The Southern California Food List from a Local

Southern California is foodie haven. You can find the best burgers, best tacos, and every kind of ethnic food.

Visit the Original In-N-Out

A Visit to the Original In-N-Out Replica in Baldwin Park
  • Get it in Baldwin Park at the original location. Get a cheese burger no onions, animal fries, and Lemon-Up Drinks.
  • Go to the replica location on the other side of the freeway to take some great pictures and see what it was like to order a burger in the 1950s. Historic McDonalds in Downey.
  • Take a tour of In-N-Out University next to the restaurant.
In-N-Out University in Baldwin Hills

2 in the morning got to Fatburger

His Magesty, the Kingburger Supreme at Fatburger. : burgers

Order the king burger with everyone on it. The original burger doesn’t have as much meat hanging outside of the bun. Visit the Fatburger in Baldwin Hills if you want to experience it like Ice Cube did.

Historic McDonalds in Downey

Downey, California - Oldest McDonald's Restaurant HD (2016) - YouTube
McDonalds in Downey on Lakewood Blvd.

This is what it was like to go to McDonalds in the 1950s when you order at the window stand.

Carne Asada Fries from Cotixan in San Diego

Cotixan Mexican Food - Takeout & Delivery - 414 Photos & 795 Reviews -  Mexican - 4370 Genesee Ave, Clairemont, San Diego, CA - Restaurant Reviews  - Phone Number - Yelp
Carne Asada Fries
  • San Diego  – El Cotixan 
  • Carne Asada Burritos
  • Keep the hot sauce on the side

Carne Asada Tacos from Taco Del Rio in La Puente

  • Taco Del Rio La Puente
  • Ask for carne asada tacos especial

Japanese Food in Torrance and Gardena

Salmon Roe from Izakaya Hachi in Torrance.  

Ordering izakaya means you order many small dishes. I recommend at least try 4 dishes per person.

Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen in Gardena

Photo of Shin-Sen-Gumi Hakata Ramen-Gardena - Gardena, CA, United States. Set G (chicken bowl not shown)

Kansha Creamery

KANSHA CREAMERY, Gardena - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number -  Tripadvisor

A creamy ice cream made by Japanese Americans. You will notice a difference.


Ahi Poke: The Simple Hawaiian Dish That's Best Made at Home | Serious Eats

You can get a poke bowl anywhere in Southern California. Get ahi first if you never had it before.

Rubios Original Fish Tacos

Coastal Inspired Fresh Mexican Food | Rubio's

There are several Rubios locations throughout Southern California. It is a chain. Find the one closest to you and try the original fish taco.

Korea Town (K-Town)

BCD Tofu House

BCD Tofu House Founder Hee Sook Lee, Who Helped Put Korean Food on the Map,  Has Died - Eater LA

Road to Seoul

Road To Seoul Reviews: Food & Drinks in California Los Angeles–

Order briskett first, then get all the other meats next.

Sun Nong Dan

galbi jjim

Order the Galbi Jjim.

San Gabriel Valley – the 626

Mama Lu’s

Forget the other location, just come here - Review of Mama Lu Dumpling  House Mp, Monterey Park, CA - Tripadvisor

Din Tai Fung Dumpings

Din Tai Fung, Asia's best-loved dumpling, heading to Europe | CNN Travel

Filipino Food

Salo Salo


Order the Crispy Papa and get some garlic fried rice on the side.

Gerry’s Grill

Get the grilled squid, sizzling sisig, and the krispy pata.


Photo of Kiko's - Artesia, CA, United States. Rotisserie chicken

Order the rotiserrie chicken, crispy pata, and some empanadas.

Spoon and Pork – Historic Filipjno Town


Order the adoble belly musubi. Also order the pork shank.


No Need To Get "Butthurt" Over No Joy For Jollibee | The Bureau

This is a chain, try at any location. Order the sweet spaghetti, chicken joy, and hamburger steak.

Acai Bowl

BEST Acai Bowl Recipe (with Tips!) | Downshiftology

Every location does an Acai Bowl correct.


Cubano (Cuban Sandwich) – Porto's Bakery

This is the best Cuban food outside of Miami. Get a Cubano Sandwich.  Go to the original Glendale location.

Hot Dog on a Stick

Home – Hot Dog on a Stick

Get a cheese stick, pepper jack with a cherry lemonade.  This is chain. Order at any food court in the mall. I like the Redono Beach location on the pier the best.

Eythiopian FoodLittle Ethiopia on Fairfax

Photo of Messob - Los Angeles, CA, United States


Boiling Crab in Garden Grove

The Whole Shabang Shrimp (Boiling Crab Style) Recipe by Minda - Cookpad

Boiling Crab – get 1 dungenous crab and shrimp with the whole shabang saunce.

Golden Deli in San Gabriel



Philippe the Original – French Dip sandwich 


East Side Deli – Italian Sandwiches


Roscoes Chicken and Waffles


Get the Chicken and Waffles.

M&Ms Soul Food in Inglewood

Local Guides Connect - Soul Food - Oxtails...a classic southern U.S.A.  di... - Local Guides Connect

Get the Oxtail.

Howlin Rays – The best Hot Chicken

Column: Many in Chinatown have never tried its most popular restaurant, so  I brought the food to them - Los Angeles Times

Bronx Pizza 

Photo of Bronx Pizza - San Diego, CA, United States. Front door and counter.

Order slices only, don’t get a whole pie unless you want to bring it home.

Extraordinary Desserts

Extraordinary - Picture of Extraordinary Desserts, San Diego - Tripadvisor

Gucci Restaurant on Rodeo in Beverly Hills

Photo of Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura - Beverly Hills, CA, United States. Outside entrance. Small Door in the center

Go the Rodeo Dr and make a reservation at the Gucci Restaurant. This restaurant is at the Gucci store on Rodeo drive.

Providence in Hollywod

Photo of Providence - Los Angeles, CA, United States. Side of building next to the valet

The fanciest dinner you can have is the 14 or more course meal at Providence in Hollywood. When I went there, you can expect to sit down and be server food for 3 hours or more. You won’t be disappointed.

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