Los Angeles is full of iconic people, places and restaurants. As an Angeleno, born and raised by generations of restaurateurs, food and dining experiences have played a huge role in my life. I started waiting tables at a young age at Canter’s Deli, one of the last standing authentic, traditional Jewish delis in L.A. that my great-grandfather founded in 1931.
It’s a passion of mine to discover the most delicious dishes and share them with others, and that’s what’s led me to create this annual list of my top 100 restaurants in the city.
After I released my first list last year, I received quite a few recommendations and am proud to say that I’ve eaten my way through most of them, and then some. I put a lot of time and consideration into this list and my favorite dishes, and I hope you enjoy!
Join me in trying and celebrating these outstanding local restaurants — from street tacos to omakase — there’s something for everyone. Let’s eat!
Alex is a restaurant industry innovator, in-demand speaker, and passionate advocate for restaurant operators and workers. He is the 4th-generation of Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, where he and his team invented Nextbite, a leader in virtual restaurants and the pioneer in online order management. The company is focused on helping restaurant partners successfully enter the virtual restaurant space with new delivery-only menus, using underutilized labor and kitchen capacity, to increase margins and revenue. Headquartered in Denver and Los Angeles, Nextbite has more than $150M in funding, with its most recent round led by SoftBank. Alex is a recipient of the Forbes 30 Under 30 and Fast Casual Executive’s Top 25.
Favorite Dish: Smothered Chicken
Cuisine: Traditional Soul Food
Location: 202 E Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
Favorite Dish: Crispy Shrimp Rice Noodle
Cuisine: Chinese/Dim Sum
Location: 700 S Atlantic Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Favorite Dish: Engawa (Halibut Fin)
Location: 2040 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Favorite Dish: Saag Paneer (Hot)
Location: 11645 Wilshire Blvd #200, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Favorite Dish: Falafel Plate
Location: 5400 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Pearl River Deli
Favorite Dish: Hainan Chicken Rice
Location: 727 N Broadway #130 Los Angeles, CA 90012
Favorite Dish: Bean and Cheese Burrito
Location: 8250 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Favorite Dish: Half Roasted Chicken (Extra Aji Sauce)
Location: 764 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Favorite Dish: Albacore Sashimi with Crispy Onions
Location: 4774 Park Granada, Calabasas, CA 91302
Favorite Dish: Galbi Jjim
Location: 3470 W 6th St #7, Los Angeles, California 90020
Favorite Dish: All the Tunas
Location: 8539 Sunset Blvd #20, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Favorite Dish: Carne Asada Tacos
Location: 4077 S Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90011
Favorite Dish: Roasted Garlic Chicken
Location: 1415 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035