Los Angeles

The Best Places to Eat and Drink Near Dodger Stadium

Get your team together to pre- or post-game at these spots.

Photo courtesy of Marie Buck Photography
Photo courtesy of Marie Buck Photography
Photo courtesy of Marie Buck Photography

People always say that Los Angeles doesn’t have seasons – but they’re forgetting about Dodger season, which is celebrated citywide. It’s a special time of year where people’s love for the city feels palpable and drinking a cold beer outside in the middle of the day isn’t frowned upon as long as it’s in the name of baseball. With the stadium reopening to full capacity and the Dodgers 2020 World Series win, now more than ever, you should take yourself out to the ball game. If you prefer to avoid waiting in long lines for only-ok stadium food, we have you covered with a lineup of 12 spots to eat and drink near Dodger Stadium. Many of which are within walking distance. 

Pro-tip: Pick up food and eat it at the stadium. You can bring outside food into Dodger Stadium as long as it’s in a clear bag and doesn’t contain glass bottles, cans, coolers, glass containers, or thermoses.

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Playita Mariscos

Silver Lake
This longtime mariscos stand (formerly Playita Siete Mares) was recently taken over by the father-son team behind the Guisados and has been totally revamped and renamed. It’s the perfect spot for when you need a quick and delicious pre-game bite, with a simple menu of ceviches, tacos, campechanas, quesadillas, and tostadas to help you cut down on decision time. Add a refreshing Jarritos or Mexican Coke to take with you on your walk to the stadium.

El Ruso

Silver Lake
Directly across the street from Playita, this Boyle Heights favorite recently set up shop in the former Goods Mart parking lot. Known for their Sonoran-style flour tortillas and mega-sized burritos called sobaqueras, grab some carne asada tacos to go right before the game.

Photo courtesy of Marie Buck Photography
Photo courtesy of Marie Buck Photography
Photo courtesy of Marie Buck Photography

Thunderbolt

Echo Park
Located about a 20-minute walk from the stadium, this new-ish bar is a chill spot for cocktails and dishes with a Southern twist like pork belly burnt ends and a fried chicken biscuit. If you get there before 6 pm you can enjoy a no-corkage happy hour from their list of 75+ natural wines and make it just in time for the 7 pm pitch.

Trenchers

Echo Park
Best known for their sandwiches, the unsung hero of Trenchers may be their hot dogs. Try the Sunset Dog, an all-beef frank with house-made sauerkraut, swiss cheese, fried onions, and spicy mustard. Order a three-pack of any of their jumbo dogs and they’ll pack it in their own picnic handle box for $30, making them ideal to pack-and-go to the park.

Corn Man

Lincoln Heights
When your name is the “Corn Man,” you sort of have to be the best. Timoteo, the elote street cart owner, definitely lives up to his name and the proof is in the long line of people who wait for him every night. He has been serving corn piled high with cheese, mayo, and chili in the same location for the last 30 years. You can find him on Workman and Broadway in Lincoln Heights from 11 pm–3 am, 7 days a week. Note: the Corn Man is a cash-only man.

Short Stop

Echo Park
Getting drinks at the Short Stop before or after a Dodgers game is such a time-honored tradition that there should be a shuttle that connects the bar and stadium. Part the sea of blue-clad Dodger fans and head to the bar for a reasonably-priced drink served by friendly bartenders and then a pool game or some dancing. 

Highland Park Brewery
Highland Park Brewery
Highland Park Brewery

Highland Park Brewery

Chinatown
Located about a half-hour walk or a quick drive to Dodger Stadium, this spacious indoor/outdoor brewery is an excellent choice for large groups to pre-game. They offer a large selection of their beers on tap, house-made seltzers, ciders, natural wine, and a robust menu of classic diner foods. In baseball terms, we believe they call that a home run.

