The latest venture from former ‰ÛÏIron Chef America‰Û� contestant Govind Armstrong, Post and Beam serves up farm-to-table California cuisine with a soulful twist. The chic-yet-relaxed Baldwin Hills restaurant invites guests with an airy dining room, while an open-face exhibition kitchen provides a peek at the behind-the-scenes action. The menu is characterized by SoCal-inspired soul food like grilled organic pork chop with peach chutney and deviled eggs with house-smoked catfish. However, don‰Ûªt expect comfort food like your grandma used to make‰ÛÓnothing is deep-fried and more traditional Southern dishes share space with lighter fare like burrata salad and black kale pizza. A rustic patio edged by a kitchen garden is perfect for enjoying a bourbon cocktail or a selection from the well-chosen wine list with friends. Note: We believe correct name is Post & Beam, so we would change that in title and copy
Found on the southeast corner of the busy La Brea / Venice intersection in Mid-City, this location of the popular Taco Bell franchise is a favorite with locals looking for simple, cheesy late night bites of familiar fast food. There’s even a 24-hour drive thru window that services passers-through in this commuter section of town, fulfilling any cheap late night cravings. Catering to people who are on the go, the restaurant is small but does offer some inside seating, and is attached to a quick-service Pizza Hut chain for anyone in your group who doesn’t want Americanized Mexican food. The staff is friendly, fast and generous with the hot sauce packets, but beware: parking is limited.
If you like a little jazz with your Italian food, Pip’s on La Brea offers the perfect combination of the two in a relaxing, friendly atmosphere. The lively, leafy spot is best known for its great no-cover live music, including jazz sessions almost every night of the week. Of course, there’s a full menu to be had as well, including offers Italian staples such as pastas, pizzas, steaks and salads, any of which can be had as takeout orders. You might consider dining in, though, given the tasteful décor, low lighting and easygoing ambiance. There’s even a newly-renovated outdoor patio that hugs a sprawling tree, where a reasonably priced Sunday champagne brunch is served amidst the sounds of a live band.
When you think of an old-school, family-run Italian restaurant, Compari’s Trattoria Pizzeria is it. There’s nothing fancy about its décor or menu, this Centinela Avenue outpost simply pushes out tasty, inexpensive Italian food served by nice people that you might have seen around the neighborhood. From its candlelit red-checkered tablecloths to the mural of Venice and overhanging grapevines, this small, cozy eatery doesn’t only provide the intimate atmosphere, they deliver when it comes to the authentic northern Italian cuisine. Noted for its pizza and pastas made with fresh ingredients, the food at Compari’s is very well-priced –even their specials are priced at less than $15, and a glass of wine hovers under $6. Lunch specials are popular with the workaday crowd, and their LAX-adjacent strip mall location makes them a good fit for travelers looking to dine out before hitting the tarmac.
Considering Deli-cious Deli & Bakery specializes primarily in one dish—sandwiches—it's not surprising that they have a few signature creations. And like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde's different ringtones, these favorites couldn't be more different, ranging from curry chicken to pastrami and veggies to philly cheese chicken. There are also paninis and wraps, as well as a breakfast menu that includes bagels, freshly baked strudel, and, of course, breakfast sandwiches. The menu is also available for catering services, and orders can be packed with sides such as country potato salad and garlic cheese bread.
Panini Grill and Deli is located in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood, just a few blocks from Museum Row. This deli has served up fresh, Italian-inspired panini sandwiches to Angelenos for over a decade from inside their rustic deli space, complete with mustard-colored walls and plenty of simple wooden café tables. Patrons can select from many combinations of possible sandwiches, which are then grill-pressed into submission between slices of ciabatta, French bread or wheat baguette. The list of delicious panini options is extensive, and include unusual combinations such as tuna and avocado or prosciutto with goat cheese. As of late, Panini Grill and Deli has looked to expand their offerings beside the usual pressed sandwiches, including simple pizzas and salads, plus a few all-day breakfast options. Free two-hour parking can be found in the back.