Best El Niño Restaurants


Crunchy French Toast and Eggwich from Blu Jam

Staff Writers

Jamie Weisenberg and Hannah Newman

Listed below are LA’s 7 best go-to rainy day restaurants:

The Melting Pot: If you are in the mood for a very rich, filling meal, the Melting Pot is my go-to. With three courses, cheese, broth, and chocolate, people cannot help but love the melting pot. By cooking your own food you get to decide exactly what you want and how you want it. If you go, try to go with a big group of friends or family!

Milken Favorites: “The best part of the melting pot has got to be the s’mores chocolate.” -Naomi Gluck ‘16

Location:  3685 Thousand Oaks Blvd · (805) 370-8802

Iroha Sushi of Tokyo: Iroha Sushi is one of the best sushi restaurants in the valley. The large selection of rolls and dishes set it apart from others. The soups, spicy tuna on crispy rice, and pink panther roll are some classic favorites.

Milken Favorites: “I love their veggie tempura roll! It’s perfect for a vegetarian who misses out on spicy tuna on crispy rice. It’s filled with perfectly crispy veggies and it pairs perfectly with a good eel sauce. Delicious!” -Jessica Cremin ‘16

Location:  12953 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 · (818) 990-9559

Blu Jam Cafe: The food is worth the wait! Even though you may have to wait 30 minutes to an hour to be seated, the food can’t be beat.

Milken Favorites: “Their cornflake crusted french toast is positively off the chains. Welcome to flavortown!” -Britt Jacobson ‘17

Location:  15045 Ventura Blvd · (818) 906-1955  

    7371 Melrose Avenue · (323) 951-9191

Midici Neapolitan Pizza: Midici is a make-your-own pizza place that exceeds the others. With classy decor and great location (right on ventura), Medici’s thick crust pizza is amazing.

Milken Favorites: “The affogato (a coffee-based dessert) there is amazing! I also love the pizza, it is so fresh.” -Sophia Ghadoushi ‘17

Location:   14612 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 · (818) 788-2178

Lemonade LA: Lemonade is a go-to for city and valley kids alike. With their modern design and expansive menu, it’s always a hit.

Milken Favorites: “Their truffle mac and cheese is the greatest item on the menu, no doubt about it.” -Alexis Ribakoff ‘17

Location:  145 S. Barrington Ave. · 310-471-9700

12401 Ventura Blvd, Studio City · 818-985-5700

*Tsujita LA: Tsujita LA is one of the most acclaimed ramen places in the entire city, and will impress you with their extensive and traditional menu. 

Milken Favorites: “The Ajitama Tsukemen beats any other ramen dish I’ve tried in LA, and I’ve tried at least 10.” -Daniel Woznica ‘17

Location:  2057 Sawtelle Blvd. · 310-231-7373

Nong La Vietnamese Cafe: The close-knit family feel of Nong La makes for a great environment and their traditional Vietnamese food is a definite must.

Milken Favorites: “Honestly, I try something new every time I go there and I’m never disappointed. I reccomend it all, but most especially their pho or banh mi.” -Laurel Raphael ‘17

Location:  2055 Sawtelle Blvd. · 310-268-1881

   145 N La Brea Ave. ‪#‎B‬ · 323-938-1188


* not kosher