Don’t shoot the messenger, but Los Feliz can be a tricky place to eat. Sure, its cafe culture is strong and if the time is right for an iced coffee, you’re in fantastic hands. Your parents will definitely feel things over the history-oozing Dresden and you can bet that photo from Churro Borough is still getting likes. But at the end of the day, none of these make for that signature neighborhood restaurant everybody craves. Does Los Feliz have one of those? Does it even need to? Yes, it does.
And luckily for Los Feliz, that restaurant is Little Dom’s.
On the north end of Hillhurst, this retro Italian restaurant embodies this nostalgic-obsessed neighborhood better than its residents probably even realize. For starters, let’s all remind ourselves Little Dom's hasn't actually been around all that long. The brick facade and wood-paneled interior has you thinking this place pre-dates New Jersey but, in fact, it opened in 2007. And that’s by design. Little Dom’s rat-pack vibe is casual enough for you to show up in your Keds on a Sunday morning and romantic enough to be one of the best date spots on this side of town at night. All of this registers well with the trend-seeking, gainfully employed adults in the area.
It also doesn’t hurt that Little Dom’s has some mighty good food as well. Nothing on the menu will blow your mind but a few things come extremely close. Over the years, brunch has become the spot’s real breadwinner, but we’d be hard pressed to say any time of day is the wrong one at Little Dom’s.
Even if it’s a touch put-on, the appeal of Little Dom’s is undeniable. You can make Little Dom’s into whatever you want it to be and that’s exactly what Los Feliz wanted. Nothing too tricky about that.
Legend status. These little babies are some of the best things on the menu and you can thank the sensible dollop of provolone and mozzarella waiting on the inside for that. You're going to want to order multiples of these, but try to resist. They are as dense as a muddy softball and there's still plenty of good food to come.
Eggs on pizza have long been a staple of the gas station hot bar scene, but at Little Dom's we finally get the version we deserve. With paper thin crust and plenty of mozzarella to go around, it's gooey and decadent but somehow not all that heavy. It comes with one egg on top but you're obviously asking for two. Breakfast menu only.
Another Little Dom's breakfast staple, this is a case study into why sweet and savory will always be a thing. And butter. Can't forget about the butter.
The taste of this bad guy is certainly what you want it to be, we only wish there was a bit more to it. They nail the necessary crunch one expects from a grilled sandwich, but the inside remains a tad thin.
Everyone's favorite food to watch someone else eat for the first time is pretty solid at Little Dom's. And also quite large. How humans ever figured out this was something we could eat in the first place is beyond us, but we're glad it happened.
Tucked down at the bottom of the menu, this isn't gonna jump off the menu at you but you should still order it. When has red meat at an old-school Italian joint ever been a bad choice?