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.
The meat connoisseurs at Libra Brazilian Steakhouse know showmanship is one of the primary draws of churrascaria-style dining. In this spirit, the chefs cook succulent hunks of meat on giant skewers over an open flame. And once it’s ready, their servers distribute the tender, freshly flamed meat throughout the dining area, pausing tableside to carve off slices directly onto plates.
Presentation aside, Libra Brazilian Steakhouse backs up its bravado with quality meats. The chefs use only 100% Black Angus beef and refuse to accept any meat containing hormones or antibiotics. Additionally, the culinary artists cook more than 30 hot, made-from-scratch sides as well as housemade desserts. And to top it off, the steak-house staff curates and recommends numerous international wines.
At Nana Cafe, chef Haim Levi merges kosher plant, egg, and dairy products with fresh fish to create contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and sushi served up on an outdoor patio or amid exposed-brick walls. Duos whet appetites and determine speed-eating superiority by gobbling up crispy fried avocado rolls with homemade teriyaki sauce or the falafel plate's hummus, tahini, chopped israeli salad, and pita. For the main event, wild salmon nestles on a bed of mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach, brandishing a crown of mushroom-mustard sauce, and a grilled ahi tuna steak rests alongside crispy french fries and a bed of israeli salad. Personal pizzas or pasta plates enclose a choice of alfredo, roasted-garlic-oil, barbecue, or pesto sauce, allowing eaters to customize flavor without toting along their own herb gardens.
Long before Lolita?s opened its doors for the first time, its owners were busy traveling the world, soaking in the flavors and musical tastes of different cultures. That experience helped shape the eatery?s menu, which is focused around Mexican cuisine, eclectic martinis, and wines sourced from around the globe. Specialty dishes include everything from street-style tacos stuffed with beef and chicken to a grilled white fish filet topped with spicy chipotle sauce and fresh avocado. To create a more personal dining experience, the servers can even mash avocados into fresh guacamole right at guests? tables or stand around and wipe their mouths after each bite. And, because music played such a role in Lolita's roots, the restaurant features live DJ?s and local artists three days a week.
Chef Katsuji Tanabe’s Mexikosher caters to a dietary restriction without sacrificing taste. Located in the Pico-Roberston neighborhood on Pico Boulevard, this fast-casual style Mexican joint has a minimalist modern interior with hanging lamps and textured walls. The ordering system is straight forward, first, customers pick the meal’s form (burrito, tacos, rice bowl, salad bowl, nachos), then the protein (including a faux “carnitas” which is a blend of beef and duck confit) and the rest is done by the trained, friendly staff. Even with the myriad of combinations available from that menu, the most talked-about dish may be the off-menu hamburger, available in the evenings and made with kosher beef.
Though the sign at Brewdog Pub brings to mind frothy mugs of traditional domestic lagers, the tap list is anything but ordinary. Among the row of handles, enthusiasts can spy representatives from craft breweries including Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, Eagle Rock, and Black Market, whose beers are traditionally served in the interior pocket of a trench coat. These qualities brews pair well with the pub's hearty food, mingling with favorites including the salmon and ahi tuna burger, shrimp tacos piled high with slaw, and spicy Thai chicken pizza.