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Where to Eat Before the Game in L.A.

Grab a bite at one of these Los Angeles spots near the stadium

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Locals have long known that Inglewood, home of Los Angeles’ football stadium, is an underrated restaurant destination. The diversity of options — which go from Nigerian to Mexican to old-school Southern in a matter of blocks — make for an unmatched food scene.

Your requisite stadium nachos order won’t fill you up for the entire length of the game. Head to one of the spots below before kickoff and on your way home to make the most of your game day.

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1. Fiesta Martin Mexican Grill

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1330 N La Brea Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302
(310) 672-1330
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Before the game, grab a table at this colorful Mexican eatery near a television and split a brunch platter, including chorizo con huevos, chilaquiles, and even a couple of margaritas or mimosas. 

A molcajete, a stone serving bowl, is filled with grilled vegetables, cheese and meats
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1403 Centinela Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302
(310) 412-3927
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A breakfast and brunch spot with a nearly 40-year history, the Spoon is a local favorite. Unlike some of the hip, boozy brunches found in L.A., the food commands the focus here. On the weekends, specials like shrimp and grits are served up alongside traditional breakfast fare (but don’t worry — you can still get a mimosa or two).  

A plate is filled with saucy oxtail, with sides of sweet potatoes and collard greens
Oxtail at the Serving Spoon
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3. Emma Habesha Restaurant

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726 N La Brea Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302
(424) 331-5650
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Find your way to the back patio of this Ethiopian eatery (because every meal is better with lights hanging overhead) and be ready to share plates of doro wat, awaze tibbs, and ye beg alicha (chicken stew, cubed beef, and lamb stew, respectively). If your group has some herbivores, Emma Habesha makes a particularly inclusive pick for dinner, with great vegan and vegetarian combos, as well.

A platter is lined with Ethiopian injera bread and topped with various colorful sauces and stews
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4. Red's Flavor Table

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254 N Market St A
Inglewood, CA 90301
(424) 331-5000
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What started as a side hustle for aspiring actress Marilyn Wallace turned into one of Inglewood’s favorite breakfast spots. Cajun and creole are the star cuisines here, with salmon croquettes and fried catfish alongside Southern favorites like smothered pork chops. A glass of sweet tea to go makes the walk to the stadium that much easier. 

A plate is filled with fried fish, french fries and lemon slices with tartar sauce on the side
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5. The Wood Urban Kitchen

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129 N Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 466-9741
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Expect this sports bar and barbecue joint to become a post-game hangout on Sundays. It’s located steps from the future metro station and walking distance from the stadium, making it a natural rest stop for fans to grab dinner and a drink before hopping on the train home. And for those who’ve already had a bite at the stadium, there’s always dessert, including slices of sweet potato pie sourced from Southern Girl Desserts. 

Metal platters are filled with sliced sausage and brisket
Brisket and sausages at The Wood Urban Kitchen
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6. Tortuga Bay

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147 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 671-8000
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The Guadalajaran specialty, torta ahogada (or drowned sandwich), is the main event at Tortuga Bay. It packs carnitas and beans between slices of sourdough bread, then smothers it all in a spicy tomato sauce. The sandwich is a little messy to eat while on the way to the stadium, but it’s worth showing up a bit early to enjoy. 

A torta ahogada sits in an orange broth on top of a colorful blue, yellow and purple plate with extra cheese, sauce and limes on the side
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7. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

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621 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 981-4141
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Roscoe’s is a Southern Californian soul food staple, and though Inglewood is a trek from the mini-empire’s spiritual home in Hollywood, it can still be counted on to serve up crispy fried chicken and golden waffles. Sitting within sight of the 405 and with Sunday hours that stretch to 10 p.m., it’s a great last stop on the way home.

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8. Randy's Donuts

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805 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 645-4707
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While you’re in the neighborhood (or on the 405 heading home), you might as well stop by this L.A. icon for a donut or two. It’s famously open 24 hours a day, guaranteeing crullers and twists for everyone, even if the game goes into overtime. And it comes with its own photo op in the form of its world-famous, 32-foot donut. 

Two dozen different donuts from Randy’s fill the frame, from chocolate to cereal covered confections
Donuts at Randy’s
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9. Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

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202 E Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 671-3345
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The soul food staple lost its founder in 2017, but his legacy lives on at this family-owned eatery. The fried fish and oxtails are favorites here, and dessert — be it the sweet potato pie or the peach cobbler — is a must-order. Order online during the game for post-game pickup to avoid lines, and be prepared for leftovers.   

A plate is filled with fried chicken wings, mac and cheese and beans with hot sauce on the side
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10. Veronica's Kitchen

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401 E Hillcrest Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 673-4890

Long before fufu had its viral social media moment earlier this year, Veronica Shoyinka was whipping up Nigerian favorites along Hillcrest. The restaurant’s name is almost on-the-nose in its simplicity; it’s quite possible that Shoyinka herself is on cooking duty when you arrive, and the dining room feels like a home, with the host bringing food out from the kitchen. The viral fufu and egusi soup are favorites, but the jollof rice is every bit as flavorful.  

