Located in Antelope Valley in northern Los Angeles County, Lancaster is a thriving city with plenty of attractions, including the beautiful Poppy Reserve and the Aerospace Walk of Honor. With so many great activities, it should come as no surprise that the city also offers delicious restaurants serving everything from American classics to Mediterranean delights. Here is a curated list of some of the tastiest spots in Lancaster, California.
Azteca Mexican Restaurant
Restaurant, South American, Mexican, Contemporary, $$$
A little off the beaten path, Azteca Mexican Restaurant entices customers again and again with its lively atmosphere and flavorful cuisine. The exterior may not be much to look at, but the inside is warm and welcoming, adorned with rustic elements. The menu is brimming with an array of Mexican recipes and hearty portions that are sure to whet anyone’s appetite and satisfy their hunger for hours. Favored options with diners include the crab or shrimp enchiladas, the chiles rellenos, and the snapper. As for the liquid refreshments, the spicy mango margarita is a winner, while the cherry-filled deep-fried burrito is a dessert lover’s dream.
Best of Europe is a delightful deli that keeps diners returning time and time again with its friendly, accommodating staff, filling sandwiches, and other delights. Also offering international ‘pantry’ items, along with meats and cheeses, this deli’s menu features an array of tasty sandwiches inspired by European flavors. Try ‘Le Parisien’ with French-style ham, brie, sweet butter and pickles, the ‘Capri’ with mozzarella, sun-dried tomato and fresh basil, or the German-inspired Black Forest ham. There are also American, Spanish, Polish and Norwegian varieties along with salads. Best of Europe is open every day.
A casual joint located in a strip mall, Boba Cove and Café is a great place to visit with family and friends to enjoy a range of drinks and tasty eats. Specializing in boba milk tea with flavors like almond, mango and strawberry, the café also features smoothies, slushies, tea, and snow fluff in many tantalizing flavors. As for food, the menu offers everything from the grilled chicken salad, pho to the ramen burger, which features a beef patty sandwiched between crispy ramen noodles acting as the bun. Boba Cove and Café is open every day except for Tuesdays.
Voted best breakfast spot for the past 15 years, Crazy Otto’s is a beloved restaurant with a total of four locations. Known for their hearty portions, Crazy Otto’s dishes are sure to sate the greatest of appetites. Within a classic diner setting, guests can feast upon a host of sweet and savory breakfast options, including French toast, ‘Crazy Otto’s Burgermeat’ omelette stuffed with seasoned beef, onions, Ortega chiles, and cheese, or the weekend and holiday special, prime rib and eggs. This diner also serves lunch at all locations plus dinner at one Lancaster location (West Avenue I). They are open daily.
When you crave something super healthy, Get Fresh Cafe is a wonderful place to find something both nutritious and flavorful. Procuring the best natural and organic ingredients available, owner Patsy Delgado has created a menu that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes from vegans and vegetarians to meat lovers. Indeed, the café has something for everyone. Highlights from the menu include ‘Patsy’s Twisted Tuna’ with tuna salad made with jalapeños, sweet and spicy relish, celery, spinach and tomato, and served either on a jalapeño-cilantro wrap or sourdough bread. Other options include the vegetable Pad Thai, which is not only vegan but also gluten-free. Get Fresh Cafe is open daily.
Fresh, healthy, and comforting, three words that can easily describe the delicious Thai cuisine at The Thai Restaurant. Within the warm interior adorned with Southeastern décor and enjoying a friendly atmosphere, guests can savor a wide range of flavorful recipes. Start out with the fried fish cakes with cucumber salad, or fried tofu, followed by the yellow chicken curry, or the ginger tofu with celery, onion, mushroom, scallions, carrots, and shredded ginger. If you’re looking for something sweet, be sure to try the deep-fried banana with coconut ice cream.
Located in downtown Lancaster, Kinetic Brewing Company serves its handcrafted brews alongside a variety of pub snacks imbued with international flavors, seven days a week. A fun gathering spot with an inviting interior (complete with exposed brick walls), this microbrewery will delight the taste buds of any visitor. For an explosion of flavors, try the house burger made with Angus beef, beer mustard cheese, garlic aioli, caramelized onions, bacon, and butter lettuce, all on a brioche bun and served with fries and choice of sauce (including Sriracha ranch, curried ketchup, and jalapeño crema). Be sure to sample a beer or two, or even ten with their ‘Test Flight.’
A neighborhood restaurant specializing in Greek and other Mediterranean deliciousness, Lemon Leaf Café is a warm, inviting place the entire family will enjoy. Established in 2006, the owner proudly uses recipes handed down by her grandmother, creating something truly special each time. Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the café’s menu is brimming with fresh flavors, with dishes such as the traditional Greek salad with Persian cucumbers, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, red onions, and feta cheese with house-made vinaigrette; the penne arrabbiata, which is penne pasta with tomato sauce, jalapeño, garlic, basil and feta; and the sweet, warm walnut tart.
Another gem featuring Mediterranean cuisine, Olives Mediterranean Café is also located downtown and serves a variety of eats that are sure to whet anyone’s appetite. Whether a vegetarian or meat-lover, the menu is brimming with mouthwatering options such as the chicken ‘lula’ kabob (which is chicken breast marinated with herbs), lamb chops, and the delicious chicken souvlaki pita sandwich. For vegetarians, the ‘veggie lover’, which is a pita stuffed with fried veggies and tzatziki sauce, or the ‘vegetarian combo’ including hummus, tabouli, babaganoush, dolma and falafel are very satisfying. You can visit any day of the week.
If you are looking for a meal made from scratch with nothing but the best ingredients, then you must give Upper Crust a try. Using natural ingredients in their recipes, this locally owned restaurant guarantees its guests tasty options on every visit. The menu includes everything from breakfast to hot and cold sandwiches on freshly baked bread, to pizzas and salads and more. Some highlights from the menu include the ever-popular chipotle chicken sandwich with chicken breast, provolone cheese, corn-bean salsa, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo, and the hot garlic beef sandwich topped with cheddar, caramelized onions, bacon, garlic aioli, romaine, and tomatoes. Try these items and more any day of the week.