preferences? The bun can be swapped for a gluten-free one, and Beyond meat can be subbed for the patty. We’re even more excited for their new location opening up in posh Calabasas Commons this fall!

Locations: Brentwood, Santa Monica



Must-Order Dish: Falafel Pita Burger

Daphne’s is a testament to bright, nourishing Mediterranean cuisine in a casual, no-frills atmosphere. And the vegetarian-friendly falafel pita burger, made with chickpea falafel, crisp red cabbage and delicious feta cheese on a fluffy, warm pita is the ideal balance between satisfying cravings and getting in your veggies. For a full culinary departure to the Greek islands, round out your meal with spanakopita or sweet baklava.

Location: Pasadena, Tustin, Irvine, Redondo Beachv

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The Albright

Must-Order Dish: New England Clam Chowder Soup

The Albright is a Santa Monica restaurant offering fresh (and we mean fresh) seafood on the pier since 1977. Their New England clam chowder soup is rich and creamy and perfectly suited for a sourdough bread bowl—if you’d prefer to eat it while strolling along the beach, it can be taken to go. However, the best way to experience The Albright is by enjoying one a lobster roll at their open-air restaurant while listening to the waves crash against the pier. Be sure to peruse their wine list: husband-and-wife duo Yunnie and Greg Morena have a generous selection, including farmers market sangria.

Location: Santa Monica


Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse

Must-Order Dish: Whole Lobster

Whether you’re downtown for a concert or game, or you call this part of Los Angeles home, make a dinner reservation at Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse for an elegant, mouth-watering meal. Get comfortable in the brown leather booths situated against the funky blue walls before deciding what to order. Well, we’ve got you covered and you need to go straight for the lobster. Straight from the icy waters of Maine, the 2.5 pound whole grilled lobster is served with poached claws and knuckles. Choose two sides (the potato gratin is a must) and an N+S Martini to go with it all. That someone special will be swooning!  

Location: Downtown Los Angeles 

Most Instagrammable Dishes SoCal

The Draycott

Must-Order Dish: Caviar and Dip 

Situated in the picturesque area of the Palisades Village, The Draycott is a bright and vibrant brasserie offering modern European vibes (after all, it’s created by Ladies of London star, Marissa Hermer and her husband Matt Hermer). While just about everything on their menu is aesthetically pleasing (plus the pink and colorful interior), their caviar and dip is a must-order, treat yourself item. It’s made with osetra sturgeon caviar, creme fraiche and house made blinis. Pile up a blini and snap a pic, this elevated dish will make others wish they were here!  

Location: Pacific Palisades 


Photography Provided By: Palm & Ocean

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