If I had to use one word to describe the cuisine I came across the most while in Los Angeles, it would be simple, “Californian”. Although San Diego and LA are only an hour and a half away from each other, they couldn’t be more different. When discussing the food, nothing is the same…the Mexican food, forget about it. The difference is just that huge!

What is “Californian” cuisine you ask? Plainly put, it’s about using local, seasonal, sustainable, usually organic fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lean meats and seafood from the coast of California. You may be wondering, “is that it”? Well, no. Often, to make things  more interesting, two or more culinary traditions will be fused together, such as, Mexican/Asian, Tex-Mex or Asian-styled pizza. The best thing about it was, I always felt like I was clean eating.

So, check out my foodie journal below;

I know, I know…All that I just said about fresh fruits and vegetables and clean eating, yeah, just throw that out the window. One can NOT visit LA without making the obligatory Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffle visit. It’s like a museum! Plus that Scoe’s Special was callin’ me!!!

 Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles
5006 West Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
323.934.4405
http://www.roscoeschickenandwaffles.com
 
 
 
 

Here’s a true “Californian” type spot. Now I know some are looking at the last picture and thinking, that doesn’t look like any Jerk Chicken I’ve ever seen” and you would be right. It’s half a chicken de-boned and grilled but the Jerk flavors were there. Normally served with rice & peas, they paired it with Brussel sprouts and butternut squash in a brown butter, topped w/honey glazed hazelnuts. It was amazing tho.

 Luna Park
672 South La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-2110
http://lunaparkla.com
  

 

 

Another Californian spot with a lot of fresh but unusual pairings. They had things on the menu such as;

Cauliflower, golden raisins & almond curry
Watermelon radish, Ahi tuna, snap peas w/Black sesame ginger vinaigrette 
Pickled Red beets, honey Tangerine, onion, walnuts, Goat cheese salad
 

However, the real draw for me was the Lemonade. Who doesn’t love a good Lemonade? Flavors ranged from; Old Fashion to Cucumber Mint, Blackberry Thyme, Watermelon Rosemary, Ginger Peach and Blood-Orange. And if you wanted to kick it up a notch, you had the option of adding a shot of your desired spirit.

Lemonade
1661 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
VENICE, CA 90291
310.452.6200
http://www.lemonadela.com
 
 
 
 
  

Made to order burgers and sandwiches, with your choice of fries or short order spuds, which are baked, torn, then deep fried potatoes. Oh and the fried pickles were EVERYTHING!

Short Order
6333 West 3rd Street #110
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 761-7970
http://shortorderla.com
 

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