Did you hear the news? After enduring the economic hardships of the pandemic, many LA County restaurants are slowly reopening. And they need the support of the local community. 

From the way we interact with each other to how we provide for our families, these uncertain times have taught us the value of community and the importance of supporting local business, particularly our restaurants.  


Supporting local restaurants has a positive impact on local communities in many ways. Here are three examples: 

  1. Keeps Money within the Local Economy

When local restaurants source food from farmers, more money remains in the community. That helps sustain local farmers and food producers while funneling money into community and municipal support programs and services. 

  1. Supports a Better Environment

“Shorter distances between producers and consumers are associated with fewer carbon impacts and less waste,” says Daphne Ewing-Chow at Forbes. When local restaurants use local food production, food isn’t exposed to long drives and heavy packaging. 

  1. Uses Healthier Local Food Sources

Field-to-table food supplies retain their freshness and flavor much better than foods that travel great distances. Also, it’s important to build a relationship with food growers; should there be a health concern, it’s much easier to track locally-sourced foods rather than try to track down a lengthy supply chain. 


At Lakewood Manor Apartments, we understand that we are all in this together. We can all do our part to support local businesses and restaurants. There are many choices nearby, and here are three of our favorite locations. 

R Kitchen Soul Food

  • 5253 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712
  • (424) 296-5320
  • Takeout services

This casual restaurant is the perfect destination for beef short ribs, pork chops, oxtails, meatloaf, sandwiches, and more. A family-owned restaurant, R Kitchen Soul Food serves up homemade dishes daily. This is soul food at its finest. 

I Luv Sushi

  • 3215 Carson Street, Lakewood, CA 90712
  • (562) 421-8917
  • Delivery and takeout services

I Luv Sushi offers fresh, homemade dishes, offering a menu with delicate to exotic flavors. Besides serving traditional-style sushi, try their unique combinations of fresh fish with zesty sauces, tangy spices, and mouth-watering fresh fruit. 

Big Al’s Pizzeria

  • 6044 Atlantic Boulevard, Maywood, CA 90270
  • (323) 364-7722
  • Delivery and takeout services

Ask anyone in Orange County to list their top five favorite pizza places, and Big Al’s Pizzeria will likely appear on that list. With a menu offering delectable signature pizzas, delicious award-winning wings, and show-stopping brisket, Big Al’s has been named one of the Best Pizza Restaurants in Los Angeles by CBS Los Angeles and highlighted as a top favorite in Southern California by the OC Register


Let’s do our part to support local restaurants and keep access to locally-grown ingredients alive. Reserve some time to visit a favorite restaurant this weekend.