Californian celeb chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are known for their successful TV series Too Hot Tamales and the new Tamales’ World Tour. The two Sues also run the award-winning Border Grill restaurant in Santa Monica and have written four cookbooks. Here, they pick their favourite LA food haunts.
I love K-town for the variety in Korean restaurants and shops. The blood sausage at 8th Street Soondae, Kobawoo for chilled pork, and Park’s BBQ are all favourites.
Meals By Genet on Fairfax (Little Ethiopia)
Genet prepares wonderful Ethiopian dishes such as doro wat and foul, perfect for scooping up with injera flat bread. There are also plenty of options for vegetarians.
Aris Natural Foods
Found at local farmers’ markets such as Downtown LA, San Pedro and Sherman Oaks, Aris makes sheep’s milk yoghurt in delicious flavours such as plum and fig!
Sambar in Culver City
This place has a really interesting menu inspired by India. The food is full of flavour and I just love Akasha (chef/owner) and her husband, Alan Shulman.
Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery in Santa Monica
This deli serves one of LA’s most famous sandwiches, The Godmother, made with prosciutto, ham, capicola, mortadella, Genoa salami and provolone cheese. It’s the perfect beach picnic item and we love to spend the day playing in the waves and working off those irresistible calories.
Grand Central Market in Downtown LA
Downtown LA is a hotspot right now, especially at Grand Central Market where there are tons of affordable yet delicious food options: falafel at Marcapra and a super high-quality butcher, Bel Campo, to yummy, traditional pupusas at Sarita’s (there for decades) and cheeses from DTLA Cheese.
ROC Kitchen on Sawtelle
I live on the Westside and often satisfy my craving for great Taiwanese-style soup dumplings here.
K-Zo sushi restaurant in Culver City
The restaurant offers a private booth with a stainless-steel, beaded curtain that we always reserve for family birthdays and homecomings. It’s our favourite table in LA.
I’m such a fan of Coolhaus and their architecturally-inspired ice-cream sandwiches. If you’re craving ice-cream and can’t find the truck, they also have two shops in the LA area in Pasadena and Culver City.
Veronica’s Kitchen in Inglewood
This is a fantastic Nigerian restaurant, which serves amazingly yummy food.