• Jessica Gonzalez

MY TOP 10 PLACES TO EAT IN SOCAL

1. ANAHEIM PACKING HOUSE - ANAHEIM

A FOOD HALL WITH OVER 40 ARTISINAL FOOD VENDORS, RESTARAUNTS, BARS AND BREWERIES. THEY HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY, SEAFOOD, INDIAN FOOD, SUSHI, MEDITERRANEAN FOOD, DESERTS, MEXICAN FOOD, PIZZA, AN OYSTER BAR, RAMEN, SOUL FOOD, ETC. MY FAVORITE ITEMS FROM INSIDE IS THE PHO AND CHEESE CORN FRIES FROM "206 BCE NOODLES", "URBANA" TACOS, "BLACK SHEEP" GRILLED CHEESE, "THE KROFT" POUTINES, AND SHAVED SNOW FROM "I AM".

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2. C&O'S - VENICE BEACH

HANDS DOWN THE BEST ITALIAN FOOD IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THEY HAVE THE BEST KILLER GARLIC KNOTS THAT ARE UNLIMITED AND YOU WILL 100% GET FULL OFF OF THEM BEFORE YOU GET YOUR FOOD. I FEEL LIKE IT'S HARD TO FIND GOOD AND AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FOOD IN THE AREA BUT THIS PLACE HAS IT LOCKED DOWN. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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3. LA VILLA - GARDENA

ONE OF THE BEST AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTERAUNTS IN THE AREA. IT'S A BIT OF A HOLE IN THE WALL AND IF YOU ARE DINING IN IT'S SUPER SMALL INSIDE BUT USUALLY NOT VERY CROWDED. MY FAMILY HAS BEEN GOING HERE FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE AND ANYONE I BRING HERE LOVES IT.


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4. RANCE'S CHICAGO PIZZA - LONG BEACH

I'M MORE OF A NEW YORK STYLE PIZZA TYPE OF GIRL SO CHICAGO STYLE ISN'T NECESSARILY MY THING, BUT RANCE'S IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PIZZA PLACES HANDS DOWN. THEY HAVE 3 STYLES OF PIZZA, TRADITIONAL "STUFFED" CHICAGO STYLE, PAN (I GET THAT KIND) AND THIN CRUST. PEOPLE GET ANGRY WHEN I BRING THEM HERE CAUSE THEY HAVE A 45 MINUTE WAIT TIME FOR THEIR DEEP DISH PIZZAS BUT IT IS 100% WORTH THE WAIT. THEY ALSO HAVE THE BEST CHICKEN WINGS I'VE EVER HAD, AND THOSE DON'T TAKE 45 MINUTES -- JUST SAYINGGGGGG.

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5. TEMPO CANTINA - DOWNEY

I LOVE UNIQUE RESTERAUNTS SO TEMPO CANTINA IS PROBABLY IN MY TOP 3 FAVORITE SPOTS. THIS IS A GREAT SPOT FOR A DATE NIGHT OR CELEBRATION. THEIR HANDCRAFTED MARGARITAS AND COCKTAILS ARE SOME OF THE BEST I'VE EVER HAD. THEY HAVE A SPICY MANGO MARTINI THAT IS PILED (LIKE SERIOUSLY) HIGH WITH BLENDED MANGO AND VODKA AND TOPPED WITH CHAMOY AND CHILE. IF YOU AND YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER CAN'T CHOOSE BETWEEN TACOS OR SUSHI, THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO. THEIR MENU IS MEXICAN BASED BUT HAS OPTIONS INCLUDING KOREAN TACOS, SUSHI TACOS, SUSHI ROLLS, AND MORE.


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6. BARLEYMASH - SAN DIEGO

ANYTIME I'M IN SAN DIEGO IT'S A MUST TO COME HERE. THE FIRST TIME I CAME HERE THE WAITRESS SUGGESTED SOMETHING THAT CHANGED MY LIFE-- JALAPENO. POPPER. PIZZA. LITERALLY ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I HAVE EVER EATEN. THEY ALSO HAVE THE MOST BOMB MAC AND CHEESES, LOADED FRIES, AND BURGERS.


