Around the World in Los Angeles:

Filled with people of every origin living side by side, Los Angeles is home to one of the most diverse food cultures in existence.

Vietnamese Banh Mi in San Gabriel, California (LA)

Vietnamese Banh Mi in San Gabriel, California (LA)

Silom Thai Supermarket on Hollywood Blvd in Thai Town, LA

Silom Thai Supermarket on Hollywood Blvd in Thai Town, LA

Fan Tuan Taiwanese Purple Sticky Rice Roll in Los Angeles

Fan Tuan Taiwanese Purple Sticky Rice Roll in Los Angeles

Pickled herring salad at Olson's Scandinavian Delicatessen in Los Angeles

Pickled herring salad at Olson’s Scandinavian Delicatessen in Los Angeles

Salvadoran tamal in banana leaf and pupusa in Los Angeles

Salvadoran tamal in banana leaf and pupusa in Los Angeles

Tkemali (Georgian plum sauce) marked in Russian in Los Angeles

Tkemali (Georgian plum sauce) marked in Russian in Los Angeles

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls (sarmale) in Los Angeles

Romanian stuffed cabbage rolls (sarmale) in Los Angeles

Peruvian Saltado con Pollo in Hollywood, California

Peruvian Saltado con Pollo in Hollywood, California

Night View of Attari Sandwich Shop in Tehrangeles, Los Angeles

Night View of Attari Sandwich Shop in Tehrangeles, Los Angeles

Sweet rose petal jam (gulkand) from Pakistan in Los Angeles

Sweet rose petal jam (gulkand) from Pakistan in Los Angeles

A view of La Adelita bakery and restaurant in Hollywood, LA

A view of La Adelita bakery and restaurant in Hollywood, LA

Mexican Fruit Salad with chile, lime & salt on Western Avenue, LA

Mexican Fruit Salad with chile, lime & salt on Western Avenue, LA

Lebanese Tawouk : Taouk Chicken plate at Fatima's Halal Grill in Downey (LA)

Lebanese Tawouk or Taouk Chicken plate at Fatima’s Halal Grill in Downey (LA)

Lao Pork Sausage at AJ Asian Kitchen in El Monte, LA County

Lao Pork Sausage at AJ Asian Kitchen in El Monte, LA County

A small Korean fruit market in Koreatown, LA

A small Korean fruit market in Koreatown, LA

Tsukemen (Dipping Ramen) at Tsujita in Sawtelle District, Little Osaka, LA

Tsukemen (Dipping Ramen) at Tsujita in Sawtelle District, Little Osaka, LA

Tagliatelle al Ragù Bolognese at Rossoblu in Downtown Los Angeles

Tagliatelle al Ragù Bolognese at Rossoblu in Downtown Los Angeles

Elite (עלית) ice cream bars from Israel at Beni Kosher Market in Woodland Hills, LA

Elite (עלית) ice cream bars from Israel at Beni Kosher Market in Woodland Hills, LA

Bango Indonesian Kecap Manis (sweet soy sauce) in Los Angeles

Bango Indonesian Kecap Manis (sweet soy sauce) in Los Angeles

Canned Indian pickles (achar) in Artesia, Los Angeles

Canned Indian pickles (achar) in Artesia, Los Angeles

Hungarian bacon (szalonna) at Otto's in Burbank (LA)

Hungarian bacon (szalonna) at Otto’s in Burbank (LA)

Cold Saimin (Hawaii-style Ramen) at Kau Kau Korner in Gardena (LA)

Cold Saimin (Hawaii-style Ramen) at Kau Kau Korner in Gardena (LA)

Tigeorges’ Chicken Haitian Cuisine in Los Angeles

Tigeorges’ Chicken Haitian Cuisine in Los Angeles

Guatemalan Hilachas at Cafe Antigua Guatemala in Los Angeles

Guatemalan Hilachas at Cafe Antigua Guatemala in Los Angeles

Greek Lamb Chops at Papa Cristo's in Los Angeles

Greek Lamb Chops at Papa Cristo’s in Los Angeles

Cured Meats at Schreiner’s Fine Sausages in Glendale, LA County

Cured Meats at Schreiner’s Fine Sausages in Glendale, LA County

Fried Khinkali (Georgian Dumplings) in Glendale (LA)

Fried Khinkali (Georgian Dumplings) in Glendale (LA)

Escargots de Bourgogne (Burgundy Snails) at Taix French Restaurant in Los Angeles

Escargots de Bourgogne (Burgundy Snails) at Taix French Restaurant in Los Angeles

Filipino BBQ skewers on the street in Los Angeles

Filipino BBQ skewers on the street in Los Angeles

Ethiopian Kitfo (spiced beef tartare) at Lalibela in Little Ethiopia, Los Angeles

Ethiopian Kitfo (spiced beef tartare) at Lalibela in Little Ethiopia, Los Angeles

Refugiados, Cuban guava & cream cheese pastries in Los Angeles

Refugiados, Cuban guava & cream cheese pastries in Los Angeles

Elite Dim Sum in Monterey Park, Los Angeles, California

Elite Dim Sum in Monterey Park, Los Angeles, California

Cambodian Amok Trey & Ox Tail Soup in Long Beach (LA)

Cambodian Amok Trey & Ox Tail Soup in Long Beach (LA)

