If you have a hankering for Belizean cuisine, then a trip to Little Belize Restaurant is in order. This small, family-owned restaurant has a dedicated customer base and you’ll notice the Caribbean hospitality as soon as you walk through the door. Kick off your meal with the Panades (fried masa stuffed with hash fish) and Ducunu (a Belizean-style sweet corn tamale). Then, move on to one of the lunch or dinner entrees, such as the Oxtail Stew, which is seasoned and slowly cooked in their secret house gravy. If you’re still hungry, we recommend the Milk Cake or Lemon Pie for dessert. And they are of course known for their plantains, so an order of those is a must. Little Belize also features daily specials, which range from Curry Chicken to Meat Pies and Cow Foot Soup, depending on the day you visit.
How to Order: Walk in or order online.
Nestled between Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Caribbean, Belizean food takes inspiration from these regions and more, resulting in a savory cuisine that leans heavily on rice, beans, seafood, and tropical fruits. The result is dishes like panades, Belize’s take on an empanada that’s filled with smoked fish, cheese, or beans before it’s thrown in a deep fryer and crisped to perfection, and ducunus, a Belizean-style sweet corn tamale. You can order both as starters at Little Belize, but you’ll want to save room for the restaurant’s most popular dish as your main: a succulent Oxtail Stew that’s slow-cooked in a secret brown sauce gravy and served with a starchy side of rice and beans, ducunu, or stewed beans; your choice of potato salad, cole slaw, or green salad; and plantains.
How to order: Walk-ins only for dine-in. Call 310-674-0696 for carryout, place pickup and delivery orders on their Square site, and delivery via UberEats and other delivery apps.