GUIDE: Los Angeles

Around the World in a Meal


    Ayara Thai Cuisine

    6245 W. 87th St.


    Cuisine: Thai


    Staying true to the theme of family, Ayara promises home-cooked Thai at its best, starting with the owner Vanda Asapahu family’s go-to Thanksgiving dish, while the rest of the menu follows suit with plenty of regional Thai favorites. READ REVIEW



    403 W. 12th St.


    Cuisine: Argentine/Uruguayan


    When they first opened, barcito was a dinner-only and full-service operation, but recently they’ve expanded their vision, adding counter service for breakfast and lunch to further cement their standing as a community hub. READ REVIEW


    Cacao Mexicatessen

    1576 Colorado Blvd.

    Eagle Rock

    Cuisine: Mexican


    The hearty platillos are what really shine, and each dish comes with a tiny pot of queso-dusted pinto beans and an Aztec pyramid of rice planted with a tiny Mexican flag. READ REVIEW


    Chinois on Main

    2709 Main St.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Asian, Fusion


    Wolfgang Puck’s family-style version of Far Eastern fare with a French-California twist is still packed on any given night. READ REVIEW



    1717 Vine St.


    Cuisine: Mediterranean


    In a neighborhood pockmarked with pizza joints, Cleo shines as a beacon of both substance and style. This desert mirage, a retro-modern spot inside the boutique Redbury hotel, promises quality, non-touristy dining at the apex of Hollywood and Vine. Entering through the dark, gold-leafed archway, you get that flutter of excitement not unlike lifting the clay top of a steaming lamb tagine. READ REVIEW



    9646 Little Santa Monica Blvd.

    Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: French, Seafood, Vietnamese


    True to its name, Crustacean offers many a shelled sea creature, but the menu also seems to include everything else, too, from sashimi and satays on down to rack of lamb and braised short ribs. READ REVIEW


    El Criollo Restaurant

    Multiple Locations:
    Van Nuys, Burbank

    Cuisine: Cuban


    With more than three decades of restaurant experience, the Sera family clearly has a handle on Cuban cuisine. Most recently, El Criollo Cuban Bar & Grill landed in Burbank, spreading the fun beyond their original Van Nuys location. At night, the sun goes down as the up-tempo music kicks in. READ REVIEW


    Fala Bar

    7751½ Melrose Ave.


    Cuisine: Middle Eastern


    Fala's all-vegan selection of salads, burgers, and plates—using 100 percent organic, locally sourced ingredients—was a hit out of the gate, and now their on a roll with a new outpost on Abbot Kinney in Venice. READ REVIEW


    Gasolina Cafe

    21014 Ventura Blvd.

    Woodland Hills

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop, Spanish


    This hotspot for grateful locals brings to southern California a unique blend of Spain crossed with the best of New California cuisine, in an environment that's ultra-casual and relaxed. READ REVIEW


    Gobi Mongolian BBQ House

    2827 W. Sunset Blvd.

    Silver Lake

    Cuisine: Barbeque


    Stuff your bowl completely full of veggies, meats, and noodles. Not only do these amazing ingredients cook down, but you’re allowed—expected even—to take your leftovers home for a killer lunch the next day. READ REVIEW