December is an interesting month, for one, it’s my birthday month (thanks), also it’s the end of the year - the last hurrah before it starts all over again. I nicknamed December “f*ck it” month. Seriously, just have fun in December and be comfortable. The best way to do that is to eat all of the comfort food that you want! I have decided to make a list of my Top Five favorite LA comfort food spots!
I’ve been coming here for a few years. Thank you Michael Voltaggio for having a concept for sandwiches that is always delicious and always consistent. Any sandwich here is awesome, but recently I have fallen in love with the “Frenchy” - turkey, brie, fruit chutney, arugula and mayo. It’s the bread that really makes these sandwiches special. Soft, bot not too soft. It’s an easy and always satisfying go-to for me.
8360 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069
33 Taps Silverlake
This is a new one, but I recently had their nachos and buffalo cauliflower and was very into it! Nachos are one of my very favorite comfort meals, but I rarely think to order them! These ones are dressed up classically in cheddar, pico de gallo, beans, jalapeños, enchilada sauce, guacamole and sour cream and the serving is huge. The buffalo cauliflower, which we have seen as a trend here in LA, is by far the best of any other version I’ve had. Yes, even Mohawk Bend has nothing on the 33 Taps version! The skin was perfectly fried and crispy, I didn’t feel like I was eating cauliflower at all! Last note, they have wine ON TAP and it’s great. (They also have a Hollywood location FYI)
3725 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Blue Star Donuts
Like this one needs a lot of explaining…Blue Star is batsh*t crazy delicious. I take great pride in the fact that it was founded in my home state of Oregon, but thank God they opened shop down here! Doughnuts have always been one of most reliable pick-me ups. Had a bad day? An amazing doughnut will make things better, always! Sometimes it’s hard to choose which flavor to get because they are all incredible, so I say get a few, but you have to get their signature Blueberry Bourbon Basil. (They also have a Manhattan Beach location)
1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
The Oaks Gourmet Market
Because Cheeseburgers. That was not an actual sentence, but it’s true. I’ve been eating cheeseburgers all over LA for 10 years now and the one at The Oaks Gourmet is especially endearing to me and yes, makes me feel incredibly comforted! Go in, order the Dry Aged Burger. It’s a half pound dry aged beef patty with bacon, baby arugula, red onion, tomato, jalepeño and pineapple compote, taleggio cheese served on a toasted brioche bun. I know you just had a fantasy in your mind and it was goooooood.
1915 North Bronson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Public School on Tap 21
I have said it before and I will say it again, this is a PMS-ing woman’s paradise, also great for dudes any day of the month! Tons of fried, gooey, cheesy, meaty, sweet and salty things to choose from. The shrimp and grits is my favorite entree, but what really soothes my soul is the Nutella Cookie Sandwich with bacon brittle, chocolate chunk cookies and vanilla bean ice cream. It’s everything naughty and is really fun to try shoving in your mouth. I recommend sharing with a friend. (They also have locations in Culver City, Sherman Oaks and Thousand Oaks)
612 Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Believe me when I say, making this list was very difficult, there are definitely more favorites of mine, but I feel good about sharing these with you. What are your favorite comfort food go-to's??