13 LA Spots To Order From On Caviar For 4/20
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Ah, 4/20, the one day you get to have a little fun - or, at the very least, melt into a couch somewhere. Whatever you decide to get into, you’ll probably need to stack up. Most likely with food that’s delicious and easy to eat, like an excellent panang curry or a perfectly executed burger. And if your meal involves a filled-to-the-brim bento box, even better. Here are 13 great spots to order from on 4/20.
Blistery crusts, globs of mozzarella cheese, and thick, garlicky red sauce - Cosa Buona serves the kind of pizza we could eat twice a week. All of the toppings at this Echo Park spot are straightforward and delicious - meaning you won’t find any fennel pollen or “slow-roasted broccoli stems” here (yes, we made that last one up) - but instead, there are excellent sausage and pepperoni pizzas, as well as deep-fried mozzarella sticks that will transport you to another dimension. No extra external substances required.
Woodspoon is a Downtown neighborhood standby, where you’ll find some of the best Brazilian food in LA. The menu is made up of entrees like seafood stew in coconut sauce, almondegas with creamy polenta, and a truly excellent chicken pot pie. A.k.a, exactly what you need delivered to your door after falling into your couch so hard, you doubt you’ll ever be able to get up.
Yes, the rumors are true. Drinking water helps get rid of a dry mouth. But do you know what pairs really well with water? Spicy panang curry. There’s a ton to like at this Echo Park Thai restaurant, including the namesake mango sticky rice and green curry served with deep-fried roti, but if you’re really serious about maximizing the most of your night, get the panang curry. It’s sweet, savory, and a little spicy - plus, it’s saved us during more late nights than we can remember.
Oh, Din Tai Fung. With their infamously long lines and much-discussed soup dumplings, no other Chinese restaurant in LA has inspired as much awe, fear, or tweets from @Americana at Brand Memes. Their locations in Glendale, Arcadia, Costa Mesa, Century City, and Torrance are all available for delivery, so there’s no excuse not to get your fill of wontons, Shanghai rice cakes, and 20-30 soup dumplings. Give or take 15, just to be safe.
If your idea of a perfect night at home includes reruns of Animals (we like the one with the two psycho house cats) plus fries smothered in gravy, then BADMAASH is the place for you. This DTLA Indian restaurant is cool, affordable, and delicious. Everything from the butter chicken samosas to the ghost chili lamb vindaloo is great, but if you don’t order the chicken tikka poutine, you really need to rethink your priorities.
This retro spot on La Brea is not only one of our favorite places for a burger, but it’s also a great spot to order from when the only thing you can think about is “How is glass made?” Your eyes (and stomach) are probably going to go for the classic double cheeseburger first, but for us, the American is the best burger on the menu. This simple, $6 burger is topped with only American cheese, diced onions, pickles, ketchup, and mustard, and is essentially their take on the Quarter Pounder - but tastes infinitely better, due to their excellent meat quality and fresh produce. Be sure to get some fries as well. They’re thick, crispy, and perfect for dipping in whatever you shake you ordered.
Ruen Pair has a gigantic menu featuring both Thai staples and rare dishes you can’t find anywhere else in LA - ideal for when you’re so enthralled in nature documentaries, you can’t decide what you’re in the mood for tonight. There’s almost nothing we don’t like here, but that said, the salty egg and turnip omelette should always make it into your order.
Casita Del Campo a classic Mexican restaurant in Silver Lake that’s been a gay nightlife institution since the 1960s. They’ve got near-lethal margaritas, plus an excellent menu of food that’ll soak them up afterwards. You’re not going to be mad at their large menu of enchiladas, burritos, and big plates of meat, but we particularly love their sizzling fajitas. Are they wildly different from any other sizzling hot plates you’d find at any other restaurant? Not really. But they do come with healthy portions of your choice of either chicken, beef, or shrimp, and are sauteed with bell peppers and onions - and sometimes, that’s all you need.
In case you’ve been dropped into LA from somewhere far away - or you’ve been living under a rock since you arrived - allow us to educate you about Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, a true Los Angeles treasure. From their chicken and waffles to solo plates where poultry is the only star, without question, this is truly some of the best fried chicken in Hollywood. It’s the perfect mix of super crunchy skin with perfectly juicy meat. Also, the sides, like mac and cheese, cornbread, candied yams, and red beans are so good, we’d easily make a meal out of them.
This Koreatown restaurant is home to some of our favorite Pakistani and Bangladeshi dishes, like rich, buttery chicken karahi curry that tastes like Sonoya Mizuno’s bathwater (or so we think). They’ve also got deeply aromatic basmati rice, tender lamb shank curry, and cheese naan that’s so thick and fluffy, you could use it as a pillow to sleep with at night. Your face might break out a little bit, but it’d be comfortable.
Bulgogi Hut is maybe the perfect KBBQ spot of the moment - even if you’re just ordering in. They have some excellent pre-made options, like golden-brown chicken wings (which come with a medley of sauces), Spam fried rice, and galbi bento boxes filled to the brim with tender, glazed meats alongside rice, japchae, and other banchan. It’s the perfect mix of Korean comfort food that you’ll be thankful for when you get so high you can barely open your eyes.
Borneo Kalimantan Cuisine is an Indonesian/Singaporean restaurant in downtown Alhambra and where you’ll find us ordering from any time the thermometer drops below 70 degrees. The expansive menu is stacked, but it’s the noodle soups that require the majority of your attention. The Laksa Mee is filled with shrimp, fish cake, tofu, and marinated egg all in a mildly spicy coconut milk broth, and is pure soul-curing indulgence.
Back Home In Lahaina wins the award for the best fully immersive Hawaiian experience. Even if you’re just ordering in, the casual South Bay restaurant is filled with so many local favorites, you’ll forget you’re not actually vacationing in Maui. Staples like poke on wonton chips and haupia cheesecake are great here, but their loco moco (a beautiful behemoth that includes two scoops of white rice, a hamburger patty, and a fried egg, all smothered in brown gravy) is one of the best in town.