New Places to Eat in LA
When it comes to food in LA, I’m probably one of the most excited people. I love eating out in LA and I’m a self-proclaimed foodie (no shame). But really though, when it comes to eating in LA, there is just so much diversity in the area you can pretty much eat anything you want as well as it being very authentic. Ranging from Little Tokyo to Koreatown to Thai town to Little Ethiopia and of course the 626 area, the variety in ethnic foods here is astounding. Recently, I’ve been fortunate to be able to try a few new different places that I’ve truly enjoyed.
Men Oh Tokushima is a recently opened ramen joint in Little Tokyo, approximately 4 miles from campus. In this area there are many ramen joints, and the majority of them serve very authentic and tasteful ramen. But I have to admit, Men Oh probably serves one of the best in Little Tokyo. The rich pork soup is flavorful and full of umami, while the noodles soak them up perfectly. Beware though, the lines at this place may be fairly long.
One of my more recent discoveries is a hole-in-the-wall joint on 23rd street, close to Hoover. It’s pretty much still biking distance within school and the area is still very much populated with student housing. 23rd Street Cafe may not look like much on the surface but their food is very much comfort food and a very relaxing place to eat. The breakfast burrito ($6.99) is one of the best that I’ve had in the city (haven’t tried Lucky Boys yet) but this place is really a diamond in the dirt. They also serve a lot of Indian food, sometimes even combining it with Mexican (Chicken Tikka Masala Quesadillas anyone?) The Tikka Masala in the featured image is also from this restaurant.
But really, there are so many options in LA it’s sometimes difficult to choose what to eat, but one piece of advice is having a car makes your life much easier if you enjoy eating out. Public transport is available but travel time is a lot longer and often not the most pleasant experience (but still possible).