How to Eat Like a Real Angeleno

People who live in L.A. have their culinary priorities in order

Having a favorite hole-in-the-wall taco joint is a requirement. 

In every major city, dining trends are bound to be a little different from how people eat elsewhere. How do you eat like a real Angeleno (or Angelena)? We asked our own in-house Angelena, restaurant editor Kate Kolenda, to give us some tips, and here’s what she had to say:

The More Complicated the Origin, the Better

"If that cookie is cruelty-free, sugar-free, and gluten-free, and the ingredients are all locally sourced, you should be fine.”

Make it a Goal to Try Every Taco Stand or Truck

“I’ve seen Foursquare lists where people have checked into literally hundreds of taco stands, and my friends animatedly compare their notes.”

Have a Go-To Hole in the Wall

“Everyone should have a go-to mom-and-pop taco or burrito stand. My personal favorite is Taco Villa Corona in Atwater Village. Make sure to get there by noon.”

Eat the Street Fruit

“I’ve never tasted sweeter mangoes than the pre-peeled and cut-up ones I’ve eaten on the streets of Downtown LA.”

Have a Favorite Coffee Roaster

“My personal favorite is LAMILL, and I’d get into friendly debates with my Intelligentsia- or Stumptown-loving friends about who has the best beans.”