• Gjusta: “hipster deli counter” in Venice
  • Gjelina: same owners as Gjusta, popular for pizza and vegetable dishes

  • Trois Familia: daytime only spot (closes at 2pm) for French/Mexican brunch

  • Jon & Vinny’s: modern all day diner, Italian-inspired

  • The Original Pantry Cafe: old school cash-only diner, open since 1924

  • MADCAPRA: falafel at Grand Central Market downtown

  • Sqirl: known for their ricotta toast and the sorrel pesto bowl, started as a jam making company, you’ll have to wait in line but it’s worth it

  • Winsome: hip contemporary diner and patio for daytime eats, housemade pastries and coffee drinks

  • Rustic Canyon: wine bar in Santa Monica with veg-focused food

  • Bay Cities Italian Deli: sandwiches in Santa Monica, famous for The Godmother

  • Guisados: the best tacos in town according to Bon Appetit and some chefs

  • Bestia

  • Night + Market Songfun Thai street food, have expanded to a few locations

  • Rose Cafe: Venice

  • Honey Hi: in Echo Park, healthy foods, everything is gluten and refined sugar-free

  • Lodge Bread Company

  • Kismet

  • Destroyer

  • Jitlada Thai Restaurant: Phenomenal thai in a strip mall


  • Tiki-Ti
  • HMS Bounty: Nautical dive bar