Kaitlin's 30 Best LA Restaurants

Even though I grew up in Los Angeles, I never considered myself an expert on the LA food scene until this year. I started my blog while living in NYC, so upon moving back home last May, I felt really out of touch here when people would ask me for restaurant recommendations. (But no longer!!) I made it this year's mission to immerse myself in LA cuisine. To start, I went to all of Jonathan Gold’s Best 101 LA Restaurants, but I also asked friends, chefs, and other Angelenos their favorite spots in order to get a conclusive taste of Los Angeles.

Without further ado, I present you with my official LA restaurant hit list, broken down by my favorites for each topic:



  • Salt & Straw (my order: honey lavender, in a waffle cone, with rainbow sprinkles)

  • Sidecar Doughnuts (my order: huckleberry doughnut, and the basil eggs benedict doughnut)

  • Blue Star Donuts (my order: raspberry rosemary buttermilk)






  • n/naka (also absolutely life changing! be sure to book three months in advance!)

  • Q Sushi (the best sushi I've ever had)

Orange County favorites:

Did one of your favorites not make my list? Leave a comment and give me your recs!