A bowl is filled with green egusi soup
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11. Little Belize Restaurant

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217 E Nutwood St
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 674-0696
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The stew chicken and stew oxtail dishes are favorites at Little Belize, but the eatery has earned the nickname “House of Plantain” thanks to the fried plantains that accompany most dishes. For weekend brunch, make sure your order comes with fry jack, the popular breakfast bread that’s perfect for either enjoying on its own or for using as a scoop for everything on your plate. 

A to-go platter is filled with plantains and chicken thighs and salad
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12. Rusty Pot Cafe

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324 S Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 412-5901
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Only a mile from the game (including the walk through the stadium’s massive parking lots), Rusty Pot’s take on southern home-style cooking is a staple of Market Street. The sandwiches here make great game day food, especially for people who don’t plan to buy snacks during the game. The overload breakfast sandwich piles bacon, avocado, eggs, and potatoes onto sourdough bread for a full platter likely to destroy even the thought of hunger, and the chatter box, made up of a dozen fried chicken wings, can make for a great tailgate potluck contribution.

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13. Ms. B's M & M Soul Food

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4549 W Imperial Hwy
Inglewood, CA 90304
(310) 330-2697
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A southern cooking institution (with a history going back to 1991), Ms. B’s was located just blocks from the stadium, before a conflict with the landlord forced its relocation in 2019. Although the new space is farther away from the Sunday crowds, it’s worth re-parking the car, both for the restaurant’s food with favorites like catfish, oxtail, and sweet potatoes, and the hospitality: the titular Ms. B is often found chatting with diners. 

Various paper bowls are filled with coleslaw, pulled pork, sausage and mac and cheese.
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14. Coni’Seafood

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3544 W Imperial Hwy
Inglewood, CA 90303
(310) 672-2339
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This south Inglewood favorite is consistently considered one of the top Mexican seafood restaurants in the L.A. area, and its proximity to the stadium can only mean busy fall Sundays. The shrimp dishes here are some of the most popular. The camarones come in tacos, soups, ceviches, and entrees ranging from fried to a la Diabla, which is served with onion and a spicy red sauce. 

Pink grilled shrimp covered in a zesty marinade
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1. Fiesta Martin Mexican Grill

1330 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302
A molcajete, a stone serving bowl, is filled with grilled vegetables, cheese and meats
A Mexican molcajete
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Before the game, grab a table at this colorful Mexican eatery near a television and split a brunch platter, including chorizo con huevos, chilaquiles, and even a couple of margaritas or mimosas. 

1330 N La Brea Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302

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1403 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302
A plate is filled with saucy oxtail, with sides of sweet potatoes and collard greens
Oxtail at the Serving Spoon
Courtesy of the Serving Spoon

A breakfast and brunch spot with a nearly 40-year history, the Spoon is a local favorite. Unlike some of the hip, boozy brunches found in L.A., the food commands the focus here. On the weekends, specials like shrimp and grits are served up alongside traditional breakfast fare (but don’t worry — you can still get a mimosa or two).  

1403 Centinela Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302

3. Emma Habesha Restaurant

726 N La Brea Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302
A platter is lined with Ethiopian injera bread and topped with various colorful sauces and stews
An Ethiopian meal
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Find your way to the back patio of this Ethiopian eatery (because every meal is better with lights hanging overhead) and be ready to share plates of doro wat, awaze tibbs, and ye beg alicha (chicken stew, cubed beef, and lamb stew, respectively). If your group has some herbivores, Emma Habesha makes a particularly inclusive pick for dinner, with great vegan and vegetarian combos, as well.

726 N La Brea Ave
Inglewood, CA 90302

4. Red's Flavor Table

254 N Market St A, Inglewood, CA 90301
A plate is filled with fried fish, french fries and lemon slices with tartar sauce on the side
Fried fish
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What started as a side hustle for aspiring actress Marilyn Wallace turned into one of Inglewood’s favorite breakfast spots. Cajun and creole are the star cuisines here, with salmon croquettes and fried catfish alongside Southern favorites like smothered pork chops. A glass of sweet tea to go makes the walk to the stadium that much easier. 

254 N Market St A
Inglewood, CA 90301

5. The Wood Urban Kitchen

129 N Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301
Metal platters are filled with sliced sausage and brisket
Brisket and sausages at The Wood Urban Kitchen
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Expect this sports bar and barbecue joint to become a post-game hangout on Sundays. It’s located steps from the future metro station and walking distance from the stadium, making it a natural rest stop for fans to grab dinner and a drink before hopping on the train home. And for those who’ve already had a bite at the stadium, there’s always dessert, including slices of sweet potato pie sourced from Southern Girl Desserts. 

