The Local’s Guide to Los Angeles County

The Local’s Guide to Los Angeles County
Los Angeles is one of the most populated cities in the world. Not only is it home to the entertainment industry and notable art and music scenes, but there’s plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, galleries, and more throughout the various sections of the city, from Downtown to Los Feliz. But if you’re a local, you know how crowded some of the hotspots get, and finding new favorites can be tricky.

Luckily, we’ve crafted this list to help you out! Here’s the local’s guide to Los Angeles County!

Johnny Reb’s True South

The Local’s Guide to Los Angeles County


What began as a mutual love for Southern-style cooking sprawled into a dream that came into fruition. Johnny Reb’s is your destination in LA for southern fried classics. From BBQ to buttermilk biscuits, this eatery serves up all types of southern cuisine that if you’re from the south, will make you feel at home.  Start off with some Hush Puppies, Okra, or Frickles (fried pickles), before delving into the meatier menu items.

For dinner, they offer BBW Bowls, classic Sandwiches, and even Pit Smoked BBQ items like Baby Back Ribs and Burnt Ends of Brisket. Johnny Reb’s even caters, so you can bring the south to your backyard party!

Los Angeles Fire Museum

The Local’s Guide to Los Angeles County


If you’re in the mood to get a bit of history, you may want to check out the Los Angeles Fire Museum. This spot shows the lengthy and storied history of the city’s first fire engine and the volunteers who helped fight fires and save citizens. The LAFD started in 1886 with very few materials and equipment.

Attending the museum will show you the earliest fire-fighting methods and equipment. You’ll see the evolution of the fire engine and the uniforms so you can truly see the advancements made in this important public service. You can even stock up on some LAFD gear while you’re there!

Steel Craft Long Beach

The Local’s Guide to Los Angeles County


When you’re out and about and you find yourself in Long Beach, you may want to head to Steel Craft. This outdoor eatery is made from repurposed shipping containers to show the pride of the neighborhood and the generations that have worked on the docks. They get their food and drinks from local vendors, so it’s a great spot to hang out and enjoy the company and food. They provide some tasty dishes from Desano Pizza, Pig Pen Delicacy, Tajima Ramen, and Waffle Love. Sip on some beverages from Rainbow Juices, Smog City Brewing, or even Steelhead Coffee!

If you’re looking to check out some of the local gems and the hidden spots in LA and Los Angeles County, these are some places to help you get started on your adventures!

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