Low Boy

Echo Park
This inviting indoor/outdoor bar is mere blocks from the stadium. Their burgers are exceptional, they have draught beers, and their cocktails are killer. Try the Mezalin, their version of a Penicillin with mezcal, homemade ginger syrup, honey, lemon, and a homemade elote tincture, with an order of their In-n-Out-inspired Gator Fries with griddled onions, housemade pickles and special sauce, and melted American cheese.

Amboy

Chinatown
Before a game, stop by chef Alvin Cailan’s Amboy where you can get exceptional burgers made with high-quality ingredients. Not to mention, their fries should be the fry standard. They’re not too thick, not too thin, and perfectly fried and salted. We really wouldn’t expect anything less from a chef who is also the Burger Show host.

El Compadre

Echo Park
If enjoying a sit-down meal before the game is more your speed, try El Compadre. You will most likely see fellow Dodgers fans there and the game playing. The restaurant serves hearty portions of Mexican-American classics, housemade tortilla chips and salsa, and some of the best beans and rice in town. Toast to a Dodgers win with their signature flaming margarita. 

Mexicali Taco & Co
Mexicali Taco & Co
Mexicali Taco & Co

Mexicali Taco & Co.

Chinatown
If you’re looking for a quick bite on your way to the game, look no further than this hole-in-the-wall Baja Mexican spot. Their crispy quesadilla-esque Vampiros is a hometown favorite but don’t let it overshadow their titular dish, tacos with perfectly thick harina tortillas and your choice of carne asada, pollo asado, al pastor, or vegetarian.

Philippe The Original

Chinatown
Older than Dodgers Stadium, the iconic LA establishment and originator of French dips has been open since 1918 and makes for a great on the way or at the park meal. The beef French dip is an obvious (and wise) choice, however, we suggest giving the pork sandwich a whirl.

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Los Angeles

How to Spend a Weekend in Topanga Canyon

Nature and the arts collide in this beloved canyon community.

Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images
Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images
Hanan Isachar/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images

Situated in the Santa Monica Mountains and known for its vibrant creative community, Topanga is one of Los Angeles’s most prized destinations for art and outdoor enthusiasts alike. And while LA boasts its own sprawling landscape of fun to tap into, you’d be remiss to miss a chance to explore this tucked-away collection of state parks, and cafes, and restaurants-especially when it all rests just 20 minutes away from the city. From a quaint caf√© with dazzling canyon views to a world-renowned, open-air theatre, here are the best ways to pass some time in Topanga now.

Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray
Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray
Photo courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray

Friday

Book dinner at Inn of the Seventh Ray
Owner Lucille Yaney opened this iconic restaurant in 1975 after spotting the property on a drive through the canyon with her late husband Ralph, and it’s safe to say she had a good eye. The land perfectly fits into Yaney’s vision of a romantic, alfresco dining space with tables tucked into cozy nooks and gazebos, all beneath canapes and fairy lights. Today, Yaney co-owns the venue with executive chef consultant Brad Miller. Together, they continue to fulfil the restaurant’s original mission to serve pure, natural foods reflective of the season’s best. That approach appears in dishes like 8-Hour Black Vinegar Braised Short Rib with creamy rosemary polenta, duck bacon Brussels sprouts, and caramelized onion and fig jam; Roasted Mushroom Toast with oyster mushrooms and sherry tarragon cream; and Beets & Whipped Black Pepper Creme Fraiche. Consider the carbs here. Pastas and sauces are made in-house and from scratch, as is the bread (available regular or gluten-free), an order of which you won’t want to miss. Check out the wine list, too, which offers a robust organic and biodynamic selection that has helped the restaurant garner some impressive accolades in recent years.

Check into Topanga Canyon Inn
In addition to plenty of excellent Airbnbs available to rent in the Canyon, there’s Topanga Canyon Inn, a charming bed and breakfast comprised of two Mediterranean-style buildings-Casa Blanca and Casa Rosa-both built by the owners. Guests can enjoy bespoke design details in each room, along with gorgeous mountain views from their own private balcony. Come morning, join other travellers for breakfast, served daily at Casa Rosa.

