What to Order: Persian Pizza
This Westwood hangout is all about modern Tehrani food, including the capital city's spin on pizza. Here, the personal-sized pies come sauce-free, broiled until the cheese is browned and bubbly, and topped with exotic delights like chopped up hot dogs, green bell peppers, corn, or sesame seeds. Make like the locals and squeeze on crazy amounts of ketchup and ranch before chowing down.
Cafe Aly What to Order: Oliviyeh sandwich
This sandwich spot near Santee Alley is a classic LA culture mashup: alongside Mexican-ness like huaraches and tortas, you can also order Persian sandwiches with fillings like kosher sausage and halal mortadella. Try the Oliviyeh sandwich: house-made bread stuffed with a Persian picnic favorite that's potato salad, chicken salad, and egg salad, all rolled into one.