LA has several very famous delis - Olsons is not one of them. Located on Pico in Mid-City, this Scandinavian deli/market has been around since the 1940s, and yet, somehow still feels like a complete secret. The menu has everything from pickled herring to meatballs and shrimp skagen (basically a Scandinavian shrimp roll), and it’s all fantastic. Couple that with a bright space that never gets too crowded, and over 70 different kinds of imported Swedish candies and you’ll struggle to find a reason to ever leave.
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Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
Messob is a Little Ethiopia staple where the art of hand-feeding your date is encouraged, not cause for expulsion.
Commerson is a generic-looking seafood restaurant on La Brea with food that’s actually pretty interesting.
Game-changing, delicious French food in an incredible space in Mid-Wilshire. Hop on the Republique train.
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Chaaste Family Market
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