5 Global Dishes Every Angeleno Should Know

In the April issue we tell you about five essential ethnic dishes that represent L.A.’s racial diversity while making for one heck of a tasty lunch. Here’s where to get them

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Cemita Di Milanesa

Harking to the Mexican state of Puebla and to northern Italy before that, the sandwich of breaded steak, avocado, adobo chile, and quesillo cheese comes on a sesame seed roll.

Where to get it:

Cemitas Poblanas Elvirita
3010 E 1st St., L.A., 323-881-0428

Cemitas La China Poblana
3568 Whittier Blvd., L.A., 323-263-8310

Angelicas Cemitas Originales (Truck)
10113 Venice Blvd., L.A., 213-909-4027
4132 West 5th St., L.A.

La Placita Del D.F.
1859 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, 323-780-8232


The Middle East is united in its love of spit-roasted, spice-rubbed meat. Wrapped in a pita and smeared with garlic sauce, it’s as popular in L.A. as it is in Beirut

Where to get it:

Al-Wazir Chicken
6051 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323-856-0660

Ro Ro’s Chicken
6660 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 323-461-9999

Shawarma Palace
8879 Pico Blvd., L.A., 310-777-0402

Ta-eem Grill
7422 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323-944-0013

Pho Dac Biet

For this comforting Vietnamese dish, slippery rice noodles are cooked in a beef broth. Customize it by adding bean sprouts, mint, basil, cilantro, jalapeño, and lime.

Where to get it:
Golden Deli
815 W Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel (626) 308-0803

Pho Hoa
818 N Spring St. L.A. (213) 485-0074

Nha Trang
311 E Valley Blvd., San Gabriel (626) 572-7638

Pho Filet
9463 Garvey Ave., El Monte (626) 453-8911


The grilled corn pancake—stuffed with cheese, stewed pork chicharrón, and loroco, an earthy flower—is El Salvador’s answer to the Mexican gordita.

Where to get it:

Atlacatl Restaurant 
301 N Berendo St., L.A. (323) 663-1404

Conchitas Restaurant 
2580 W Pico Blvd., L.A. (213) 384-4177

Don Lencho Restaurant
6119 S Normandie Ave., L.A. (323) 751-7533

Los Molcajetes
1800 W 8th St., L.A., 213-388-8994
2748 W Temple St., L.A., 213-386-4058
695 S Hoover St., L.A., 213-383-4782
5116 E Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323-268-9893

Soondubu JJigae

Known to soothe homesick Koreans, the hearty stew features tofu, egg, scallions, and rice simmered in a broth made with gochujang, a chili paste.

Where to get it:

So Kong Dong
2716 Olympic Blvd., L.A., 213-380-3737

BCD Tofu House
869 S Western Ave., L.A., 310-534-3480
3575 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 213-380-3807

Chunju Han-il Kwan
3450 6th St., L.A., 213-480-1799

Beverly Soon Tofu
2717 Olympic Blvd. L.A., 213-380-1113

Photographs by Jessica Boone


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