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8 Best International Foods in LA

Although traditional American food is delicious, sometimes you need something that feels like a vacation in your mouth. Finding a good spot for international foods can take time and effort but LA has endless options of cuisine.  From Asian to German foods to Indian and south of the border, yup, no matter what kind of food you are craving, there is sure to be a place that hits the spot. We suggest to go outside of your comfort zone and really try something adventurous. Get ready to feed your appetite with the 8 best international foods in LA

1. Petrossian 

Location: 321 North Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood

Pestrossian is  cuisine that will take you to Europe. If you want to feel like you stumbled into a French restaurant, this is the place for you. This caviar boutique originated in Paris in 1920 and the restaurant combines the sophistication and legacy of the Petrossian name by having a colorful and inspired menu of high-quality Petrossian products. Enjoy the exceptional service for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some dishes include shallot poached Alaskan halibut with white corn, smoked salmon, chive, crème fraîche, lemon zest and caviar. Save this restaurant for a special occasion since the prices can add up quickly. Enjoy from Thursday to Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm. 

2. BROKEN MOUTH | Lee’s Homestyle 

Location: 718 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles

Broken Mouth is the perfect blend of Hawaiian and Korean comfort food. It was voted the #1 restaurant in the USA on Yelp for 2023,  making it one of the best international food places in LA. When tasting the food, you will feel an instant invitation into the life of its owner with delicious options like a Teri Chicken Sandwich and Cucumber Kimchi. If you are vegan, you will be happy to hear there are dishes on the menu to satisfy your palate. They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm

3. Guelaguetza

Location: 3014 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles

Guelaguetza showcases delicious family recipes with genuine Oaxacan ingredients. A trip to a Mexican restaurant is a treat any day of the week, but this one is truly noteworthy. The restaurant’s hard work shows since they have been featured in The New York Times, Oprah Magazine and more. This restaurant is open from 11 am -9 pm,Tuesday through Thursday,and 9 am to 10 pm, Friday to Sunday. This family-owned restaurant has many unique mole-drenched chicken dishes and a vibrant atmosphere with live music to get the whole experience. Just so ya know, dining while listening to music is a total mood booster. You also won’t want to skip out on the handcrafted cocktails to complete your yummy meal. You can pair your meal with the perfect cocktail to elevate the experience too and don’t be afraid to pair seafood with spirits. For example, if you get the Sopa de Marscos, a spicy seafood stew with clams, fish and crab legs, a traditional mojito will intensify the crab dish.

4. Wurstküche 

Location: 800 E. 3rd St @ Traction Los Angeles

German Food is making its stamp in Los Angeles, and Wurstküche is a place to get the most delicious International foods. Yup, you don’t want to miss this place. It will change your mind about German cuisine. This restaurant became popular because of its classic (and yummy) Bratwurst, which is topped with onions sauerkraut, ketchup and spicy brown mustard and of course, Belgian fries.  If you want to leave the traditional at the door, try exotic options like rattlesnake and rabbit with jalapeño peppers. The best part is that they have a selection of German beers on draft and you can enjoy the outside in the beer garden. Enjoy Wurstküche on Sunday to Thursday, 11:30 am to 10 pm or Friday and Saturday, 11:30 am to 1 am. 

5. Tara’s Himalayan Cuisine

Location: 10855 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles

This international food option is Himalayan, Tibetan, and Indian cuisine. You are served authentic foods that bring an experience that feels like a home-cooked meal. They use locally grown vegetables and mountain-grown spices and herbs from Nepal. All the dishes use the finest ingredients and are prepared with a light touch so the people of LA can experience the culture. You will notice it is a classy but casual place to dine at. They also offer takeout to bring home if you want to have a delicious meal while staying in. The menu features popular items like Chicken Tikka Masala and Samosa. They’re open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 9:30pm, and Sunday from 11am-3pm.

6. Torigoya

Location: 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #203, Los Angeles

You’ll feel abroad in a just a few bites at Torigoya. This Japanese restaurant will give you a traditional yakitori vibe. It is located in Little Tokyo and focuses on grilled chicken skewers. They also make dishes like the Tori Soboro Bowl with seasoned ground chicken, seaweed and green onion on rice to make the place stand out even more. The prices are reasonable so it is worth waiting for the delicious food. You can dine at a table or sit at the bar and try a bottle of sake. It is open Monday to Thursday from 6 pm to 10:30 pm. and Friday to Saturday from 6 pm to 11 pm.

7. Simpang Asia

Location: 10433 National Blvd #2, Los Angeles

Simpang Asia is an Indonesian restaurant that is women-owned and operated. It started as an Indonesian specialty market and became a well-recognized LA restaurant. Simpang Asia combines Indonesian street food culture with the warmth of a home-cooked dish. It embodies Indonesian dishes’ exotic and unique style with LA’s adventurous vibe. You can choose their Bihun goreng, which has wok-fried thin rice noodles, chicken, cabbage, Chinese greens and egg. You can add on  a side of rice cubes which come with major benefits.There are many delicious choices that will satisfy your craving for Indonesian food. If you decide to dine at the restaurant, you can also bring your dog if you plan to sit outside. It is open every day from 11 am to 10 pm and offers takeout or delivery service.

8. Bagan Burmese Kitchen

Location: 240 N Virgil Ave Ste A, Los Angeles

Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or none of the above, there will surely be an option for you at this restaurant. They specialize in curries, noodles and salads to satisfy your Burmese and Thai cravings. The price is very affordable for the amount of excellent food you get. Some menu options are Mango Chicken, Shan Noodles and more. They also offer delicious drinks like matcha green tea and purple lemonade to enjoy with your meal. The business is family owned and operated, so you get a homey feeling when trying out the food. The restaurant’s mission is to create unforgettable Burmese dishes for each meal utilizing traditional and modern methods. Their exotic blend of flavorful ingredients and spices make up unique dishes that are a must-try and can become your new staple food. It is open every day from 11 am to 9 pm.

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