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
- 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.
2 in the morning got to Fatburger
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. https://yelp.com/biz/fatburger-los-angeles-21
Historic McDonalds in Downey
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
- 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
Ordering izakaya means you order many small dishes. I recommend at least try 4 dishes per person. https://www.yelp.com/biz/izakaya-hachi-torrance
Shin Sen Gumi Hakata Ramen in Gardena
A creamy ice cream made by Japanese Americans. You will notice a difference. https://www.yelp.com/biz/kansha-creamery-torrance
You can get a poke bowl anywhere in Southern California. Get ahi first if you never had it before.
Rubios Original Fish Tacos
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
Road to Seoul
Order briskett first, then get all the other meats next. https://www.yelp.com/biz/road-to-seoul-los-angeles
Sun Nong Dan
Order the Galbi Jjim. https://www.yelp.com/biz/sun-nong-dan-los-angeles-4
San Gabriel Valley – the 626
Din Tai Fung Dumpings
Order the Crispy Papa and get some garlic fried rice on the side. https://www.yelp.com/biz/salo-salo-kitchen-west-covina
Get the grilled squid, sizzling sisig, and the krispy pata.
Order the rotiserrie chicken, crispy pata, and some empanadas. https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/kikos-artesia
Spoon and Pork – Historic Filipjno Town
Order the adoble belly musubi. Also order the pork shank.
This is a chain, try at any location. Order the sweet spaghetti, chicken joy, and hamburger steak.
Every location does an Acai Bowl correct.
This is the best Cuban food outside of Miami. Get a Cubano Sandwich. Go to the original Glendale location. https://www.yelp.com/biz/portos-bakery-and-cafe-glendale
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 Food. Little Ethiopia on Fairfax
Boiling Crab in Garden Grove
Boiling Crab – get 1 dungenous crab and shrimp with the whole shabang saunce. https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-boiling-crab-garden-grove-2
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. https://www.yelp.com/biz/roscoes-house-of-chicken-and-waffles-los-angeles-3
M&Ms Soul Food in Inglewood
Get the Oxtail. https://www.yelp.com/biz/ms-bs-m-and-ms-soul-food-inglewood
Howlin Rays – The best Hot Chicken
Order slices only, don’t get a whole pie unless you want to bring it home. https://www.yelp.com/biz/bronx-pizza-san-diego
Gucci Restaurant on Rodeo in Beverly Hills
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
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. https://www.yelp.com/biz/providence-los-angeles-2