SBP Guide: The Top Dishes You Need to Try in LA Right Now

Tacos & Tequila

02/24/23

When it comes to the LA food scene, we do not — and I repeat, we do NOT — mess around. In between open houses, you’ll find us scouring the city’s culinary landscape to try everything from talk-about newbie dishes to delicious time-honored classics. And while many articles outline LA’s best restaurants, we thought it wise to give a rundown of the best plates. From burgers to pasta to sushi, here are our team members’ top picks throughout the city. 

F. RON SMITH

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: Cacio e Pepe from Pecorino in Brentwood

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: Machaca Tacos from Cactus Taqueria #4 in Sherman Oaks (no one eats just one)
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: Santa Fe Burger with sweet potato fries from Barney’s in Brentwood
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: The OG Salmon Pizza from Spago in Beverly Hills
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Bone-in Ribeye with creamed spinach and onion rings from Baltaire in Brentwood
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Grilled Vegetable Salad with lemon vinaigrette from Rosti in Brentwood
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Bolognese from La Scala in Brentwood
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Omakase and a bottle of sake from Sasabune in Beverly Hills
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: White Daisy Omelette (but add yolks and hold the cheese) with a side of bacon and olive toast from Lazy Daisy (multiple locations)

 
Photo Courtesy of Pecorino

DAVID BERG

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: This is NOT a fair question.

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: Another loaded question — old-school hard-shell tacos from Tito’s in Culver City, soft-shell tacos from Tacos 1986 (multiple locations) and tacos with parmesan cheese from Santa Fe Cafe in Calabasas (epic hole in the wall)
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: Hickory Burger from Apple Pan in Westwood
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Kim’s Black & White from Carmines in Santa Monica
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Nebraska Dry-Aged Ribeye from CUT in Beverly Hills
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  McCarthy Salad from the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills (I add pickles)
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Chestnut Agnolotti (seasonal) from Spago in Beverly Hills
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Blondie Roll and Lourd Roll from Hamasaku in West LA
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: Latin Heat Burrito from John O’Groats in Rancho Park


The Apple Pan, Photo Courtesy of Eater LA

ROBERT ‘MORTY’ MORTON

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: The $100 Chicken at Wally’s in Santa Monica

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: Tacos Por Favor in Venice
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: The Win-Dow Burger at American Beauty in Venice
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Petramale Pizza Truck, Fridays at the Beethoven Market in Mar Vista
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: NY Strip Steak from Mastro’s (multiple locations, I like Malibu best)
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Nancy’s Chopped Salad from Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Spicy Fusilli from Jon & Vinny’s in Brentwood
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Everything from Wabi on Rose in Venice
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: Poached eggs on an English muffin from Lazy Daisy in Santa Monica

The $100 Chicken, Wally's in Beverly Hills

SEWIT ESHETU

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: Grilled Branzino from Olivetta in West Hollywood

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: Street tacos from the cart on Lincoln and Rose in Venice
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: Dudley Burger from Dudley Market in Venice
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Any pizza from Pizzeria Mozza in Hollywood
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: NY Strip Steak from Mastro’s (multiple locations, but I like Beverly Hills)
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Raw Brussels Sprouts salad from Scopa in Venice
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Aragosta from Via Veneto in Santa Monica
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  The whole menu at Nobu in Malibu, hands down
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: Eggs Benedict from Bottega Louie in DTLA, it’s to die for

Photo Courtesy of Olivetta

NATHAN STADLER

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†:  Brisket Dip from Greenblatt’s Deli in Hollywood

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: I go burrito from El Burrito Jr. in Redondo Beach
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: In-N-Out (duh)
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: 'Little Nats' pepperoni pizza from Jon & Vinny’s in Brentwood
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Any steak from Mastro’s (multiple locations)
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Original Chop Salad from La Scala in Santa Monica
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Bolognese from Toscana in Brentwood
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Nozawa from Sugarfish (multiple locations)
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: BBQ Chicken Hash from Snug Harbor in Santa Monica 

