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When we’re looking for restaurant partners, we’re searching for the best of the best from trendy downtown restaurants to scrappy food trucks to hidden-gem mom and pops. We’re proud of our roster and each year we celebrate it with the Best of Fooda awards, asking you to choose your favorites. The votes are in, and here are your winners for Los Angeles’ Best of Fooda 2019.
In 1992 Barbara “Sky” Burrell left the corporate world to open Sky’s Gourmet Tacos. Her vision was to serve Mexican food with a splash of soul. After 27 years, countless awards, and an appearance on the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” Sky’s is still going strong. Fan favorites include carnitas, grilled chicken, and boneless rib tacos, but there are meatless options as well. In fact, Sky’s takes great care with vegan and vegetarian dishes, keeping ingredients separate in the kitchen and using an entirely different grill to prepare them. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t forget their famous cheesecake; it comes in a variety of flavors including mango and pineapple.
Seasonal produce takes centerstage at Lemonade where eating your vegetables is a joy not a punishment. Salads are at the heart of what they do with lots of options for vegans and vegetarians such as the Tuscan Kale with button mushrooms and Kumquat vinaigrette. The menu also includes hot dishes such as chicken pot pie with thyme gravy and the Red Miso Beef bowl served with snap pea edamame, pickled ginger, crispy onions, and furikake.
In the Korean tradition, food should nourish your body as well as your mind. Bibibop takes this mission seriously when thoughtfully crafting bowls of rice, protein, and vegetables. No matter what ingredients you choose (responsibly-sourced chicken or organic tofu; a bed of purple rice or crispy green lettuce; white bean sprouts or bright orange carrots; teriyaki sauce or spicy sriracha), Bibibop aims to strike a delicious balance between sour, bitter, salty, spicy, and sweet.
Daphne’s combines classic Mediterranean food with a health-conscious California-inspired vibe. The result is a menu of dishes that fit neatly into a variety of diets from vegan and gluten-free to low-fat and high protein. Try a pita wrap with lamb gyros or ditch the bread for a Greek plate with falafel, basmati rice, roasted vegetables, and salad topped with lemon tahini sauce