My friend Nabhe picked me up close to the border in Otay. I found a $15 lot to park in. I much prefer Otay as it feels less chaotic. First stop was Nabhe's most favorite taco in Tijuana, Tacos Elvira. I haven't been there in 5 years, so it was a nice first stop to revisit as my "welcome to TJ taco."
Nabhe wanted soup so she took me to Mariscos Tony, a seafood soup cart that sets up at 2 am and closes around 4 am or whenever they run out soup.
At 3 am or so, I checked into my hotel, B My Hotel near Centro. It was a centrally located design or boutique hotel, nothing too luxurious providing the necessities -- a clean bed and a place to shower for the following day. An added bonus was free breakfast which I visited for water and fruit.
Mercado Hidalgo was a sight to see. If I planned on staying anotner night, I probably would have shopped for produce to enjoy for dinner. Next up was lunch at Las Compas where Nabhe met me. I took an Uber there.
After Las Compas, we walked next door to Delisse to try their pastries. We tried their chocolate cake and eclair, but both were disappointing. They tasted old like they've been in the refrigerator a week.
I've been wanting to try this birria bone marrow taco for a while. I've even made it at home. This quesabirria taco fell flat for me. The birria was lacking flavor and the bone marrow's flavor got lost in all the meat. Seems rather gimmicky to me. I recommend crossing the border and heading to Las Compas or Caesar's for their sopes de tuetano.
"La Bola" by Pedro Ramírez Vázquez and Manuel Rosen Morrison. The giant sphere is an IMAX cinema and is a Tijuana landmark. I finally walked through Museo de Las Californias this afternoon. The museum displays some artifacts from the history of the Baja Peninsula and California from the prehistoric period until the first half of the 20th century.
There are countless pizzas to try in Los Angeles. There are the classics and mainstays that have thrived over the decades such as Casa Bianca and trendy ones popping up weekly or expanding like Jon & Vinny's.
I haven't been too impressed with "cheffy" takes on pizza like Pizzeria Mozza or Bestia's pizzas. Prime Pizza and Pizzanista has been inconsistent during my past few visits. Stella Barra is solid pizza from what I have tasted, but have yet to visit their restaurant. And Pizzana? The current darling of the food media. It's owned by Sprinkles and I hate their cupcakes.
It's really difficult to find a great Chicago pizza in Los Angeles and Masa of Echo Park doesn't taste like the pizza I've had in Chicago. The closest I've had was at Union Pizza Company in the South Bay.
There is no shortage of the kinds of pizza you'll find in Los Angeles. You'll find regional styles such Neapolitan, Detroit, Chicago, New York, and Ohio. I recently tried unique Thai and Japanese-style pizzas.
Here are some of my favorites. If I missed some of your favorites, send me a message and I'll give it try.
Pizza Wagon of Brooklyn
Pblc Trade (Japanese Fusion)
Il Romanista (Roman)
De Sano Pizza Bakery (Authentic Carnivale pizza from Naples)
La Antica Pizzeria da Michele (Authenic Neapolitan passion project form an owner from Naples)
Provami (Neapolitan from a chef who was awarded "best pizza in the USA")
786 Degrees (Neapolitan Halal Fusion and a secret menu)
The Doughroom (Neighborhood spot and very low key. Get the white pizza and a rare craft beer.)
LBK Pizzeria (Authenic NYC pizza by the slice from this Luzzo's offshoot from Brooklyn)
Delicious Pizza (New York style pizza by the slice w/ a side of golden era hip-hop)
Lamonica's NY Pizza (New York style pizza by the slice. My go-to when I am in Westwood.)
Dough Girl (Lobster infused sauce on pizza from a chef who had stints at Mélisse, Providence, elBulli. BYOB.)
Dino's Pizza (Surprising good pizza from a pair of food obsessives I met at a Le Comptoir pop-up)
Danielle's Wood Fired Pizza (New York style pizza by the slice)
Union Pizza Company (Chicago deep dish)
Apollonia's Pizzeria (Weekends only square slice)
Abbot's Pizza Company (Bagel crust)
Gjelina Takeaway / GTA (California by the slice)
Humble Bee (California)
California Sun (California-style by the slice w/ tons of craft beer options)
California Pizza Kitchen (dependable, family friendly, famous chefs eat here too)
Rock'n Pies (Late night pizza and you don't want Domino's)
Pizza Pazza Wood Fired (Parisian, Armenian)
Furn Saj (Lebanese, Mana'ish)
Thai Curry (Thai "Tom Yum" pizza)
Cafe Glace (Persian pizza)
Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza (The best of the BYO)
Little Caesars (Authentic Detroit style pizza guilty pleasure. Someone from Detroit recommended it to me.)
Numero Uno (Childhood thick crust deep dish pizza throwback. There aren't many of these left.)
Hello, I'm Anne.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and I love exploring Los Angeles like a tourist. I have as much fun in my hometown as I do traveling in another country. I live to eat (good food) and travel!