Local eateries that serve authentic Asian flavors are just another reminder of how culturally diverse the city of Los Angeles is. This Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month and beyond, Angel City believes in supporting & uplifting businesses that make our community both delicious & unique. With the help of DoorDash, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite restaurants that you can (again) enjoy in-person or from the comfort of your home!
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Matiki Island BBQ
Matiki is a California-based company that serves delicious Hawaiian cuisine centered around BBQ meats like beef, chicken, and short rib. The first location (located in Anaheim) was founded in 1996 by Melvin “Uncle Mel” Liufau, a fire dancer who immigrated to the United States. Now boasting four locations across Los Angeles & Orange County, we highly recommend you visit Matiki for a plate lunch — more specifically, “Sam’s Plate”. Dubbed Matiki’s most popular dish, the plate features fall-off-the-bone BBQ beef rib paired with scoops of rice and macaroni salad!
Address: 3070 W Lincoln Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801
Nong Lá opened its doors in 2012, celebrating the food that siblings Elaine and Victor Phuong grew up eating. Their menu offers traditional dishes such as pho, bun, and bánh mì, with flavors reminiscent of those found in the homes and streets of Vietnam. From day one, the Phuongs’ goal was to honor their mother’s cooking, and they did so through lots of research & experimentation of old family recipes. The cafe currently has two locations — the original on Sawtelle Blvd and their second shop located on La Brea Ave. No matter the place, the Los Angeles community flocks to Nong Lá for its Bun Bo Hue & Thit Xiu Banh Mi!
Address: 2055 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 & 145 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA
PINE & CRANE
Located in the heart of Silver Lake, PINE & CRANE is your neighborhood, fast-casual Taiwanese restaurant. Owned by Vivian Ku, their goal is to bring authentic & delicious Taiwanese food in a comfortable & modern setting. In addition to their Taiwanese staples like Three Cup Chicken and Beef Noodle Soup, PINE & CRANE offers a variety of small plates, traditional cold appetizers, and vegetarian/vegan options. If you ask their regulars, the Dan Dan Noodle is a must — the noodles are perfectly rich with the peanut sauce, cucumbers, cilantro (and more) blending together in perfect harmony.
Address: 1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Ruen Pair has been serving Hollywood and its late night crowds for 25 years and counting. Ask any Angeleno and they’ll all say the same — Ruen Pair is the go-to spot for those famous 2:00am food runs! Run by Champ Jansaeng and family, much of the restaurant's success can be attributed to the Thai Town designation in Los Angeles in 1999. “It really did open it up for people to know about Thai Town and Thai culture,” says Jansaeng. “So people started taking an interest and becoming more adventurous in their food.” Some of Ruen Pair’s top dishes include Papaya Salad, Pad Thai (of course), Morning Glory, and Pad See Ew!
Address: 5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Yellow Cow Korean BBQ
Owner-chef Monica Kim has created a popular neighborhood spot in Yellow Cow Korean BBQ. Located in Gardena, this restaurant features a variety of menu items — fresh salads, hearty steaks, and even a tidy list of vegetarian-friendly dishes. Now that dine-in options are slowly returning, Yellow Cow’s outdoor dining set-up makes for quite the whimsical evening. Here, Angelenos can enjoy classic Korean dishes like yook hwe (raw beef), seafood pancake, bibimbap, noodles, and tons more!
Address: 1835 W Redondo Beach Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247
Looking for more spots in your neighborhood? Visit the “Best Near You” section on the DoorDash app to find even more Asian & Pacific Islander cuisines in your area!