Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Los Angeles

800 Degrees
When it comes to good-quality fast food Los Angeles is changing the game, and 800 Degrees is at the forefront of that culinary shift.
Apple Pan
Homey hamburger joint with three kinds of pie...
Auntie Em’s Kitchen
Country charm abounds at this sweet and hearty comfort food joint...
Bagatelle LA
Bagatelle LA, which serves up a blend of French and New American cuisines (think grilled wild salmon and truffle gnocchi), turns into a DJ-helmed dance club by mid-afternoon on the weekends.
Bouchon Bakery
Traditional French cakes and pastries from uber-chef Thomas Keller...
Canter’s Deli
This iconic Jewish deli is a delightfully unrefined holdover from a bygone era...
Egg Slut
A gourmet eatery in LA’s Grand Central Market, Egg Slut serves up delicious dishes that feature eggs in the starring role.
Farmers Market
Each day, the market hosts over 100 vendors who capture what LA does best: Multi-ethnic eats. Artisanal goods. Top-notch shopping.
Farmshop
Found in the historic Brentwood Country Mart in Santa Monica, Farmshop is a restaurant and market that showcases Californian cuisine and ingredients.
FOODLAB
If stranded on the cramped stretch of Santa Monica Blvd known as the Gateway to West Hollywood, oasis hunters will be relieved to tuck into the blink-and-you'll
Gjusta
A bakery, deli and cafe in Venice, Gjusta has a huge menu of sweet and savoury delights that have won over Angelenos, some driving across town for a fix.
Guest Blogger Ana Silva in California
Blogger Ana Silva explores Los Angeles and Palm Desert. Here she shares her experiences and recommendations.
In-N-Out Burger
Ask any Angeleno: In-N-Out is the best fast-food burger joint around, hands down. With a secret menu and utterly delicious burgers, fries and shakes, don't leave L.A. without coming here at least once.
Joan’s on Third
A family-run, upscale-casual eatery and marketplace with sun-drenched sidewalk seating and a destination cheese counter, Joan’s has an expansive menu with
King Taco
A 24-hour tribute to the glory of the best tacos in LA...
Locali
Angelenos have long been the vanguard of the organic, sustainable, eco-conscious lifestyle movement, and since 2009, Melissa Rosen's Locali has been on the front line of the LA eco-food scene.
Millie’s Cafe
Comfort food for a rocking Silver Lake crowd...
Philippe the Original
Landmark diner with unbelievable French-dipped sandwiches...
Pink’s Hot Dogs
The undisputed 'hot dog to the stars' is a LA institution...
Plan Check
A spare and industrial restaurant inspired by architectural firms’ aesthetics, Plan Check blends Americana classics with Japanese elements that are a nod to its Little Osaka neighbourhood locale. 
Porto’s Bakery
Ridiculously crowded family-run Cuban bakery...
Reel Inn
Post-beach snacking when you don't want that glorious day to end...
Roscoe’s
Soul food - spicy, messy, fattening, straightforward and utterly comforting...
Santouka Ramen
This could very well be the best café in LA for casual, no-fuss Japanese fare, and locals know that the best time to pay this ever-popular stalwart a visit is during off-hours.
Sqirl
Opened by the combined forces of Squirl’s pro jam-maker Jessica Koslow and coffee aficionados Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, this hybrid spot is at
Swingers
Pop culture-themed diner with an awesome selection of comfort food...
Sycamore Kitchen
Featuring a coffee programme by primo roasters Stumptown and famous pastries like the salted caramel pecan babka, Sycamore also slings a range of breakfast and lunch specials.
The Bazaar
Traditional tapas-style plates for sharing are given an innovative and luxurious twist by executive chef José Andrés
The Oaks Gourmet
The Oaks Gourmet is trying really hard to be everything you could possibly want in a restaurant and neighborhood grocery shop. Luckily for us, it is succeeding. 
The Oinkster
Fast food made with fresh quality ingredients and home-made condiments...
The Original Pantry Cafe
24-hour restaurant with a menu as large as the portions...
The Trails Cafe
Away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown LA, The Trails Cafe - found in Griffith Park - offers vegetarian fare amid 4,000-acres of lush parkland.
Tito’s Tacos
Serious authentic Mexican street fare that commands a huge following...
Tommy’s
Home of the city's most famous chili-topped burger...
Umami Burger
Umami Burger takes the concept of fast food and gives it a fine-dining spin, with both celebrities and locals flocking to its outposts for calorie-heavy fare.
Urth Caffé
The hippest purveyors of organic coffees and teas in LA...
Zankou Chicken
At Zankou Chicken the spit-roasted chickens are unbelievably tender and flavourful, with an otherworldly crispy skin. Trying it is a must...

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