Monday, August 13, 2012

I Heart LA

The hubs and I officially became LA residents last December and have made an effort to embrace trying new restaurants when we do actually eat out.  Since the move I’ve received emails asking for suggestions of things to do/places to eat so I thought I’d compile a list of the not so obvious but not to miss LA goodies.  Keep in mind that my knowledge mostly revolves around the West Side and the Arts District.  Here we go and in no particular order…

1.  Little Bear – Delicious comfort food
Little Bear Ambiance

2. Church and State – Impeccable service

3. Poketo – Cutest little store ever that also happens to have been designed by the hubs!

4. The Pie Hole – Seasonal pie centric meals – yum!

5.  Handsome Coffee – Incredible coffee and atmosphere with some very cool dudes serving up the coffee

6.  Gjelina – Again atmosphere – just be sure to make a reservation more than a week in advance as this is the Abbot Kinney hot spot of the moment

7.  Three Square Bakery – Two words…pretzel bread.  Plus a dog friendly patio.
3 Square Brunch Tasting

8. The Standard Downtown Rooftop – This has always been one of my favorite spots in town.  Take in the beautiful views on a sunny Sunday afternoon while relaxing poolside.

9. Pasadena Flee Market – Definitely worth the trip!

10. A Frame – An old IHop converted into a hip little restaurant with some really good eats.  I suggest trying the corn bread chicken salad.

11. Akasha – Who doesn’t love Downtown Culver City!? 

12. Pit Fire Pizza – I might be biased since they serve dairy free pizza but honestly who doesn’t like being served drinks while waiting in line?

13. Library Ale House – Fun little Santa Monica spot

14. Brick and Mortar – Located in a Frank Ghery designed shopping center, dog friendly patio, and bloody mary bar, need I say more?

15. CafĂ© Gratitude – Vegetarians this one’s for you!

16. Wurstkuche – Sausage of all kinds. This spot is definitely for the boys!

17. Cows End – Locals hang out in Venice that is great for breakfast.  Bring cash.

18. Coolhaus – From what I hear these ice cream sandwiches are to die for.  I miss out since I can’t have dairy – bummer.

19. Unique LA – Bringing modern made in America design to the masses - love it!

Unique LA Necklace

20. First Fridays Abbot Kinney – Food truck madness.

Good food + Friends

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