Any time you swing by Rock N Roll Cafe, you’ll be greeted by a towering guitar logo and the comforting smell of burgers and onion rings. If you swing by on the third Saturday of every month, however, you’ll be greeted by rows and rows of classic cars. This burger joint hosts free car shows once a month, but a nostalgic Americana vibe wafts off the grills every day. A concise menu of carefully constructed burgers includes the Rock Star with its four meats, four cheeses, and one exorbitant paycheck. It will be hard to resist a paring of crispy onion rings or a side of regular or sweet-potato fries—and then there are the shakes, which come in classic flavors perfected during rock 'n roll's golden age: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
Since steaming its first natural-casing hot dog in 1946, Cupid's Hot Dogs has risen to the status of local institution and even cracked the top-10 rankings in CityVoter's Los Angeles Hot List. A signature steam table incubates each dog until it reaches an ideal temperature, at which point chefs pair it with a fluffy steamed bun and a handsome collar of condiments. Onions, mustard, and Cupid’s signature chili pile atop the juicy franks, forcing patrons to carefully balance their feasts in two hands. Melted cheese and chili drip onto laptops hooked up to the restaurant’s free WiFi, which attracts businessmen prone to using unadorned hot dogs as substitutes for smartphone styluses.
Behind the modest, wooden sushi bar of Momoya, chefs prepare more than 30 sushi rolls to send out to waiting tables. You might try the Tiger Lady, a mix of shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, cucumber, and eel sauce. Or the Lion Man—same deal, but with salmon tempura. Kiss, Volcano, To Die For. The list goes on, and it's full of crabmeat, baby lobster, black cod, and a whole lot more. Sprinkled among all these rolls are hot apps such as edamame and baked yellowtail collar. Lunch and dinner combos—served with miso soup, salad, and rice—let you pair up your favorites from a selection of teriyaki, tempura, and katsu dishes.
Helmed by a family of pizza lovers, The Don's Pizzeria combines the best examples of America's pizza cuisine from New York to California, making each pie to order from fresh cheeses and toppings. Guests sink their teeth into light margherita pizzas or gluten-free pies covered in avocado and artichoke, or they can opt for a substantial dinner with the Slammer, which is crowned with ham, sausage, and pepperoni. Diners also sup on subs stuffed with meatballs and sauce, calzones filled with mushrooms and zucchini, or deli sandwiches made with turkey, roast beef, salami, and avocado.
At Fresh Korea BBQ, customers embark on a self-service Korean barbecue experience by choosing their preferred cuts of marinated, raw meat and vegetables, cooking them at their own table's grill. The menu also lists classics such as bulgogi beef and spicy marinated pork, as well as cuts of salmon and marinated shrimp. But it wouldn't be a great Korean meal without traditional sides, such as kimchi, soup, lettuce leaves for wraps, and rice. The restaurant combines those classic elements with modern touches, making meals here cozy and relaxed.
The servers at Chuy's Mesquite Broiler tap eight draft brews and mix up their signature margaritas to temper the heat of their southwestern and Mexican fare. After diners visit the complimentary chips-and-salsa bar, they can settle in and consider the menu's options, which include mesquite-broiled tri-tip tucked into jumbo burritos, half-pound Angus barbecue bacon burgers piled with onion strings, and california tacos with mesquite chicken and avocado.
Every Sunday at Chuy's Mesquite Broiler, the HD flat-screen TVs broadcast whichever NFL games and razor commercials are playing. Daily specials mix up the menu, and every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., bartenders keep busy mixing pitchers of margaritas and other happy-hour favorites. Diners can admire colorful airbrushed artwork and take kids to play arcade games inside or head out to the patio for open-air dining.