Los Angeles Restaurant Delivery Guide

Loqui

There is nothing I like more on a busy day than ordering in - and not having to leave my house. I am extremely guilty of this. Sometimes it's so necessary and convenient, because I may be busy that day and sometimes don’t have as much time to meal prep or cook so ordering from my favorite LA restaurants is my best bet. Especially on a busy weeknight for dinner, there is traffic to deal with, then parking, it’s sometimes easier to just order online, who’s with me? Which brings in my new obsession - Caviar.

Caviar has all my favorite restaurants- from the fancier pastas and pizza like Jon & Vinny’s to affordable and easy lunch spots like Loqui in Culver City, there is something for everyone.

Read below for a rundown of some of my favorite LA restaurants on Caviar, what to order and for what occasion.

For Healthy Lunches:

Loqui

Don’t forget to order a side of their fresh flour tortillas. They have corn as well, but I prefer flour.

Cava Grill

The braised lamb is my favorite and I love getting ALL the toppings I can. Their dips are incredible, harissa being my favorite. (Of course, I love spicy!)

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Tender Greens

I get the chipotle bbq chicken plate with mashed potatoes and kale salad! Such a healthy, fast and yum lunch! I’m in love with their crostini and mashed potatoes.

By Chloe

For all the vegans out there! Although I’m not vegan, I really love By Chloe, it has a large variety of items on the menu and it’s delicious.

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Nong La

Pho, if the weather in LA drops under 70 (which recently has been likely.)

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For Indulging: (when it’s Friday night + you don’t feel like going out)

Jon & Vinnys

Burrata Pizza and Fussili A la vodka are my favorites, you will not be SORRY!

Blue Ribbon Sushi

Sushi PLS! There is also a fried chicken option if you’re ordering with someone who wants something else.

Cassell's Hamburger

Make sure you get their vanilla bean soda!

Great Deals

Blaze Pizza

My GO TO when I’m feeling lazy and don’t want to get spend over $10 on a pizza. Unlimited toppings and the pizza’s are crispy but also thin enough that it doesn’t feel too heavy.

Shaka Shack

Easy, fast + delicious

Belcampo

The fast burger is a MUST!

Dessert:

Sweet Rose Creamery

Salted Caramel is my favorite.

Van Leeuwan

Honeycomb is bae. One of my favorite ice cream places in LA!

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If you’d like to try out Caviar you can use my code LINDSEYEATSLA for $10 off your first order. What’s your favorite restaurant on the list?

*This blog post is sponsored by Caviar.

My Love for the Los Angeles Restaurant Scene

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Everyone always asks me “how did you start all this?, how did you start cooking, taking pictures at restaurants and how often do you actually go out to eat?”. It normally leads into the conversation about our favorite restaurants and what our favorites foods are, which always excites me and keeps my type of conversation going!

Growing up I always loved photography, I would try to set up shoots with my friends to take photos of their outfits and try to set time to shoot in different locations to expand my photography style and portfolio. Towards the end of high school, I started eating at more “fancy” (+ just overall more delicious) restaurants and started obsessing over anything cooking, restaurant or food related.

When I was in mid-college, I started to really be involved in the Los Angeles restaurant scene, I decided to open a restaurant blog and Instagram. I got so excited sharing food news and restaurants with friends and family, I thought I’d love to share with a community of foodies on Insta too. Where my friends would be spending money on concert tickets, clothes, amusement parks, you name it, I would save my money to go to a new LA restaurant or a highly acclaimed spot that I’ve been wanting to try.

Fast forward a couple years later, I’m still on the hunt and continue to spend my past time eating at restaurants in Los Angeles, but also when I go travel. My travels are now not fueled by activities in a city, but it’s fueled and scheduled by what we’re eating. Which is why I’m interested in the new Uber Visa Card, which earns you 4% back on dining* with no annual fees* and no foreign transaction fee* (something I wish I had when I was in Thailand this past March!) *p.s the 4% back on dining is for restaurants, takeouts, bars and Uber Eats (which I order a lot of, guilty! my top pick is mainland poke!).

Another good pro of the Uber Visa Card is that you can receive up to $600 for mobile phone damage or theft when you pay your mobile phone bill with your card* (also perf when I’m traveling!). Sometimes eating at restaurants and traveling can get a bit pricey which is why it’s so important to find a card that has high rewards.

