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Restaurants We Endorse

Location Hours Notes
Absolutely Phobulous
350 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Daily 11:00am–9:30pmTypical Vietnamese pho cafe. The perfect solution to cold weather. We really think it should be open late.
Astro Burger
5601 Melrose Ave.
Mon–Thurs 7:00am–12:00am
Fri–Sat 7:00am–1:00am
Sun 9am-12am
Bizarre mash-up of burger joint and Greek food. Large menu. Drive-thru available.
Bulan Thai Vegetarian
7168 Melrose Ave.
Daily 11:00am–10:00pmWe think this is the best of the plethora of vegan Thai places. Doesn't take the copycat route. The Crisp Fish w/ Green Apple is a favorite, despite our initial skepticism.
Chili Addiction
408 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Tues–Fri 12:00pm–2:30pm & 5:30–9:00pm
Sat-Sun 12pm-9pm
Highly recommended. Winner of numerous cook-offs. A bit pricey, but everything homemade: the chili, hot sauce, ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, tortilla chips, sausage, fries, potato chips, ice cream, and sorbet. Yes, all homemade.
121 N. La Cienega Blvd. or
110 S. Fairfax Ave. or
many other locations
Daily 11:00am–10:00pmA chain, but it's the most flavorful burrito that we can get. Quick, and more food than you may be able to eat.
Galco's Soda Pop Stop
5702 York Blvd., Highland Park
Mon–Sat 9:00am–6:30pm
Sun 9:00am–4:00pm
This market sells fresh sandwiches and vintage candy, but it's first and foremost a soda store. Literally aisles upon aisles of unique sodas.
Hugo's Restaurant
401 Santa Monica Blvd.
Mon–Fri 7:30am–10:00pm
Sat–Sun 8:00am–10:00pm
Restaurant with a large, unique menu that's always changing and experimenting. They also have a taco stand in Los Feliz.
India's Grill
428 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Mon–Fri 11:00am–11:00pm
Sat–Sun 12:00pm–11:00pm
If you like your Indian food a little less bitter and a little more sweet, this is the place.
Johnny Rockets
100 N. La Cienega Blvd. or
7507 Melrose Ave. or
many other locations
Sun–Fri 11:00am–10:00pm
Sat 11:00am–11:00pm
A 50s nostalgia burger chain, but the service is usually great and the place is always kept spotless. All-you-can-eat fries with every entree, if that's your thing.
M Cafe de Chaya
7119 Melrose Ave.
Mon–Sat 9:00am–10:00pm
Sun 9:00am–9:00pm
Our caterer. Macrobiotic with no dairy, eggs, refined sugar, red meat, or poultry. We tend to go for the panini, unique side salads, and fruit tarts.
1041 S. Fairfax Ave.
Daily 11:00am–11:00pmEthiopian restaurant surrounded by others just like it, we like this one for its atmosphere. There are no utensils here, just giant sourdough teff pancakes called injera to scoop up the spicy stews, similar to Indian food.
Native Foods
1110 Gayley Ave.
Daily 11:00am–10:00pmVegan cafe in the heart of Westwood. Their stars are the Chicken Ranch burger and the Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger. The desserts are not so recommended.
Newsroom Cafe
120 N. Robertson Blvd.
Mon–Thu 8:00am–9:30pm
Fri 8:00am–10:30pm
Sat 9;00am–10:30pm
Sun 9:00am–9:30pm
Large menu with something for everyone. Big and often bustling. So, not so much a cafe but an upscale diner. Unique specials.
PF Chang's
121 N. La Cienega Blvd. or
many other locations
Sun–Thur 11:00am–11:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–12:00am
A chain that gets a lot of flack for not having authentic Chinese food; what Chinese restaurant does? We don't care, it tastes good, especially the amazing lettuce wraps.
Pizza Fusion
7950 W. Sunset Blvd.
Sun–Thur 11:00am–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–11:00pm
Real, wood-fired brick oven pizza that leaves ash on the crust. California-ized, yes, but this is what all pizza should be like.
333 S. Alameda St. #310
Mon–Tue 5:30pm–10:00pm
Wed–Thur 11:30am–2:30pm & 5:30pm–10:00pm
Fri 11:30am–2:30pm & 5:30pm–10:30pm
Sat 12:00pm–10:30pm
Sun 12:00pm–10:00pm
This vegan macrobiotic Japanese restaurant is one of our very favorites. Large menu that keeps growing. Sushi that goes beyond avocado and veggie rolls, creatively flaky fish cakes, spicy ramen that's not kidding around, and the best seitan we've ever had. Desserts not recommended.
Urth Caffe
8565 Melrose Ave. or
267 S. Beverly Dr. or
451 S. Hewitt St.
Sun–Thur 6:30am–11:00pm
Fri–Sat 6:30am–11:30pm
Coffee, tea, boba, juice, bread, bagels sandwiches, panini, wraps, salads, soup, many hot entrees, desserts, and even breakfast. This place is very popular and always packed. All coffee is organic, fair trade, and of the highest quality.
Veggie Grill
8000 W Sunset Blvd.
Daily 11:00am–11:00pmSimilar to Native Foods, but better. More of a southwestern flair, with spicy chili, pepper-coated tortilla chips, and chipotle ranch on nearly everything. Chicken, carne asada, steak burger topped w/ onion rings, creamy mac & cheese, even a kale salad that's actually good.
Z Pizza
8869 Santa Monica Blvd. or
123 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Mon–Fri 11:00am–10pm
Sat–Sun 12:00pm–10:00pm
Organic pizza offering a wide variety of unique toppings. Sweet corn, three types of mushrooms, capers, carrots, bean sprouts, pears, eggplant, pine nuts, yams, mango chutney, avocado, cucumber, truffle oil, peanut sauce...