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The best lunch spots on Los Angeles' Eastside

29 Aug 2014 2:01 PM
The best lunch spots on Los Angeles' east side

If you live in some of Los Angeles' luxury real estate, then you're probably a fair drive away from the Eastside. That doesn't mean you don't need to make the trek over, though: Some of the best eateries in the state, if not in the country, are located over at the other side of town. And when you're looking for some light lunch eats, you really can't do much better.

So with that in mind, we've prepared this list of a small handful of restaurants well worth the eastern drive. If you've got enough time during your lunch break, you can't do any better than traveling over to one of these lunch spots. If you don't, you might want to plan your weekend around one of them - they're really that good. 

The critics love Elite, which is well known for its dim sum offerings. Don't take our word for it: The professional eater employed at the Los Angeles Times is over the moon about this particular lunch spot.

"If you were to get on the 10 and make that grand trek east you'd be very happy if you ended up at Elite restaurant in Monterey Park, which has fantastic dim sum in the mornings and afternoons," Jonathan Gold, food critic for the Los Angeles Times, recently explained in a feature piece. "And then at night it turns over to the quite elegant Cantonese Hong Kong-style seafood house."

So if you're looking for an excuse to jet over to the eastern side, look no further: Elite should be your first destination. 

Cafe Stella
Stella doesn't have the same low prices as many of the other restaurants at this list - you can expect to pay just as much as you would at some of the Westside's finest restaurants. We promise, though, the prices are worth it: The food at this place is downright outstanding. The title "Cafe" may suggest a low-key restaurant, but everything about the menu here is top-shelf.

The roast chicken, the appetizers, even the coffee - it's all top-shelf. And that's not even to mention the space itself: The interior is excessively pleasurable to look at, and if you're lucky enough to sit on the patio, you'll find that the experience is nothing less than divine. 

Shanghai No. 1 Seafood
Here's another Asian restaurant that food critic Jonathan Gold raves about. In fact, he feels that Shanghai No. 1 Seafood may be just as good as Elite. We can understand why: This underrated gem is considered a treasure by all who know it, largely for its extravagant menu. 

"In the same sort of elegant vein [as Elite,] Shanghai No. 1 Seafood ... has sort of spectacular Shanghai-style cooking," Gold noted. He put Shanghai No. 1 Seafood on his shortlist of restaurants that are worth crossing over "from west to east" to eat at. 

Little Dom's
Finally, if you're looking for a light brunch, a tasty drink or even a delectable snack, then Little Dom's may be the place for you. Everyone raves about the rice balls, for one thing - they're said to be among the best that Los Angeles has to offer.

Of course, that's hardly the only thing that people love about this low-key eatery. The dessert menu - including anniversary fritters and chocolate caramel tarts, among many other mouth-watering options - is celebrated by all locals lucky enough to know the place.

So, Little Dom's offers what all the other restaurants on this list do: A wide range of dining options, with a wonderfully inclusive atmosphere. Alongside these other restaurants, it represents some of the best that Los Angeles' Eastside has to offer.