Southern California has grown into a huge trade show and convention market with trade shows like E3 Expo and Natural Products Expo West drawing in huge crowds. In fact, Southern California hosts 21 of the top 250 US trade shows and conventions according to TSNNs annual list that ranks trade shows based on net square footage. That is nearly 9% of all the shows on the list. As a trade show exhibitor or industry veteran, this is likely not groundbreaking news, but at Nth Degree, we’ve seen our work grow more and more each year in this market so it’s worth paying attention to.
And since many of our industry colleagues will find themselves in Southern California, I asked our local team members for some insider tips on fantastic dining spots throughout the area to escape the trade show and traffic madness. Don’t worry - I told them that in other parts of the country we eat carbs daily and not just for the occasional In-N-Out Burger splurge, so to make sure they cover all dining preferences. #carblover. Happy exhibiting and eating!
Near the Los Angeles Convention Center:
- The Palm (tried and true)
- Katsuya (mmmm, spicy tuna)
- Fleming’s (you know the drill)
- RiceBar (a really, really tiny treasure)
- Broken Spanish (I would fit right in – Cerveza, please)
- The Original Pantry (some things should never change)
- Anaheim Packing District (a variety of restaurants and shops to appeal to everyone in your party and great outdoor spaces to enjoy the CA sunshine)
Worth the Drive:
- Water Grill (fresh seafood and great crowds)
- Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills (pure entertainment)
- Nobu (a dining experience)
- Kogi Taqueria (we hire the food truck for our customer appreciation events – it is SOOO good)