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The Friday Five: Minority & Women-Owned Restaurants in L.A.

The Friday Five: Minority & Women-Owned Restaurants in L.A.

This Women’s History Month and beyond, Angel City believes in supporting & uplifting minority & women-owned businesses in Los Angeles. Today, we’ll be sharing a mix of classic & innovative restaurants that have made their mark on their respective communities — all owned & operated by minority women. If you’re looking for new spots to add to your restaurant routine, be sure to check them out!

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Buna Ethiopian Restaurant & Market | Owned by Helena Zerfu

In the heart of the Little Ethiopia community, you’ll find Buna Ethiopian Restaurant & Market. As described on their site, Ethiopian food is spicy, subtle, piquant and most of all, unforgettable. The recipes at Buna are created & overseen by owner Helga Zerfu and her mother Manteghosh — we’ts (stews) are their specialty. Other offerings you can find at the restaurant-market are oven-baked or broiled fish, vegetarian/vegan platters, and desserts like tiramisu. Buna Ethiopian Restaurant & Market is a must for an authentic Ethiopian atmosphere & cuisine.

 

Instagram: @bunaethiopian

Website: bunaethiopianmarket.com

Address: 1034 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

 

JOY | Owned by Vivian Ku

Owned by Vivian Ku, JOY is a casual, neighborhood eatery in Highland Park. Their menu is largely inspired by Taiwan’s street food culture offering guests dishes like minced pork on rice and thousand-layer pancake. Similar to its sister restaurant Pine & Crane, some of JOY’s menu is also inspired by the northern-style Chinese dishes that Ku’s maternal grandparents grew up eating! Fun Fact: JOY’s space was once home to Elsa’s Bakery. As an homage to their location’s heritage, JOY bakes Mexican wedding cookies in house daily.

 

Instagram: @joyonyork

Website: joyonyork.com

Address: 5100 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

 

Chulita | Owned by Shireen Imani

Chulita: petite with provocative style. Owned by Shireen Imani, this neighborhood locale is an Alta California-style Mexican restaurant and mezcal/tequila cocktail bar. Chulita proudly sources its produce from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market & uses Masienda Heirloom Corn from farmers in Oaxaca, Mexico for their handmade tortillas! Some crowd favorites include their quesadilla appetizer & the barbacoa tacos. If you’re looking for a cozy space with a touch of Tulum and Venice Beach, you must check out Chulita.

 

Instagram: @chulitavenice

Website: chulita.com

Address: 533 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

 

Cafe Buna | Owned by Karen Ball

Cafe Buna in Marina Del Rey is all about comfort food. Owner Karen Ball has been serving the west side since 2004 & is known for her breakfast dishes that are available all day long. For locals, Cafe Buna is the perfect go-to spot for a quick bite before or after hitting the beach (which is just a short walk away). Some menu favorites include the Buna omelette, Waffle Deluxe, and Red (or Blue) Velvet Pancakes! If brunch/lunch is more your speed, Cafe Buna also has you covered with a variety of menu selections.

 

Website: cafe-buna.business.site

Address: 552 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

 

Ms Chi Cafe | Owned by Shirley Chung

A native of Beijing, and a proud Chinese-American, Chef Shirley Chung proudly displays her heritage in a modern, fast casual service approach at Ms Chi Cafe. While most of Chef Shirley’s creations are inspired by traditional northern-style dumplings, noodle bowls, and more… her personality shines via her unique culinary creations. Ms Chi Cafe’s menu proudly serves her Top Chef winning dish — Jumbo Cheeseburger Potstickers with a tomato bacon jam — along with a variety of other “progressive” Chinese-American dishes. Though dubbed a “fast casual dining experience,” Chef Shirley’s cuisine is up to par with any fine dining establishment.

 

Instagram: @mschicafe 

Website: mschicafe.com

Address: 3829 Main Street, Culver City, CA 90232

 


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