This has been covered before, but is outdated. As a tourist going to LA in the summer with my husband and young toddler, what would you recommend as the best places to eat? We like both casual and more elegant. My baby is very well behaved B"H and we take him everywhere - although we will be leaving him with a sitter for dinners. I'd love ice cream stores, Chalav Yisrael Coffee Bean locations, etc. as well. Anything fun or useful in LA that involves eating!!!
Also you can check out http://www.shamash.org/kosher/ for a nice listing of wahts in LA with reviews
I second Pat's and Jeff's.
I also like Nana. Tables outside or on the first tier of the restaurant are quieter.
Delice Bakery for breakfast or lunch. Got Kosher for lunch or take-away.
My kids like La Gondola. When you are reserving a table on a Sunday, ask for one near the front of the restaurant. The big groups go to the back and the ceilings are lower so it is noisier back there.
Brami's pizza and stuffed pretzels.
Just don't expect beautiful ocean views from Nana. It is in a fairly run down shopping plaza on Robertson. However, when you are sitting down and patio wall blocks the view of the street, it is very pleasant to sit among the throw pillows on the banquettes and heat lamps if it is chilly. Some of the other cafes also have outdoor seating (Haifa, Jeff's, Got Kosher, Delice, Burger Bar) in the Pico/Robertson area and it is definitely nice to be able to sit outside but don't expect glamor. Both Bocca (meat) and Mocca (dairy) in the valley had very nice patio areas, but I haven't been to either one in a few years.
Depends on what area of the city you'll be. I generally like the casual places.
Pico Robertson area: Mexikosher, Jeff's Gourmet Sausage
Valley: Pizza Nosh (way out there), Fish in the Village, Le Sushi
Beverly/La Brea: Ta-eem Grill (heard good things, never been), Pizza Mayven, Fish Grill (also have locations in Malibu, West LA, and I think the Valley). There's also a CY Coffee Bean on Beverly just west of La Brea here.
Mid-City: La Seine (elegant), Cafe of Paris (breakfast/lunch only)
Nana is good, but service can be very slooooow.
I like Haifa on Pico. It's midrange, israeli food. I love their grilled salmon but everything s good.
Nagila pizza, large menu, lots of salads. On Pico, as well.
On Melrose, there's PitaWay for falafel and schwarma. Falafel is really good.
Pizza World on Fairfax
Schwartz bakery and cafe has two locations, a dairy cafe on Pico and meat on Fairfax.
Eilat bakery and cafe on Pico (not Elat pastry) is good also. Nice for breakfast.
Pico: Jeff's, sunday brunch at Milk N Honey, takeout from Chicken Chow, Shanghai (I like the food at Chicken Chow better but Shanghai is nice to sit.).
My kids and their friends (older teens and college age) like Schnitzly's and the burgers at Pico Kosher Deli, but I have never been to either one.
Fairfax: Pizza World.
Valley: Eat Good to Go
Oxnard: Tierra Sur
Orange County: OC Kosher (not worth the trip, it's mostly a grocery but good place for lunch if you are near there.) Great soups!
San Diego: La Cafe.
But do not miss Jeff's. We all agree on that.
re: SoCal Mother
I forgot to mention Bodhi Thai on Pico next to Chick n Chow. It's vegan. Also, there's a fairly new thai place called Beverly hills Thai on San Vicente and , I think, Doheny. Great coconut soup!
Then, right next door to Gatt Mart on Pico is a Persian kabob place that's supposed to be very good.
I also like Shalom pizza on Pico next to Haifa. It's not a huge place, nor does he have a large menu, but he as great pizza.
I went with my wife for our 28th anniversary August 2, and we found the food mild by Thai standards, high quality, and definitely sweeter than we prefer. Still, those are things we can live with, since we can specify less sugar, I can specify more heat, and the food is definitely tasty and high quality. We also liked the Tom Kha, though I added some very good hot pepper oil to it, and the beef salad (also with added hot pepper oil) was quite tasty. The egg rolls were so so, the Tom Yum was good (also needing hot pepper oil), the mango with sticky rice was quite superior, although somewhat too sweet., even as a dessert.