Please provide an overview of the fast casual restaurant industry in Los Angeles, including the top cuisine categories (i.e. Asian, Mexican, etc.).

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Please provide an overview of the fast casual restaurant industry in Los Angeles, including the top cuisine categories (i.e. Asian, Mexican, etc.).

Hello! Thanks for asking Wonder to help provide you with an overview of the fast casual restaurant industry in Los Angeles. The sources I found most helpful in answering your question are Yelp and the National Restaurants Association's publication. In short, I have included 10 categories of cuisines served in Los Angeles fast casual industry, they are Mexican, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, Korean, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, and Asian Fusion cuisines. You'll find a deep dive of my answers below.

RESEARCH FINDINGS/OVERVIEW
According to the National Restaurants Association, 66% of fast casual customers want locally sourced ingredients, showing a significant increase from the previous 2 years from 2015. The report says that only 29% of fast casual restaurants are very active on social media, another 51% are "somewhat active", and 19% are not active at all. Throughout my research I could not find information on the revenue numbers or customer based of these restaurants because these restaurants are privately held businesses, and for the most part, they are actually small businesses without any publicly available data on revenue and customer base.

There are currently about 29,000 dinning venues in Los Angeles. However, according to Yelp, there are 10,157 fast casual restaurants in the city. A 2015 list from Zagat identifies "The 10 Hottest Fast-Casual Chains in Los Angeles," but Yelp presents a more recent and regularly updated list, so I have used Yelp's list in my compilation. Here's a breakdown of Los Angeles fast casuals by categories:

Los Angeles has 1,095 fast casuals serving Mexican food. Out of this 1,095 restaurants, 283 of them offer order delivery service and 278 offer order pickup service. By neighborhoods, there are 39 fast casuals in Pasadena, 34 are located in Downtown Los Angeles, 16 in Boyle Heights. Based on users' reviews and ratings on Yelp, the top 10 fast casual restaurants serving Mexican foods are:
- Pinches Tacos
- Poquito Mas
- TLT Food
- Guisados
- Project Taco
- Casita Taco Al Carbon
- Casa La Doña
- Chipotle Mexican Grill
- El Zarape
- Tacos Tu Madre

Los Angeles has, at least, 906 fast casuals offering Japanese food. 288 of them do order delivery, while 289 do order pickup. Based on neighborhoods, Downtown Los Angeles has 65 Japanese food serving fast casuals, 41 in Little Tokyo, 50 in Sawtelle, 8 in BrentWood, 12 in Westwood. Based on users' reviews and ratings on Yelp, the top 10 fast casual restaurants serving Japanese foods are:
- KazuNori | The Original Hand Roll Bar
- Poke Me
- Yuko Kitchen
- Poke Bar
- Slurpin’ Ramen Bar
- Silverlake Ramen
- SushiStop
- Gokoku Vegetarian Ramen Shop
- Soy Roll & Katsu
- Kotoya Ramen

Of the 10,157 fast casuals in Los Angeles, 611 of them serve Italian cuisines. 297 offer order delivery, and 293 offer order pickup. Around Los Angeles neighborhoods, there are 23 fast casuals serving Italian foods in Downtown Los Angeles, 13 in Westwood, 19 in Pasadena, 12 in Sherman Oaks. Based on users' reviews and ratings on Yelp, the top 10 fast casual restaurants serving Italian foods are:
- Ciabatta Bar
- Pasta Sisters
- 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
- House of Meatballs
- Bottega Louie
- Ca’ Brea
- Gracie’s Pizza
- Pitfire Artisan Pizza
- Gusto
- Olive Bistro & Catering

Chinese cuisines is served in 556 fast casuals in Los Angeles. 288 offer order delivery service, and 271 offer order pickup. There are 20 Chinese food serving fast casuals in Chinatown, 14 in Dockweiler, 8 in Studio City, 6 in Northridge. Based on users' reviews and ratings on Yelp, the top 10 fast casual restaurants serving Chinese foods are:
- Pine & Crane
- ixlb DimSum Eats
- Bao Dim Sum House
- Wokcano Express
- Golden Pouch
- Noodle Holic
- New Dragon Seafood Restaurant
- M CON
- Northern Cafe
- Lee’s Noodles

