- Pine & Crane: If you are looking for relaxing sit down meal, then I must recommend the Taiwanese restaurant in Silverlake, Pine & Crane. There is almost always a line of hungry souls that stretches out the door, but I guarantee that it is most certainly worth the wait. Let me just cut to the chase: order the Dan Dan Noodles and Spicy Shrimp Wontons. Everything else on the menu is amazing too, but these two are staples to any person’s first visit to Pine & Crane.
1521 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
- Best Fish Taco In Ensenada: With a claim as bold as having the “best fish taco,” you would think that this place would be more well known. However, to those that do know about this little hole in the wall are always in for a treat upon each visit. Not only does BFTIE have incredible fish and shrimp tacos, almost every Tuesday night, Loud Village puts on a free comedy show in the patio area for anyone that wishes to attend. If you have never witnessed an alt-comedy show before, this is one of the best introductions to the genre. Just a few names that have stopped by and performed are Hannibal Buress, Chris Redd, Chelsea Peretti, Brett Gelman, and so many more. So if you ever find yourself bored on a Tuesday night in Silverlake, California, go here for some great food and some laughs.
1650 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
- Little Bear: Another spot by the Arts District, Little Bear is a cute bar with a large menu of draft and bottled beer, cocktails, and one of the most incredible burgers you will ever eat. The Little Bear Burger is made with fresh Angus beef, topped with wild mushroom, with truffle oil, Sicilian cheese, crispy onions, argulia, all held together on a delicious brioche bun. If you order a side of the Belgian Fries which are topped with Parmesan and truffle oil, then you have yourself a perfect meal. I also think the reason why I have a special connection to this place is because this is the bar I watched the Dodgers win the game that moved them into the World Series in 2017. So that was a great night.
1855 Industrial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
- Echo Park: This isn’t actually an eating establishment, but it’s a great place to go if you want to blend in with the locals and perhaps enjoy an ice cream or a paleta from one of the vendors around the park. At Echo Park, you can take a walk around the lake, take a swan paddle boat around the water, or just sit back and relax out on the grass. If you’re lucky, you might see a few C-list celebrities in their natural habitat. Aside from the rustling of mice in the bushes and ruthless geese, a visit to Echo Park is a staple to anyone’s LA adventure.
751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90026