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Mona Holmes

Where to Eat Near LA’s Music Venues and Concert Halls, Fall 2021

Consider "dinner and a concert" the new "dinner and a movie"

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Hollywood Bowl, 2021
| Mona Holmes

It’s a welcome sight to see LA’s music venues back in business again. These beloved — and sometimes historic — venues closed in March, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and remained so until June. These spots are now ready to receive concertgoers in what is arguably the music capitol of the United States. For this reason, it’s crucial to planning the entire evening.

Dinner and a concert, it’s an ideal lineup for Los Angeles residents or those visiting this vibrant city. LA’s venues have range, from the Echo’s intimate space, the Mayan’s majestic revival-style architecture, or the nearly 100-year-old Hollywood Bowl that takes up an entire hillside.

Below is a list of some of LA's favorite music venues (big and small) and Eater-recommended restaurants within a short walking drive or walking distance.

Added: All Day Baby, Girl and the Goat, M Grill Brazilian Churrascaria, the Ordinaire, Paxti’s Pizza, Pizzana West Hollywood, Republique, Sugarfish

Removed: Dan Tana’s, Eleven City Diner (closed), Jun Won (closed), Manuela, Ozen Izakaya

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rose Bowl — Union Restaurant

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37 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795-5841
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Chef Chris Keyser has intimate knowledge of pastas, which are the clear standouts at Union. After dinner, the Rose Bowl shuttle service picks up and drop off service at designated spots throughout Old Town, making it easy to leave the car parked and enjoy the night.

2. The Greek — Little Dom's

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2128 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-0055
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Few places on the east side or anywhere has such die-hard fans as Little Dom's. And for good reason: the quaint Italian bistro is exactly the neighborhood restaurant Los Feliz deserves. The warm atmosphere and service, al fresco dining, and menu stacked with classics is the reason you're sure to see a friend or neighbor next time you have dinner here. This being said, it's also a short (but robust) walk to the Greek Theater up in Griffith Park. Swing by before the show and grab a plate of pasta with red sauce or chicken parmesan. —Oren Peleg

Little Dom’s restaurant in Los Feliz
Little Dom’s
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3. The Greek Theater — Atrium

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1816 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 607-6944
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Hanging out in the buzzy stretch of Los Feliz stretch of Vermont before going to the Greek Theater is a solid strategy for a first stop, as oysters, grilled duck breast, and a vegetable tagine await. Some inventive cocktails are worth looking into before calling a rideshare. —Oren Peleg

4. Hotel Cafe — Jane Q

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1800 Argyle Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(213) 279-3534
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Jane Q’s sun-filled, mid-century modern space inside the Kimpton Everly Hotel keeps things casual and easy. Grab a drink from the Ever Bar up the stairs, then order the crab rice, lamb ribs, and the yellowtail tartare. The Hotel Cafe is a half-mile away, which is a pleasant walk or short ride. —Oren Peleg

5. Hollywood Bowl — Antica Pizzeria

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1534 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 366-2408
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Not only is Antica the place for Neapolitan pies, but full of breezy coastal Italian pastas and a grilled branzino by veteran chef, Michele Rubini Once the meal is complete, getting to the Hollywood Bowl is walkable, but probably better served by a Lyft/Uber to arrive to LA’s beloved concert venue. —Oren Peleg

Antica Pizzeria Hollywood
Antica Pizzeria
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6. The Palladium — Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa

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6115 Sunset Blvd # 170
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 320-4800
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There isn’t a single restaurant that’s closer to the Palladium other than Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa. The 81-year-old venue is a staggering .1 miles away from the Sunset Boulevard restaurant, where sashimi, sushi, and hand rolls are abundant. Don’t sleep on the “trust me” menu, where the chef picks out a selection sure to dazzle before the show. —Mona Holmes

7. Los Globos — All Day Baby

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3200 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 741-0082
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All Day Baby’s menu makes dinner before a show easy. The casual menu satisfies, whether pre-show activities include casual drinks, a full meal, or during happy hour. Check the operating hours though, as All Day Baby is open until 10 p.m., and the occasional Los Globos show/DJ set starts late. —Mona Holmes

Exterior All Day Baby on Sunset Boulevard.
All Day Baby
Wonho Frank Lee

8. The Troubadour — Pizzana West Hollywood

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460 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 657-4662
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Try this before heading to a show at the Troubador: Order a cacio e pepe or bianca pizza with fennel sausage, fior di latte, fennel and onion. Then take a less than 10-minute walk to the historic venue that launched Elton John’s career. —Mona Holmes

