The Friday Five x DoorDash: LGBTQ+ Owned Restaurants in Los Angeles
The return of indoor dining can only mean one thing… more restaurant recommendations from your friends at Angel City! In celebration of Pride, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite LGBTQ+ owned restaurants that you can (again) enjoy in-person or from the comfort of your home. From Southern comfort food to classic Mexican, these local spots are poised for a post-quarantine comeback and ready to welcome you!
Angel City’s Friday Five series is presented by DoorDash.
Bloom & Plume Coffee
Thirst come, thirst served! Bloom & Plume Coffee is not just a coffee shop, it’s a community oriented brand that wholeheartedly seeks to unite people. Co-owned by Maurice Harris (famed floral designer), the space seeks to provide an elevated experience for customers with coffee and delicious food. At the shop, you can find Stumptown beans brewing, Friends & Family pastries, sweet and savory toasts on Bub and Grandma’s bread, and house-made cornmeal waffles, all in a space creatively curated.
Address: 1638 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
In 2018, Chef Jasmine Shimoda and wife Sharky McGee combined their talents to open Jewel. From the start, their goal has been to serve the Silver Lake community unique and inspired plant-based dishes featuring local, organic, and sustainable produce. At Jewel, guests can enjoy a vegan Philly cheesesteak (dubbed the “L.A. Phil”), pizza (featuring a gluten-free activated charcoal crust), and vegan doughnuts.
Address: 654 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90004
In Los Feliz, you’ll find Kismet — a neighborhood spot headed by Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson that combines seasonal California produce with Mediterranean-inspired flavors. The menu is what you’d expect from a modern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern spot… lots of vegetables, different proteins and flakey bread (Kismet is serious about their flakey bread). Dubbed a neighborhood favorite from the start, the Broccoli Toast, Lemony Chicken and Pine Nut Pies and Turkish-Ish Breakfast are a must-try if you’re ever in the area!
Address: 4648 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
My 2 Cents
My 2 Cents is the spot for Southern comfort food in Los Angeles! Headed by LA native Alisa Reynolds, the small cafe takes pride in serving Southern-inspired dishes that impress (without hurting the wallet). Without a doubt, the shrimp and grits need to be at the top of your list when you visit My 2 Cents. Though it's a classic dish, Chef Reynolds does it in a way that’s hearty, but still light, leaving room to try more on the menu. “Some of these recipes are ingrained in our culture, so I kind of just wanted to add a little twist or flare to it,” said Reynolds. “I wanted the food to be a reflection of the city.”
Address: 5583 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Located within Santa Monica’s Gateway Hotel, Socalo is a beachy, California canteen and Mexican pub from award-winning chef/owners Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. Opened in December 2019, Socalo serves conscientiously-sourced, seasonal SoCal Mexican fare. Just a quick look at the menu and you’ll find all of the classics — corn esquite, ceviche, enchiladas, tacos, and more!
Website: socalo.comAddress: 1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404