written by: Eye On Inglewood Staff Writer
Here are 10 of my favorite dining options in Inglewood, Ca
Martin's Cocina y Cantina:
162 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301,
Fiesta Martin is a Mexican staple in Inglewood. Since opening its first restaurant in 2009, it has expanded to multiple locations. Their menu offers delicious items like nachos, taquitos, tacos, enchiladas, and platters such as the traditional chile verde with rice, beans, and fresh homemade guacamole and Salsa.
2. The Serving Spoon:
1403 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302,
The Serving Spoon has served fantastic food for 42 years. Known for their excellent breakfast options, their cheese grits with red snapper and eggs or turkey chop and fresh potatoes are always on point. For lunch, you can't go wrong with collard oxtail, greens, macaroni, and cheese, or chicken and waffles.
3. Carnitas El Artista:
510 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302,
Carnitas El Artista started as a backyard operation in 2013 before opening its restaurant in 2021. They offer a variety of authentic Mexican dishes, including huge tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas, and delicious plates of chilaquiles. The aromatic flavors of garlic and lime will greet you as you enter.
4. Little Belize Restaurant:
217 E Nutwood St., Inglewood, CA 90301,
Little Belize Restaurant is a hidden gem specializing in authentic Belizean cuisine. Begin your culinary journey with their flavorful starters, such as panades, fried masa pockets stuffed with delicious fish hash or ganaches, and crispy tortillas topped with fried beans, tomatoes, and onions. As for the main course, indulge in the irresistible chicken or oxtail stew, accompanied by perfectly fried plantains.
5. Emma Habesha Restaurant:
726 N La Brea Ave. Inglewood, CA 90302,
Emma Habesha Restaurant offers fantastic Ethiopian cuisine. Don't miss their vegan platter, featuring fresh vegetables such as Ethiopian cabbage, potato carrots mix, tomato salad, and red and yellow lentils. For a meat option, try their Doro Wot Chicken stew, cooked with minced onions simmered in berbere and Emma's special spices, served with a hard-boiled egg.
6. Veronica’s Kitchen:
401 E Hillcrest Blvd in Inglewood, CA 90301,
Veronica’s Kitchen serves the best Nigerian food in the area. Try their Fufu and Egusi Soup, a peppery stew of collard greens and ground pumpkin seeds. Another favorite is their jollof rice, a tomato-based dish with plantains.
7. Hungry Joe's Jamaican Restaurant:
1100 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302,
Hungry Joe's is a family-run establishment offering Jamaican cuisine. Indulge in their jerk chicken, oxtail, and spicy goat curry for an authentic taste of Jamaica.
8. Stuff I Eat:
Located at 114 N Market St., Inglewood, CA 90301,
Stuff I Eat was founded in 2008 by Ron and Babette Davis. Known for their vegan Tex-Mex dishes, they also offer a variety of Southern staples, which include yams, mac & cheese, black-eyed peas, and potato salad.
9. Sunday Gravy:
1122 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302,
Sunday Gravy is a family-run restaurant specializing in Italian and Italian-American classics. They've reclaimed the space from their father, who ran the restaurant Jino's Pizza & Deli there for 42 years. Sunday Gravy sources their handmade pasta from Florentyna's Fresh Pasta Factory nearby and serves delicious garlic bread from local bakery Cadoro.
10. . The Wood Urban Kitchen & Sports Lounge:
129 N Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301,
The Wood Urban Kitchen & Sports Lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy sports and comfort food with a group. Don't miss their tender brisket, hot links, and ribs, which pair perfectly with sides like mac and cheese, baked beans, and street corn.