Not only with restaurants and travel, but I’ve picked up a passion that realized I wasn’t doing as much, cooking. Now when I go to restaurants, it bring a new means of inspiration and helps motivate me in my cooking, recipe development and food styling. It helps me shape different ways I’d like to share news with the people that follow me and inspires me to keep trying new restaurants.

Do you have the new Uber Visa Card? What are your favorite rewards on it?

More info on the new Uber Visa Card can be found here. *Terms and Conditions Apply. *Offer subject to credit approval. This blog post is sponsored by @Uber.

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How to Fight Sunday Scaries: Brunch at The Omni Hotel DTLA

It's the weekend - you're looking for something to do, you're looking for things to eat, where do you go? This past weekend I went to the Grand Cafe in the Omni Hotel Downtown LA for their Hangover Brunch! If you're a local, stop by for their breakfast buffet (or have a 1 night staycation like I did!), if you're traveling, stay here for the night and stumble out of bed and indulge in shrimp, mussels, crab legs, prime rib, a dessert bar and wait for it... bottomless mimosas. Read on for the full details on my 1 night stay!

Started off with mimosas and went on with shrimp, prime rib + mashed potatoes and horseradish sauce (MY FAVORITE)! Had breakfast staples, such as fruit, eggs, the whole shebang. Ended with some desserts and macarons from their dessert bar. Don't miss out on the piled high bacon, fruit station and more... it is definitely brunch heaven! 

When I came into my room, there was this gorgeous display of California - depicting the LA drought. What really surprised me were those pebbles were real chocolates glazed to make it look like pebbles - mind blown, they were so good! 

After brunch, I went to the Broad Museum, which is right across the street and was also shown in the view from my room. In addition to the Broad, The Omni Hotel is also a block away from Grand Central Market, where you can get the famous Eggslut or my favorite ice cream ever: Mcconnell's. I'll be back. :) 

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Cafe Gratitude, Hedley & Bennett and ending the day off at the EP & LP rooftop, follow along as I take a tour of LA testing out the new Sony Alpha A7ii!  

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Love walls, juice - what more could you want? 

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Next up - Hedley & Bennett with many different stations for photo opportunities. Rainbow walls, blow up floats, DIY stations. 

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Ending the day off with some dinner, alcocholic boba, a view and sunsets. 

Messhall Kitchen

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Messhall Kitchen, located in Los Feliz, has a large menu with fantastic choices, especially their cocktail program, which changes themes monthly. This month's theme is Harry Potter. All the juice is squeezed in house, achieving that super fresh taste, and the combinations work perfectly, giving off an interesting take on Harry Potter. Staples include the fried chicken sandwich and oysters. Take a look at the pictorial essay of Messhall Kitchen below.

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Fried Chicken Sandwich with hot honey aioli, red onions, lettuce and pickles

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Oysters (dozen)

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Hot Wings Tokyo Style

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Banana Cream Pie

Now for the cocktails....

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Polyjuice Potion

151 rum, persimmon syrup, grapefruit, lemon, sherry float

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Felix Felicis

Ford's gin, Lichi Li liquer, agave, lemon

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Amortentia

El dorado rum, creme de cacao, creme de menthe, angostrura, cream, egg white

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Draught of Living Death

scotch, cio ciaro, yellow chartreuse, meyer lemon bitters

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Pepperup Potion

Corralejo Reposado tequilla, cynar, peppercorn syrup, mint

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Messhall Old Fashioned

Four roses bourbon, sugar, bitters

Faith & Flower

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Faith & Flower is an essential DTLA restaurant and one of my new go-to spots. The ambience and architecture are filled with textures, color and a cozy feel. Every bite of the food is filled with flavor, technique and uniqueness. In addition to the food, there is a large variety of cocktails and drinks, made with passion and excitement. Faith & Flower is sure to become my go to spot for brunch, lunch and/or dinner. The oxtail agnolotti and the kimchi deviled eggs are staples here and now I know why... Read more for the full spread.

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Kimchi Deviled Eggs

Kimchi gave this a unique feel to a traditional deviled egg, the black sesame seeds gave a nice look to the finished appetizer.

