These Foodie Spots Are Perfect for a Meal With Your Pals or Your Bae

Written By: Gioia McGuire Best Central LA Restaurants

Long distance relationships can be tough, especially when living on opposite sides of LA. Luckily, the city is chock full of new and exciting eats to grab lunch or make a night out halfway between you and your bffs or your significant other. Whether you’re meeting for a quick bite or making it a date night, these spots will save you a drive.



A Piece of the Pie

Native Knowledge: Perfect for a late night snack, slices are only sold in the lobby area Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. until they run out, so make it a pit stop.

POT Pizza Joint at the Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010


You Used to Call Me on My Shell Phone

Native Knowledge: Everyday from 4 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close, oysters are just a dollar each. Score!

EMC Seafood & Raw Bar
3500 W 6th St, Ste 101
Los Angeles, CA 90020


Dish It Out

Native Knowledge: Don’t be overwhelmed by the big menu! Order from the combo list (P-1 to P-3) to try the most amount of delicious food that takes away the stress of choosing dishes a la carte.

Parks BBQ
955 S Vermont Ave, Ste G
Los Angeles, CA 90006


Get Stuffed

Native Knowledge: The seafood crepe pancake is an absolute must try, trust us.

Sun Nong Dan
3470 W 6th St, Ste 7
Los Angeles, CA 90020


Mid City

Tres, Tres Chic

Native Knowledge: Two words: Pan. Drippings. It’s exactly what it sounds like; dip your bread in it and float to heaven. Don’t think about it, just do it.  

624 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036


Grain Brain

Native Knowledge: Vegan lovers rejoice! This perfect breakfast place is natural, organic and completely vegan with a massive menu! Practically unheard of!

The Grain Cafe
4222 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019


I’ve Got Soul, But I’m Not a Soldier

Native Knowledge: The most epic soul food there ever was, this place serves up all the Southern comfort food your heart desires.

My Two Cents
5583 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019


University Park

Let’s Taco-Bout It

Native Knowledge: Bandito’s 2-for-1 happy hour cocktails Monday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. are for the perfect Taco Tuesday turn up.

Bandito’s Tacos and Tequila
900 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90037


Foodie Frenzy

Native Knowledge: It’s all about Beefsteak Sunday’s on the last Sunday of the month here, where from 5 to 10 p.m. you can feast on all-you-can-eat petite filet, fries, onion rings and an open bar for just $35. Whaaaaaat?!

Bacaro L.A.
2308 S Union Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007


You Look Brewtiful!

Native Knowledge: This is THE place for smoothies and juices. You can even create your own juice from a list of yummy fresh veggies and fruits.

Nature’s Brew Cafe
2316 S Union Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007


Beverly Grove

Sip, Sip, Hooray!

Native Knowledge: Brunch on the weekends until 3 p.m. and bacon wrapped dates. Enough said.

AOC Wine Bar
8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Global Flavor

Native Knowledge: Named after an ancient neighborhood in Tel Aviv, this international escape offers Israeli foods with tons of flavors and is perfect for trying something new or sticking to traditional culinary roots.

8048 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Ciao Ciao!

Native Knowledge: With gorgeous decor and an expansive space, this Italian spot has four different flavors of limoncello to sip and enough Italian desserts to make your mouth water.

Cal Mare
131 La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Gimme Sum of That!

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Dim sum: Food for the soul.

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Native Knowledge: A good Dim Sum place is a must and this Bao Dim Sum House is a top choice. Stop in for the awesome lunch specials and get your dumpling fill!

Bao Dim Sum House
8256 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Great to Meat You

Native Knowledge: Burgers, lobster rolls and whole lobsters live here and this brand new pop up will have your surf and turf cravings put right to bed, then re-awoken for a midnight snack, it’s that good.

Cattle & Claw Pop Up Restaurant
Beverly Blvd. & La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA, 90048

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