LA | EATS

March 5, 2017

I recently took a quick overnight with a non-blogger girlfriend of mine to Lala Land to refresh, reconnect, and recharge. Our 1-1/2 day agenda consisted of one thing – food. I am going to be honest with you here, all of the spots we hit I found through Instagram. Yes, I AM that person. When I see yummy places that people post, I save them and make a note to go visit them when I am in town (#guilty). After visiting these spots myself, I absolutely understand why they are so attractive – they are too good not so share.

One caveat to note – the reason I emphasize that my friend is a “non-blogger” is because our trip was to celebrate our friendship and have some “me” time (remember my blog post on taking time for yourself?). During the getaway I didn’t post on Instagram and I didn’t let our food get cold while I took endless snapshots and flatlays. So just so you know, some of these photos are not ones I personally took (for lack of time and just out of consideration from my dear friend).

The Assembly
634 N. Robertson Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069
424.245.4954

I saw many bloggers from Thrifts & Threads to Wendy’s Lookbook posting gorgeous, bright, lust worthy shots of their lattes and the minimal space of this cafe and knew I had to stop by. As soon as you walk in you notice that this is no ordinary cafe. Built upon the premise of community, The Assembly features crafts from different artisans from cards to books to ceramics to enrich the lives of others. Their menu is simple with a drink selection of coffees, lattes, and teas and a small section of baked goods (darn, we missed the matcha donut Friday). I love that The Assembly is located on Robertson so after our minimal breakfast here, we walked around and shopped at stores like Chanel, Chaser, Madison, Christian Louboutin.

What I ate for breakfast:
* Hot latte – came with a cute heart, but nothing mind blowing about the latte itself
* Almond croissant – one of the best I’ve had

What I loved:
The minimal space and the Instagrammable interior

By Chloe
2520 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
424.675.7618

I’ve been wanting to try this place since I saw it posted on Instagram (see a pattern?) a while back when it was only in New York. Low and behold it finally opened in Silver Lake, CA and I had to try it. The vegan menu is beyond incredible, so much so that you would never even miss the meat, cheese, or butter! By Chloe is located right next to Whole Foods in this shopping plaza so there is plenty of parking (hurray).

What I ate for lunch:
* Airbaked Fries – sweet potato and original (the beet ketchup is unbelievable)
* Kale Caesar (has shiitake bacon!!!)
* The Guac Burger – my favorite dish that I tried
* Smashed Avocado Toast – it even has brussel sprouts on it!
* Thin Chocolate Chip Cookie – a HUGE crispy cookie

What I loved:
Ummm…everything (if you couldn’t tell)!

Pistola
8022 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
323.951.9800

Pistola is a modern Italian restaurant that is part steakhouse and part pasta house. The decor inside is reminiscent of a New York steakhouse with a marble counter and high ceilings. Because I am not a huge meat eater, I opted for their homemade pasta and enjoyed every bite of it. Since we went there for dinner and the restaurant itself is very dimly lit with the exception of a candle on our table, it was pretty much impossible to take any photos of the food.

What I ate for dinner:
* Oysters on the 1/2 shell (Kumamotos)
* Hamachi Crudo – so fresh and light
* Butatini Carbonara (perfectly al dente with an egg tossed at the table)
* Marsala Mushrooms (delicious and fantastic flavor)
* Brussel Sprouts (nothing special about these)
* Affogato (who can resist expresso and ice cream)

What I loved:
The carbonara and the mushrooms were amazing

Catch LA
8715 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
323.347.6060

We had to brunch here because getting dinner reservations was nearly impossible at Catch LA unless you plan it three months prior. The globally influenced seafood restaurant high above the streets of West Hollywood is stunning admidst its floral arches and views of downtown LA and Hollywood Hills. The plates and presentation are vibrant and almost too pretty to eat, but definitely a must try.

What I ate for brunch:
* Iced Almond Coffee (totally worth the $9)
* Tartare Trio (love that you can make it your own)
* Smashed Avocado Toast (good, but not the best)
* Roasted Beets (same as avocado toast)
* Crunchy Rice Cakes (one of my fav dishes)

What I love:
The entry way and the outdoor patio view are to die for. The presentation of the food is incredible (should have gotten the fruit plate too) and the tartare trio is a must!

There were still so many places on our list that we didn’t make because quite frankly, our bellies couldn’t handle eating so much in such a short span of time. But that just means I need to take another food trip out there and eat my heart out again.

What are some of your favorite or must-eat places in LA?

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58 comments

the Fashion Matters March 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm

this food is definitely good looking! hope it was delicious too x

THE FASHION MATTERS- Travel & Fashion blogt

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dailykongfidence March 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm

It really was all so delicious and pretty. That’s what makes these places so amazing!