Translucent Burmese rice pancakes (yay mont) in Los Angeles

Translucent Burmese rice pancakes (yay mont) in Los Angeles

Brazilian Coxinhas (Chicken Croquettes) at Squarefritz on Olympic in Pico-Union, LA

Brazilian Coxinhas (Chicken Croquettes) at Squarefritz on Olympic in Pico-Union, LA

Seafood City Filipino Supermarket in Eagle Rock (Los Angeles)

Seafood City Filipino Supermarket in Eagle Rock (Los Angeles)

Karahi pots at a Bangladeshi grocery store in Little Bangladesh, LA

Karahi pots at a Bangladeshi grocery store in Little Bangladesh, LA

Armenian basturma (cured beef) at Garo’s Basturma in Pasadena (LA)

Armenian basturma (cured beef) at Garo’s Basturma in Pasadena (LA)

Arabic, Armenian, English & Spanish on a market window in Glendale (LA)

Arabic, Armenian, English & Spanish on a market window in Glendale (LA)

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup (Phở Gà) in Chinatown, LA

Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup (Phở Gà) in Chinatown, LA

Chongqing-style Dan Dan Noodles at Best Noodle House (重庆小面) in Rosemead (LA)

Chongqing-style Dan Dan Noodles at Best Noodle House (重庆小面) in Rosemead (LA)

Boiled Fresh Fish with Green Pepper Sauce at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra (LA)

Boiled Fresh Fish with Green Pepper Sauce at Chengdu Taste in Alhambra (LA)

Halo Halo at the Sari Sari Store in Los Angeles

Halo Halo at the Sari Sari Store in Los Angeles

French Dip Sandwich at Philippe's in Chinatown, LA

French Dip Sandwich at Philippe’s in Chinatown, LA

Armenian kebabs at Hamlet's Kitchen in Glendale (LA)

Armenian kebabs at Hamlet’s Kitchen in Glendale (LA)

Pork Gyro with tomato, red onions, tzatziki & fries at Good Greek Grill in Los Feliz (LA)

Pork Gyro with tomato, red onions, tzatziki & fries at Good Greek Grill in Los Feliz (LA)

Guatemalan Pepian de Pollo at Guatemalteca Bakery in LA

Guatemalan Pepian de Pollo at Guatemalteca Bakery in LA

Goan Pork Curry with Basmati Rice and House Indian Pickles at Badmaash in Los Angeles

Goan Pork Curry and House Indian Pickles at Badmaash in Los Angeles

Kalimantan chicken & mushroom noodles in Los Angeles

Kalimantan chicken & mushroom noodles in Los Angeles

“The Sandwich” at Roma Market & Deli in Pasadena, with Rosario’s choice of Italian cold cuts

“The Sandwich” at Roma Market & Deli in Pasadena, with Rosario’s choice of Italian cold cuts

Khanom Buang, a Thai dessert at Bhan Kanom Thai in Los Angeles

Khanom Buang, a Thai dessert at Bhan Kanom Thai in Los Angeles

Cold Udon at Otomisan Restaurant in Boyle Heights (LA)

Cold Udon at Otomisan Restaurant in Boyle Heights (LA)

Spanish Ham Croquetas Ibéricas at the Tumaca Truck in Los Angeles

Spanish Ham Croquetas Ibéricas at the Tumaca Truck in Los Angeles

Korean fried chicken plate at Chicken Day in Koreatown, LA

Korean fried chicken plate at Chicken Day in Koreatown, LA

Wontons in Red Chili Oil at Lao Tao Street Food in Chinatown LA

Wontons in Red Chili Oil at Lao Tao Street Food in Chinatown LA

Fruiteria Huerta Mexican Fruit Market in Alhambra, Los Angeles County

Fruiteria Huerta Mexican Fruit Market in Alhambra, Los Angeles County

Taiwanese Bento Box (bian dang) at Lee's Garden in Alhambra (LA)

Taiwanese Bento Box (bian dang) at Lee’s Garden in Alhambra (LA)

Nicaraguan Nacatamal & Pan Blanco in Los Angeles

Nicaraguan Nacatamal & Pan Blanco in Los Angeles

Ulundu vade (lentil fritters) at Punjab Indian Grocery in Alhambra (LA)

Ulundu vade (lentil fritters) at Punjab Indian Grocery in Alhambra (LA)

Peruvian rotisserie chicken at Pollo A La Brasa restaurant in Los Angeles

Peruvian rotisserie chicken at Pollo A La Brasa restaurant in Los Angeles

Russian pan fried cheesecakes (syrniki) in Los Angeles

Russian pan fried cheesecakes (syrniki) in Los Angeles

Barbacoa and cabeza tacos in East Lost Angeles

Barbacoa and cabeza tacos in East Lost Angeles

Jade Noodles with BBQ Pork, Duck & Crab at Sapp Coffee Shop in Thai Town, LA

Jade Noodles with BBQ Pork, Duck & Crab at Sapp Coffee Shop in Thai Town, LA

Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa Vietnamese restaurant in Alhambra (LA)

Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa Vietnamese restaurant in Alhambra (LA)

 

 

A DECADE OF FOOD CULTURE IN LOS ANGELES >

Nate Gray has captured images of food, cooking and culture throughout the world. His photographs have appeared in several publications including USAToday.com, The Huffington Post, Smithsonian.com, AsiaSociety.org, Salon.com, Frommers.com, Getty.edu, CNNTravel.com and others. (cphotoj.com)