In Los Angeles, Thai food serving fast casuals numbers 396. Order delivery service is done by only 97, meanwhile 265 offer order pickup service. There are 18 Thai food serving fast casuals in East Hollywood, 18 in Hollywood, 13 in Los Feliz, 3 in Silver Lake, 14 in Pasadena. Based on users' reviews and ratings on Yelp, the top 10 fast casual restaurants serving Thai foods are:
- Hollywood Thai
- Prael
- Pailin Thai Cuisine
- Sapp Coffee Shop
- Tip’s House
- CHICKEN ON FIRE Thai
- Spicy BBQ Restaurant
- Hae Ha Heng Thai Bistro
- Isaan Station Thai Street Food
- Take a Bao

Mediterranean foods are served in, at least, 357 fast casuals in Los Angeles; 291 do order delivery and 284 do order pickup. There are 26 of such fast casuals in Glendale, 16 in Downtown Los Angeles, 10 in Westwood, and 11 in Pasadena. Based on users' reviews and ratings on Yelp, the top 10 fast casual restaurants serving Mediterranean foods are:
- SpireWorks
- CAVA
- Sidewalk Grill
- Meze
- Prime Cutts
- Spitz - Little Tokyo
- Rosemary Grill
- EJ’s Bites
- Soom Soom Fresh Mediterranean
- Spitz - Los Feliz

Korean cuisines are served in 355 fast casuals, across Los Angeles. 90 offer order deliveries, and 192 offer order pickup services. There are 135 of such fast casuals in Dockweiler (Koreatown), in Los Angeles, 87 in Wilshire Center, 8 in Downtown Los Angeles, and 8 in Torrance. Based on users' reviews and ratings on Yelp, the top 10 fast casual restaurants serving Korean foods are:
- California Gogi Grill
- Kalbis Grill
- Nabi Korean Restaurant
- Ham Ji Park
- Oleego By Parks BBQ
- Mixabowl
- Kitchen Story
- Eko Eats
- bibigo - Westwood
- The Bun Shop

Vietnamese are served in 296 fast casuals. 168 of these restaurants offer pickup services, meanwhile 82 offer order delivery. Koreatown (Dockweiler, Los Angeles) has 4 of such fast casuals, 3 in Silver Lake, 3 in Culver City, and Pasadena has 4. Based on users' reviews and ratings on Yelp, the top 10 fast casual restaurants serving Vietnamese foods are:
- Hero Shop
- Blossom Restaurant
- Gingergrass
- Viet Noodle Bar Atwater
- Phorage
- Pho Thai Town
- Asian Fusion
- Vien Cafe
- Simply Pho You
- Blossom Vietnamese Restaurant

Middle Eastern foods are made in 204 fast casuals in Los Angeles. 100 of these outlets offer order deliver. Cuisines are available in 22 dinning locations on Glendale, 8 in Pasadena, and 3 in West Los Angeles. Based on users' reviews and ratings on Yelp, the top 10 fast casual restaurants serving Middle Eastern foods are:
- Taste of Tehran
- Meze
- Rosemary Grill
- Ro Ro’s Chicken
- Zuma Kitchen
- Falafel Corner
- Ta-eem Grill
- The Halal Guys
- Zankou Chicken
- Pita On Vine

Asian Fusion is served in 342 fast casuals in Los Angeles. 231 locations offer order delivery, and 229 offer order pickup. Asian Fusion is located in 17 places across the Los Angeles Downtown, 14 in Pasadena, and 3 in Venice (Los Angeles). Based on users' reviews and ratings on Yelp, the top 10 fast casual restaurants serving Asian Fusion foods are:
- Kaya Street Kitchen
- Komodo
- Baroo
- Nabi Korean Restaurant
- Oleego By Parks BBQ
- bibigo - Westwood
- The Bun Shop
- Button Mash
- Nushii
- Wokcano Express

CONCLUSION
To wrap up, I have included 10 categories of cuisines served in Los Angeles fast casual industry, they are Mexican, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Mediterranean, Korean, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, and Asian Fusion cuisines. According to Yelp, there are 10,157 fast casual restaurants in Los Angeles. I have provided details above.

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