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

Bowl of oatmeal comes with a pitcher of milk plus raisins, walnuts, and brown sugar

Oatmeal

Dark gingerbread-corn waffle is accompanied by chicken sausage links and topped with butter and syrup

Waffles

Sweet potato fry dips into a ramekin of Marshmallow Fluff

Sweet Potato Fries

Strawberry shake in a tall soda fountain glass is accompanied by a silver beaker of extra milk shake for refills

Milkshakes

Los Angeles’s Best Restaurants

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