Sundown tonight will mark the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. As an early celebration, we took a trip to LA’s own Kosher Corridor to explore the vibrant and somehow still undiscovered kosher food scene in Los Angeles.
The Kosher Corridor is comprised of the several blocks of Pico Boulevard between La Cienega and Beverly Blvd. Home to one of the largest communities of Orthodox Jews, the street has long been home to a number of kosher eateries. Yet over the past few years, the area has been undergoing quite the culinary revolution and many Angelenos would be surprised to learn that there’s a whole world of delicious and innovative kosher cuisine just waiting to be explored.
Here are our picks for the top five eateries in the Kosher Corridor
Not to be confused with Takosher, Mexikosher is a fantastic combination of Kosher cooking with Mexican cuisine. Opened in 2011 by Chef Katsuji Tanabe, Mexikosher is run much like a Chipotle in which diners choose a protein to enjoy with a number of options including burritos, rice bowls, salads, tacos and nachos. Some highlights of the menu include the charbroiled Mayan spiced chicken breast, 18 hour slow cooked beef and duck confit carnitas, and a braised lamb and beef birria mixed with dried chilies.
8832 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, 310-271-0900
Meshuga 4 Sushi
Translated as “Crazy for Sushi,” Meshuga 4 Sushi developed such a following at its original location on La Brea that a second location was opened within the Kosher Corridor last year. Famous for serving inexpensive yet quality made sushi in a casual atmosphere, Meshuga 4 Sushi definitely impresses. While no crab or shellfish will be served due to kosher regulations, imitation crab is used instead and with the numerous menu options, it is hardly missed. Menu highlights include the Los Angeles Roll, filled with crispy cooked sea bass, avocado and crispy fried onions topped with a chipotle sauce, the Japanese Pizza, made up of crispy rice, spicy tuna, avocado and nacho jalapeno, or for a vegetarian option, the Green Dragon Roll, made with tempura sweet potato and avocado.
8948 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, 310-271-5050
Got Kosher? was opened in 2005 as a small take home food shop specializing in catering menus designed for both Shabbat and Jewish holiday dinners. Yet the signature kosher Tunisian and French fusion cuisine quickly caught on and only several years later, Got Kosher? became a bona fide café serving gourmet sandwiches and salads. And while their sandwiches are divine (try the Schnitzel on Pretzel!) it is their bakery that garners the most attention and there is a cult following surrounding their challah bread. And with chocolate pretzel challah, they’ve just recruited one more!
8914 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, 310-858-1920
Ditmas Kitchen, the creation of Top Chef alum Alex Resnik, is perhaps the most exciting addition to the Kosher Corridor. Offering some playful twists on kosher cuisine, such as the McKosher burger which features two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, sweet onions and a pretzel bun, Ditmas Kitchen also serves a great selections of steaks, sourced only from the front of the cow according to kosher tradition. Don’t miss their great kosher cocktail and wine list, featuring old favorites and some new discoveries.
8731 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, 310-271-9300
For a charmig dessert stop after your meal, visit Holy Cow Creamery, a kosher soft serve ice cream parlor that serves not just ice cream but a whole host of desserts including sundaes, house-made ice cream sandwiches, cupcakes, brownies, banana splits and more. If you can save room, try the Dream’wich, a soft serve ice cream sandwich made with fresh baked donuts or the Cookie Cup Sundae, an ice cream sundae served inside a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie bowl.
8946 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, 310-777-0168