After experiencing some serious food withdrawals upon returning from trips to South America and Europe, we were determined to find some of our soon-to-be favorite restaurants that brought us back to the aromas, spices and flavors of the countries we visited. Between LA and Portland there is no shortage of authentic eateries, but the goal was to find our new favorite spots closer to home.

The convenience that Los Angeles offers in bringing international delicacies can go a little unappreciated by locals who are used to having them around, but really, being in LA you have access to authentic regional food from all over the world within a 20 minute drive in any direction. With Well Traveled Mile being split between Portland and Los Angeles, we decided that on one of Rand’s trips down to LA,  we would explore the international grub LA has to offer. Here’s what we loved within a 48 hour eating spree:


Turkish style Doner wraps in lavash or a French roll drenched slathered with a homemade garlic spread. The doner’s have bits of lavash chips in it for a nice crunch.

2506 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 257-5600


Papa Cristos

Authentic Greek Mediterranean dishes from seafood to  stuffed grape leaves that includes live entertainment with music and belly dancers on some nights. My personal favorite was the fried fish.

2771 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(323) 737-2970



Home style Ethiopian restaurant with large portions and lots of injera in the heart of the Fairfax district. Portions are perfect to share with a group a friends, so order one of everything!

1025 S. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 965-1025


Gauchos Village

Brazilian top sirloin or tri-tip served by gauchos off of skewers. Enjoy watching the show of Carnival samba dancers. They also serve our favorite Malbec, Trapiche. Enjoy a glass!

411 N Brand Blvd  Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 550-1430



Cuban bakery and cafe with tortas, famous cakes, empanadas, potato balls and frappes. At any time of the day, the line could be out the door so be patient, order a red velvet frappe and a savory dessert.

8233 Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241
(562) 862-8888


Mashti Malones

Persian ice cream with rich and flavorful ice cream from pistachio, rosewater to saffron on the corner of Hollywood and La Brea. .

1525 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 874-6168


Cha Cha Cha

Caribbean dishes covered in sweet sauces from Jamaican jerk chicken to jumbo shrimp in an intimate and low lit setting. You will feel like you are in a locals only spot in Jamaica.

656 N. Virgil
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 664-7723


Alpine Village

German deli, bakery and eatery in a year round Oktoberfest. The deli has anything from Hungarian Sausage, headcheese, liverwurst and a list of salamis. There’s also chocolates and candy that you can’t leave without like dark chocolate brandy liquors.

833 W Torrance Blvd #104,
Torrance, CA 90502
(323) 321-5660


Myung In Dumplings

Specialty dumplings and dim sum that even Anthony Bourdain praises. We loved the veggie dim sum. One order is enough for two people, but make sure you get there early because they actually do run out.

3109 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 381-3568


What restaurant is your remedy for any travel food withdrawals?


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Rand Shoaf

Introduced to traveling at a young age, Rand has since traveled to over 45 countries. Learning how to maximize credit card sign-up bonuses in college has allowed him to earn millions of travel miles and points. Using the same tips and tricks he writes about here has ultimately allowed him to explore the word for pennies on the dollar.

1 Comment

  • I love the eating options in LA! I lived there for a year, and I was always amazed that I could get ANY kind of food, day or night, not too far from where I was…so cool!