129 N Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301

6. Tortuga Bay

147 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
A torta ahogada sits in an orange broth on top of a colorful blue, yellow and purple plate with extra cheese, sauce and limes on the side
A torta ahogada
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The Guadalajaran specialty, torta ahogada (or drowned sandwich), is the main event at Tortuga Bay. It packs carnitas and beans between slices of sourdough bread, then smothers it all in a spicy tomato sauce. The sandwich is a little messy to eat while on the way to the stadium, but it’s worth showing up a bit early to enjoy. 

147 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

7. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

621 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
Big pats of butter sit on top of golden waffles, with maple syrup and fried chicken on the side
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles
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Roscoe’s is a Southern Californian soul food staple, and though Inglewood is a trek from the mini-empire’s spiritual home in Hollywood, it can still be counted on to serve up crispy fried chicken and golden waffles. Sitting within sight of the 405 and with Sunday hours that stretch to 10 p.m., it’s a great last stop on the way home.

621 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

8. Randy's Donuts

805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
Two dozen different donuts from Randy’s fill the frame, from chocolate to cereal covered confections
Donuts at Randy’s
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While you’re in the neighborhood (or on the 405 heading home), you might as well stop by this L.A. icon for a donut or two. It’s famously open 24 hours a day, guaranteeing crullers and twists for everyone, even if the game goes into overtime. And it comes with its own photo op in the form of its world-famous, 32-foot donut. 

805 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

9. Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

202 E Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
A plate is filled with fried chicken wings, mac and cheese and beans with hot sauce on the side
Fried chicken platter
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The soul food staple lost its founder in 2017, but his legacy lives on at this family-owned eatery. The fried fish and oxtails are favorites here, and dessert — be it the sweet potato pie or the peach cobbler — is a must-order. Order online during the game for post-game pickup to avoid lines, and be prepared for leftovers.   

202 E Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

10. Veronica's Kitchen

401 E Hillcrest Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
A bowl is filled with green egusi soup
Egusi soup
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Long before fufu had its viral social media moment earlier this year, Veronica Shoyinka was whipping up Nigerian favorites along Hillcrest. The restaurant’s name is almost on-the-nose in its simplicity; it’s quite possible that Shoyinka herself is on cooking duty when you arrive, and the dining room feels like a home, with the host bringing food out from the kitchen. The viral fufu and egusi soup are favorites, but the jollof rice is every bit as flavorful.  

401 E Hillcrest Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

11. Little Belize Restaurant

217 E Nutwood St, Inglewood, CA 90301
A to-go platter is filled with plantains and chicken thighs and salad
To-go from Little Belize
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The stew chicken and stew oxtail dishes are favorites at Little Belize, but the eatery has earned the nickname “House of Plantain” thanks to the fried plantains that accompany most dishes. For weekend brunch, make sure your order comes with fry jack, the popular breakfast bread that’s perfect for either enjoying on its own or for using as a scoop for everything on your plate. 

217 E Nutwood St
Inglewood, CA 90301

12. Rusty Pot Cafe

324 S Market St, Inglewood, CA 90301
A burger with cheese, lettuce, tomato and ketchup is topped with a seeded bun
A burger
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Only a mile from the game (including the walk through the stadium’s massive parking lots), Rusty Pot’s take on southern home-style cooking is a staple of Market Street. The sandwiches here make great game day food, especially for people who don’t plan to buy snacks during the game. The overload breakfast sandwich piles bacon, avocado, eggs, and potatoes onto sourdough bread for a full platter likely to destroy even the thought of hunger, and the chatter box, made up of a dozen fried chicken wings, can make for a great tailgate potluck contribution.

324 S Market St
Inglewood, CA 90301

13. Ms. B's M & M Soul Food

4549 W Imperial Hwy, Inglewood, CA 90304
Various paper bowls are filled with coleslaw, pulled pork, sausage and mac and cheese.
Barbecue sides
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A southern cooking institution (with a history going back to 1991), Ms. B’s was located just blocks from the stadium, before a conflict with the landlord forced its relocation in 2019. Although the new space is farther away from the Sunday crowds, it’s worth re-parking the car, both for the restaurant’s food with favorites like catfish, oxtail, and sweet potatoes, and the hospitality: the titular Ms. B is often found chatting with diners. 

4549 W Imperial Hwy
Inglewood, CA 90304

14. Coni’Seafood

3544 W Imperial Hwy, Inglewood, CA 90303
Pink grilled shrimp covered in a zesty marinade
Grilled shrimp
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This south Inglewood favorite is consistently considered one of the top Mexican seafood restaurants in the L.A. area, and its proximity to the stadium can only mean busy fall Sundays. The shrimp dishes here are some of the most popular. The camarones come in tacos, soups, ceviches, and entrees ranging from fried to a la Diabla, which is served with onion and a spicy red sauce. 

3544 W Imperial Hwy
Inglewood, CA 90303

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