Cobble together an affordable meal of Japanese omusubi, or seaweed-wrapped rice balls, from this Japanese cafe. With more than 20 flavors that range from classic (plum paste with shiso leaf, pickled seaweed and wasabi) to creative (bacon potato skins with ketchup, spam), there’s truly an option for every kind of diner.
Drinks from L.A.’s first drive-through bubble tea spot can now come straight to you. Select from creamy tea lattes or refreshing fruit infusions with toppings like honey boba, egg pudding and lychee jelly. To eat, Boba Ave Express offers a small menu of snacks such as popcorn chicken, Taiwanese sausage and sweet potato fries.
Addicted to poke bowls? They’ve got you covered at Pokiholic. Customize one with two, three or five types of raw fish and a colorful array of toppings and sauces. Those who prefer warmer foods can go for a bowl of udon or crispy fried gyoza.
Elevated breakfast and lunch fare are the specialty of this family-run cafe. Start your day with a Paris Ham croissant or Belgian-style liege waffle and coffee by La Colombe, then fill up on gourmet sandwiches come afternoon. There are several vegetarian options and heftier meat-filled ones, along with organic salads and cheese or charcuterie platters.
It’s all about old-school Italian favorites at this Venice Beach restaurant. Start each meal with a plate of must-order garlic knots, then choose your red-sauce joint staple, whether that’s pasta, cheesy Parm or a fire-grilled slab of meat. Upgrade to the “gargantuan” versions of the pastas and salads when you need to feed a crowd.