I agree with my friends at Lucky Peach. Los Angeles is the best eating city in America. But for those who visit our sprawling metropolis, and sometimes for those of us who live here, deciding where to eat can be overwhelming. So I talked to the some of the people who make this food scene so great—the farmers’ market vendors, the taqueria owners, and many more—to find out where they go off the clock.
Beef tartare and ribs with a Southeast Asian twist.
A magical taco assembly line of grills and folding tables set up under two pop-up tents.
Where Kiernan Shipka gets her bibimbap fix.
Sandwiches and salads and a side of poetry.
Mexican food before it was regionalized, personalized, and cooked by the young and hip.
Want spirulina and chlorella in your mint-chip smoothie? Kiernan Shipka knows just the spot.
Some of the best Korean barbecue in LA.
A great spot for Yucatecan food tucked away in a cool mercado.
The best railcar-themed steakhouse with mediocre food.
Become a tlayuda convert at this Venice taco truck.
Is there anything more LA than an incredible sushi restaurant in an old chili bowl?
Mexican breakfast done right.
The best kabobs in all of Glendale.
Pure Southern comfort.
A huge Lebanese restaurant that always turns into a party.
They do burritos and they do them well.
Brownie batter in a waffle iron, enough said.
Jessica Koslow's pick for vegetarian Indian food.