Certain occasions call for drinks in a cavernous, slightly seedy bar, and Southland residents have plenty of such watering holes to choose from. In some, beer prices are as low as the lights and frozen burritos popped in the microwave count as dinner.
“From the Soil to your Soul” is the tag line of My Two Cents, a kitchen on Pico Boulevard with a knack for Southern dishes and a notably friendly staff. The Creole shrimp and corn grits are hard to pass up on a first visit, but so is the fried chicken, and both are served with quinoa hush puppies and a side of your choice.
According to Chowhound member K K, the ideal plate of chow fun has tender beef and fresh noodles tinged just the right shade of brown from their brief swim in soy sauce. Beyond that, personal preference prevails, from those who prefer a greasier order to diners who require the addition of chile sauce. What kitchen makes the best order of chow fun in LA? Weigh in on Chowhound.
From pastry and bread master Hans Röckenwagner comes this eponymous new café, where seasonal dishes mingle with extraordinary desserts by pastry chef Cesar Bermudez. Early hits include the hearty vegetable soup made with market veggies, grilled octopus over Austrian red cabbage, and brick chicken with citrus mashed potatoes.
The Culver City boom continues with the opening of East Borough, a kitchen specializing in upmarket Vietnamese street eats. The lunch menu plays it straight with sandwiches and noodles, from dac biet banh mi to grilled pork buns. At dinner, small plates and mains like banh xeo (Vietnamese crêpe) with Dungeness crab and lamb ribs in a tamarind glaze take the lead.
As if crispy fried potatoes weren’t deliriously delicious already, the team at Amor y Tacos in Cerritos has gone above and beyond the typical potato side dish, topping tater tots with their house-made, 21-ingredient mole, plus queso fresco, cilantro, onion, and sour cream (pictured). The tots “may be one of the most crave-worthy things I’ve eaten,” says Chowhound member ipsedixit. Ignore your waistline and go all in with an order of Doritos chilaquiles.
Chicago wiener seller Budacki’s Drive In has opened a Los Angeles location near Exposition Park, and the shop’s prices are sure to draw hungry (and thrifty) folks to the yard—one hound enjoyed a dog, a beef sandwich, fries, and a drink for just eight bucks.