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8 Dishes You Must Try When Visiting L.A.

Los Angeles is known for its year-round nearly perfect weather, the star-studded neighborhoods throughout the city, and, of course, the food. This city is one of the melting pots of culture in the United States. Therefore, there is no doubt that the offering of dishes in Los Angeles is unique and diverse enough to satisfy any craving.

As you explore the city, you will begin to see that the restaurants of Los Angeles have as much personality as the people who live there. From familiar favorites to special treats, this list will show you all the dishes you must try when visiting Los Angeles!

In-N-Out’s Double-Double

If you have ever visited California before, you have surely heard of In-N-Out Burger. Although the fast food chain is no longer exclusive to this state alone, it is nearly impossible to visit the Golden State without having at least one meal from the iconic burger joint.

The double-double is a delicious burger with two slices of cheese and two meat patties. And is, by far, the most popular item on the menu. In addition, you could order a side of fries and a chocolate shake with your meal. That way, you will enjoy the same fast food locals and tourists wait in line for every day in sunny Los Angeles.

Double Double (Animal Style)

Honey Lavender Ice Cream

L.A. has a lot of assorted ice cream flavors that may seem unusual compared to the standard grocery store variety. But out of the bunch, honey lavender stands out as one of the best. The creamy light-purple treat is so tasty, you’ll be craving it by the pint.

There are no surprises here, the flavor profile is exactly what the name says: honey and lavender. It is a mystery why this combination has not risen to popularity yet. The sweetness of the honey with the floral tones of the lavender is the perfect match. They make for a refreshing and delicate scoop of ice cream that can be found in West Hollywood.

Short Ribs

If you’re heading to L.A., you will find short ribs on plenty of menus throughout the city. Short ribs can be braised, barbecued, and even put in tacos in Los Angeles.

Beef short ribs are typically a well-liked dish found in Korean cooking. That’s why in L.A. you can find several Korean barbecue restaurants in Koreatown with tender and savory short ribs that fall right off the bone. However, if you’re looking for something a little different, try your short ribs on a corn tortilla with cilantro and slaw or in a grilled cheese with sun dried tomatoes.

Short Ribs

Breakfast Burrito

This southwestern dish is a breakfast staple for locals on the go. Standard ingredients of a morning burrito include eggs, cheese, and potatoes all wrapped into a tortilla. Nonetheless, wander into any L.A. breakfast hotspot, and you can get something a little more special.

Chorizo and avocado are a few ways this city’s restaurants are adding a twist to this recipe. On the other hand, some places even add pico de gallo and steak to the mix. However you like your burrito for breakfast, you can find a great tasting meal for inexpensive prices all around town.

Mmm... breakfast burrito

Fried Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a common ingredient used to replace Buffalo wings, pizza crust, and mashed potatoes, but you’ve never seen cauliflower like this before. Fried cauliflower is not quite a healthy meal but isn’t junk food either. It is delicate and light, yet so addicting you’ll be munching them out like they were a bag of chips.

The crispy outside is reminiscent of fried calamari, and the taste makes for a passable imitation without the fishy flavor. It’s a nearly guilt-free delight that comes with a side of sauce in Studio City.

Pink’s Chili Dog

TAKEAWAY: To share a culinary experience with some of Hollywood’s greatest celebrities, have a chili dog at Pink’s. This restaurant has been feeding Los Angeles residents since 1939, and they have definitely perfected the recipe in that time.

Try a classic chili dog covered with onions, mustard, and chili, or take on some of the variations on the original that has made Pink’s famous for all these years. There is no question why this restaurant calls itself a “Hollywood legend:” they serve chili dogs named after famous people, places, and movies.

Pinks Hot Dogs, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California

Tonkotsu Ramen

Ramen is originally a Japanese noodle soup that has found its way to the City of Stars. There is no shortage of top quality ramen restaurants throughout Los Angeles. And it is almost certain they will all be serving a piping hot bowl of tonkotsu ramen.

Tonkotsu ramen is made with a pork-based broth that is boiled for hours. Once it’s cooked, it is often topped with thick cuts of juicy pork. The broth is a bit creamy and mixes well with the soft texture of the ramen noodles. A few additions you can incorporate to this noodle soup are boiled eggs and green onion.

Fish Tacos

California is known for its amazing seafood and great Mexican food, so it only makes sense that the two would be combined to create one killer snack. Shrimp is a popular filling for these tacos, but you can also have white fish like pollock and tilapia.

Whether you prefer it fried or grilled, be sure to add tomato salsa and a squirt of lime juice to fully enjoy the tangy flavor of fresh fish in a warm corn tortilla. Head over to Venice Beach or Monterey Park for an authentic taco.

Mmm... fish tacos

Los Angeles is a place full of diverse sights and contrasting food. Whatever you are craving, there will be a restaurant waiting to serve you a unique take on old favorites as well as soon to be favorites.

If you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even dessert, you are sure to find something you like in the City of Angels. Keep your eyes open wherever you go, and you might just find yourself sitting next to a celebrity dining on one of these amazing places!

About Alison Whittington

Alison Whittington is a recent graduate, completing her B.A. in writing, rhetoric, and technical communications with a double minor in book arts and Asian studies at James Madison University. Aside from writing, her passions include watching Netflix, eating pizza, and petting as many dogs as possible.

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