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12 Foods You’ve Got to Try When You’re in California

12 Foods You’ve Got to Try When You’re in California

Everything tastes better in California. Why is that? Other states try to replicate the flavor and creativity that goes into the popular cuisines you’ll find in California, but it simply isn’t the same. We’re going to chalk it up to the pure energy and love that California chefs put into their food. Whatever it is, there are 12 foods that you absolutely MUST try when you’re in California.


We know, we sound like a broken record. But seriously, if you go to California and don’t eat In-N-Out, you’re truly missing out on a Californian classic. A popular food icon of California, In-N-Out never disappoints. Be sure to order your burgers and fried “animal style”. You can thank us later. * wink*

California Donuts

Taking a traditional baked treat and elevating it to the extraordinary, California Donuts creates artistically inspired delectable donuts topped with really fun and sugary toppings like fruity pebbles, candies, and more.

REAL Mexican Food

Hands-down, California has the most authentic Mexican food around. Situated just north of the Mexican border, California is proud to have a large population of Mexican-Americans and Mexican immigrants who bring with them traditional Mexican recipes and cuisine. It doesn’t get more authentic and delicious than that!

California Rolls

Who doesn’t love some good sushi right? Well, dedicated to the fresh lifestyle of the coastal state, the California roll is a popular choice nationwide – comprised of crab, cucumber, avocado (of course), rolled in nori and sushi rice and topped with sesame seeds.

Fish Tacos

Fish tacos are a delicacy and a total favorite amongst true Californians. You can find mouth-watering variations of this seaside dish for sale in restaurants, food trucks, and at food vendor events all throughout the state.


Cultural foods are a symbol of Californian cuisine that celebrate the cultural diversity of the great state. A true melting pot, California is known for more than its awesome Mexican food. Great food from every culture can be found locally just about anywhere you visit in California. Vietnamese Pho is amongst the most popular cultural foods consumed by Californians – and for good reason. The dish is a truly delicious comfort food – bringing together people from all backgrounds to enjoy a great meal.

Green Smoothies

Californians are famous for their health food trends. Green smoothies definitely top the lists of health-conscious Californians. Next time you’re visiting or looking for a light lunch or snack, stop by a local smoothie bar like Moon Juice, and enjoy a nutrition packed green smoothie.

Disneyland Churros

Everything is more magical at Disneyland. Maybe that’s why their churros are so darn good. We’re not sure. But if you find yourself at Disneyland California, don’t leave without trying one, or two, of their delicious churros.

Avocado Toast

Obsessed much? Yeah, we are. Avocados are a staple of hungry Californians. Packed with antioxidants, and healthy fats, avocados and all of their creamy goodness are piled high, mixed with spices and that certain California flair atop a crusty freshly baked piece of toasted bread. Yum.


Haven’t heard of cioppino? You’re missing out! Cioppino is a flavorful Italian-inspired fish stew dish that was born right in the heart of San Fransisco, Califonia. The locals rave over it!


Tamales fall under Mexican food, but they truly deserve a mention of their own. Every year, Indio hosts the famous tamale festival. Vendors gather to offer the best, most authentic tamales money can buy while guests enjoy their food and partake in the festivities.

Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles is a well-known and thoroughly enjoyed hot spot for Southern comfort food. If you go, you obviously have to try the chicken and waffles – we recommend the Obama Special. How cool is that? If it’s good enough for Obama, it’s good enough for us!

Top 6 Places to Eat in California

A great meal while you are on vacation can be a memorable experience. There are people who enjoy amazing views, fabulous museums and interesting historic objectives. And we meet just as many travelers who go back to a place just because they had a mind blowing culinary experience there. So we made a top of 6 best places to eat when you are in California useful for those of you who travel on a budget and for visitors who wish to have an exquisite, refined meal at a more expensive restaurant.

Where will you eat in California?

1. In-N-Out Burger  With amazing reviews on Yelp and Trip Advisor and a tradition of more than 60 years, In-N-Out offers its visitor fresh, tasty, quality burgers. It all started in 1948, when Harry Snider introduced in California the first drive-thru hamburger stand. We’ve heard people who ate here hamburgers with grilled onion and extra lettuce saying that this is the place where they would have their last meal on Earth. Double hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hamburgers, shakes – they have it all. And you can find an In-N-Out almost everywhere you go, as they have 216 restaurants in California.   2. Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles Source Chicken and waffles? What combination is this you might wonder. An extravagant and very delicious one, we assure you. Founded in 1975, it became so well-known that “people don’t even question the strange combo anymore” (Los Angeles Times). Long Beach, Hollywood, Pasadena, Los Angeles and Inglewood – you can try this perfect match of ingredients in any of these cities.   3. Pedro’s Tacos Source “World’s Best Tacos since 1986” they say. And thousands of people agree each and every year. Although it has faithful clients who go there for years in a row, some of them are so in love with fish tacos that they didn’t even get to try anything else from the menu. Open for the first time in San Clemente, Pedro’s Tacos now has locations in Fallbrook and Oceanside. Bean and cheese burritos, quesadilla, shrimp tacos – everything here is extraordinary.   4. Osteria Mozza Source Fine Italian dining at a restaurant with 2 Michelin stars. First of all, we could say that you haven’t really eaten pasta until you tried it at Osteria Mozza. It is not a surprise as the restaurant is owned by two passionate and renowned chefs and an Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional (recognized by James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit). If you are in Los Angeles and wish to dine in a place where food, service and décor are perfect, we recommend you Osteria Mozza.   5. Manresa Source Inspired from European traditions and American cuisine, Chef-Proprietor David Kinch (who won Best Chef in America award) offers the best service and food to his clients. Experienced sommeliers pair the menu you choose with unique wines, in the magic ambiance created at the foothills of Santa Cruz Mountains (Los Gatos).   6. Kokkari Estiatorio Source The proud winner of the Traveler’s Choice award on Trip Advisor in 2012, Kokkari offers the best Greek food you can find outside Greece. Its visitor say that in ancient times, Gods used to eat the dishes you can nowadays find in Kokkari’s menu. The Mediterranean cuisine, the seafood, the traditional Aegean dishes and the design capturing the European old-world will make you come back as often as you can.     Have you been to eat in California and had a wonderful dining experience? Tell us about it!

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