Los Angeles is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems some Angelenos just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.
George Abou-Daoud, proprietor of The Bowery, The Mercantile, newbie Urban Garden, among other Los Angeles eateries, is a fan of hole-in-the-wall dining, especially in Hollywood at Natalie Peruvian:
"I've always been a huge fan of little restaurants and holes-in-the-wall where food is made in old world fashion. L.A. has a prodigious list of these scattered throughout almost every neighborhood. Pockets of food line corridors of the City where often times unlikely and unsightly shopping centers house regional chain restaurants or minimally styled shops of global cuisine. One of my go to spots for delicious well-executed Ceviche de Pescado, Lomo Saltado and other Peruvian favorites, sits inside one of these centers behind a 7-11 and adjacent to a freeway. Natalie Peruvian is the definition of a great hole-in-the-wall, with bright fluorescent lighting, inconsistent service and delicious grub. The ceviche has been consistently fresh, acidic and balanced, and the Lomo Saltado, the traditional and ethereal Peruvian version of a beef and potato dish is a treat."·All Dining Confidential Coverage [~ELA~]