Favorite Restaurants

I wanted to share some of my favorite restaurants around the country. I am always looking for great restaurant recommendations when I travel…


Babbo, NYC [Photo: Michelle Rick/Flickr]

  • Breakfast: Brown Café, Cookshop
  • Brunch: Bubby’s, Café Habana, Pastis, Cafe Mogador
  • Fancy Dinner: Bond Street, Babbo, Cipriani
  • Low Key Dinner: Freeman’s Alley, La Esquina, Joes Shanghai, Corner Bistro
  • Drinks: Mister H, Standard Biergarten, Catch, Soho House

* Note: NYC bars & restaurants are constantly changing…for recent openings I love checking out NYMag.com

Los Angeles

  • Dinner: The Little Door, Osteria Mozza, The Tar Pit, Camilo’s
  • Drinks (Scene): Eveleigh, The Roosevelt Hotel – Spare Room & Tropicana, Sunset Tower, Chateau Marmont, Freddy Smalls
  • Best Margarita: El Carmen
  • Best Sandwich: Larchmont Village Wine Spirits & Cheese
  • Best Burger: Umami Burger, Father’s Office, The Counter
  • Best Healthy Food: Native Foods Cafe (Culver City)

* For LA Restaurant Openings, check Eater LA and Thrillist.

* Also, check out this article from April 2012 – 10 Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in L.A.

Downtown LA

  • Drinks: The Edison, One Eyed Gypsy, Villains Tavern, The Standard, Seven Grand
  • Brunch: Bottega Louie, Daily Dose Cafe

Manhattan Beach

  • Dinner: Tin Roof Bistro (they have bocce ball), Simzy’s, MB Post
  • Happy Hour: Mucho, Hudson House, Saint Rocke (Hermosa)


  • Dinner: Cactus, Barrio, Purple Cafe & Wine Bar, Brave Horse Tavern
  • Lunch: 520 Grill, Pasta & Company
  • Best Croissants: Cafe Besalu

* Check out my sister Michelle’s Yelp Page for more Seattle recommendations!


  • Lunch: Amada, Kanella

5 thoughts on “Favorite Restaurants

  1. Love love love your blog. You need to try The Misfit bar in Santa Monica and Le Creperie in Long Beach, if you haven’t already. Delicious food and great atmospheres.

  2. I discovered through Google image search that you’ve used my photo of Babbo above. If you’d like to keep it and any others on your site, I just ask that you credit the photo and link it back to my Flickr. Thanks- Michelle Rick

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