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Amy March 5, 2017 at 3:39 pm

You hit some really great spots in LA!! Pistola is definitely on my list of places to try out. There are always so many new spots opening left and right, I can’t keep track of them all! This list would be super helpful for anyone unfamiliar with the area. The food picks AND decor are just totally on point!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend Christine.

xx, Amy
http://www.theluxilook.com

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dailykongfidence March 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm

I know, too many great places and want to try them all! I would love to meet you at one sometime so we can experience it together! Hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying the new pup!

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Nina Nguyen March 5, 2017 at 8:03 pm

This is amazing thank so much for sharing!! I’m definitely going to add these places to my list!!
xo-Nina

http://www.ninalnguyen.com/

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dailykongfidence March 5, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Hi Nina! Yes, I had so much fun at these locations plus the food is delicious. I can’t wait to go back and create a new list!

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Carolyn March 5, 2017 at 8:36 pm

LA is one of my fave places to go and eat! especially love hitting up their Korean restaurants

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dailykongfidence March 6, 2017 at 11:52 pm

I love all food and don’t discriminate but yes, LA definitely has a great selection of places to eat!

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Evelyne March 5, 2017 at 11:24 pm

This looks so fun!!! I must check these places out!!!! I hope you had the best times sweet friend

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dailykongfidence March 6, 2017 at 11:52 pm

Yes Evelyne, you would LOVE Catch and the ambiance there!

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Sharon Wu March 5, 2017 at 11:30 pm

One thing I love about LA is definitely the great variety of food it has! Omg it’s 10:30 pm right now and all your photos have me drooling haha. Everything looks so good!!! xo, sharon

http://www.stylelullaby.com/fashion/nouveau-western-vibes-festival-season/

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dailykongfidence March 6, 2017 at 11:53 pm

And you are so lucky because you are so close to everything there! One day we must meet up again and have a meal together!

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Adelina March 5, 2017 at 11:52 pm

WOWZA! I need to visit some of these places next time I’m in town! Love the recommendations Christine and love your photos! xox, Adelina

http://www.thecharmingolive.com

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dailykongfidence March 6, 2017 at 11:51 pm

Yes we need to hit them together Adelina!

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Violette March 6, 2017 at 2:15 am

I’m also that person who saved yummy places seen on Instagram haha! They all looks amazing, espacially By Chloe and the avocado toast! If I go to LA some I know where to go!!

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yuka March 6, 2017 at 10:48 am

I’ve been dying to try by chloe for a long time. It looks so good! and now I wanna try Catch LA too! the food in these photos are so yummy!

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Catarine March 6, 2017 at 11:13 am

Christine i do that to. Every time i see a yummy spot on instagram i have to go there (if it’s around).
All the places in this post look truly amazing. I hope i can make it to LA some day so i can go to all of them.
Have a great week.
lefashionaire.com

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dailykongfidence March 6, 2017 at 11:51 pm

I am such a lover of food that I live to eat. =). It would be great for you to come out to LA one day!

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Catarine March 6, 2017 at 11:14 am

I meant “too”.

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Jessi Malay March 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

Yummm! We are honestly blessed with such great food in Los Angeles… it seems like theres a new restaurant that opens every week! Thanks so much for sharing babe <3

XO Jessi,
http://www.mywhitet.com/my-first-paris-fashion-week/

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dailykongfidence March 6, 2017 at 11:50 pm

I know right? I would have to eat out three meals a day every single day of my life to try everything I want!

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Camille March 7, 2017 at 5:51 am

Amazing post, thanks for sharing! The food all looks delicious, I hope I get to try some of these restaurants one day 🙂

Camille xo

http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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dailykongfidence March 8, 2017 at 4:14 pm

All of these places were so delicious and I will be back to some of them again and try new ones too!

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Rose March 7, 2017 at 6:16 am

Perfect place! The interior is very stylish and the dishes presentation great. And the food looks very tasty. It is worth the occasion to visit this restaurant.

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dailykongfidence March 8, 2017 at 4:14 pm

Yes, the interiors of restaurants definitely motivate me to go and check it out as does the food.

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Lisa Linh March 7, 2017 at 7:45 am

Everything looks delicious! I need a lunch date with you!

Lisa Linh
https://www.bylisalinh.com/blog/2017/3/6/the-landsby

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dailykongfidence March 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Yes that would be awesome! I would love to have a meal with you and get all inspired and motivated! =)

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DEMELER March 7, 2017 at 9:36 am

so glad they opened a By Chloe in LA! Love all your suggestions b
xx
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dailykongfidence March 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm

I know, me too! I have been dying to try it since I saw it in NY!

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Sarah-Allegra March 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm

Everything looks so incredibly yummy! Now I’m quite hungry, haha …

Love, Sarah-Allegra
http://www.fashionequalsscience.com

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dailykongfidence March 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm

Haha, I know, these food pics always make me hungry and make me want to go back!