Pizzana in West Hollywood and Brentwood California
Pizzana
Wonho Frank Lee

9. Saban Theater — Tagine Beverly Hills

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132 N Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 360-7535
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Tagine Beverly Hills serves a refined Moroccan cuisine that matches its surroundings, but still dazzles with classics like bastilla, a sweetened phyllo dough traditionally stuffed with quail or pigeon, quefta, or spiced meat balls, and the namesake tagines (the lamb is recommended). The intimate, richly-appointed space is great for a date night regardless of pre-theater plans. —Oren Peleg

10. République

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624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 362-6115
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The trek between the El Rey theater and Republique is less than a half-mile away from one another. Which leaves plenty of time to walk and talk about which was best, the wild maine sea scallops, sweet corn agnolotti, or the almond brown butter cake. —Mona Holmes

Interior of Republique restaurant in Los Angeles, California
Republique
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11. The Wiltern — M Grill Brazilian Churrascaria

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3832 Wilshire Blvd suite 202 suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 389-2770
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If loading up on picanha/sirloin, linguica Brazilian sausage, or boneless leg of lamb before a show at the Wiltern sounds ideal, then M Grill Brazilian Churrascaria is the right place for you. The venue is only a two-minute walk away from this Koreatown restaurant. —Mona Holmes

12. Royce Hall — Northern Cafe

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1064 Gayley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-8830

The Chinese dumpling house serves some of the best xiao long bao/pork potstickers, this side of the San Gabriel Valley, and the crispy chicken is a delicious mouthful of spice. The cumin lamb is another favorite, one that adds some depth along with its crunch. Just be sure to factor in enough time for dinner, and a walk to Royce Hall. —Oren Peleg

Northern Cafe
Inside Northern Cafe, Westwood
Joshua Lurie

13. The Mint — Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market

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1036 1/2 S Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 935-1775
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The Mint is not only a great place to see new up-and-coming musicians and comedians perform, it is also a short distance from a stretch of Fairfax known as Little Ethiopia. Head to Merkato for deliciously spiced beef in dishes like the Yetibbs Fir-Fir, stuffed puff pastries like the Yesega Sambusa, and plenty of injera bread, or Ethiopian honey wine. —Oren Peleg

Insecure character Molly dines at Merkato in Little Ethiopia
Merkato
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14. Walt Disney Concert Hall — Otium

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222 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 935-8500
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In 2016, the late Jonathan Gold declared Timothy Hollingsworth’s Otium as LA’s “most ambitious new restaurant in years.” Situated next to The Broad and blocks away from Disney Hall and The Music Center, it’s pretty filled before a show. If dinner doesn’t suit the mood, Otium’s cocktails deliver. —Oren Peleg

Otium, a large, glassy and steel restaurant, sits next to the Broad Museum.
Otium, Downtown LA
Wonho Frank Lee

15. Patxi's Pizza

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1011 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 999-9414
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For a pre-show pizza party with Chicago sensibilities, give Patxi’s a try. Though it’s origins are from San Francisco, this place specializes in the Windy City’s deep dish pizzas, plus neapolitan pies, salads, focaccia sandwiches, and more; this is fill-up food for a long night out. —Farley Elliott

Patxi’s deep dish pizza being pulled out of its tray.
Paxti’s Pizza
Patxi’s Pizza

16. Resident — Girl and the Goat

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555-3 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 799-4628
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Chef Stephanie Izard brought her Chicago staple to the Arts District this summer, and is close to the intimate venue, Resident. There’s a festiveness in the air at Girl and the Goat, so opt for cocktails at the bar, or sit in the main dining room to try Izard’s pan-seared opah, shrimp and crispy greens, or the pork belly and rice. —Mona Holmes

Shrimp and crispy greens at Girl and the Goat.
Girl and the Goat
Matthew Kang

17. The Shrine — Holbox

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3655 South Grand Avenue #C9
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 986-9972
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Holbox, a stone's throw across the 110 freeway from the Shrine, is the right stop. Named for the small barrier island in Mexico, Holbox presents a deceptively small menu as each dish is bursting with fresh, bright flavors. Chef Gilberto Cetina Jr.’s dresses east coast scallops with chiles and morita for the scallops al carbon. The shrimp cocktail is cut with the butteriness of avocado. And the yellowtail and uni tostada, a true stand-out on the menu, pairs chewy and crispy textures, sharp flavors with richer ones, and a full display of beautiful colors with an otherwise simple presentation on the dish.

