Food just like Bubby made: The best Jewish noshes in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is home to more than 600,000 Jews – so there’s no shortage of amazing Jewish food here. From shawarma and shakshuka to ghormeh sabzi and gefilte fish, you can find any Jewish cuisine from the Persian, Israeli, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi cultures in La La Land.

Here are some of my favorite noshes from some of LA’s best Jewish restaurants:

1Shawarma at Ta-eem Grill

Ta-eem Grill in West Hollywood is home to the best shawarma outside of Israel. It’s juicy, it’s tender, it melts in your mouth, and it comes with generous portions of sides like French fries, Israeli salad, pita bread, babaganoush, hummus, and schug. Get the plate or the pita and you’ll be pleased. (Kosher, RCC)

LA bagels are typically underwhelming – the water here is, well, gross. But somehow, The Bagel Factory, which has locations in Pico-Robertson, West LA, and Torrance, has managed to make amazing bagels anyway. Go in for an everything, raisin cinnamon sugar, whole wheat, or chocolate chip bagel with the classic plain or deliciously sweet strawberry cream cheese. Try it with their nova salmon and grab a whitefish salad to go. (Kosher, Kosher LA)

LA has a large Persian Jewish population. Thank Hashem many Persian Jews opened up restaurants and markets and offer their delicious delicacies. Stop into Santa Monica Glatt Kosher Market in Santa Monica for fesenjan, a stew made with ground walnuts, chicken, and pomegranate paste or ghormeh sabzi, which contains herbs, dried limes, kidney beans, and beef. Remember to pair both with tahdig, “bottom of the pot” fried rice. (Kosher, RCC)

Walk into Bibi’s Bakery & Cafe in Pico-Robertson and you’ll immediately be transported to Israel. It has an Israeli vibe, complete with 60’s-era posters, Israeli newspapers, and the best dairy Israeli food in the city. Order in Hebrew (the owner, Dan Messinger, is fluent) and make sure you try the shakshuka. It’s spicy, and the eggs are done just right – which is a rare find. Pair it with a Jerusalem bagel and you’ll feel like you’re in a café in Tel Aviv. (Kosher, OK Kosher)

5Got Kosher’s Pretzel Challah Bread

Got Kosher, located in Pico-Robertson, is home to the amazing pretzel challah, which also comes with – gasp! – Belgian chocolate inside. Pick one up for Shabbat or order a schnitzel on a pretzel while dining in. (Kosher, RCC)

6The Matzo Ball Soup at Pico Kosher Deli

Pico Kosher Deli in Pico-Robertson is the only kosher deli in LA. If you’re feeling sick, or simply want to be reminded of your Bubby’s homemade soup, swing by for a bowl of their salty delicious matzo ball soup, which includes dense matzo balls and yummy noodles. (Kosher, Kehilla)

Kylie Ora Lobell is Jewess in Chief at Jewess, a Jewish women’s website, as well as a freelance writer for Aish, Chabad, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and The Forward.