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Julie March 7, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Great roundup babe! I frequent LA at least once a week (Hubs works there/ I have tons of clients all over) and I have never dined at any of the above lol. Great to find new spots to hit up! I have SO many rotating faves but my go-to’s are Son of a Gun/ the Bazaar/ Redbird/ Perch/ Bestia/ Sugarfish and Nozawa for sushi/ omg there’s too many to list! Hope you get a chance to try any of these- I promise they won’t disappoint!

Thank you for visiting babe- Hope to see you back for my latest!

Xx- Julie | Haute Khuuture Blog

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dailykongfidence March 8, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Hi Julie! You are so lucky you go to LA once a week! There are so many places to try. I have been to Son of a Gun, the Bazaar and Bestia but need to try the others you recommended! Thank you!

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Floortje March 8, 2017 at 12:22 am Reply
dailykongfidence March 8, 2017 at 4:18 pm

They are all very delicious Floortje!

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Liz March 8, 2017 at 2:15 am

Yuuuuuuuum! Looks like there is some pretty amazing food in LA
I had By Chloe in NYC when I was there and totally loved it! The Mac and cheese was AMAZING
xx
Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

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dailykongfidence March 8, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Hi Lizzie! I’ll have to try the mac and cheese the next time I go!

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Margot March 8, 2017 at 3:50 am

Everythings look so delicious.
Seems like amazing recipes.
xx,
Margot
https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com

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dailykongfidence March 8, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Thank you Margot! Yes, everything was so amazing and I would go back to all of those places. You will have to try them if you are ever in LA.

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sophie March 8, 2017 at 6:06 am

Wow, how great are the pictures.I love how appetising the food looks.I think me and my girl friends should do this too sometime.
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dailykongfidence March 8, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Yes Sophie, you totally should. Getting away with some girl friends is a perfect time to just relax and enjoy food and good company.

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Jasmine K March 8, 2017 at 2:34 pm

I just had lunch and your post made me hungry, again! I need to make a trip down to LA to try these amazing places. Thanks for sharing!

– Jasmine K
http://www.myeunoia.com

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dailykongfidence March 8, 2017 at 4:23 pm

Haha, I know, pictures of food always make me hungry especially these yummy places. Definitely try them and let me know what you think!

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Filipa Jackson March 8, 2017 at 6:17 pm

If I book my flight right now, girl you need to take me to these places

Filipa xxx
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dailykongfidence March 12, 2017 at 3:06 pm

I would love to! Anytime Filipa!

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Erin March 8, 2017 at 10:55 pm

Love this food journal and you made it to such great spots while here in LA! Who doesn’t find their restaurants off Instagram these days?! haha xx, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

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dailykongfidence March 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

So true, Instagram definitely makes finding places to eat so easy!

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LINDSEY of THE NOMIS NICHE March 8, 2017 at 11:15 pm

All these places look amazing! Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to remember these next time I’m in LA 🙂

Love, Lindsey
http://www.thenomisniche.com/

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dailykongfidence March 12, 2017 at 3:08 pm

There are so many amazing places to eat in LA but yes, these are a few at the top of my list as of now.

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Stephanie March 9, 2017 at 2:15 am

Menu and cafe is amazing i must visit that 🙂
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Jenelle March 9, 2017 at 6:08 am

Okay, there I am asking everyone who visits the US what the food is like and what would I be able to eat, thinking it was all large junk meals, for no reason!!! This all looks amazing! I love this idea of sharing some of the best places with a friend and making the time to explore your home town. We end up going back to our local favourites time and again, but every so often we venture out to try something new. Sometimes you can find a real gem too! Love the look of that avocado toast! mmmmm
xx Jenelle

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Kay March 9, 2017 at 8:56 am

These all look so delicious!! And I gotta mention, it’s really tough when all you have is non-blogger friends, because I always get ragged on when I am somewhere nice and I find the perfect opportunity to take food photos, or outfit photos, or really… photos of anything I find interesting hahah :))

Much love
xoxo
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Tina March 10, 2017 at 1:28 am

OMG all of these places look so amazing – I need to go back to LA veryyyy soon 🙂 haha!

So happy that I found your blog again – just followed on Bloglovin ♥

xxx
Tina
http://www.styleappetite.com

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dailykongfidence March 12, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Hi babe! They are all so amazing and you definitely need to check them out when you are in LA.

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marcy March 15, 2017 at 2:27 am

Yes, finally a great post of LA restaurants babe!! All theses look delicious and amazing.
Will love to try this when I come to LA this year. Thanks for sharing.

xoxo
Marcy

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Carmen March 20, 2017 at 12:59 am

Oh now I really want to go eat in LA right now! Thank you so much for sharing those tips – I can’t wait to check them out <3
xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

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dailykongfidence March 21, 2017 at 2:59 pm

I know right? I still have so many places I want to eat too!

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Marie March 28, 2017 at 9:33 pm

Omg seeing these pictures brings me so much happiness. The food in la was AMAZING and spending that alone time w you was exactly what I needed. Love you to pieces!!!!

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