Jonathan Gold Dishes on His Favorite Eastside and Westside Eats


Eastside versus Westside. It’s a timeless LA foodie argument. Who has it better? The West LA residents who live a stones throw from the latest gastropub? Or the East LA dwellers who live within walking distance to some of the best Mexican food in the country? The answer likely depends on where you live.

More often than not we hear those on the Westside lamenting the absence of good Chinese fare or a decent taqueria, but Jonathan Gold notes that Eastsiders also complain (albeit more quietly) about the dearth of white tablecloths. Like so many things in life, the grass is always greener…and the tortillas always fresher…on the other side. Hear Jonathan and Evan’s conversation below.

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What neighborhood do you live in and what is your favorite local restaurant? How often do you cross the LA river (from whatever side you live on) for food? Check out more Westside vs Eastside coverage (you could even be on the air!) on Which Way, LA?’s blog and tune in next Thursday, February 6th for an on-air discussion about LA’s most famous rivalry.

  • JK PDR

    Live in Playa Del Rey and absolutely love a few of the local joints: Señor G's for a cactus burrito, Tripel for a crafty cocktail, and Cantalini's Salerno Beach for an excellent bowl of fagiola. Even cheap beer and garden burgers at the Shack when the mood strikes. Unfortunately, have to bike all the way up to Culver City for great vegan food with more than just a handful of selections, which is usually at Native Foods Cafe. Close enough for me!

  • Mid-City L.A. Unless we travel north to West Hollywood or south to Culver City, Mid-City L.A. is sadly lacking in good restaurants. A few go-to places for Wilshire Vista residents: Bloom Cafe on Pico & Sierra Bonita; Ramen Jinya on Wilshire & Sycamore; the revised and improved Tom Bergin's on Fairfax, north of Olympic.

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  • shockinglydelicious

    Malibu: Best place for lunch is The Godmother of Malibu Cafe (aka Godmother's), 23847 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, Ca 90265 (310) 456-3254 You have to walk through a tennis club and you find a wonderful, calming outdoor patio with covered tables, and some of the best, most inventive food anywhere!

  • LiJ

    I live in the Miracle Mile – this high rent area is (shockingly) lacking in the restaurant dept. I typically venture a few blocks into West Hollywood for good food. However in the neighborhood my go-to spost are the Sycamore Kitchen and Yuko's Kitchen.