Places for a Relaxing Meal in In Los Angeles

Los Angeles can be a hectic place. Sure, it’s a fun place to sightsee and check out all the fun shops, but after a busy day, you’ll want to decompress at a relaxing café or deli and enjoy some comfort food. Luckily, there are plenty of great eateries specializing in just that across LA, and we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites. Check out some of these places the next time you’re hanging out in the city.

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Find a classy European-style café in Los Angeles at Comoncy

Delicious sandwiches at Comoncy. Image courtesy of Yelp.

8201 W. 3rd St. | Beverly Grove/

You can order breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day at Comoncy, a modern café that’s been delighting diners in both Los Angels and Arizona. Described as “a cross between an espresso boutique and a European-style breakfast and lunch place,” Comoncy uses fresh, local sustainable ingredients to make its delicious dishes.

Start your day with their Eggs Benedict or Breakfast Burrito. Vegans can snack on their Sunrise Vegan Tacos or Vegan Avocado Toast, served with poppy seed bread, fresh avocado mash, oven roasted tomato, radish, and Maldon salt. Ready for lunch? Comoncy serves a nice selection of salads and sandwiches including a classy Cubano Sandwich served on a baguette with braised pork, pickles, garlic aioli, and mojo sauce.

You can also sit back and relax with a nice cup of coffee, from classic freshly brewed drip coffee to a fancier cappuccino or macchiato. If you like a touch of elegance at your cafes, Comoncy is the place to come and unwind.  

“We came for a quick brunch before a school event last Sunday. It was our son’s idea to go to Comoncy and we were so glad we listened to him.” — Yelp Review

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Eastside Italian Deli

Serving Authentic Italian Sandwiches Since 1929

Yummy pastrami and roast beef sandwich. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1013 Alpine St. | Chinatown/

If you like hanging out at neighborhood delis with a lot of history, come on down to the Eastside Italian Deli in Chinatown. Established in 1929 by the Pontrelli & Larrichia family, Eastside still sells and uses their original Maestro Italian Sausage in their sandwiches. You’ll also find a host of other authentic Italian sandwiches here, from their spicy Italian Cold Cuts to their Caprese Sandwich to their mouth-watering Chicken Parmesan.

Sandwiches are served both hot and cold and you can add specialty items like Green Castelvetrano olives, pepperoncini, and their special Cento Hot Hoagie Spread. Italian food lovers will also want to order their lasagna & pasta special — and be sure to save some room for their amazing cannoli, tiramisu Italian cake, and Galletti Italian Cookies.

Vegan? Eastside Italian Deli has a selection of vegan options, including a Veggie Sandwich, Eggplant Parmigiana & Cheese, and vegan Caprese Sandwich. You’ll also be able to order from several salad dishes. Whether you’re just stopping by for a quick sandwich or looking for a place to cater your next event (they offer a special sandwich and salad catering menu), Eastside has what it takes to please your tastebuds.

“Everytime in the downtown area I gotta come here either sandwiches, hot plates, and Tuesday or Thursday their famous lasagna.” — Yelp Review

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Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

Comfort food and great craft beers at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

Delicious burger with a fried egg at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. Image courtesy of Yelp.

1800 Sawtelle Blvd. | Sawtelle/

In the mood for some American comfort food? Plain Check Kitchen + Bar has been providing the Little Osaka neighborhood in west LA great meals and drinks since 2012. Order up some specialty hamburgers like the Chef’s Favorite Burger, Plan Check Burger, or Truffle Burger. Their Short Rib Pot Roast also makes a hearty meal that will fill your belly while the baked crab offers something for seafood lovers.

Plan Check Kitchen + Bar also provides an excellent selection of beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic options like coffee, tea, juices, and sodas. Find your favorite ales and craft beers here, along with some hard kombucha and cider. Happy Hour generally starts at 3pm and lasts until 6pm (check their website for exact times).

Need more incentive? Plan Check Kitchen + Bar offers a dog-friendly patio and a great venue for your next private party. You can also have them cater your events by filling a form on their website.

