The Dolly Llama is Downtown LA’s newest destination to hop on the Instagram dessert craze. Menu and decor alike were without doubt conceptualized for the sweet-toothed paparazzi, allowing anyone seeking likes and followers to show off bright colors and nostalgic flavors. And yes, the bubble waffle ice cream cones, waffle sticks in every sugary iteration taste great.
The process is simple: choose your waffle type, then choose from a myriad of toppings and sauces, plus ice cream if applicable. Each option gets one sauce and two toppings. The Dolly Llama’s signature is certainly the bubble waffle ice cream cone—a homemade waffle with bumps instead of pockets, set in cone form, filled with ice cream and topped with various accouterments including whipped cream and cotton candy. The ice cream is truly standout, with flavors like horchata, red velvet and cookie monster that are as decadent as they are creative.
Those seeking lighter fare, however, can opt for an original waffle or a waffle stick, which eats like a corncob. The Dolly Llama also serves milkshakes, bottled soft drinks and hot cocoa, hot-chata and hot vanilla. Regardless of your choice, trust that the staff will show off meticulous attention to detail.
Canisters of candy, bright cereal boxes, dressed up bubble waffle cones, neon lights and of course paintings of a llama donning sunglasses give The Dolly Llama a modern feel with a touch of old school, perfectly matching the menu.
The Dolly Llama is located at 611 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. Desserts range from $6 – 8. Open noon to midnight 7 days a week. For more information call (213) 283-8615 or visit The Dolly Llama online.
Locali is a direct response to LA’s growing demand for quick, healthy dining. Meat is available on Locali’s broad menu, but ironically is more the exception than the norm given the restaurant’s dedication toward all things vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and other iterations of hip-and-trendy restrictions. The franchise continues to grow, and offers an experience that appeals to both the health-conscious and the broader market.
Hot sandwiches, cold sandwiches, salads, quinoa bowls, toasts, and an array of drinks and smoothies provide a plethora of options for guests to indulge without feeling quite as sinful.
It’s the all-day breakfast, however, that takes center stage. The badass breakfast sandwich is the killer choice, served in decadent fashion with rich taste and consistency that would surprise just about any meat and cheese lover that it’s vegan. The brekkie burrito is another favorite and another big surprise, served piping hot with an excellent chipotle mayo.
For meat eaters that wouldn’t have it any other way, the Vernon delivers what you’re looking for in a buffalo chicken sandwich, albeit with a melted vegan cheddar that’s just as rich and bubbly as its traditional counterpart. The Reuben is another hot specialty made with zesty turkey. In all cases, the paninis come out with bread crisped to perfection.
If you’re going to smoothie, the warrior is a must. Made green through spirulina and maca, the warrior bears odd resemblance to a mint chocolate chip milkshake. Considering the nutritional benefits, the $11 price tag seems much more justifiable.
Vegan and gluten-free desserts include fresh-baked cookies and whoopee pies. Locali also has serves beer and wine, as well as a plethora of kombuchas and other health-oriented drinks and packaged goods.
Locali has locations in Venice, Hollywood and West Hollywood, as well as Downtown Los Angeles [Localita and the Badasserie]. Open 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 7 days a week. Average out-the-door price for entrée and smoothie is ~$28/person. For more information visit Locali online.
The James Beard Foundation has announced its fifth Taste America national culinary tour, and the party will come to Los Angeles October 6 – 7. Guests can expect a stunning lineup of chefs and tastes to take place across a short-but-sweet list of cooking demonstrations and fundraiser events.
The highlight of LA’s Taste America weekend looks to be Friday’s A Night of Culinary Stars benefit dinner, prepared by Taste America All-Star Barbara Lynch, Local Star Michael Cimarusti, and pastry chef Shannon Swindle. Couple this with a pre-dinner reception filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs and restaurateurs, such as Evan Funke (Felix, Venice), Justin Hilbert (Maude, Beverly Hills), Sara Kramer (Kismet, Los Angeles), and David Schlosser (Shibumi, Los Angeles), Amanda Chapman and Johnny Ray Zone (Howlin’ Ray’s, Los Angeles) as well as host chef Neal Fraser (Redbird, Los Angeles).
On Saturday, October 7, free events will take place at Sur La Table located at the Farmers Market at The Grove. Guests can expect cooking demonstrations by Barbara Lynch and Michael Cimarusti, book signings, tastings and product demonstrations. Reservations for the free cooking demonstrations will begin Friday, September 22.
Proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation. Taste America spans across ten dynamic culinary destinations: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle.
To book tickets and find out more, Visit Taste America Los Angeles’ event page.
Benjamin Brown is a seasoned restaurant writer and hospitality consultant, serving up SoCal's hottest food news and reviews.