Los Angeles is celebrated for its films, but its food scene is thriving too. From pricey celebrity-packed restaurants to hole-in-the-wall cafes, there’s no shortage of famous places to eat in LA. Where should you go for your next meal in Los Angeles? Read on.
Pink’s Hollywood is to the West Coast what Nathan’s Hot Dog’s is the East. Located in West Hollywood, Pink’s serves a variety of specialty dogs, with toppings ranging from chili to onion rings to coleslaw and pastrami, and all are affordable. If hot dogs aren’t your bag, don’t worry. Burgers are on the menu too.
2) Philippe the Original
1001 N. AlamGeda St., Chinatown
Why is Philippe the original? Reportedly the restaurant invented in the French Dip Sandwich, although rivals suggest otherwise. Either way, their sandwich is seriously delicious and the main reason this restaurant has become a hot spot for lunch. Located on the east side of Chinatown since 1951, this is an establishment that knows what they do and does it well. As such, it’s an easy pick for the most famous places to eat in LA.
Yes, it’s fast food. But it makes the list because In-N-Out is best in California, where it was created. Pick any location in LA, and double up animal-style on a fresh-made burger loaded with toppings. It’s really the only way to go. Order a side of fries and a strawberry milkshake for the full experience. This burger joint may be lowkey but it’s popularity make it one of the most famous places to eat in LA.
4) Ricky’s Fish Tacos
1400 N. Virgil Ave., East Hollywood
Some of the best tacos in California are found in San Diego, but to get your fix in LA you have to go Ricky’s Fish Tacos. This food truck, located in East Hollywood, is ideal for lunch or a quick snack. The flaky, fried-just-right fish is topped with crunchy cabbage, shredded cheese and your choice of sauce and salsas, among other toppings.
704 S. Alvarado St., Westlake
A traditional deli counter that’s a total throwback, Langer’s has been serving hot pastrami sandwiches and other traditional comfort food since 1947. Their #19 Pastrami is the best in LA. Piled high with hand-cut pastrami, coleslaw, Russian dressing, Swiss cheese on double-baked rye bread, it’s a sandwich that’s more than a sandwich—it’s a meal. There are numerous other sandwich’s to try, too, but this should be your first order.
6) Original Tommy’s
2575 Beverly Blvd., Westlake
There are several Tommy locations, but you need to go to Original Tommy’s on the corner of Rampart and Beverly. It’s been in business since 1946, slinging delicious, need-two-hands chili burgers people rave about. All meals are made-to-order with toppings added at no extra cost. Lines around the block can form at times, but speedy service makes them move fast.
7) Dan Tana’s
9071 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
This classic restaurant has been a staple of West Hollywood for over 50 years. Red-and-white checkered tables and twinkling overhead lights set the scene, while a menu boasts old-world recipes featuring steaks, stuffed pasta, and decadent desserts. Keep your eyes open while dining at Dan Tana’s; it’s known for its celebrity clientele.
8) Tacos Villa Corona
3185 Glendale Blvd., Glendale
Tacos Villa Corona is where you want to go for hearty breakfast burritos. Anthony Bourdain has professed his love for this well-known spot, which has only added to the lines found most mornings. The straightforward burritos, filled with either papas or tortillas, then chorizo and steak, are delicious in their simplicity. The menu has expanded over the years, so you can jazz up your burrito—your way.
You simply have to eat sushi while in LA. Sugarfish is a great choice because it serves high-quality sushi at a relatively low price point. There are various locations, but each serves the same menu. Created by Chef Kazunori Nozawa, of Sushi Nozawa, the sushi is fresh, simplistic and the best deal in LA. Order the Trust Me combo. Trust me.
10) Spago Beverly Hills
176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills
Helmed by Wolfgang Puck, this swanky Beverly Hills restaurant draws its fair share of celebrities. While stargazing, dine on meals structured around seasonal produce and seafood that are gourmet both in taste and price. Award-winning and uniquely LA, Spago is a place you go to see and be seen.
11) The Ivy
113 N Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills
Another celebrity hotspot, The Ivy is so popular with the Hollywood crowd paparazzi frequent the place. Upscale Californian cuisine is presented in a charming, romantic atmosphere. Brunch, with organic omelets, egg benedicts, and kicked-up mimosas, is a great way to start your day. Of course, lunch selections like the Ivy Cobb Salad, Lobster Ravioli, and Swordfish Tacos are pretty delicious too.
8351 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Large portions of comfort food, like burgers and dogs, served at a reasonable price has made Carney’s a popular pick for locals. It’s also one of the reasons it’s one of the most famous places to eat in LA. But, the unique setting in a Union Pacific Railroad Passenger car is the real draw. Basic yet unique, it’s a top place to fill up on class diner food.
13) Canter’s Deli
419 N Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Canter’s Deli is family-owned delicatessen offering an authentic deli experience 24 hours a day. An in-house bakery ensures the freshest bread possible, and meats are cured on location creating a succulent flavor. The endless menu features everything from Paninis to burgers to Jewish-deli favorites.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are covered at these famous places to eat in LA. No matter what time of day, or what you’re craving, these restaurants will hit the spot.
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