Restaurants in Los Angeles, CA

You can eat your way around the world in Los Angeles, but what are its signature dishes and which are the restaurants that are L.A.’s alone? To the Roadfood devotee, an eating tour of the city would have to include a French Dip sandwich at Philippe’s the Original, a burger and banana cream pie at the Apple Pan, fried chicken dinner at the do-wop classic coffee shop Pann’s, a stack of pancakes at 24/7 Du-Par’s in the Farmer’s Market, flannel cakes at Musso & Frank in Hollywood, matzoh ball soup at Canter’s deli, a corned beef sandwich at Langer’s, good old-style Mexican-American fare at El Tepeyac Cafe, burritos at Al & Bea’s, and a brace of chili dogs at Pink’s. You also need a hamburger — at one time, southern California was America’s Burger Central — and while the original Cassell’s Hamburgers closed a few years back, it is now reborn, and the burgers might be better than ever.

Los Angeles’s Most Famous Dishes

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato


Cup filled with dark red beet-apple-ginger juice

Juice / Beverages

Crisp circular potato chips on a red-checked tablecloth


Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

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