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The Top Los Angeles Restaurant Standbys of 2015

Friends of Eater, and Eater staff, discuss their regular spots around town.

Night + Market Song, Silver Lake
Night + Market Song, Silver Lake
Elizabeth Daniels
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Pat Saperstein, EatingLA and Senior Editor, Variety

All'Acqua, Wexler's, Flores & Sons, Luv2Eat Thai, Pine & Crane, Night + Market

Kat Odell, Eater Drinks Editor

Milo & Olive, Gjusta, Zo, Petit Trois, Bestia, Jon & Vinny's, Eveleigh, Dean Sin World.

Jeff Miller, Editor, Thrillist LA

Per usual, my standbys are local: the people at both Robata Jinya and the Sugarfish on La Brea should know me by name at this point.

Tony Chen, Eater LA Contributor

Kinjiro -- the only place to get "cheap" bottles of $950 Dassai "Beyond", served by your local A5-12 Wagyu purveyor.

Euno Lee, Eater LA Contributor

CUT, Park's BBQ, Angelini Osteria, chi SPACCA, Union, Animal, Sticky Rice inside GCM (if we're counting stands), and for always having a soft spot in my heart: Honda Ya.

Eddie Lin, Deep End Dining

Even with all the well-deserved accolades, the staff at Terrine never rested on their laurels, everyone from chef Kris Morningstar to bar man Ryan Wainwright along with Stephane Bombet and Francois Renaud kept raising the bar on themselves by keeping things exciting all through 2015. The brunch menu is ridiculously good with French standards like croque-madame that blows even a Parisian version out of the water. The escargot at dinner is superb, and the fish & chips are always a good bet.

For my frequent dim sum fix, China Red in Arcadia is still the place for made-to-order diminutive dumpling delights. The steamer tins are always filled with perfect har gow and siu mai, and the price is competitive with the SGV.

It's also easy to forget an L.A. fixture like Chaya. Although Chaya Brasserie closed at the end of 2014, the Venice and DTLA locations still manage to stay inventive with plates like live uni and dashi jelly during Chaya's Uni Fare menu. DTLA's Chaya also freshened things up this year with the Kaisen Bar by serving whole fish in raw and cooked forms.

Esther Tseng, EstarLA

Pine and Crane, Alimento, Terrine, Night Market Song, Sugarfish/KazuNori, Trois Familia, HomeState

Lesley Balla, LA Magazine, Angeleno, Zagat

Other than my local Thai delivery spot, I found myself at only a few restaurants more than once. chi Spacca, even for drop-in focaccia del recco and some salumi; The Grand Central market, which usually meant Wexler's, Tomas y Tumbras carnitas tacos, McConnell's ice cream and Horse Thief barbecue, although I did mix in some oysters and coffee and cookies, when possible; and if I could go more than I do, I'd probably be at Republique every week.

Lucas Peterson, Eater LA Contributor

Jitlada, Pho Cafe, Father's Office, Gjusta​

Zach Brooks, Midtown Lunch, Food is the New Rock

Coni Seafood! Grand Central Market! Sea Harbour! Son of a Gun! (But if I'm being real... Kula Sushi on Sawtelle. I've got three kids and they all love it.)

Caroline Pardilla, LA Magazine, Eater Drinks

Terrine, Sotto, Corner Door, Cassell's.

Bill Esparza, LA Magazine, Streetgourmet LA

A busy travel schedule, and many work related meals, limits my chances of frequenting any restaurant. But whether I was entertaining out of town guests, having an evening free to eat whatever I wanted with friends and family or referring someone to a great restaurant, I counted on Coni'Seafood, Bestia, Cassia, the Hungry Cat (my neighborhood spot), the Mercado Olympic, Guerrilla Tacos and Tacos Quetzacoatl in 2015.

Sotto Interior

[Sotto, South Beverly Hills]

Hadley Tomicki, Urban Daddy LA

Coni'Seafood, Cadet, MexiCali, Boiling Crab, Elite Restaurant, Guerilla Tacos, Mariscos Jalisco, Rosemary Grill, Maru, Traktir, Kaiten Sushi Daichan, Pot, and the kebabs at West LA's Glaat Kosher Market

Nicole Iizuka, Senior Producer, Popsugar

Night + Market always... Kobawoo, Escala, Cadet, Petty Cash, Tatsu, Stir Market, Jitlada, Chaya, Bay Cities, Gracias Madre, hanging out at Grand Central Market & anytime I'm craving uni - I thank god that Maruhide exists.

Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA

Alimento, Sotto, Night + Market, Union, and forever and always the El Chato truck

Stan Lee, Eater LA

Ledlow: great brunch and one of the best croissants in L.A.

