Eating Like A Local in Miracle Mile Neighborhood, Los Angeles

We’ve called Miracle Mile home for the last 4 years of living in Los Angeles. Located between Santa Monica and Downtown LA, the area is a blend of young professionals in Art Deco style apartments and families living in Mediterranean style homes. LACMA is around the corner and The Grove is less than 20 min walk. Accessibility to good food is important to us and we’ve enjoyed living in the neighborhood. If you are visiting, you should absolutely check out these local gems and a few of our favorites places to eat. Stay away from overrated places like Pink’s and go to these places instead!

République for Brunch o.jpgImage Credit: yelp.com

They have the best lemon meringue tart. I make sure to grab one (or two) when I visit for brunch. They have a great selection of traditional breakfast with eggs, thick slices of bacon and potatoes but their brioche french toast is to die for! They also have kimchi fried rice and shakshouka for those looking for something different.

Nong La for Vietnamese nong-la.jpg
Image Credit: losangeles.cbslocal.com

We were thrilled when they opened up a second location from our favorite foodie central Sawtelle. Their pho satisfies your cravings; broth is really flavorful and clear which to me feels satisfying in a doesn’t-make-you-feel-like-a-fatty way. Their portions are great and they also have great banh mi sandwiches and bun mee bowls.

Milk Jar Cookies IMG_3859-1024x608.jpgImage Credit: twinspiration.com

This being just a block away from us is dangerous for my husband who is also known as the cookie monster. Their cookies are delicious – crispy but thick and gooey on the inside. They have seasonal flavors and birthday cookie flavor! Yummy.

Rascal for Happy Hour la-dd-happy-hour-rascal-fried-chicken-20150402.jpgImage Credit: latimes.com

This is a true local gem. We come here on Mondays because it’s Happy Hour all night! They have spicy fried chicken sandwiches and juicy burgers for $6 (dinner portions) and Happy Hour drinks for cheap. Must check out!

Angelini Osteria for Special Occasion FullSizeRender_Scallops.jpg
Image Credit: angeliniosteria.com

We saw Pharrell Williams have dinner here once. It’s a tiny restaurant with family feel ambiance. They all speak Italian and their homemade pasta is delicious. A great date night restaurant if you can swing a reservation. Hint: book way in advance!

El Chato Tacos for Late Night Cravings bmc_4325.jpgImage Credit: dailybruin.com

Located in the parking lot of Olympic and La Brea, this taco truck serves street style tacos for cheap ($1). They have everything from cabeza (cow’s brain) to chorizo and carne asada. My favorite is lengua and el pastor. They are not open until 9 PM and closed on Sundays. Lines form early but moves fast. Best street tacos in LA, I promise.

Other Favorites:

  • Commerson for dinner. Fairly new to the neighborhood and located next to Lassen’s
  • Sugarfish for Nigiri style sushi 
  • Sycamore Kitchen for brunch 
  • Jinya for a delicious bowl of ramen noodles
  • Bludso’s for BBQ but the Brisket sells out often
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