21 Things To Eat When Food Tripping In Southern California

Beef Galbi Jim from Sa Rit Gol is a must try dish in Los Angeles, Califonia

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The food scene in California is amazing – definitely a great place for a food trip.

Similar to what I did in St. John’s, Newfoundland, I went around trying multiple restaurants and have selected my top picks.

Here are 21 Things To Eat In Southern California in these areas:

If you’re looking to tour instead, check out some of the Best Things To Do in Southern California!

Where To Eat in Burbank

Arroz Con Mariscos (Seafood Paella) at Malbec Argentinean Cuisine

Website: Malbec Argentinean Cuisine
Location: 10151 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake, CA 91602, USA
Description: Patagonian style seafood paella with scallops, shrimps, mussels, calamari, clams, baby octopus

Where To Eat in Costa Mesa

Gyutan Yakiniku at Gyutan Tsukasa

Website: Gyutan Tsukasa
Location: Mitsuwa Marketplace, 665 Paularino Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Description: Charcoal grilled premium beef tongue. Coming from a Japanese restaurant that originated 60 years ago.

Hoji Cha Soft Serve at Matcha Love by Ito En

Website: Matcha Love
Location: Mitsuwa Marketplace, 665 Paularino Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Description: Roasted green tea. Thick and creamy with a strong roasted taste!

Live Octopus Sushi at Sushi Shunka

Website: Sushi Shunka
Location: 369 E 17th St #17, Costa Mesa, CA 92627, USA
Description: Rarely find Live Octopus in sushi, It’s like a mix between ika and scallop in texture and bite. Sushi Shunka is No. 7 in OC Register’s Brad A. Johnson’s 75 Best Places To Eat 2016.

Where To Eat in Gardena

Carne Asada Taco at Vaquero Mexican Grill

Website: Vaquero Mexican Grill
Location: 1552 Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90248, USA
Description: Grilled and sliced beef taco

Com Ca Luc Lac at Pho Consomme

Website: n/a
Location: 1850 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247, USA
Description: Fried fish with garlic sauce in hot plate

Loaded Hashbrowns at The Pan Restaurant

Website: The Pan Restaurant
Location: 16601 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247, USA
Description: 2 eggs (any style), bacon, sausage, green onions jack and cheddar cheese over hash browns, topped with chili aioli and choice of toast.

Loaded Hashbrowns at The Pan Restaurant

Tantanmen Ramen at Anzutei Ramen

Website: Anzutei Ramen
Location: 15915 S Western Ave a, Gardena, CA 90247, USA
Description: Nagoya-style Tantanmen ramen made from chicken broth is rich, creamy and flavourful.

Ice Cream at Kansha Creamery

Website: Kansha Creamery
Location: 18515 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90248, USA
Description: Homemade all natural ice cream with a variety of unique flavours, a lot of which are Asian inspired.

Where To Eat in Hermosa Beach

Late Night Hermosa Roll at Rok Sushi Kitchen

Website: Rok Sushi Kitchen
Location: 1200 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, USA
Description: Seafood loaded roll in unique soy paper wrapping: Baked lobster, snow crab, soy paper, topped with baked scallop and garlic dynamite sauce

Espresso Shake at Paciugo

Website: Paciugo
Location: 1034 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, USA
Description: Semifreddo (half cold/frozen) Blended with Expresso

Where To Eat in Inglewood

Taquitos Rancheros at La Feria Restaurant

Website: La Feria Restaurant
Location: 10903 S Inglewood Ave, Inglewood, CA 90304, USA
Description: crip-fried rolled-up tortilla with beef

Where To Eat in Los Angeles

Beef Galbi Jim at Sa Rit Gol

Website: n/a
Location: 3324 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, USA
Description: Beef Short Ribs. Most marbled and tender galbi jim I’ve had.

Where To Eat in Palm Desert

Blackened Mahi at Bellatrix Restaurant

Location: 75-200 Classic Club Blvd, Palm Desert, CA 92211, USA
Description: Blackened Mahi was crispy on the outside and perfectly cooked in the inside. The bread was just the right bread so that it didn’t cover the taste of the fish.

Blackened Mahi at Bellatrix Restaurant

Where To Eat in Redondo Beach

Ube Gelato at Roman Aroma Cafe

Location: 903 North Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Description: Gelato made with purple yam.

Where To Eat in Santa Monica

Truffle Tortellini at Forma Restaurant

Website: Forma
Location: 1610 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403, USA
Description: Tortellini with mushrooms, light cream, truffle oil – tossed in bella lodi cheese wheel

Where To Eat in Torrance

Zabuton at Manpuku Torrance

Location: 1870 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501, USA
Description: Zabuton is from the side of the beef shoulder rib eye, a rare cut where only a few kg are taken from one cow.

It’s prepared with a little special sweet sauce and grilled lightly by the server table side. It is then completed by bathing its in a beaten egg yolk and wrapped around small rice ball.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream at Creamistry

Website: Creamistry
Location: 24329 Crenshaw Blvd. Ste G, Torrance, CA 90505
Description: Made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream using all natural and organic ingredients with over 70 flavours and toppings.

Millefeuille Shiso Cheese Katsu Gozen at Kagura

Website: Kagura Torrance
Location: 1652 Cabrillo Ave, Torrance, CA 90501, USA
Description: Premium tonkatsu gozen served with sliced cabbage, steamed grain rice (or steamed rice), pork miso soup, Japanese pickled vegetables and 4 small plates.

Rice, pork miso soup and sliced cabage refills are free.

Gen Signature Yangyum Galbi at Gen Korean BBQ

Website: Gen Korean BBQ
Location: 24301 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
Description: Premium Beef Short Ribs

Gen Signature Yangyum Galbi at Gen Korean BBQ

Chicken Walnut at Seashore Chinese Restaurant

Website: Seashore Chinese Restaurant
Location: 5137 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505, USA
Description: Deep fried chicken with special mayo and walnut

Looking for more places to eat in Torrance? Here are some of the best restaurants in Torrance!


Hope this food guide gives you an idea on where to eat (and what to order) in Southern California!

21 Things To Eat When Food Tripping In Southern California including Costa Mesa, Gardena, Los Angeles, and Torrance. Restaurants include Forma, Creamistry, Manpuku, The Pan Restaurant, Sushi Shunka and other best restaurants

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