The dining scene in Los Angeles has changed dramatically in the last few years. It’s like every week there’s another new fantastic restaurant you have to visit if you’re in LA.
You’ll find the best lunch restaurants for any type of food, from Vietnamese, Thai, Sushi, Middle Eastern, and plenty of Mexican restaurants. So bring your wallet and drive to the following places for some culinary delights that these new places offer.
Here are some of our favorites lunch spots in Los Angeles:
1. Cilantro Lime 2.0
Location: 247 E. Colorado St., Glendale
This is the second Cilantro Lime Mexican Restaurant in the city after the one Downtown. If you’re in this part of town, though, you no longer have to travel too far for warm tortillas packed with lots of carne asada served over crispy golden fries. You’ll also find tasty dishes like enchiladas and avocado dips as well. Great Mexican food for lunch any weekday.
2. Tennessee Hot Chicken
Location: 5133 York Blvd, Highland Park
Look for this street vendor when you’re in the mood for chicken sandwiches and tenders did Tennessee-style. This fast-food spot, Tennessee Hot Chicken got lots of dried spices along with plenty of sauce.
3. Bollywood Grill
Location: 6756 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood
Obviously you can find various types of samosas and tandoori chicken here. But then you also need to try the shrimp masala and the salmon curry.
4. Antico Café
Location: 5220 Hollywood Blvd, East Hollywood
Are you a lover of Thai food who’s also a vegetarian? That’s actually possible when you go to this place in Thai Town. You’ve got paninis filled with green stuff, along with rice noodles and some kind of “lobster”. Great spot for brunch.
5. Crimson Coward
Location: 10405 Lakewood Blvd., Downey
Nashville-style chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, and fried chicken are the main stars in this joint. You have a choice between zero heat all the way to feeling like being burned by wildfire.
6. Pinoy Diners
Location: 4901 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach
Pinoys are the nicknames for Filipinos, and their cuisine is a favorite of numerous LA foodies (especially the Pinoys themselves). Enjoy crispy pata, pancit, and lumpia at any time of the day. But you need to try the “silog” breakfasts, which means fried garlic rice with fried eggs plus meat and fish such as fried milkfish.
7. Vinh Loi Tofu
Location: 11818 South St. Ste. 101, Cerritos
This is the second Vinh Loi Tofu location after the one in the Valley, where they demonstrated the popularity of Vietnamese vegetarian dishes, and Pho bowls. The same good food menu is available.
8. OMMA Rice N Chicken
Location: 720 N. Lake Ave., Ste. 8, Pasadena
This has replaced Slaw Dogs, though you can still enjoy classics from the old menu like the Chicago-style hotdogs. But you also have lots of Korean classics here. Try the bibimbap or even Spam fried rice.
9. Oceana Seafood
Location: 3201 S. Hoover St., Ste. 1845, University Park
Hankering for seafood? Come to Oceana Seafood, and try the poke and lobster rolls, along with the grilled fish and fish tacos.
10. Ling Ho Chinese Cuisine
Location: 3500 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 203, Korea Town
Yes, it’s in Koreatown and this restaurant, Ling Ho, serves American-Chinese cuisine. In LA, that’s par for the course. Try the mushroom chicken and crab rangoons, along with fried rice.
11. Toby’s Latin Grill
Location: 222 South Citrus St., West Covina
The foodies in western San Gabriel Valley love this place, Toby’s Latin Grill, especially those with pan-Latin tastes. You’ve got cubanos, croquetas, and the tasty empanadas, along with pasties stuffed with guava and cheese. A great spot for those craving for Latin American taste.
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12. Curry Time
Location: 11635 Valley Blvd. Suite C, El Monte
Come here, Curry Time, and then immediately order the house-made roti and naan. But of course, you can still add samosas, along with tandoori and biryani for those with a large appetite for Indian cuisine. Another great Indian lunch spot.
13. Mr. Right Noodles
Location: 288 S. San Gabriel Blvd., Ste. 102, San Gabriel
It’s like you can’t walk a block in San Gabriel without finding a place where they specialize in noodles. But this place, Mr. Right Noodles, is a favorite for their hot and sour broth and glass noodles. After these dishes, pick up some milk tea while you relax.
14. LA Brisket
Location: 736 N. Broadway, Chinatown
If you’re new to the area you may need a bit of effort to find LA Brisket, amidst the teeming crowds and shops. Still, once you’ve found it you’ll want to come back for the ribs pulled pork, chicken, and brisket. Try the brisket sandwiches first.
15. Ô Gourmet French Café & Bakery
Location: 4621 East 2nd St., Long Beach
Who says French cuisine is expensive in LA? Come here, O Gourmet French Cafe & Bakery for some Parisian delights, with crepes, pastries, and sandwiches. A great inexpensive for great food in LA. Grab some ice cream on your way out.
16. Hell’s Chicken
Location: 8666 Foothill Blvd., Sunland
Hell’s Chicken is where you go to in the San Fernando Valley for some Nashville spicy chicken, with varying degrees of spiciness. The ultimate level of hot here will be like what you imagine hellfire feels like.
17. The Kickin’ Crab
Location: 6122 W Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
The Kickin’s Crab, a great spot for some delicious Cajun seafood dishes. This Vietnamese joint is also known for great treats such as garlic noodles and coconut sea snails.
