LA's Most Undderrated & Unique Food Spots

There’s an unlimited list of underrated food spots abound in LA, thanks to its urban sprawl and neighborhood density. Many deserving places get overlooked simply because people aren’t willing to drive to them, while others still hop aboard the hype train. Here’s 15 of the city’s best, most underrated eateries, from west to east.

E.P. and L.P.

This asian fusion restaurant and rooftop bar on Melrose Ave has become a West Hollywood hotspot with a great menu and beautiful views of the city. L.P. Rooftop Bar has one of the largest rooftop bar across Los Angeles, decorated in modern style, fire pits and cosy night time lighting. From the terrace you get a lovely view of the Hollywood Hills and its surroundings!

Mama Shelter 

Mama Shelter is a lively boutique hotel that offers dining and a place for guests to rest while watching the sun set behind the tall buildings. Designed by Thierry Gaugain, the hotel was built in the ‘30s in the heart of Hollywood. Its restaurant—which features communal tables and benches, an open kitchen, and delectable offerings—has quickly turned into a Hollywood favorite.

Ave 26 Taco Stand

Ave 26 is what makes LA so amazing. This hidden taco gem is an excellent late night spot to grab horchatas and snack on amazing tacos. No matter what you order, this popular taco stand in Lincoln Heights has you covered for all your taco cravings.

Howlin’ Rays

Would you wait three hours for Los Angeles’ most famous fried chicken. Get ready to wait 2-3 hours in line to try the best nashville hot chicken in LA. The Nashville hot chicken joint lives up to its hype and a whole lot more. After just two years of being open, people still queue up outside for hours (mostly on weekday mornings), waiting to wrap their mouths around a sandwich so Instagram-able, it threatens to break the internet.

Kang Ho-dong Baekjeong 

You just can't visit KoreaTown and NOT have Korean BBQ. Treat yourself to authentic and freshly-cooked Korean BBQ that offers melted cheese corn on the side for a tasty surprise. Kang HoDong Baekjeong is one of Koreatown’s most popular BBQ restaurants. While the meat and banchan are both very good, a meal here is a true test of patience as wait times fall in the two-hour range almost every day of the week. 

Tacos Tu Madre

Tacos Tu Madre is the colorful, affordable taco window in Westwood and Los Feliz with an all-day breakfast burrito and some of the tastiest poke tacos. Until 3AM on weekends, you can order any fusion tacos through a walk-up window. This is the way of food in the city of angels: tacos in LA are as common as sand at a beach. With that said, great tacos are hard to find and when you finally get your hands on them you have to devour them like they might be your last.


At the base of the hill across from Universal City, Spitz does Mediterranean street food with a classic-rock vibe. The popular 'street cart döner' combines minced spiced beef, lamb or chicken inside a lavash flatbread wrap with garlic aioli and lots of veggies. Meanwhile, 'street cart fries' come topped like a Greek salad. One of a kind döner kebab, falafel, salads and bowls are served at this low key hipster joint on Los feliz and in Eagle Rock.

Game Haus Cafe

This ain't your mama's basement gaming... It's a cool place to come and chill with fellow board game geeks! For a small entrance fee ($5 on weekdays and $7.5 on weekends/person) you and your friends can hang out and play board games for as long as you'd like. The collection of games here is definitely worth the drive from the opposite side of LA to come eat, drink, and try out a ton of unique game with friends.

La Chuperia #1

East LA is known for their crazy instagrammable Micheladas. At La Chuperia in Lincoln Heights, you can indulge in both late-night pleasures or daytime Miche’s all at once. Beer is the only thing served here but the options are great! If you are not a beer person, expect to drink nothing else or help yourself with the tasty food.

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