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Warm Mushroom Salad

Comes hot, something you don't always see with the "salad" title, loved the textures, especially with the Onion Soubise underneath.

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Oxtail Agnolotti

All the flavors of this dish worked well with the fresh agnolotti to the tender oxtail with the crunch of the chicharrones, this was by far one of the best dishes I've ever had and cannot wait to go back again for more.

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Burrata Pizza with Sage, Baby Kale, Tomatoes & Sage

Burrata makes my heart sing, and also perfectly cooked crust.

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Tempura Fried Green Beans with Chermoula Dipping Sauce

Crunchy, perfectly fried and pairs well with the sauce.

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Ice Cream Pops: Pistachio, Hazelnut, Praline/Mint

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Straus Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta: Pomegranate Seeds, Honey, Yuzu Granita

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Felix Griffin: Clear Creek 8 yr. Eau de Vie de Pomme, Clear Creek Pear, Hibiscus, Fresh Lemon, Hine VSOP

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Critical Hit: Blackwell's Spiced, Centenario Anejo, Canela, Fresh Lemon & Carrot, Egg Whites

Refreshing with the fresh lemon and carrots and a smooth texture with the egg whites.

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28 days later: Gosling's Black Seal 115.5, DonQ Anejo, Ilegal Reposado, Smith & Cross, Pernod Absinthe, Maraschino, Tuaca, Paradaise Blend, Angostura & Peychaud's Bitters, Pomegranate, Passion Fruit, Fresh Pineapple, Lime & Grapefruit Juice

Made me feel like I was on a beach in Cabo, definitely brought me back to vacation in paradise.

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Spanish Milk Punch: Made in house through a series of cooking, straining and creating this one of a kind drink. 

Smooth and fresh, this drink is filled with flavor and the taste has a nice kick.

Presentation of all the dishes, the ambience and architecture, the cocktails and the food were all amazing. Can't wait to go back!

Doma Kitchen

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A sweet spot located in Manhattan Beach, Doma Kitchen is bringing amazing flavors filled with local and fresh ingredients.

I had a remarkable experience enjoying the beautiful decor and delicious Doma Kitchen staple dishes. The owner, Angie, is friendly and really passionate about food and her culture. The menu contains all different types of cuisine but has a strong emphasis on European & Central Asian dishes, some from her background in Ukraine. When food tastes good, even more than good, one can notice it's due to the amount of passion and love put into the meal and this shine through here at Doma Kitchen.

We tasted traditional dishes with a healthy and unique twist. Starting with Borscht, then Housemade Chicken Dumplings in Broth, Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs, Uzbeck style, and ended with tea and Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). Continue reading for photos and a full run down of the dishes.

We started off with some black and hibiscus iced tea served in cute mason jars. While waiting for Angie to arrive, I took a look at the menu. Serving happy hour from 3-6 on Monday-Friday with $1 off beer and wine as well as many discounted appetizers and sides. The menu is diverse and contains many Californian dishes like wraps, tartines, sandwiches and french fries and then some other dishes that are very cultural, these are the dishes we tried.

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First off was the Borscht. This is a Ukrainian style soup with beets, cabbage and local natural grass fed lamb, fresh dill, bavarian rye bread and a side of sour cream. Everything we tried was phenomenal, but this was by far my favorite dish. Doma Kitchen took on this Borscht and transformed it into a healthier dish. Normally, it is much heavier but this was light and with the grass fed lamb, it brought a strong and tender flavor. The flavor of the soup was sweet and savory, bringing pieces of cabbage and tender, tasty lamb. This dish is extremely light, yet filling, and the flavors just sing in unison. What you do is put some sour cream in the soup with some bread. They ship their Rye Bread from Germany, it is extremely fresh and delicious. When you have this soup with the sour cream, it brings it to another level. I cannot wait to come back here and get this soup again.

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Next was the dumpling soup. These are Siberian style housemade dumplings, local cage-free chicken, chicken broth, fresh dill and of course - a side of sour cream. The dumpling dough was made in-house and this shows through with the bite. It is velvety, soft, and extremely fresh. The dill gives the chicken inside and the broth a hearty flavor. I am a fan of chicken dumplings and these were some of the best I've had. The flavors of all the chicken with the chicken broth was fantastic. All the local and cage free, grass fed meat and poultry is a strong way to be healthy and to feel lighter when having a meal.

