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July 27, 2022

My Go-To Places to eat in LA

I spent the past year living in LA, and quite honestly didn’t save a penny. During my time there, I ate through far too many restaurants in LA for only having lived there one year.

Here are my go-to places to eat: 

Breakfast

Bagels and coffee from Courage Bagels in Los Angeles
"Run it through the garden" from Courage Bagels

Courage Bagels 
Yes, I wear their hat while I walk around San Diego questioning if a bachelor's degree is a good enough reason to live so far away from their bagels.


Verve Coffee Roasters 

I lived on the corner of their 3rd and Crescent Heights location and it’s safe to say that their avocado toast is what got me up in the morning. 


Brunch:

Bottega Louie 

The first time I went to Bottega Louie was when I was 14 and flew to LA from San Francisco to see One Direction (I wonder why too). Their smoked salmon eggs Benedict tied with Louis Tomlinson for my first love. 

Lunch

Breadlam

Charcuterie boards in Sandwich form- that's all I have to say.

Get the Geary sandwich & don’t think twice about the duck liver pate.

Dinner (Where most of my knowledge lives):

Ysabel

Ysabel is my go-to celebration and date night spot & another perfect LA joint for sharing plates. Don’t pass up on their spicy tuna tartare, wagyu yakitori, and hamachi sashimi. If you’re lucky, you might even run into Harry Styles. 

Laurel Hardware

Laurel hardware is ⅓ of the Santa Monica Blvd holy trinity (with Delilah and Employees Only) and gets its name (and store front) from the hardware store that previously occupied the space. You can honestly skip out on their main entrees and focus on share plates. Their patio is arguably one of the best in Los Angeles, as are their cocktails, which makes it a perfect 1st stop for a Santa Monica Blvd bar crawl.

Bodega Wine Bar

THE place to pretend you are a wealthy Santa Monica wine mom (mine and every 21 year olds dream living in LA). If you order the bacon wrapped dates to pair with your Zin, I’ll love you forever. 

Escuela

Not many places in LA serve crispy potato tacos while their owner is passing around a tray of tequila shots. I met Taco here while eating a taco, and then I was hooked (mostly because I have a crush on his girlfriend). If you love a side of skater boys and influencers with your food, this is the spot for you.

Elote, Chips and Guacamole from Escuela

Bacari

While my typical Bacari location is W 3rd, their Silverlake spot that opened weeks before I moved stole my heart. This is the ideal place for cocktails and sharing plates, and my go-to restaurant to take friends when they’re visiting.

Osteria La Buca 

Their carbonara was my go-to comfort meal after a long day at work. 

Johnny’s Pastrami

Johnny’s pastrami is an old school pastrami shop on W Adams with a speakeasy in the back. Pop in for a few drinks and once you’re feeling good, hop in line for the best fried chicken sandwich and pastrami you’ve ever had.  & don’t be embarrassed to Shazam every song the DJ plays, because most people in there are doing the same thing. 

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