Restaurants in Los Angeles – Reviews of Places to Eat

Restaurants in Los Angeles – Reviews of Places to Eat

A Running List of Places to Eat in Los Angeles
Lately I haven’t been able to write my restaurant reviews as frequently as I eat out.  So many of the places I haven’t reviewed in the past are really worth mentioning on my blog.   Some may be even better than restaurants in Los Angeles I’ve reviewed at greater length.

So here you will find a running list of places where you can eat and drink in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.  These reviews will not be comprehensive, but rather summaries to share my experiences to help you find new places to try.

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Explanation of the Belgian Foodie Rating System for Reviews

General Comments about My Ratings
 
Rating Scale
In all my reviews, I give ratings on various elements on a 1-to-5 scale.   One is the lowest rating and five is the highest.  Below is a short description for each number of stars:

1 star:  Awful, below all expectations
2 stars:  Needs serious improvement
3 stars:  Average, satisfactory, in no way exceptional or standing out
4 stars:  Very good, well above average
5 stars:  Outstanding / extraordinary, absolutely perfect

Keep in mind that I rarely give between 4.5 and 5.0 in any criteria since there’s always room for …


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Tlayuda LA – Family Latin American Restaurant

Tlayuda LA – Family Latin American Restaurant

Why You Should Visit Tlayuda LA
A few weeks ago my son and I enjoyed a yummy Oaxacan supper at Tlayuda L.A. in East Hollywood (Los Angeles).   Recently I returned there for lunch with my brother.  He’s an aficionado of Latino cuisine and had never been to Tlayuda LA.  He was excited to discover it.

Tlayuda LA enjoys one of the best ratings for Mexican food in our area.  More precisely Tlayuda LA’s cuisine is primarily Oaxacan, thus automatically making it also Mexican and Latin American.  You will therefore find Tlayuda LA under listings for all three cuisines.

Tlayuda LA Restaurant
  • Location
  • Atmosphere
  • Food
  • Service
  • Price / Quality Ratio

Summary

Tlayuda LA in East Hollywood offers reasonably-priced tasty home-style Oaxacan food served with a smile in a cheerful atmosphere. The two sisters who run Tlayuda LA welcome customers with a smile and a friendly greeting. If you try this restaurant, you will surely return often.

4.2

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Soom Soom – Tasty Fresh Mediterranean Food

Soom Soom – Tasty Fresh Mediterranean Food

Why is Soom Soom one of my New Favorite Restaurants in Los Angeles?
 
Kismet led me to Soom Soom
A few weeks ago my son and I dined at Kismet, a new Middle Eastern / Mediterranean restaurant in Los Feliz that received raving reviews in Los Angeles Magazine.

Kismet did not live up to my expectations.  Like many trendy restaurants for the moment, Kismet offers small plates intended to be shared.  The food was tasty and presented in an attractive way. Yet, nothing wowed me, except their tahini sauce.

My son and I enjoyed our meal, even if we were somewhat disappointed.  The prices, …


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Community – Los Feliz Restaurant

Community – Los Feliz Restaurant

Community’s Promise
The past couple months I’ve enjoyed spending time on Hillhurst Avenue.  It’s a low-key neighborhood-type street with a fair amount of eating choices, particularly during the day.  Click to read more about Hillhurst Avenue.

One day while walking down Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz (Los Angeles), I was mesmerized by Community’s atmosphere and promise.  For several reasons I wanted to try this restaurant and perhaps even become a frequent customer.

Community
  • Location
  • Atmosphere
  • Food
  • Service
  • Price/Quality Ratio

Summary

Community left many promises unfulfilled. Its location on Hillhurst Avenue is very good for a neighborhood lunch place. Community has a warm, cozy and welcoming atmosphere. My Community Noodle dish, however, tasted like boiled cabbage and onions. The service was satisfactory. I did not feel that my dish was worth the high price charged for a soup featuring such inexpensive ingredients. I would not recommend going here unless you wanted to try one of its signature dishes. There are many other options on Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz.

3.0

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Stamp Proper Foods – Los Feliz cafe

Stamp Proper Foods – Los Feliz cafe

What I look for in a Cafe
As a recent relocatee to Los Angeles, I am enjoying exploring different neighborhoods and eating establishments.  It’s even more fun since writing restaurant reviews and identifying new food ideas is part of my living now.

I’ve been seeking new places where I can eat, drink and work with my laptop so I get out of my home more during the day.  In addition, it’s important to me that the staff and the place’s vibe are welcoming.  I want to feel comfortable setting up my laptop to work a few hours.  Of course, I expect to drink and eat in while working to justify taki…

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Kettle Glazed Doughnuts – Hollywood

Kettle Glazed Doughnuts – Hollywood

Are Kettle Glazed Doughnuts really Great?
 
Neighborhood Doughnuts
The past few months I have enjoyed discovering my new neighborhood: Hollywood, California.  Although I grew up in Los Angeles, I have not lived here since high school several years ago.

Part of moving to a new city is finding new favorite places to eat, shop, drink coffee, and take walks.  My brother has recommended many places, while I’ve found others on my own.  It’s helpful receiving his suggestions, yet it’s fun to find places that I can call mine.  I’m still exploring my new surroundings and loving the adventure…

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Flavorful Foods for Babies and Toddlers

Flavorful Foods for Babies and Toddlers

What a Good Eater! Cookbook
It may be a few years since my kids were infants or toddlers, yet believe it or not I’m already starting to look ahead to being someday a grandfather.  No rush, but when it happens I want to be prepared.

