1048 S La Brea Ave., Mid-City
Danny Trejo has built an LA-wide empire that reaches from Hollywood to Woodland Hills. Hit up any of the locations for an extensive menu that includes all the hits, served all day (including vegan options)—or head straight to happy hour for street tacos and drinks on the cheap. On top of supplying LA with carne asada and jackfruit with avocado cream, Trejo’s holds court at the Original Farmers Market on 3rd Street. We’d expect nothing less from the boxer-actor-seventy-something well of energy: The man has starred in over 250 films, and his life story is documentary material. He’s the kind of entrepreneur you expect to throw a curveball, and here it is: Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts in Hollywood, with flavors that include nacho, lemon papí, and dulce de leche.
Eleven City Diner
5400 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-City
This Jewish delicatessen’s opening was long awaited by Miracle Mile residents, and it’s been packed ever since. Eleven City LA makes most traditional foods—kreplach dumplings, matzo ball soup, challah, corned beef—in-house but sources from local standbys for the best of the rest: Winston Pies pies, Bagel Broker bagels, Langer’s Deli pastrami, and ice cream from McConnell’s. And the classic soda fountain and retro neon signs are cool touches.
Paper or Plastik Café
5772 W Pico Blvd., Mid-City
At Paper or Plastik, the lavender chai is something special, the maple latte is as good as they say, and the gluten-free marshmallow chocolate chip cookie? You’ll want another. This all-day coffee spot gets busy during lunch and dinner, but it’s always a good place to catch up on work or sit and read (just look for a laptop-friendly table). Pick a spot under the big industrial windows downstairs or climb up to the loft overlooking the dance studio next door—sometimes you’ll catch a rehearsal to watch as you sip some of the best pour-over coffee in LA.
11940 W Pico Blvd., Mid-City
Led by chef Ricardo Zarate (formerly of Picca), Pikoh is the California-fare-and-then-some spot West LA needed. There’s an activated-charcoal bowl. There’s a smoked salmon tartine. There’s a turmeric latte. All things we love. But Pikoh is an LA restaurant that sees the city as more than the birthplace of California cuisine, and it matches that diversity. For every activated-charcoal bowl on the menu, there’s a lomo saltado, kimchi fried rice, or breakfast burrito. The atmosphere is laid-back beauty (good lighting, lots of wood, and lush hanging plants). Hit up Happy Hour at the bar for $6(!) beer, wine and cocktails, and a menu that includes a burger and wings—but also a pork bao.
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