West Adams

  • 22 May 2007
  • Anonymous (not verified)

Highlights include the Harold and Belle's famous Cajun eatery, the historic El Cholo, and a few from adjacent Pico Union such the amazing Papa Cristo's Taverna and Cuban restaurant El Colmao. Updated March 8, 2016.


23rd Street Cafe
936 W 23rd St 
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Indian/Mexican/American. Vegan friendly


Bacaro LA
2338 S Union Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Sun-Thurs 5-10 pm, Fri-Sat 5-11 pm
Tapas, wine bar $$




Dino's Chicken and Burgers
2575 W Pico Blvd - Los Angeles, CA
Sun.-Thu., 6 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 6 a.m.-midnight

Incredible Greek chicken invented by owner Demetrios Pantazis, served up from a small fifties burger stand. Take some home tonight. Price? They practically give it away.


El Cholo
1121 S. Western Ave.
Mon-Thurs, 11 am-10 pm; Fri -Sat 11 am-11 pm; Sun 1 pm-9 pm
Mexican $+
Landmark family restaurant. Outstanding margaritas, nachos, guacamole, and greencorn tamales. Now with some vegetarian choices.

Website: http://www.elcholo.com/



El Colmao
2328 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Between Vermont and Hoover
Mon-Sat: 10am-8:30pm, Tue: close at 5 pm, Sun: 12pm-9pm
Excellent traditional Cuban fare


El Sonsonateco
2171 W. Washington Blvd.
Daily 9 am-9 pm
Central American $


The Grinder
525 W 28th St
Los Angeles, CA 90007
At Figueroa
Traditional American restaurant - Think Norms or Dennys
Good for breakfast, and they open very early on Sundays, something lik 6:30


Harold and Belle's
2920 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Sun-Thurs 11:30 am-10 pm Fri-Sat 11:30 am-11 pm
Southern-Cajun $$
The pride of West Adams

"Best Soul Food, 2001" -- Steve Harvey


 Ho Sai Kai
3723 S. Western Avenue

Tues-Thurs 11 am - 10 pm, Sat 12 pm - 11 pm, Sun 12 pm - 9 pm, Mon closed
Inexpensive neighborhood Chinese restaurant serving wholesome traditional simple Cantonese food. They recently had a facelift and got a new cook. Still a modest Cantonese place but a bit nicer than in the past.



Jacks N Joe
2498 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
"A Breakfast All Day Kind of Place"
M-F: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
S-S: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
(in the second strip mall on the east side of the street going north from Adams Blvd.)

Flapjacks, omelets, and good coffee all day. See our review.


La Barca
2414 S.Vermont
Sun-Thu: 10:30am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 10:30am-11pm
Lunch, Dinner
Mexican $


The Lab Gastropub
3500 S Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA 90007
High tech chrome decor
Sandwiches $10-$12, entrees to $18
Open for lunch and dinner
East side of Figueroa just south of Jefferson




 The Lab Gastropub

Lady Effie's Tea Parlor
453 E. Adams Blvd (near San Pedro Blvd.)

Lunch only, sandwiches, pastry, tea

Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations required.
Weekends and afternoons by appointment
Average price range (for one meal and drink): $11-$20

Downtown News: "There was a time when women wore hats, furs and gloves to tea, served their delicacies on china, and shared secrets over card games that lasted late into the afternoon. A trip to the home of the former Effie Mae Miles in West Adams is a visit to this bygone era.... Vonnie named each room in honor of an aunt, so a stroll through the halls is like a walk through a novel with portraits of characters at each turn.... A visit to Lady Effie's is a unique opportunity to experience an afternoon tea as it was meant to be."