So a couple weeks ago when Amy Godiwalla and Alessandra (Ali) Macaluso invited me to try out some recipes from their new book What a Good Eater!, I jumped at the opportunity. What a Good Eater! is a cookbook full of nutritious recipes for babies and toddlers.  Many of the recipes feature healthy herbs and spices which add flavor while broadening your baby’s pala…

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Exploring Romania More Deeply

Exploring Romania More Deeply

First Time in Romania
At the start of my Journey to Greece last June, I spent five days in Romania visiting mainly Timisoara, Sibiu and Brasov. Stopping in villages along my route or at vista points atop mountains to take photos of the magnificent scenery below became part of my daily routine while travelling by car.

The landscapes in the Transylvania region of Romania, in particular in and around the Carpathian Mountains, were absolutely breathtaking.  Of the three cities visited on my first trip, I loved Brasov most and would have liked to have stayed there longer.

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Road Through Bulgaria Back Towards Belgium

Road Through Bulgaria Back Towards Belgium

Saying Good-bye to Xanthi
Two weeks ago I left Xanthi, the main destination of my Journey to Greece, to head back up north to Belgium.  I was sad to be returning towards ordinary life instead of continuing to wander wherever the wind blew me, so to speak.  Ok, it would take quite a gale to blow me in one direction!  But you understand my point.

Even though I still had one month to travel from Xanthi to Brussels, the remorse was hard to shake off.  I immensely enjoyed visiting Xanthi, which I believe will always have a special place in my heart.  I am preparing a separate post on my time in…

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Eating Out in Xanthi – A Personal Guide

Eating Out in Xanthi – A Personal Guide

What are the Eating Out Habits in Xanthi?
Visiting friends in Xanthi
This summer I had the pleasure to visit Xanthi to spend time with friends and explore the local food culture.  As many of you know, Xanthi, located in Greece’s Thrace region, was the main destination of my three-month Journey to Greece, which is now about two-thirds completed.

During my stay in Xanthi, I had the pleasure of several delicious homemade meals prepared by my friend, Thomais. I also enjoyed eating out for lunch and dinner numerous times in restaurants, not including my various snacks between meals.

After a…


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Halkidiki My Lovely

Halkidiki My Lovely

Is Halkidiki Heaven on Earth?
Some may consider such a question sacrilege?  How can Heaven be on Earth?  Yet, almost every day I was in Halkidiki I experienced something spiritual.  This written by a person who does not think of himself as being particularly spiritual.

 
What or where is Halkidiki?
Halkidiki (or Chalkidiki) is a peninsula in the Central Macedonia region of Greece. Halkidiki, south of Thessaloniki, is a popular destination in the summer for tourists mainly from Southeast Europe.  You can find out more useful information by clicking this link.

 


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Road from Brasov to Xanthi

Road from Brasov to Xanthi

Why the Rush to Xanthi?
Originally I planned to arrive in Xanthi (Greece) on 15 June, after visiting a few days some mountain villages in Bulgaria.  But as I drew closer to Xanthi and to seeing my friends there, I became impatient.   Wait a second, I’m jumping to the end while there are still some tales to share with you.

After a restful and restorative visit to Brasov, Romania, I headed south towards Bulgaria.  Not far from Brasov lies one of Romania’s most famous places, Bran, the home of Bran Castle, better known as Dracula’s Castle.  Although not far, I would have loved to have travell…

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Musutu in Xanthi, Greece

Musutu in Xanthi, Greece

What Makes Musutu a Local Hit?

Musutu in Xanthi
  • Location
  • Atmosphere
  • Food
  • Service
  • Price / Quality Ratio

Summary

Musutu is a definite must-stop in Xanthi for fine food, coffee and drinks. The manager, Giorgos, will take excellent care of you. At the end of your meal you will feel as if you've made a new friend.

Musutu
Elpidos 7 | Elpidos 7 & Dagkli
Xanthi 67100, Greece

Tel: +30 25410 68988
http://www.musutu.gr/ (currently under construction)

4.5

Customers stop in all day and evening at Musutu, a cafe-restaurant located on a pedestrian street in the center of Xanthi.  During the off-hours they come to chat with friends and to enjoy coffee.  Greek coffee or espresso, cold or hot, however you enjoy it.  Although there are many other places for coffee nearby, locals seem drawn to Musutu by an invisible force.

In fact, however, what attracts people to this cafe – restaurant is the manager himself,  Giorgos Grammatopoulos.  He is like the conductor of an orchestra who you don’t notice until …


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Becoming More Centered in Central Europe

Becoming More Centered in Central Europe

Rivers, Pastel Colors and Lots of Green in Central Europe
I always try to avoid generalizations or stereotyping when talking about countries visited.  How can a tourist really understand the depths of a country’s uniqueness or what makes its people tick in a few days passing through?  Even after living in Brussels for 26 years and becoming a Belgian citizen I try not to ruffle any feathers when asked to describe life in Belgium.

In the past 11 days I’ve driven more than 2000 kilometers (1200 miles) from Brussels to Brasov, Romania.  I have tried to avoid larger cities as well as major high…

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