The 10 Best Restaurants In Carson, California

Poke Etc | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales
Poke Etc | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales
Photo of Ethel Navales
9 February 2017

Tucked away in the South Bay region of Los Angeles lies the city of Carson. Although it’s home to Go Kart World and the StubHub Center, Carson isn’t exactly known as a hot spot for food adventures. As it turns out, foodies who drive by Carson may be missing out on quite a number of hidden gems. Here’s our list of the top ten Carson restaurants.

Poke Etc

The popularity of the poke has taken Los Angeles by storm. Poke Etc, which has excellent customer service, offers eight authentic and pre-marinated poke flavors, including the fan favorite, spicy mayo. Poke Etc also offers a gorgeous poke salad and various other island dishes.

Poke Etc, 860 E Carson St, Carson, CA, USA, +1 310 847 5520


Poke Etc | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales

Top Shelf Tacos

Restaurant, Mexican
Top Shelf Tacos
Top Shelf Tacos | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales
With amazing customer service and even more amazing food, it’s no surprise that Top Shelf Tacos has become a local favorite and the go-to spot for authentic Mexican dishes. Known for their loaded fries, enchiladas, bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers and horchatas, Top Shelf Tacos is a restaurant worth checking out. Food is made fresh to order, and the restaurant owner is known for going out of his way to make the dining experience feel as comfortable as home.


Restaurant, Asian, Fusion, $$$
Tacolipino | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales
Fusion cuisine is gaining popularity, but it takes quite a bit of creativity to come up with a combination that works. Luckily, Tacolipino seems to have created a perfect blend of Filipino and Mexican food. By combining the classics of each, Tacolipino has created an equation that simply works. With friendly service and fun dishes like sisig tacos and chicken adobo burritos, this restaurant is a must-have on your food adventure list.

House of Seafood

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
House of Seafood
House of Seafood | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales
Just a stone’s throw away from Ikea, House of Seafood is the place to go if you want something a little more elegant than those Swedish meatballs. The lobster fries is easily the most popular item on the menu. This family-friendly restaurant has countless shellfish dishes and deals for nearly every day of the week.


Restaurant, Filipino, $$$
Goldilocks | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales
Goldilocks bakeries have been a staple in the South Bay’s Filipino community for years, but the recent opening of the Goldilocks restaurant in Carson is a game changer for the company. In addition to the beautiful cakes and Filipino pastries that brought Goldilocks its fame, foodies can now look to Goldilocks for Filipino dishes such as crispy pata and sisig.

Rebecca’s Cafe

Cafe, Diner, Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, American, Fast Food, $$$
Rebecca’s Cafe
Rebecca’s Cafe | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales
If you’re in the mood for a healthy lunch, look no further than Rebecca’s Cafe. This cozy little restaurant, which mimics an old diner, serves avocado-filled sandwiches and salads for extremely reasonable prices. Not only is it difficult to find within the industrial buildings, but it’s also only open during lunchtime on weekdays. Make sure you don’t miss the sign at the plaza entrance.

Ma Jing’s Eatery

Restaurant, Filipino
Ma Jing’s Eatery
Ma Jing’s Eatery | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales
Although there are a number of Filipino restaurants throughout Carson, Ma Jing’s Eatery is unique because it specializes in Filipino street food. This restaurant is quite a bit more daring than your average Filipino eatery. The menu includes chicken feet, pork ears and intestines, all on a stick. If you’re in the mood to try something new, this may be the perfect spot.

Evan Angelo’s Gelateria and Coffee Bar

Bar, Ice Cream
Evan Angelo’s Gelateria and Coffee Bar
Evan Angelo’s Gelateria and Coffee Bar | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales
Dessert lovers everywhere will swoon the second they walk into Evan Angelo’s Gelateria and Coffee Bar. Beautifully decorated and brightly lit, Evan Angelo’s greets its customers with a colorful array of gelato flavors, macarons and cakes. This must-try dessert spot prides itself on using fresh ingredients and equipment brought in from Italy. Best of all, there is unlimited sampling, and every single gelato flavor is worth trying. Some of the most popular flavors include Ferrero Rocher, lemon basil, toasted marshmallow, taro, cinnamon toast crunch, horchata and cookie butter.

TastyBlock Hawaiian Shave Ice

There are two words which explain why TastyBlock Hawaiian Shave Ice is a Carson favorite: Dole Whip. The intoxicating soft serve dessert was made famous by Disneyland and Disney World, but now you can simply stop by Carson for the pineapple treat. Let’s not overlook the colorful shaved ice available in countless flavors.

TastyBlock Hawaiian Shave Ice, 22815 S Figueroa St, Carson, CA, USA, +1 310 847 5500


TastyBlock Hawaiian Shave Ice | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales

Las Palmitas Fresh Fruit

Foodies can’t seem to get enough of chamangos, which is a chilled Mexican food drink that combines sweet and spicy goodness. While this drink may be rising in popularity, authentic chamangos is hard to find. Luckily, there’s Las Palmitas Fresh Fruit. The small shop, which sells other Mexican food favorites like esquite and tamales, is easy to miss but worth the trip.

Las Palmitas Fresh Fruit, 2645 E Carson St, Carson, CA, USA, +1 310 513 1270


Las Palmitas Fresh Fruit | Courtesy of Jonathan Navales

By Ethel Navales

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