Saturday

Get coffee at Café on 27
Ready your camera for a coffee date at this AM eatery and caf√©, where ample (and busy) outdoor seating offers some of the Canyon’s best views. A full breakfast and lunch menu is available (complete with hearty orders like eggs Benedicts, soups, and club sandwiches), but for lighter morning fare, spring for a pastry and any of their specialty drinks, such as the turmeric latte or Moroccan mocha.

Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock
Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock
Bradley Allen Murrell/Shutterstock

Hike Topanga State Park
Spanning 11,000 acres and 36 miles of trails, Topanga State Park is the largest state park within the Santa Monica Mountains and one of the world’s largest parks within city limits. Visitors can access the grounds via more than 60 entrances. Once on the trails, enjoy sweeping vistas while exploring the region’s range of plants, habitats, and wildlife, including several resident bird species.

Grab lunch at Topanga Living Café
Guided by their Topanga upbringing and need for a community gathering spot with great eats, sibling team Agustina Ferguson and Bayu Suryawan opened this daytime eatery in 2016. Ever since, locals and visitors have found refuge in the caf√©’s warm, airy space and nourishing, hyper-fresh fare-all California-inspired with global influences. Check it out in plates like the Island Style, a breakfast salad with Balinese corn fritters, a poached egg, and house-made chilli jam, or the tacos (Baja Fish or Baja Shrimp, Carne Asada, or Kabocha Squash), made-to-order and served on handmade tortillas. If you’re seeking something shareable, try the Farmers Market Crudite, a seemingly humble order whose bright beet hummus reminds us that eating your vegetables is, indeed, very cool. And take a drink to-go. The team here takes great pride in their coffee (organic espresso, courtesy of their iconic pink La Marzocco machine) and a lineup of made-to-order smoothies, juices, and teas. Shop your way through town
Visitors can stroll through the town centre’s most popular shops for various fun finds, including Moona Star, Pebbles, and Topanga Homegrown. Be sure to stock up on specialty, local snacks at Canyon Gourmet and satiate your sweet tooth while you’re at it. The organic soft-serve there is a must. Pro tip: Top it with any of their artisanal syrups for a winning combo, namely, the vanilla with cardamom.

Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
Photo courtesy of Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Catch a show at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
This beloved open-air theatre has hosted productions for decades and is recognized worldwide for its Shakespeare interpretations. In addition to its annual summer season, which includes works like Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the venue hosts concerts, rehearsals, and classes throughout the year for budding actors and playwrights of all ages.

Snag a slice at Endless Colour
This family-run pizza joint specializes in from-scratch pies with clever topping combinations (think purple potatoes, fontina, and truffle oil in the Purple Molly Potato or spinach, leeks, and goat cheese in the Super Greens). Bring some friends, order a pie or two, and check out the drinks list, which includes offbeat options like orange wines and hard kombucha.

Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery
Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery
Photo courtesy of The Canyon Bakery

Sunday

Check out The Canyon Bakery’s “Sunday Funday”
Situated on the grounds of the aforementioned Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, this bakery specializes in naturally leavened breads, pastries, cakes, and cookies using locally sourced, whole grain flours. There’s a takeout window on Sundays, from 9:30 am until the bakery sells out. A strong following lines up for favourites, such as whole grain croissants and gluten-free pizza, so be sure to arrive early to get your fill.

Try tacos to-go at La Chingona
On your way out of town, grab some tacos at La Chingona, where a team puts forth fresh, organic, gluten- and dairy-free tacos. Orders range to include options like grass-fed beef (carne asada), shrimp (wild-caught), and soy chorizo and can be fashioned into plates beyond tacos, too (think tostadas, salads, and bowls). Open only on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays; this taco stand sees good demand. Plan accordingly, pending your travels, especially to savour an order or two of the churros.

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Nicole Schnitzler is a contributor for Thrillist.

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