From Santa Monica Beach to LA Historic Park, the city is filled with picnic spots to take your friends, a date, or have a peaceful solo lunch. Whether you’re headed to a beach or park, we’ve got you covered with a list of popular take-out spots around Los Angeles.
- Mendocino Farms
This California chain is one for vegans and meat eaters alike! Most known for their salads and sandwiches, some of the local favorites include chicken caprese sandwich, “not so fried” mary’s chicken sandwich, avocado quinoa salad, and the sophisticated chicken and prosciutto salad. To drink they have a refreshing selection of ‘spindrift’ flavored sparkling water cans to go along with your picnic at the park.
Enjoy the nice California weather with a dish off the menu at Gingergrass. This spot can be described as healthy vietnamese, the perfect light lunch for a day outdoors. Locals are raving about the summer roll (shrimp, roasted pork, red leaf lettuce and peanut sauce), chicken banh mi, shaking beef with jasmine rice (filet mignon with chilies, onions, and watercress), and the shrimp skewers. They also have a Vietnamese coffee which is created with chicory and condensed milk, ginger limeade, and various teas to pair with your lunch or dinner. Gingergrass is located in Silver Lake and is a great spot to pick up your meal on your way to enjoy the outdoors.
- Urth Caffe
Whether you’re looking for a cup of tea and a pastry or a deli sandwich, there’s something for everyone at Urth Caffe. The food and beverages at this spot are what make it so well-known in Los Angeles. Most locals would tell you to try a few different things on the menu like the spanish latte, chicken pesto sandwich, one of their various croissants, a traditional egg breakfast, the list could go on. It’s the perfect place to drop in, grab a few treats or a meal and enjoy a tasty picnic.
- Milo and Olive
A combination that will lift anyone’s spirits: Pizza and the beach. Located in Santa Monica on 26th St and Wilshire Blvd, Milo and Olive brings together a blend of different Italian favorites - pizza being their most popular. The pizza selection ranges from a traditional margherita and pepperoni, to the more creative pizzas like their pork belly sausage & kale and their burrata & prosciutto di parma. Before heading to your day at the beach, be sure to pick up a couple pizzas at Milo and Olive for your crew to enjoy.
- Broken Mouth
Broken Mouth is a hawaiian-korean fusion restaurant in DTLA with various dishes that are great for a picnic outside enjoying sunny California. The owner says, “the term “Broke Da Mouth” is a phrase locals in Hawai’i use to describe food so good, one hardly has time to chew.” The well-known dishes at Broken Mouth are the butter shrimp plate, beef plate (egg-battered ribeye beef slices), and the spam masubi (seaweed wrapped spam on purple rice.) To prepare for your day at the park, you can also try the Hawaiian sun juice can in flavors: passion orange, guava nectar, pineapple orange, or strawberry lilikoi.
A day on the beach or at the park is never complete without some flavorful food to enjoy by yourself or with those around you. Los Angeles is saturated with many restaurants to choose from no matter where you are in the city, but these 5 are sure to impress your tastebuds.