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

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