Southern California Foodie Finds


By Heather Turk

Southern California may be best known for its beautiful beaches and thrilling theme parks, but the area is also home to some of the country’s most delectable restaurants. Whether you’re hungry for a succulent steak or you simply want to savor some south of the border street fare, there’s a restaurant close by sure to please every palate.

The Bone-in Kansas City filet at BOA Steakhouse

The Bone-in Kansas City filet at BOA Steakhouse


This stylish steakhouse is a cut above the rest. Offering guests two locations to choose from—one in West Hollywood and the other in Santa Monica facing the beach—everything on its lunch and dinner menu pleases. The BOA Burger, topped with Camembert and fried onion strings, is one of the juiciest patties you’ll ever sink your teeth into, and the BLT salad, made with applewood smoked bacon, crisp lettuce, tomato, avocado and creamy bacon dressing, is easily the best salad you’ll ever taste. The steaks are phenomenal as well, particularly the A5 Japanese New York Strip and Bone-In Kansas City filet. Check it out here.


Actor Danny Trejo may often be cast as the bad guy, but it turns out the role he was born to play is that of a successful restaurateur. His popular taco stand in Los Angeles, as well as his new cantina in Hollywood, serves some of the best street tacos north of the border. Savor the slow-roasted Carnitas with Grilled Pineapple and the Blackened Salmon topped with corn, cherry tomato, slaw, orange cream and cilantro. Other Mexican favorites are also available, including fresh-off-the-cob Street Corn made with spices, chipotle cream and popcorn. Keep your eyes open for Trejo while you’re dining. The Machete star has been known to visit his restaurants from time to time.

Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s signature Big Beer Burger

Karl Strauss Brewing Company’s signature Big Beer Burger


Not your average brewery, this Southern California brewing company recently opened a new brewpub in downtown Los Angeles. Now offering 10 locations to choose from in addition to its main production brewery and tasting room in San Diego, guests can enjoy a menu of mouthwatering items that pair perfectly with one of its award-winning brews. Be sure to try the boneless Buffalo Wings. Each bite explodes with flavor! Save room for the Beeramisu, Karl Strauss’ delicious take on tiramisu, made with Wreck Alley Imperial Stout-soaked ladyfingers dusted with cocoa powder and served with chocolate and Red Trolley Ale caramel sauces.

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