Los Angeles how I love you. It’s too funny because based on what people have said about you in the past I didn’t think we would get on. Oh, how I was wrong.
You may think this is a weird way to start a post but I had to take a minute to give props. Hubby and I went to LA for my birthday in April. Then I went again for July 4th weekend and I am in love. There is something about the city that has such a cool vide. Maybe its the street art or everyone’s laid back attitude but I dig it.
Although I did a a lot of different thing while I was there. Runyon (you have to try it), shopping, Santa Monica Pier. I wanted to give you a run down of my favorite things to do when traveling. Eating and drinking, I went to lots of different places the both times I visited so I figured id share my favorite spots.
1)Mama Shelter– This also happened to be where I stayed on my second visit. It has a really cool roof top that seems to be a hot spot as it was packed everyday. The drinks are ok, but aside from the view I recommend going there for the Charcuterie menu. Literally the biggest cheese and meat plate I’ve ever seen. Absolute heaven.
2) Catch- Catch is another hotspot where the fabulous people go. If you have been to Catch in NY, Its pretty much the same vibe. We had brunch on the rooftop where I indulged in a few Matcha Detox Retox cocktails. If you don’t go for anything else including the well dressed people. Go for that cocktail.
3) Tom George– This is an Italian restaurant in DTLA. I really liked the vibe there and the staff were extremely friendly. I had the Duck leg Confit and it was divine.
4) The Lobster– There are no words to describe how much hubby and I loved this place. This restaurant is on Santa Monica Pier and its by far one of my favorite places to eat. We went there ready to have a romantic meal for two. Then the host advised us it was the happy hour in the lounge. After looking at the menu we decided to do happy hour and it was the best happy hour ever. We ate Oysters, prawns and basically every seafood item on the menu. It was all wonderful. That was one of our best dinning out experiences on our trip. I highly recommend.
5) Republique– We found this place by accident on our last day and loved it. It a great place for breakfast or brunch. You go to the counter place your order, grab your number, take a seat anywhere free and wait. The menu is extensive, cakes, croissants, eggs, you name it. Great place for a girls catch up.
6)The Hart and Hunter– Another place I found by accident because Republique was closed on July 4th. My aunt and I were starving and needed to grab a quick meal before heading to the airport. This was one of the few places opened for brunch. Please go there and order the butter biscuits and condiments. Too good, oh and they do a good Asti.
7)Delilah– This was one of the best restaurant experiences I’ve ever had. We made a reservation and long story short it got messed up so we had to sit at the bar. At first this was a bit frustrating but then we met Frank. Frank is the best bartender in town and he looked after us the whole night. We ate, drank champagne. It was the perfect evening. He couldn’t help us enough and he is such a showman. Please go and sit by the bar and watch him work. He is perfection and made our visit very enjoyable. Oh and the actual restaurant is really nice too, very old Hollywood inspired.
8) Gracias Madre– I found this place because I googled best tequila cocktails in LA. Google is a wonderful thing. This is a vegan restaurant and it was packed when we went. I’m not sure if it was because of the drinks or that many people are vegan, either way I liked it there. Unfortunately we didn’t get to eat there but I did have a few Sour T Lesel (another matcha cocktail) and loved it. Next time I go to LA I will definitely check out the food, but for now I suggest going there purely for the cocktails.
I hope you like my Los Angeles food and drink guide. The more I go there the more places I want to try so let me know some spots you like.
Thanks for reading.