Dine Globally in Just a Few Blocks: Tasty Ethnic Treats on Melrose Ave.

Dine Globally in Just a Few Blocks: Tasty Ethnic Treats on Melrose Ave.

If you’d like to take a gastronomic trip around the world – but lack the plane ticket or time – then Melrose Ave. has you covered, with a delicious array of ethnic eateries that span the globe. Dine across many continents, and visit India, Japan, Thailand, Mexico, Italy, and Israel, with ease.

Anarkali

From samosas to tikkla, Anarkali offers classic Indian cuisine in a comfortable setting. Don’t miss their fragrant curries or succulent shrimp tandoori. Another house specialty is Bombay lobster in a “secret” sauce. The Sagg Paneer, made with traditional Indian cheese, onions, tomatoes, spinach and fresh herbs is a standout.

Anarkali Indian Restaurant
7013 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 934-6488
http://www.anarkali-la.com/

Antonio’s Restaurant

Start with a libation: there are hundreds of tequilas to choose from here. Then move on to a menu packed with delicious traditional Mexican dishes from tostadas to enchiladas. Beef, chicken, bean, vegetarian, and fish options all come with fragrant sauce and house-made tortillas. And don’t miss the daily specials, such as tamales or Lbondigon rebozado, cabbage leaves stuffed with the restaurant’s own mix of ground beef, chorizo, and herbs.

Antonio’s Restaurant
7470 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 658-9060
www.antoniomelrose.com

E.A.K. Ramen

At E.A.K. ramen it’s all about the noodles. The restaurant specializes in the wider, thicker noodle of iekei ramen, and rich broths that combine the tonkotsu and shoyu traditions. At E.A.K., the broth is made with chicken and pork bones in meat-centric versions, and of deliciously rich vegetables in the veg ramen offerings – either way you’re looking at hearty, slurp-to-the-last-drop meals.

E.A.K. Ramen
7455 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 866-1866
www.eakramen.com

Fala Bar

For Mediterranean treats both organic and authentic, look no further than Fala Bar where crisp falafel ismade from chickpeas, sweet potato, or kale; and hummus plates, baba ghanoush, and tangy Israeli salad are among the options. Recently added to this rustic fast casual spot’s menu: a few South of the Border items, too. Try the spicy Sriracha Bowl or the Mexican Bowl with organic black beans.

Fala Bar
7751 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 424-7131
www.falabar.com

Murakami Sushi

Cozy Murakami Sushi features specialty sushi bowls as well as rolls. Try the sashimi bowls here, such as the mixed bowl: sushi rice with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, albacore, and shrimp. Or go for the nigari sushi, and dine on fresh halibut, albacore, and mackerel. A small, attractive patio offers al fresco dining.

Murakami Sushi
7160 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 692-1450
murakamimelrose.com

Ruam Mitr

With a separate vegetarian menu available along with classic Thai meat and fish dishes, Ruam Mitr has something for everyone who loves Thai. Beautifully presented dishes offer fresh, unique choices: try the crispy whole catfish, or the wonderfully spicy veggie dish, All About the Eggplant.

Ruam Mitr
7168 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 696-5425
ruammitr.com

Spartina

From the antipasti to the grilled pizza and elegant pastas, Spartina’s Italian roots are well served by this spot’s chic and modern interior. From burrata and butternut squash ravioli to a delicate insalata with farro and Romanesco cauliflower, that’s Italian!

Spartina
7505 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 782-1023
https://www.spartina.la/

Summer Buffalo

Delicious Thai food is the order of the day at this compact, modern eatery serving noodle dishes, curries, appetizers, and salads. Don’t miss unique offerings like the pickled Burmese Tea Leaves along with more classic fare such as spicy sweet and sour Tom Yum soup or Pad Thai. For dessert, the mango and sticky rice is a tasty treat. Lunch specials offer a combination of tastes daily from 11 to 3.

Summer Buffalo
7275 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 938-8808
summerbuffalo.com

Ta-eem Grill

Mediterranean, Israeli, and glatt kosher dishes are the order of the day at Ta-eem Grill, where both dine-in and delivery orders include classics like shawarma, fava bean hummus, and falafel. A house favorite, pargiot is a rich combination of grilled chicken thighs, onion and garlic. Or try the spicy Moroccan-style hot dog, the Mergez. Fluffy pita bread, creamy hummus, and Israeli salad come with all plate entrees.

Ta-eem Grill
7422 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 944-0013
http://ta-eemgrillinc.com/home.html

Tsuri

Choose from many premium rolls along with bento boxes and other Japanese entrees such as teriyaki and tempura entrees at this neighborhood favorite. And don’t miss specialty rolls such as the Rock and Roll, a cucumber wrap with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, masago, gobo, and avocado. The 6-piece sashimi options offered here are another tasty choice.

Tsuri
7015 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
tsurila.com
(323) 935-1517

About Genie Davis

GENIE DAVIS is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer living in Los Angeles. Her novels range from suspense to romance, mystery, and literary fiction, with titles including mystery thriller Marathon, the noir Gun to the Head, and the romantic suspense of Executive Impulse, Between the Sheets and Animal Attraction. In film, her screen work also spans a variety of genres from supernatural thriller to romantic drama, family, teen, and comedy, has written on staff for ABC-TV’s Port Charles; written, produced, and directed reality programming and wrote and co-produced the independent film, Losing Hope. As a journalist, you can see her work in many publications including her own diversionsLA.com.