California Eats: Greater Los Angeles Area

It’s been about two weeks since I returned from my trip to California, but I can’t stop thinking about the food. From fresh sushi to take out burgers, the Greater Los Angeles Area has it all. Here are a few of my favourites:

THE STRAND HOUSE

With the best view in Manhattan Beach, The Strand House is a popular place for many locals and visitors. Make sure you check the sunset time for the best romantic view in the area.

For the appetizer, we enjoyed the heirloom tomato salad with avocado, balsamic shallot marmalade, frisée and buratta cheese. The prosciutto wood fired pizza was delicious, topped with mozzarella, arugula, balsamic and burratta (yes, again). The wild Alaskan king salmon is also recommended.

I can’t say enough about the petite glazed doughnuts: Tahitian vanilla bean, strawberry, chocolate & caramelized krispies, caramel with fleur de sel and peaches & cream.

This dish alone is a good enough reason to fly out to California.

Ok, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but you get my point.

ROK SUSHI 

Rok Sushi is Hermosa Beach’s take on modern Japanese fusion. Located just steps from the pier, it’s a great place to start your night. The spot is most well known for sushi, of course, with good reason. The chefs use the most delicious, fluffy rice you could imagine and all kinds of fresh seafood.

We ordered the spicy edamame beans as an appetizer. Topped with sliced chilies, garlic and oil, the bean still has its sweet flavour, but with a little punch. My favourite sushi roll was the rok ‘n’ lobster crab, filled with baked lobster, snow crab, cucumber, avocado, spicy mayo, eel sauce and soy paper instead of seaweed. Other recommendations are the Lakers lobster roll, burrito roll and chicken teriyaki roll.

IN-N-OUT BURGER

If you’re travelling to California, this is one spot you have to visit. Be ready to wait in line, though, because In-N-Out is known for its burgers. You can find them all over the state, but there is one conveniently located just outside LAX.

The menu is simple: a hamburger, cheeseburger and double-double (double patty, double cheeseburger). Another popular item that can be found on the “not-so-secret menu” is the protein style burger, which has hand-leafed lettuce instead of a bun. I also ordered a milkshake, which was a little too thick for my liking. They’re made with real 100% ice cream, so you’re probably better off eating it with a spoon.


UNCLE STAVROS CAFÉ

The Greek family owned Uncle Stavros Café in Hermosa Beach is such a perfect little spot. The experience all starts with comforting owners. They put their heart into the business and it shows in the food.

I’m not usually one for flavoured coffee, but the hazelnut blend here is heavenly. As for breakfast, I recommend the eggs benny or the Mediterranean omelet (stuffed with sautéed onions, spinach, wilted tomatoes and feta cheese). Unfortunately, this was our last meal in Cali, so it was bittersweet, but definitely a great send-off.

Although I’ve only covered four spots in this post, I could really go on and on. If you’re ever in the area, keep an eye out for these gems. Until next time, I’ll just have to stare at that darn doughnut photo.

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