Carrie Bell

For more than a decade, Los Angeles-based journalist Carrie Bell has covered food, travel, wine, and pop culture for a variety of publications and websites including TripSavvy, People, Yahoo, Fodor’s, POPSUGAR, Reader’s Digest, and Cosmopolitan. Growing up in Fresno gave her an equal appreciation for Mexican food, chain restaurants, fresh produce, and baklava. In what little free time she has left, she’s a snowglobe collector, cat lady, amateur photographer, yoga practitioner, maker of puns, pro-level ice cream taster, member of Ravenclaw, bike rider, pizza junkie, TV and movie binger, concert goer, board game enthusiast, kitchen experimenter, and so-so gardener.

Subs are never as good when you make them yourself so I leave it to the professionals to whip up a Tacchino (turkey and provolone on perfect ciabatta) or the Spicy Dom with all the meats. This Italian deli is the Valley’s answer to Santa Monica’s Bay Cities. Can also score homemade pasta, biscotti, and minestrone.
It isn’t the fanciest or most critically acclaimed sushiya in the city, but the folks at my go-to corner spot always remember that I like extra sesame seeds and no wasabi. Love the avocado rolls for meatless Monday and mixed tempura when I’m craving something fried.
Hamburgers and old Hollywood history go hand in hand at the revived diner although they also make a mean fried chicken sando and gloriously thick milkshakes.