“Plan Check is arguably the best burger spot on the West Side. They use a ketchup leather that I’ve never seen before, and along with superb ingredients and a hefty burger, this place is on another level” — Yelp Review

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Momed Atwater Village

Taste some modern Mediterranean cuisine at Momed Atwater Village

Mmm… great falafel wrap with momo chips at Momed Atwater Village. Image courtesy of Yelp.

3245 Casitas Ave Ste 120 | Atwater Village/

“Momed” stands for “Modern Mediterranean,” and since 2010, Momed Atwater Village has been living up to its name by providing customers with a new interpretation of the classic Mediterranean cuisine from the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. Hang out in their classy patio space and order their amazing Momo Chips and Avocado Hummus. Or treat your tastebuds to some Fig and Arugula Flatbread.

Ready for the main course? Momed offers some great new twists on dishes you only thought you knew. Feast on their Lamb Burger or order some Duck Schwarma. Your entire party will love sharing the Greek meatballs and Manti (beef and lamb dumplings with garlic, yogurt, and fresh tomato sauce. There’s also a tasty Lobster Linguine and Vegetable Tajine with chickpea, kale, fresh harissa, piquillo peppers, herb yogurt, preserved lemon, and couscous. Whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner, Momed Atwater Village guarantees a unique and amazing experience.

“I saw Momed on the list of best restaurants in Atwater Village and it lives up to its hype! The vibes, the interior, the food and service were all amazing. I came here to celebrate a friend’s birthday and we were IMPRESSED and also so satisfied with all the delicious dishes.” — Yelp Review

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Say Cheese

Amazing cheeses. Classy café.

Cheese lovers rejoice! Delicious cheese sandwiches at Say Cheese. Image courtesy of Yelp.

2800 Hyperion Ave. | Silver Lake/

Love cheese? Then head out to Silver Lake where the Say Cheese café and cheese shop serves all your favorite cheese dishes. Naturally, you’ll find the classic tuna melt sandwich and cheese omelet here, but there are also plenty of more exotic choices, like the Donatello Sandwich served with mozzarella, Prosciuttio di Parma, tomato, and basil on ciabattini or the oven toasted Barcelona with jamon serrano and manchega cheese.

Say Cheese also offers a brunch menu, salads, and plenty of your favorite coffee drinks (yes, you can enjoy your cheese with a macchiato or chai latte here). And if you’re really serious about cheese, Say Cheese sells specialty cheeses from around the world. Try some of Spain’s Cabrales Pastor Cheese, Switzerland’s Aged Appenzeller Cheese, and France’s Bucheron Cheese. You can even find Irish, Italian, and Greek cheese here, giving your palate quite the workout. Still want more? You can purchase fine chocolates and champagne here, letting you relax in style!  

“I am so pleased to have found this wonderful gem of a spot. The cheese is a delight. The owner is very knowledgeable, but not elitist, and will answer any questions you have.” — Yelp Review

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Poppy + Rose

Dine with class and comfort at Poppy + Rose

Delicious and gorgeous avocado toast! Image courtesy of Yelp.

765 Wall St. | Downtown/

Ready to taste some of the most gorgeous American and Southern-inspired comfort food you’ve ever seen? Poppy + Rose puts its own California twist on a nostalgic comfort kitchen. Taste fried chicken & waffles made with buttermilk-brined chicken and vanilla brown butter waffles. You can also order pulled pork hash, eggs benedict, and an entire pancake breakfast here, alongside cobb salads, avocado toast, and lox bagel sandwiches.

Ready for more? Poppy + Rose’s biscuits are made from scratch every morning with real butter. You’ll also be able to order breakfast classics like the Cobbler French Toast, Steak + Eggs, and breakfast burritos. There’s also a great selection of sandwiches for the brunch crowd. If you’re looking to start your day off right, be sure to try Poppy + Rose!

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food and were talking about returning after.” — Yelp Review

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