Holbox’s sea urchin ceviche in Los Angeles, California
Holbox
Mona Holmes

18. Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

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202 E Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 671-3345
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This family-owned operation makes some of LA’s most respected soul food, which is well-known for its shockingly large portion sizes of smothered pork chops, fried fish, smothered chicken, or oxtails, served with mac and cheese, greens, stuffing, and gravy. And all within a short walk to the Fabulous Forum or SoFi Stadium. —Mona Holmes

Various hot dishes from Dulan’s On Crenshaw Soul Food Restaurant
Dulan’s
Mona Holmes

19. Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center — The Ordinarie

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210 The Promenade N
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 676-4261
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Long Beach’s the Ordinarie is one of Downtown’s coziest spots with leather banquettes, dark wood, and a comfort food-laden menu that sports white cheddar scallion popovers, chicken pot pie bites, short ribs with black garlic, and huckleberry pie. It’s less than a mile from the Terrace Theater that sits next to the ocean. —Mona Holmes

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1. Rose Bowl — Union Restaurant

37 Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103

Chef Chris Keyser has intimate knowledge of pastas, which are the clear standouts at Union. After dinner, the Rose Bowl shuttle service picks up and drop off service at designated spots throughout Old Town, making it easy to leave the car parked and enjoy the night.

37 Union St
Pasadena, CA 91103

2. The Greek — Little Dom's

2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Little Dom’s restaurant in Los Feliz
Little Dom’s
Courtesy of Bread & Butter PR

Few places on the east side or anywhere has such die-hard fans as Little Dom's. And for good reason: the quaint Italian bistro is exactly the neighborhood restaurant Los Feliz deserves. The warm atmosphere and service, al fresco dining, and menu stacked with classics is the reason you're sure to see a friend or neighbor next time you have dinner here. This being said, it's also a short (but robust) walk to the Greek Theater up in Griffith Park. Swing by before the show and grab a plate of pasta with red sauce or chicken parmesan. —Oren Peleg

2128 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

3. The Greek Theater — Atrium

1816 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Hanging out in the buzzy stretch of Los Feliz stretch of Vermont before going to the Greek Theater is a solid strategy for a first stop, as oysters, grilled duck breast, and a vegetable tagine await. Some inventive cocktails are worth looking into before calling a rideshare. —Oren Peleg

1816 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

4. Hotel Cafe — Jane Q

1800 Argyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Jane Q’s sun-filled, mid-century modern space inside the Kimpton Everly Hotel keeps things casual and easy. Grab a drink from the Ever Bar up the stairs, then order the crab rice, lamb ribs, and the yellowtail tartare. The Hotel Cafe is a half-mile away, which is a pleasant walk or short ride. —Oren Peleg

1800 Argyle Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

5. Hollywood Bowl — Antica Pizzeria

1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Antica Pizzeria Hollywood
Antica Pizzeria
Rossella Pisan

Not only is Antica the place for Neapolitan pies, but full of breezy coastal Italian pastas and a grilled branzino by veteran chef, Michele Rubini Once the meal is complete, getting to the Hollywood Bowl is walkable, but probably better served by a Lyft/Uber to arrive to LA’s beloved concert venue. —Oren Peleg

1534 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. The Palladium — Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa

6115 Sunset Blvd # 170, Los Angeles, CA 90028

There isn’t a single restaurant that’s closer to the Palladium other than Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa. The 81-year-old venue is a staggering .1 miles away from the Sunset Boulevard restaurant, where sashimi, sushi, and hand rolls are abundant. Don’t sleep on the “trust me” menu, where the chef picks out a selection sure to dazzle before the show. —Mona Holmes

6115 Sunset Blvd # 170
Los Angeles, CA 90028

7. Los Globos — All Day Baby

3200 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Exterior All Day Baby on Sunset Boulevard.
All Day Baby
Wonho Frank Lee

All Day Baby’s menu makes dinner before a show easy. The casual menu satisfies, whether pre-show activities include casual drinks, a full meal, or during happy hour. Check the operating hours though, as All Day Baby is open until 10 p.m., and the occasional Los Globos show/DJ set starts late. —Mona Holmes

3200 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

8. The Troubadour — Pizzana West Hollywood

460 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
Pizzana in West Hollywood and Brentwood California
Pizzana
Wonho Frank Lee

Try this before heading to a show at the Troubador: Order a cacio e pepe or bianca pizza with fennel sausage, fior di latte, fennel and onion. Then take a less than 10-minute walk to the historic venue that launched Elton John’s career. —Mona Holmes

460 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

9. Saban Theater — Tagine Beverly Hills

132 N Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Tagine Beverly Hills serves a refined Moroccan cuisine that matches its surroundings, but still dazzles with classics like bastilla, a sweetened phyllo dough traditionally stuffed with quail or pigeon, quefta, or spiced meat balls, and the namesake tagines (the lamb is recommended). The intimate, richly-appointed space is great for a date night regardless of pre-theater plans. —Oren Peleg

132 N Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

10. République

624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Interior of Republique restaurant in Los Angeles, California
Republique
Elizabeth Daniels

The trek between the El Rey theater and Republique is less than a half-mile away from one another. Which leaves plenty of time to walk and talk about which was best, the wild maine sea scallops, sweet corn agnolotti, or the almond brown butter cake. —Mona Holmes