The Offalo

Sweetfin Poke, Howlin' Ray's Hot Chicken, Guerrilla Tacos (food trucks count!)

Stacey Sun, DineLA

Sun Nong Dan in Koreatown, Sotto (still the best pizza in L.A.), and Sugarfish, my weekly sushi spot.

Crystal Coser, Associate Editor, Eater LA

Luv2eat, Terrine, Myung Dong Kyoja, Rodded, Sugarfish, Pho Consomme

Lesley Bargar Suter, Food Editor, LA Magazine

-Pine & Crane. I'm not sure how I survived without them. All'Acqua. I'm there once a week at least as it's in my hood and they treat my toddler like royalty. Sweetgreen - on the days after a big meal, when I can only stomach lettuce, these salads really are leagues better than everyone else's.

Joshua Lurie, FoodGPS

I actually just wrote a story about 10 of My Regular Los Angeles Restaurants. Standbys 
include Cassia, Gjusta, and Taste of Tehran.

Meghan McCarron, Associate Features Editor, Eater

I just moved to LA in August and have traveled a bunch since, so my standby list is still shaking out. That said: Guerrilla Tacos at Cognoscenti Coffee every Wednesday is a gift, and Father's Office in the Helms complex is the perfect combination of eating, drinking, and atmosphere in our neck of the woods. I have also been to BS Taqueria four times since moving here, and I can't wait to go back.

Matthew Kang, Editor, Eater LA

wrote about this here, but Phorage, Jun Won, Chengdu Taste, Night + Market, The Corner Door, B.S. Taqueria, Apple Pan, Tacos Tamix, and Tsujita.

Hungry Cat

1555 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 323 462 2155


2518 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (310) 828-3300

Guerrilla Tacos

2000 East 7th Street, , CA 90021 (213) 375-3300 Visit Website

Angelini Osteria

7313 Beverly Boulevard, , CA 90036 (323) 297-0070 Visit Website


1710 Silver Lake Boulevard, , CA 90026 (323) 928-2888 Visit Website


1314 7th Street, , CA 90401 (310) 393-6699 Visit Website


624 South La Brea Avenue, , CA 90036 (310) 362-6115 Visit Website

Gracias Madre

8905 Melrose Avenue, , CA 90069 (323) 978-2170 Visit Website


8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Stir Market

7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 879-8283 Visit Website

Grand Central Market

317 South Broadway, , CA 90013 (213) 359-6007 Visit Website


400 South Main Street, , CA 90013 (213) 687-7015 Visit Website

The Corner Door

12477 Washington Boulevard, , CA 90066 (310) 313-5810 Visit Website


110 Navy Street, , CA 90291 (310) 396-1179 Visit Website

B.S. Taqueria

514 7th Street, , CA 90014 (213) 622-3744 Visit Website

Trois Familia

3510 Sunset Boulevard, , CA 90026 (323) 725-7800 Visit Website

Dean Sin World

306 N Garfield Avenue, #2, Monterey Park, CA 91754 626-571-0636


3300 Overland Ave #105, Los Angeles, CA 90034 310-876-0910

Chengdu Taste

828 West Valley Boulevard, , CA 91803 (626) 588-2284 Visit Website


2024 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (424) 273-6469


320 Sunset Avenue, , CA 90291 (310) 314-0320 Visit Website


435 North Fairfax Avenue, , CA 90036 (323) 782-9225 Visit Website


8752 Sunset Boulevard, , CA 90069 (424) 239-1630 Visit Website

China Red

855 South Baldwin Avenue, , CA 91007 (626) 445-3700


716 N Highland Ave,, Los Angels,, Los Angeles, CA (323) 484-8588 Visit Website

Son of a Gun

8370 West 3rd Street, , CA 90048 (323) 782-9033 Visit Website


2121 East 7th Place, , CA 90021 (213) 514-5724 Visit Website


7910 West 3rd Street, , CA 90048 (323) 944-0947 Visit Website


9575 Pico Boulevard, , CA 90035 (310) 277-0210 Visit Website

Tacos Tamix

, Los Angeles, CA 90019 (323) 743-5206 Visit Website

Night + Market

9043 Sunset Boulevard, , CA 90069 (310) 275-9724 Visit Website


, Los Angeles, CA (323) 663-3280


13424 Ventura Boulevard, , CA 91423 (818) 658-3643 Visit Website

Chaya Brasserie

8741 Alden Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048 310 859 8833

Father's Office

1018 Montana Avenue, , CA 90403 (310) 736-2224 Visit Website