Jon & Vinny's, Photo Courtesy of The LA Times

TREVOR EDMOND

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: Dry-Aged Whole Branzino from Etta

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: Baja Fish Taco from Holbox in DTLA
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: The Win-Dow Burger at American Beauty in Venice
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Diavola Pizza from Pizzana in Brentwood
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Westholme Tomahawk Ribeye from Chi Spacca in Hollywood
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Mediterranean Seared Ahi Tuna Salad from R&D Kitchen in Santa Monica
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe from Felix in Venice
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Omakase from Sasabune in Beverly Hills
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: Farm-to-Table Quiche from Huckleberry in Santa Monica

Etta, Photo Courtesy of Eater LA

BRANDON SMITH

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: Tagliolini al Limone from Angelini Osteria in Fairfax

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: Crispy Shrimp Tacos from Marisco Jalisco food truck in West LA
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: Smash Burger from Love Hour in Hollywood
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Margherita Pizza from Pizzeria Sei in Pico-Robertson
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: NY Strip Steak from CUT in Beverly Hills
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  California Chicken Salad from California Chicken Cafe (multiple locations)
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Like I said…Tagliolini al Limone from Angelini Osteria in Fairfax
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Salmon Sashimi from Sushi Enya (multiple locations)
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: Cinnamon Sugar Griddle Cakes from Breakfast by Salt’s Cure in Santa Monica


Angelini Osteria, Photo Courtesy of the LA Times

RYAN BERGUM

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: Grilled Octopus from Taverna Tony in Malibu

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: All tacos from TEC Catering (and you can try them for free at our open houses!)
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: Double Cheeseburger from Heavy Handed in Santa Monica
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Diavola Pizza from Pizzana in Brentwood
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Filet Mignon from Baltaire in Brentwood
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Original Chop Salad from La Scala in Santa Monica
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Radiatori, Pesto, Pecorino pasta from Jon & Vinny’s in Brentwood
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Albacore Belly sashimi from Izakaya in West Hollywood
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: Breakfast Burrito from Coral Tree in Brentwood


Taverna Tony, Photo Courtesy of Grubhub

KRISTA MASELLA

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: Tacos de Camarón from Mariscos Jalisco in Boyle Heights

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: Tacos de Camarón from Mariscos Jalisco in Boyle Heights…obviously (pro tip: add pulpo)
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: Patty Melt from Cassell’s Hamburgers in Korea Town
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Toss up between the Diavola and Truffle pizza from L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele in Hollywood
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Bone-in Ribeye from Birdie G’s in Santa Monica
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Grilled Salmon Salad from Baltaire in Brentwood (lunch only, unfortunately)
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Anything from The Factory Kitchen in DTLA, but I love the fresh pappardelle
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Omakase from Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: Fresh baked bread with cultured butter or the Shakshuka at Lodge Bread's newest location in Pico Robertson


Mariscos Jalisco, Photo Courtesy of Eater LA

PARISA SCHNIDER

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: Chocolate Soufflé from the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: Cauliflower Taco from Escuela Taqueria in Fairfax
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: Cheeseburger from HiHo (multiple locations)
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Corbarina Pizza from Pizzana in Brentwood
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Filet Mignon from Mastro’s (multiple locations)
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  West Hollywood Salad from the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Agnolotti from Georgio Baldi in Santa Monica
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Omakase from Sasabune in Beverly Hills
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: Buttermilk Pancakes from Soho House 


The Polo Lounge, Photo Courtesy of Dorchester Collection

BOBBY NELLY

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: Southern Halibut from Jitlada in Hollywood

