Note: Los Angeles is huge and has crazy traffic. Map out your restaurant choices accordingly.
Daikokuya (Japanese Ramen)
4 stars, ~2200 reviews!, $$
Wait time is long…. Get a combo with the Daikokuya ramen with pork over rice. Located right in Little Tokyo
Din Tai Fung Dumpling House (Chinese Dumplings)
4 stars, ~1600 reviews, $$
The best Xiao Long Bao dumplings! I also recommend the Pork and Crab dumplings. Also long wait time.
4 stars, ~1300 reviews, $$
Only place I know of that serves macaron ice cream sandwiches.
Langer’s Delicatessen (Sandwiches)
4.5 stars!, ~1000 reviews, $$
Thick pieces of steak-like pastrami in big sandwiches. Get #44 pastrami sandwich with sauerkraut. It’s a $14.50 sandwich, but well worth it.
Diddy Riese Cookies
4.5 stars!, ~2000 reviews, $
Near UCLA, the place to get cookies
Porto’s Bakery (Latin America, Bakeries)
4.5 stars, ~1500 reviews, $
Potato balls and cheese rolls, nuff said.
The Boiling Crab (Cajun/Creole)
4 stars, ~1100 reviews, $$
Super long lines… You can order shrimp, crawfish, crab, etc. by the pound. Get it with the whole Sha-Bang sauce! It will come out in a bag and you happily eat with your hands.
Savoy Kitchen (Singaporean)
4 stars, ~1000 reviews, $
Hainan Chicken Rice $6.75 FTW! Cash only, you can also order to go if it’s packed.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles (Southern)
4 stars, ~1000 reviews, $$
Famous place for, you guessed it, Chicken and Waffles! An LA Legend that is over-hyped, but you can at least say you’ve been here.