Lala’s Argentine Grill
West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Lala’s is situated in the heart of the iconic Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood, California. The owners have brought the heart of Argentina right into the center of Hollywood. Make sure to sit on the patio so you can people watch while you enjoy your delicious eats. Don’t forget to start your meal with some of the best Empanadas in the city. Your choices include: Beef, Chicken, Spinach, Ham & Cheese, or Cheese & Onion. Our favorite entrée dish is an Argentine specialty, Milanesa Napolitana, which is thinly cut steak, breaded & lightly fried, topped with basil tomato sauce & melted cheese, served with mashed potatoes. They also serve up complimentary bread and homemade chimichurri sauce.
Silverlake, Los Angeles
This restaurant is literally named “The Little Pig” and it makes all the sense in the world when you try their famous Slow Roasted Pork. Don’t be fooled by the unassuming plaza in Silverlake, because deliciousness lies ahead of you! The Cochinito Sandwich is delicious with slow roasted pork, onions, and fried plantains. Also, don’t forget the fried yucca which is served as perfectly crispy golden wedges and paired with homemade garlic & lemon dip. The Paella Marinera (seafood paella), Bistec Empanizado (breaded steak), and Fricase De Pollo (chicken in tomato sauce) are all not to be missed as well.
Canoga Park, Los Angeles
Latin American/Pacific Islands
Johnny Pacific is a little way out of Central Los Angeles in Canoga Park, but worth the drive. Johnny Pacific is one of the most unique Latin American restaurants in the city. Their menu is inspired by the street foods of the Pacific Islands & Latin America. They have an assortment of homemade Empanadas like grilled corn with the basil aioli dipping sauce, beef tinga with the chimichurri dipping sauce and Maui pineapple with the caramel dipping sauce. If you aren’t feeling empanadas the Steak Chimichurri Skewers or the Island Skewers are not to be missed. You literally can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!
Downtown Los Angeles
Do you know what a pupusa is? If not prepare to have your mind blown! It is one of the most famous Salvadoran national dishes. It is a homemade thick corn tortilla filled with either a singular or combination of savory fillings then griddled (usually on a comal). Pupusas are served with a shredded cabbage slaw with vinegar (curtido) and chilies. You know you have found an authentic pupusa spot when they make them right in front of you and you have to wait. The wait is worth it. That’s how it is at Sarita’s Pupuseria. Our favorite is the Pupusa Revuelta which contains a combination of cheese, pork (chicharrón) and refried beans.