La Taquiza
3009 S. Figueroa St. (at 30th Street)

Los Angeles Weekly, March 24-30, 2000:

"The best Mexican antojito in Los Angeles may be something called a mulita — a sort of quesadilla on steroids, good enough to make a grown man yelp with joy — at the South-Central restaurant La Taquiza No. 2. Two thick corn tortillas, made seconds earlier, are slapped down on a griddle, glazed with jack cheese and fresh guacamole, sprinkled with a few grams of meat snatched off the fire, then welded together into kind of a sandwich. The tortillas, while bulky, have the illusion of great lightness and a fluffiness that comes only as the result of consummate culinary skills. There is a crisp, toasty brittleness where the mulita has rested against the griddle; this gives way to an almost puddinglike softness inside, the sweet smack of grilled corn, and (finally!) the paired richnesses of the cool avocado and the hot melted cheese, plus the chile-tinged chewiness of carbonized pork. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lunch for two, food only, $6–$12. No alcohol. Takeout. Guarded lot parking. AE, MC, V.




Orange Door Sushi (formerly Little Xian)
Japanese Grill/Sushi
1666-1/2 W. Adams Blvd

Mon-Sat 10am-8 pm, closed Sunday

Modest but nicely prepared Japanese food in strip mall at Kenwood and Adams $
Wide variety of sushi, but well-made standards such as tempura, udon soup, fried noodles. Most expensive item: Bento Box with either Chicken, Spicy Chicken, or Beef for $7.99
Good for lunch or for a take-out dinner.


Manas-Relishing Indian Flavors
2823 S Vermont Avenue

Lunch: 12-2:30pm, Dinner: 5:30-10:00pm

A La Carte service with table linen of all the standard Indian dishes at very reasonable prices. Entrees range from $5.95 to $7.95 with rice and bread extra. A special luch buffet served Tuesday through Sunday for $7.99 on weekdays and $9.99 on weekends.


3540 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Upscale eatery in the Radisson Hotel
Entres: $15-25



Mercado la Paloma
3655 S. Grand Ave
Restaurants, stores, catering, meeting rooms
Stores open 8 am-6:30 pm daily, call for hours of particular restaurants

Chichen Itza
Mexican: Yucatan $

Kati Thai
Asian: Thai $

Sonoro Querida
Mexican $

Taqueria Vista Hermosa
Mexican $

Website: http://www.mercadolapaloma.com/


Olympian Burgers
2701 S Vermont Avenue
LA 90007

7:00 am-10:30 pm daily
Breakfast: 7:00 am - 12 noon
Good mostly Mexican food. Real plates with plastic forks. Owned by Pete of Pete's Burgers (below).
Have a good veggie omlet for vegetarians


Pacific French Bakery
4152 W. Washington Blvd
Cakes and etc. Bakery only, no in-house food service


Papa Cristo's Taverna
2771 W. Pico Blvd. at Normandie
Website: http://papacristo.com/

Tues-Sat 11:30 am-6:30 pm
Sun 11:30 am-3:30 pm
Thursday: family-style dinners begin at 6:30 pm, reservations mandatory

Greek $
Lamb, souvlaki, chicken kabob, spanikopita, falafal . An extension of C&K Importing, next door, a fabulous Greek deli for everything from Retsina wine to real Greek feta cheese and olives. In the heart of the Byzantine Latino Quarter.



Pasta Roma Ristorante Italiano
2827 S. Figueroa St.

Daily until 9 pm
Italian $
Semi-cafeteria layout. Fresh Italian cuisine.



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Pete's Burgers
2400 S Hoover St Map.5c43098
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 748-3206

Traditional local diner, American and Mexican. Food is good, leans Mexican, inexpensive. Pete also owns Olympian Burgers at the corner of 27th Street and Vermont Avenue, which has a similar menu.


Playas de San Blas
4020 W. Washington Blvd.
Mon-Fri, 9 am - 6 pm


Rincon Hondureno
1654 West Adams Blvd.


Mon-Fri 7:30 am-9 pm Sat-Sun 8 am-10 pm
Central American $
Small down home spot, featuring Honduran dishes.


Trio House
3031 S Figueroa Street
Very pleasant Thai restaurant