Where to Eat in LA – Part 4
If you’re looking for what Melrose was about 25 years ago – head to Beverly Blvd. or Third St. Two of LA’s funkier streets – their names may not be as recognizable as some of the other streets talked about in this series but they are overflowing with unique restaurants with a vibe all their own.
Both begin in Beverly Hills and follow almost straight lines towards DTLA. The only parts of these two parallel streets that matter food-wise, however, lie between Doheny and La Brea.
Starting with Beverly Boulevard:
Going east from its intersection with Doheny, Beverly is a major thoroughfare of West Hollywood. This area is generally associated with interior design stores though it crosses over Robertson’s famous shopping strip. A notable designer store that seems somewhat out of place – Stella McCartney (housed in one of the most gorgeous buildings on the entire street – you can’t miss its ivy.) On the right will be Cedars followed by the Beverly Center.
There are three dining establishments of note on this stretch:
Lemonade – This little chain is fantastic. Get the noodles with the kimchi as one of your portions (that’s how it’s done here), as well as a cucumber mint lemonade, and a fleur de sel macaron.
Madeo – The kind of place you take your dad – and have him pay for it.
Dominick’s – the oldest on the block – this place has been popular since 1948 and was once a favorite hangout of the Rat Pack.
Past the Beverly Center (which has your typical mall options like Chipotle and CPK, but also has nicer chains like The Capital Grille and PF Chang’s), the restaurants continue:
Kings Road Cafe – If you wanna brunch on Beverly – check this neighborhood favorite out. But if you want Bloodies – go elsewhere. No liquor here.
Bao Dim Sum – Fancy compared to traditional dim sum and is a bit pricier but definitely worth it. Don’t forget the char sui bao – steamed pork buns.
BLD – Breakfast, lunch, and dinner – get it? Try and sit outside here on a nice day and watch the people envious of your table.
Swingers – Yes, this is the place from the movie. Open late and always the scene of drunken tomfoolery.
Benito’s – Good, cheap, fast Mexican. Simple as that.
La Escuela – Best Mexican food on the street.
Milk – Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream. SO. GOOD.
Now let’s start over at the beginning of Third Street. It has vibes like Melrose but with a bit more of a wayward buzz. Starting at its intersection with Robertson Boulevard and heading east, Third Street is a food and shopping destination.
Cafe Angelino – Nice, simple Italian in a very small space.
Jack ‘n Jills Too – Get a chicken wrap. And you always get a Tootsie Pop at the end – fantastic.
AOC – Short for Appellation d’Origine Controlee (which is a designation made by the French government concerning French wine, cheese, and other stuff made in certain regions and in a certain way.) Easiest way to describe the food – small, delicious plates meant for sharing. It can get quite pricey though when you’re ordering small plates consisting of hanger steak with Roquefort butter for $17.
Duplex – New spot. Nice space. Wine, oysters, and short rib.
The Churchill – Bloody Mary’s anyone?
Magnolia Bakery – LA outpost of the NYC original.
Joan’s on Third – Gourmet market. Delicious food to eat. This trendy place is always packed.
Toast – You probably saw this on The Hills, or something like that. A bit overrated but hey, why not?
The Little Door – Go an a date here. Expensive. Pretty. Delicious.
Little Next Door – A gourmet market with a restaurant element that is cheaper than its parent next door. Still delicious – sit on the patio. Speak French.
El Carmen – Great Mexican place with great deals during happy hour. This is the best time to go – but there could be a wait if you don’t show up early.
Doughboys – Get down-home delights at this place. And let’s not even get into the desserts. Their Red Velvet is world-renown (thanks to Oprah.)
Faux Pas – This place is relatively new and offers typical French fair in an interesting space. Go on a nice day when the front of the restaurant is opened up to the street.