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: Spicy Shrimp Tacos from Trejo’s Tacos (multiple locations)
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: Office Burger from Father’s Office in Culver City
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Funghi Pizza with gluten-free crust from Pizzana in Brentwood
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Bone-in Ribeye (end cut) from Mastro’s (multiple locations)
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Original Chop Salad from La Scala in Santa Monica
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Anything from Felix Trattoria in Venice
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Omakase from Sasabune in Beverly Hills
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: Protein Scramble and Almond Energy Pancakes from Hugo’s in West Hollywood


Jitlada, Photo Courtesy of Infatuation

ED HUTCHINSON

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: The World's Best Lobster Burrito from Howdy’s Sonrisa in Malibu

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: Al Pastor Tacos from Tacos Por Favor (multiple locations)
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: In-N-Out, double double without onions (obviously)
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: NY-Style Hawaiian pizza from Lorenzo’s (multiple locations)
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Ribeye from Baltaire in Brentwood
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Beach Body Salad from Barney’s Gourmet Burgers in Brentwood
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Spaghetti Bottarga from Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Anything from Katsuya (multiple locations)
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: Anything from Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood


Baltaire, Photo Courtesy of Palisades News

KATY YAMBAO

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: Khua Kling Phat Lung from Jitlada in Hollywood

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: I actually prefer the burrito from Casablanca in Venice
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: Uncool Burger from Uncool in West Hollywood
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Margherita Pizza with sausage from Oste in West Hollywood
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Anything from Mastro’s (multiple locations, but I like Malibu best)
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Pargiyot (chicken) Salad from Mizlala in Hollywood
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Spaghetti alla Bolognese from Pace in Laurel Canyon
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice, Sashimi Tacos, Hamasaku Roll and Lourd Roll from Hamasaku in West LA
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: Scrambled Eggs with Farmhouse Cheddar, add hash browns and a Green Detox Smoothie from Dialog Cafe in West Hollywood


Photo Courtesy of Hamasaku

COURTNEY WELSH

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: Reginette della Mamma from Osteria Mamma in Hollywood

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: Chicken Hard Taco extra pico de gallo from Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: Barney's Cheddar Cheeseburger with curly fries from Barney's Burgers in Brentwood
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Funghi Pizza from Jones in Hollywood
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Steak Frites from Baltaire in Brentwood
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Chicken & Noodle Salad from R+D Kitchen in Santa Monica
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Reginette della Mamma from Osteria Mamma in Hollywood
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  White Lotus Roll from Sushi Roku (multiple locations)
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: DIY omelette with mushrooms, onions and swiss (and a stack of pancakes for the table) from Lazy Daisy in Santa Monica


Photo Courtesy of Osteria Mamma

GARRETT SANDERS

๐Ÿ† THE BEST DISH IN LA ๐Ÿ†: Grilled Shrimp & Parmesan Grits from Malama Pono in Sherman Oaks

BEST TACO ๐ŸŒฎ: KBBQ Tacos from Tacos Tu Madre (multiple locations)
BEST BURGER ๐Ÿ”: The Goldburger from Goldburger in Highland Park
BEST PIZZA ๐Ÿ•: Life is Truff Pizza from DTown Pizzeria in West Hollywood
BEST STEAK ๐Ÿฅฉ: Center-Cut Picanha from Matu in Beverly Hills, this place is incredible 
BEST SALAD ๐Ÿฅ—:  Chinese Chicken Salad from Mendocino Farms, it’s a classic
BEST PASTA ๐Ÿ: Tagliarini with Shrimp from Margot in Culver City
BEST SUSHI ๐Ÿฃ:  Sweet and Spicy Crab Roll at Taisho in Sherman Oaks
BEST BREAKFAST ๐Ÿณ: ADB Biscuit Sandwich from All Day Baby in Silver Lake


All Day Baby, Photo Courtesy of the LA Times

TOP CONTENDING RESTAURANTS

Sasabune
Jitlada
Mariscos Jalisco
Giorgio Baldi
Mastro's
Pizzana
CUT
Jon & Vinny's
La Scala

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