Food & Drink

The 11 Best Southern Food Spots in LA

Published On 01/13/2015 Published On 01/13/2015
Harold & Belle's
Orleans and York Deli
Flickr/Joan Nova
The Beignet Truck
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1. The Little Jewel of New Orleans 207 Ord St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Head to this Downtown spot where you'll find straight-up recreations of New Orleans' finest food, including crawfish mac & cheese and outstanding po' boys, which are crispy and chewy at the same time.

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2. Preux & Proper 840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

The FiveOFour guys bring you this NOLA-inspired eatery, a two-story ode to the Big Easy with a daiquiri bar, raw bar, massive patio, and killer Muffalettas, as well as grilled short ribs with Cajun kimchee.

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3. The Gumbo Pot 6333 W 3rd St, #312, Los Angeles, CA 90036

As the name suggests, the dish you gotta try here is the gumbo. It may not be as flavorful and spicy as it can get in the South, but it still does the trick. Be sure to try the collard greens too.

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4. The Old Place 29983 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

The German-born chef at The Old Place is versed in sausage-ness, and the little chunks of the protein are the key to his creamy, buttery, crazy-good biscuits and gravy.

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5. Harold & Belle's 2920 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

You can't get older-school Southern cooking (in an old-school Southern-style kitchen) than Harold & Belle's: it's been at it since 1969, making everything from meatloaf to catfish. The go-to is the creamy étouffée, though, like everything else there, it's made with a tried-and-true recipe passed down through generations.

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6. Orleans & York 4454 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

This beloved deli serves up specialties from two very disparate-yet-great American cities -- which, no coincidence, ranked #1 and #2, respectively, on our list of the best food cities in the US. O&Y goes for purity, which's why the O.G. Orlean Muffuletta stands apart: no gourmet newfangledness -- just the classic, perfected.

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7. Sal's Gumbo Shack 6148 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805

This unpretentious barbecue destination is a fave of BBQ master Bigmista. Classics like BBQ shrimp and gumbo are served seven days a week, but Sal's brings out the big guns on Wednesday and Sunday -- not just the oxtail, but turkey necks and Southern-fried turkey chops, too.

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8. My Two Cents 5583 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

It's easy to drive past this no-frills, neighborhood mini mall spot with a genre-less name and not look twice; that is also a mistake. Chef/owner Alisa Reynolds' food is infused with deep-South joy, which makes its way into everything from the pumpkin pie to the perfectly creamy, perfectly savory shrimp & grits.

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9. The Apple Pan 10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

This West LA diner has been serving burgers, pie, and classic American sandwiches at its U-shaped counter since 1947. Not much has changed about The Apple Pan since it opened: the registers are mechanical, the cooks wear soda jerk paper hats, and the red counter stools are still intact. Thankfully, the menu is pretty much the same too, and the signature Hickoryburger, Steakburger, and banana cream pie are as popular as ever. Fun fact: Diner chain Johnny Rockets is modeled after The Apple Pan.