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10. SCHOONER OR LATER - LONG BEACH

I HONESTLY THINK GOING TO BRUNCH IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO DO........... ANYWAYS, THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BRUNCH SPOTS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, FOR SURE. IT'S RIGHT ON THE WATER IN BELMONT SHORE. YOU WILL MORE THAN LIKELY HAVE TO WAIT AT LEAST 30 MIN AND UP TO 2 HOURS ON THE WEEKENDS, BUT IT'S WORTH THE WAIT. THEIR MOST FAMOUS MENU ITEM IS THEIR BREAKFAST MASHUP CALLED "THE MESS" (FEATURED ON DINE IN'S, DRIVE IN'S AND DIVES) -- HOWEVER, I HONESTLY THINK IT TASTES LIKE A MESS, LOL. BUT, IT'S APPARENTLY THEIR TOP SELLER! OTHERWISE, THEIR FOOD IS PRETTY BASIC BUT I ENJOY COMING HERE FOR THE EXPERIENCE, THE MIMOSAS, THE VIEW, AND HONESTLY-- FINDING A BASIC BREAKFAST SPOT THAT ISN'T IN A CRUSTY DINER OR A DENNY'S ISN'T AS EASY AS YOU WOULD THINK.


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8. ALONDRA'S HOT WINGS - DOWNEY

ALONDRA'S IS DEFINITELY IN MY TOP 3 AS WELL. THEY HAVE A LOWKEY SPORT'S BAR VIBE AND SPECIALIZE IN PIZZA, WINGS, BURGERS, DRINKS AND APPETIZERS. THE BUFFALO RANCH BLASTED FRIES ARE A MUST HAVE. IF YOU'RE TRYING TO TURN UP THEY HAVE A LOT OF GOOD SPECIALTY COCKTAILS AND IF YOU'RE TRYING TO TURN DOWN THEIR HOUSEMADE PEACH ICED TEA IS LITERALLY THE BEST ICED TEA I HAVE EVER HAD.


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7. ROCCO'S TAVERN - CULVER CITY

ROCCO'S TAVERN IS A PIZZA SPOT AND SPORTS BAR IN DOWNTOWN CULVER CITY. YOU WILL MOST LIKELY LEAVE FEELING LIKE A DISGUSTING FAT GREASE BALL BUT A HAPPY DISGUSTING FAT GREASE BALL! THEY HAVE REALLY GOOD HAPPY HOUR DEALS INCLUDING BUY ONE GET ONE FREE DRINKS (AYEEEE!!) THEY SERVE LOT'S OF UNIQUE APPETIZERS INCLUDING A HUGE VARIETY OF CHICKEN WINGS, ALFREDO CHEESE FRIES, AND PIZZA FRIES, BUT THEIR PIZZA'S ARE A MUST HAVE.


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12. TEQUILA JACKS - LONG BEACH

THE BEST WHITE-WASHED MEXICAN FOOD AROUND (LOL). THE FOOD, DRINKS, AND VIEW OF SHORELINE VILLAGE GIVE THIS PLACE A 10/10 IN MY BOOK. THEY HAVE REALLY GOOD HAPPY HOUR DEALS AND TACO TUESDAY DEALS INCLUDING CHEAP 20 OZ COCKTAILS. THEIR BEAN AND CHEESE CHIMICHANGAS ARE ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS ON THIS PLANET. MY ONLY COMPLAINT ABOUT THIS PLACE IS THEIR COMPLIMENTARY SALSA SUCKS SO ORDER SOME GUAC! LOL.

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PLACES THAT ALMOST MADE IT..... BUT DIDN'T:

THE ATTIC, LONG BEACH | THE BREAKFAST BAR, LONG BEACH | BUSY BEE, SAN PEDRO | CORNER JOINT, LAWNDALE | HOPDODDY, EL SEGUNDO | THE KETTLE, MANHATTAN BEACH | THE OVERLAND, LOS ANGELES | THE PAN, GARDENA | PERCH, DOWNTOWN LA | PUBLIC SCHOOL, CULVER CITY | ROCK & BREWS, REDONDO BEACH | ROCKSUGAR, CENTURY CITY

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