12 LA Restaurants To Order From Directly
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Now more than ever, restaurants need every penny they can get. By ordering directly from these LA restaurants when you’re in the mood for takeout, every dollar you spend goes further in helping the spots you love stay afloat in times of uncertainty. With BentoBox powering their delivery and website needs, restaurateurs can avoid the third-party surcharges that cut into their bottom line, and you can keep supporting small businesses without even leaving your couch.
Angelini Osteria is one of those Italian spots that knocks old-school favorites like tagliatelle bolognese out of the park every time. With a massive menu of pasta, antipasti, and pizzas, you might feel dizzy at first, but wherever you land, you’ll end up with something delicious. We rarely make it past their lasagna and recommend adding on one of their charcuterie plates topped with fresh burrata and a bottle of carefully chosen wine.
Run by a mother and son duo (with a side gig as YouTube stars), this Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant serves 100% halal foods like beef-stuffed pitas, chicken wraps, and plates filled with housemade falafel and hummus. All dishes can also be made “Anwar-style,” meaning served on a bed of pita chips, fries, tomatoes, corn, hot peppers, and a thousand island-tzatziki sauce.
If you’re looking for an easy Eastside brunch spot, Friends & Family is the place. Their excellent beef short rib hash travels well and there are great plant-based options like a macro bowl and a kabocha squash sandwich. Plus, the heirloom grain bread and pastries are some of the best in the city - we’re partial to the white cheddar biscuit and weekend-only Swedish cardamom bun.
Remember when you could sit at the counter of a greasy spoon, eat some deep-fried ham and eggs, and listen to the two guys next to you talk about their issues with Nixon? Nick’s Cafe is here to help you remember (even if the two guys are just your imaginary friends). This Chinatown icon has been around for more than 70 years and delivers from both the original location and an Eagle Rock outpost, Rock’N Egg Cafe. Banana nut pancakes? Nick’s omelet, heaped high with roast beef, fajitas, avocado, salsa, cheddar, and more? Breakfast in bed is covered.
Sasabune Express is the more casual Palisades location of Sushi Sasabune, one of LA’s classic omakase sushi restaurants. Here, you can get a la carte high-quality nigiri with Santa Barbara uni and Spanish mackerel or go for one of the combination meals. Sure, it’s no Before Times counter-style omakase, but from the 10-piece sashimi combo to the Trust Me combination, the fish is so good it’ll make you think you’re there.
For as big as the menu is at this Italian spot in the Arts District, you won’t find a single weak spot. Its major standout is the pesto handkerchief pasta, a symphony of thin pasta sheets, olive oil, basil, and almonds that will leave you wondering how you’ll ever feel this level of ecstasy again. Don’t skimp on the prosciutto either, which comes with a disc of puffy fried dough and a New Jersey-sized helping of stracciatella. Open for dinner only.
Step away from the freezer-burned supermarket pint and order your ice cream from Gelato Festival instead. With flavors like Bagigi - peanut butter with white hazelnut spread - and Sicilian Sunrise with blood orange and cardamom, Gelato Festival is an excellent slightly fancy dessert delivery option. They’ve got oat milk gelato and a range of sorbets, including strawberry, chocolate, and peach too.
Southern Girl Desserts in Baldwin Hills is turning out an assortment of incredible cupcakes, pies, cookies, puddings, and cobblers. The sweet potato pie and peach cobbler are our favorites, but with delivery, you can now order more options by the slice, like their German chocolate cake topped with coconut pecan frosting or pecan pie topped with molasses glazed nuts.
Specializing in Tokyo-style Neapolitan pizza, you’ll find a different, slightly drier take on traditional Italian pies here. Although they make your garden-variety margarita, there are also options you might not find elsewhere - like the Japanese, topped with pork sausage, okonomiyaki sauce, kewpie mayo, basil, onion, and mushrooms. Start the meal off with chicken karaage and smoked eggplant hummus and at least you’ll have mixed things up on yet another night in.
This restaurant in Beverly Hills has a big menu of Greek classics. For mezzedes, try the tiropites - a phyllo pie stuffed with cheese, herbs, and honey - and the dolmas, get the filet mignon for an entree, and don’t skip the baklava for dessert.
Bob's Big Boy
If you’re in need of a nostalgia hit, Bob’s Big Boy has been serving diner staples in the Valley for over 60 years. Get the famous double-decker cheeseburger and a 1950’s-style milkshake or malt.
Italy's Little Kitchen
This small Italian restaurant in Westchester serves all kinds of crowd-pleasers, from spaghetti carbonara to veal parmesan, and build-your-own pizza and pasta options. It’s one of those local spots that could quickly become one of your go-to delivery options.