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After the soup, we tried Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs. It had veggies like Garbonzo Beans and a sauce as well as tomatoes and onions. There were also raisins in the rice dish and I am normally not a huge fan of raisins in rice, but this worked perfectly together. The turmeric and spice blend in the rice worked perfect and all the flavors acted with one another, making this a pretty awesome rice dish.

A seasonal dessert was up next, Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). The fact that this dessert dish is gluten free really brings a smile to my face. Although I am not gluten, some people are allergic or that is their choice to not eat gluten and at restaurants especially, there are not a lot of gluten dessert options, and if they do have it, it's not very tasty. However, this was a great taste of marshmallow whipped cream with the cinnamon caramelized apples presented on a tree tray in a mason jar.

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Overall, this was an amazing spot. I enjoyed everything and every bite. The freshness was strong and the flavors all worked together. I left feeling full, and a good full. Not a full after a hamburger and french fries, this was the full we need to be. From a filling yet light and locally, free ranged and fresh lunch. Be sure to check out Doma Kitchen, maybe I'll see you there next time! Planning my next visit already.

Terrine Labor Day BBQ

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Labor Day was coming up and I was able to attend Terrine's all you can eat BBQ! With great ambience, fresh food off the grill and awesome weather, Monday night was a success. For just $35.00 a person excluding drinks & tax, you get to eat an endless amount of delicious food barbecued by Chef Morningstar of Terrine!  The selection was picked carefully and executed perfectly. From pickle brine fried chicken to mac n cheese and a tomato salad, everything paired well together! The flavors of every item had my mouth watering and wanting more and more. Continue reading to see more pictures and view the dishes through the all the day BBQ!

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Hierloom Tomatoes with Cotija Cheese: This was a refreshing and soft part of the heavy, meat filled meal! It worked well with the hot meats and the mac n cheese. This was one of the dishes I kept going back to clear my palette and enjoy a refreshing bite.

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Crispy Potato & Hatch Chile Tacos: This was almost like an empanada and tasted amazing! The potatoes were crispy and also soft on the inside and the crispy taco worked well with the potato. This was also one of my favorites.

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Frito Pie with Texas Chile & Cheese 

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Potato Salad: I am a major fan of potato salad and this was one of the best I've EVER had! It was not a strong mayo taste like some potato salads may have. It was a very light salad, which is rare when potatoes are heavy and the sauce is normally heavy as well. This is definitely a recipe I want to snag. The potatoes were also cooked perfectly which sometimes restaurants may mess up. Overall, the potato salad, mac n cheese & the tomato salad had me coming back for more and more every time I got some meat from the BBQ!

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Swordfish Brochettes with Tomato Salsa 

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Ancient Age Bourbon, Grapefruit, Honey: This was a delicious, sweet but not SO sweet cocktail to go with the delicious BBQ! The grapefruit masked the bourbon but not too much and the honey gave it nice flavor as well.

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Sticky Toffee Cornbread: This was by FAR one of my favorites of the night. The cornbread was moist and full of flavor and then on top there was a gooey sticky toffee! It was sweet and paired PERFECT with the amazing cornbread. It was sweet, sticky and had an amazing taste, I had a lot of these!

Pictured above in the first photo was the Pickle Brine Fried Chicken. I've never in my life had fried chicken like this, and this is on their regular menu. The other items are just special for this occasion but on their day-to-day menu they have the Fried Chicken with Grits! The outside crust was crunchy and had a hint of sour from the pickle that gave it an amazing taste. And then when you bit into it, you taste soft and melt-in-your-mouth chicken. Best of the night!

Thanks Terrine for having me! It was truly a night to remember and I am looking forward to coming back soon!

Pictured below is the whole menu of the night:

Mains

Swordfish Brochettes with tomato salsa

Pickle Brine Fried Chicken

Texas-Style Smoked Beef Brisket

Housemade Hot Links

BBQ Pork Ribs

Crispy Potato & Hatch Chile Tacos

Sides

Frito Pie with Texas chili and cheese

Heirloom Tomatoes and cotija cheese

Squash Salad with feta, red onion, and garlic vinaigrette

Potato Salad

Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Desserts

Sticky Toffee Cornbread

Blondies with pecans

Magic Cookie Bars