Exciting, eclectic eateries are filling up the main drag of West Adams—and its residents. Here are a few spots to try.
Some of the city’s most delicious new tacos (all $4) can be found at this brightly colored stand that chef Alex Carrasco, formerly of Osteria Mozza and Scratch Bar, opened at the end of the summer. The flavor-packed beet tinga is a vegetarian delight, while the fried Media Luna, stuffed with chopped shrimp and scallops, conjures the iconic taco de camaron from Mariscos Jalisco. Late hours—it’s open till 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights—and ample outdoor seating add to the fun.
Mike Ross—cofounder of Delicious Vinyl Records, the label that helped launch J Dilla and Young MC—opened this pizzeria with brother Rick in 2015. With its huge outdoor space, the restaurant also serves as an informal community center, holding concerts, art shows, and movie nights. Pies, like the Rick Ross ($14 to $20), with ricotta cheese, shallots, and olives, boast hip-hop names and creative toppings. Not in the mood for pizza? Breakfast is served all day, and wings, pasta, and sandwiches are also on the menu.
This sandwich spot, which debuted last year, offers impeccable, open-faced Scandinavian classics—like gravlax with mustard-dill sauce or Icelandic cod with potato and dill crème fraîche—in delightful mix-and-match pairs ($12 to $13.50). There’s also a tasty open-faced burger with pickled cucumbers ($13.50) and salads topped with juicy Jidori chicken ($17.50 to $17.75). Wash it all down with an orange-cardamom or ginger-lemonade vand, a Danish juice drink similar to an agua fresca (both $3).
This San Fernando Valley Israeli restaurant opened a location in West Adams in May, bringing its delicious, satisfying healthy(ish) fare to the neighborhood. Mains, like falafel (above), chicken shawarma, and fish kabobs can be had as sandwiches ($8.95 to $10.95), salads ($13.95 to $15.95), or plates ($13.95 to $15.95). Perfectly executed veggie sides, like a charred cauliflower steak ($5.95) and brussels sprouts ($6.95) topped with almonds and smoked paprika, round out the meal. Order from the counter to go or enjoy your meal in the charming, bustling courtyard.
Keith Corbin’s California-soul kitchen was one of the most celebrated openings of 2018—and rightfully so. From the black-eyed-pea fritters with a bright herb sauce ($8) to the skillet-fried chicken ($24, below), the food is delicious and the setting lovely and lively. For a quick bite, the attached Adams Coffeeshop serves Tartine Manufactory coffee and house-made pastries.
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