8. Sawtelle/Westwood Blvd
Essential restaurants: Tsujita, Plan Check, Farsi Café, Attari Sandwich Shop
If you were to be blindfolded and dropped along Sawtelle Blvd. somewhere between Olympic and Santa Monica boulevards, you’d have a great chance of stumbling upon an excellent meal (assuming you’re okay eating blindfolded). While officially known as Sawtelle Japantown and home to excellent sushi, Japanese curries, izakaya spots and some of the cities best ramen at places like Tsujita, you’ll also stumble upon great choices for Taiwanese, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese eats. You can even grab burgers at Plan Check or stellar Southern vittles at Flores & Sons. Then it’s just a short Uber ride over to Westwood Blvd, along a stretch known as Little Tehran, where you’ll find Persian kabobs and much more at places like Farsi Café, and ridiculously good tongue sandwiches at Attari Sandwich Shop.