Few cultural institutions can claim as essential a dining experience as the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.
Silver Lake’s candlelit grotto recently brought on James Beard-nominated chef Benjamin Bailly (Fraîche, Petrossian), whose farm-fresh menu is tasteful but doesn’t punish the pocketbook.
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
The grandmotherly charm of Mishi’s Strudel Bakery and Café in San Pedro draws you in, but the polished eastern European cooking and the Hungarian-style pastries make this more than an old-world novelty.
You could go to Sqirl just to read the blackboard
Neighborhood: East Hollywood
If you ask the legions of high schoolers who flock here during the café’s late-summer hours, they’ll steer you to the Milkie Way
Neighborhood: Beverly Grove