Underrated restaurants abound in Los Angeles, thanks to its urban sprawl and neighborhood density. Many, many deserving places get overlooked simply because a portion of the population isn’t willing to drive to them regularly, while still others hop aboard the hype train to lots of early fanfare before settling down into a quieter cruising speed. Thankfully, communities exist around these individual restaurants to keep them propped up and thriving on their own terms, year after year. With that, here are 12 underrated spots to eat across Southern California, from North Hollywood to Gardena and beyond, presented from north to south.
Added: Banadir Somali Restaurant, Division 3 Hollywood, Dumpling Monster, El Barrio, L.A. Super Torta, Me + Crepe, Pho Ga District, Salsa & Beer, Wood Spoon, Thai Gourmet by Sri Maya, Yup Dae Jang
Removed: Ackee Bamboo, Aliki’s Greek Taverna, Berlins, Cilantro Mexican Grill, Fox’s, Izakaya Hachi, Ingo’s Tasty Diner, Kim Hoa Hue Food To Go, Lal Mirch, Lonzo’s Bakery, Mario’s Italian Deli, New York Chicken & Gyro, Red RockRead More