A Cyclist's Guide to the Best Food in L.A.
Former pro racer Phil Gaimon shares his favorite spots for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cookies
Lunch (and a Quick Cookie!)
If he doesn’t stop mid-ride, Gaimon will refuel afterward at his friend Jeff Mahin’s restaurant, M Street Kitchen. There, he gets the crispy beef tacos, washes them down with coffee, then treats himself to one of Mahin’s famous chocolate chunk cookies. “It’s just a chocolate chip cookie done right,” Gaimon says, adding that he thinks it’s the best cookie in the city.
Dinner in Style or on a Budget
Do you want to eat like a celebrity? Or do you want an awesome $15 pizza so you can save money for drinks? Either way, Gaimon has you covered.
For special occasions, he heads to Baltaire, which he calls “an outrageous steak joint.” It’s run by chef Travis Strickland, one of Gaimon’s riding buddies, and the steaks are always perfect. Another spot he’ll hit when he’s feeling spendy is Dialogue, “where dinner is like $400 for 21 incredible courses or something like that.” The executive chef at Dialogue is Dave Beron, an avid cyclist. Gaimon says that you often seen him riding in the canyons in the morning, foraging for edible flowers and other items to incorporate into his dishes.
If you don’t have that kind of time or budget, Gaimon suggests Stella Barra Pizzeria. These hand-tossed pies are topped with premium ingredients—like organic sausage and shaved fennel—and cooked in a wood-fired oven. It serves beer, wine, and cocktails, and you’ll walk out feeling satisfied but not broke.