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Tallula’s is a casual, modern Mexican spot in Santa Monica that comes from a very good restaurant family. But it doesn’t live up to it’s potential.
R+D Kitchen in Santa Monica is perpetually crowded, but the burgers and lively crowd are worth the guaranteed 45 minute wait for dinner.
Cafe Bolivar in Santa Monica has great coffee, a decent selection of pastries, and fast wifi, and it never gets too loud to focus.
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Madre! is a big, modern Oaxacan restaurant in Torrance with an even bigger collection of mezcal behind the bar.
Muchos Mas is a lively Mexican restaurant in North Hollywood with big plates of carnitas and lethal margaritas.
Teddy’s Red Tacos
Teddy’s Red Tacos in South LA serves delicious beef birria out of a truck sitting on (not in use) railroad tracks.
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