624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

11. The Wiltern — M Grill Brazilian Churrascaria

3832 Wilshire Blvd suite 202 suite 202, Los Angeles, CA 90010

If loading up on picanha/sirloin, linguica Brazilian sausage, or boneless leg of lamb before a show at the Wiltern sounds ideal, then M Grill Brazilian Churrascaria is the right place for you. The venue is only a two-minute walk away from this Koreatown restaurant. —Mona Holmes

3832 Wilshire Blvd suite 202 suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90010

12. Royce Hall — Northern Cafe

1064 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Northern Cafe
Inside Northern Cafe, Westwood
Joshua Lurie

The Chinese dumpling house serves some of the best xiao long bao/pork potstickers, this side of the San Gabriel Valley, and the crispy chicken is a delicious mouthful of spice. The cumin lamb is another favorite, one that adds some depth along with its crunch. Just be sure to factor in enough time for dinner, and a walk to Royce Hall. —Oren Peleg

1064 Gayley Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024

13. The Mint — Merkato Ethiopian Restaurant & Market

1036 1/2 S Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Insecure character Molly dines at Merkato in Little Ethiopia
Merkato
Merie W. Wallace/HBO

The Mint is not only a great place to see new up-and-coming musicians and comedians perform, it is also a short distance from a stretch of Fairfax known as Little Ethiopia. Head to Merkato for deliciously spiced beef in dishes like the Yetibbs Fir-Fir, stuffed puff pastries like the Yesega Sambusa, and plenty of injera bread, or Ethiopian honey wine. —Oren Peleg

1036 1/2 S Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019

14. Walt Disney Concert Hall — Otium

222 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Otium, a large, glassy and steel restaurant, sits next to the Broad Museum.
Otium, Downtown LA
Wonho Frank Lee

In 2016, the late Jonathan Gold declared Timothy Hollingsworth’s Otium as LA’s “most ambitious new restaurant in years.” Situated next to The Broad and blocks away from Disney Hall and The Music Center, it’s pretty filled before a show. If dinner doesn’t suit the mood, Otium’s cocktails deliver. —Oren Peleg

222 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

15. Patxi's Pizza

1011 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Patxi’s deep dish pizza being pulled out of its tray.
Paxti’s Pizza
Patxi’s Pizza

For a pre-show pizza party with Chicago sensibilities, give Patxi’s a try. Though it’s origins are from San Francisco, this place specializes in the Windy City’s deep dish pizzas, plus neapolitan pies, salads, focaccia sandwiches, and more; this is fill-up food for a long night out. —Farley Elliott

1011 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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16. Resident — Girl and the Goat

555-3 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Shrimp and crispy greens at Girl and the Goat.
Girl and the Goat
Matthew Kang

Chef Stephanie Izard brought her Chicago staple to the Arts District this summer, and is close to the intimate venue, Resident. There’s a festiveness in the air at Girl and the Goat, so opt for cocktails at the bar, or sit in the main dining room to try Izard’s pan-seared opah, shrimp and crispy greens, or the pork belly and rice. —Mona Holmes

555-3 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

17. The Shrine — Holbox

3655 South Grand Avenue #C9, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Holbox’s sea urchin ceviche in Los Angeles, California
Holbox
Mona Holmes

Holbox, a stone's throw across the 110 freeway from the Shrine, is the right stop. Named for the small barrier island in Mexico, Holbox presents a deceptively small menu as each dish is bursting with fresh, bright flavors. Chef Gilberto Cetina Jr.’s dresses east coast scallops with chiles and morita for the scallops al carbon. The shrimp cocktail is cut with the butteriness of avocado. And the yellowtail and uni tostada, a true stand-out on the menu, pairs chewy and crispy textures, sharp flavors with richer ones, and a full display of beautiful colors with an otherwise simple presentation on the dish.

3655 South Grand Avenue #C9
Los Angeles, CA 90007

18. Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

202 E Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
Various hot dishes from Dulan’s On Crenshaw Soul Food Restaurant
Dulan’s
Mona Holmes

This family-owned operation makes some of LA’s most respected soul food, which is well-known for its shockingly large portion sizes of smothered pork chops, fried fish, smothered chicken, or oxtails, served with mac and cheese, greens, stuffing, and gravy. And all within a short walk to the Fabulous Forum or SoFi Stadium. —Mona Holmes

202 E Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

19. Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center — The Ordinarie

210 The Promenade N, Long Beach, CA 90802

Long Beach’s the Ordinarie is one of Downtown’s coziest spots with leather banquettes, dark wood, and a comfort food-laden menu that sports white cheddar scallion popovers, chicken pot pie bites, short ribs with black garlic, and huckleberry pie. It’s less than a mile from the Terrace Theater that sits next to the ocean. —Mona Holmes

210 The Promenade N
Long Beach, CA 90802

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