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18. RibTown B.B.Q.
Location: 2125 West Jefferson Blvd., Jefferson Park
This mobile eatery, RibTown BBQ, can be found only on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning at 11 AM. They specialize in ribs and rib tips, along with pulled pork and chicken.
19. Crispy School
Location: 526 S. Occidental Blvd., Westlake
As the name of the place, Crispy School should tell you, the food here is all about deep-fried temptations. You’ve got various burger options, along with chicken tenders, fish and chips, and some funnel cakes.
20. Aduke’s African Cuisine
Location: 6118 West Pico Blvd., Mid-City
The Aduke’s African Cuisine was so popular as a catering service that they just set up shop here on Pico. Whether you’re adventurous (or homesick if you’re of African origins), you need to try the sauteed cow skin with plantains, yam porridge with spinach, and the classic Ghanaian Jollof rice.
21. Chicks ‘N Cows
Location: 7233 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga
Despite the seemingly un-PC name, it’s actually about chicken and burgers at Chicks ‘N Cows. If you want full value for your money, get the $15 special. It includes a double smashed burger and a hot chicken sandwich with your choice of side dish.
22. The Dragon & Meeple
Location: 3742 S Flower St., Exposition Park
A visit to The Dragon & Meeple isn’t really about the food (which is actually not bad), but about the board games. That’s because there are 600 of these you and your friends can play with. But these are more fun when you also try their full selection of wine and craft beers.
Location: 3470 West 6th St., Koreatown
After you’re done with dinner elsewhere and you don’t want to go home, try some late-night adventures at this deli. It’s open till 2:30 AM except on Sundays when they close up at 1AM. Here you can enjoy some Korean stews and yakitori to go with beer and soju.
24. Chello Persian Café
Location: 20905 Lassen St., Chatsworth
Just how hungry are you for some Persian cuisine? You can find out at this all-you-can-eat buffet. You start with jeweled rice, then pick from the grilled kebabs and stewed veggies. The people behind the counter are nice and informative, so ask them what each item is all about.
25. HiroNori Craft Ramen
Location: 163 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena
There’s no doubting the popularity of HiroNori Craft Ramen. This Japanese restaurant already have locations in San Diego, Santa Clara, Long Beach, and Irvine. At least Pasadena residents don’t have to go far to get their fill of ramen. Visit and then order the tonkotsu (pork) ramen.
26. E.A.T. Bistro
Location: 8168 Garvey Ave., Ste. B, Rosemead
This place, E.A.T. Bistro offers the kind of Brit-Chinese fusion that you might find in Hong Kong. Special faves here include prime rib with corn niblets and baked spaghetti Bolognese.
27. Rock House Sliders
Location: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City
Now the Westside can also enjoy the mini burgers in this 2nd location for Rock House Sliders. While lettuce, pickles, and cheese are of course available as toppings, the more adventurous can go with mint chutney and tempura crumbs as additional toppings.
28. Chun La Hao Chong Qing Hot Pot
Location: 5701 Rosemead Blvd., Temple City
Here you have a menu that a restaurant in Beijing might carry, which should please the fans of Sichuan-style hot pots. You get to pick from 5 different soup bases, and then you have several dozen mix-ins to choose from. Your options include boneless duck feet and bullfrog, which makes this rather unique.
29. Mona’s Kitchen
Location: 18970 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana
Mona Kalout is all about Lebanese food, and here she offers namoura (semolina cake), makanek (sausages), hummus topped with meat and pine nuts.
30. The Cove
Location: 12209 Norwalk Blvd., Norwalk
Looking for Cajun-style seafood in Norwalk? Here in The Cove, you have fried baskets of shrimp and catfish. Then you have snow crab, shrimp, and crawfish boiled by the pound.
Location: 818 Mariscos, 7900 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys
Those hunting for Mexican-style seafood need to come here to Catch, where the micheladas are truly divine. Then ask for the cocteles, tacos, and tostadas.
32. Tasty Box
Location: 269 S. Diamond Bar Blvd., Diamond Bar
Tasty Box is a casual and contemporary eatery that provides you with Hong Kong-style BBQ. Pick any of the roasted meats, then get some rice plates and noodle soups.
Location: 4150 McGowen St., Unit 13, LBX Complex, East Long Beach
Want to eat the best tapas (small plates) in Long Beach, check out Amorcito, and order the charred Brussels sprouts, and also the fantastic potato taquitos. Sit back and enjoy—and then come back.
34. Titas of Manila Filipino Kitchen
Location: 2532 S Azusa Ave., West Covina
In the Philippines, the “Titas” are aunts who will spoil you with food when you visit Titas of Manila Filipino Kitchen. The typical Pinoy fare here include a type of beef jerky dipped in vinegar called beef tapa, and deep-fried pork belly called lechon kawali.
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Chicken insasal (“grilled chicken”) is a Filipino dish in which chicken is marinated in a mixture of calamansi, pepper, coconut vinegar and annatto, then grilled while basted with the marinade. Our version is served with fried rice and veggies! Come try it this weekend at @626nightmarket! 🍗
These are just some of the new restaurants as of April 24, 2019. Visit each one now, because as May and June arrive with new eateries coming up like delicious mushrooms.