Within their french-fry-adorned van, the culinary wizards of Meet n' Potatoes stack up a sandwich base of tomatoes, coleslaw, french fries, provolone, and the customers' choice of one of seven main ingredients to create East Coast–inspired sandwiches. Infuse a sandwich with a small or large serving of pastrami ($5 or $8) or kielbasa ($5 or $8) before draping it in the immodest culinary chic of extra ingredients such as triple-cheese spread ($1) or the spicy-garlic-and-truffle-aioli-flavored Dr. B option ($1). Sides of loaded fries that Zagat’s says “really grabbed our attention” start with fries and layer pastrami, cheese, and edible bedtime stories on top, and a jumbo fried egg ($1) is addable to any item.
When the KTLA morning news crew was looking for someone to teach their viewers barbecue recipes last Fourth of July, they called up Lenny Bent. A chef and blues musician who's made his name catering the production lots for shows such as American Idol, Lenny wowed the hosts and crowd alike with his four-hour smoked, whiskey-glazed baby-back ribs. These?alongside smoked whole chickens and beef tri-tip?are some of the star attractions at his restaurant, Cookin' with Lenny's Smokehouse. Here, Louisiana-style recipes weave throughout the menu, topping tables with everything from deep-fried catfish to jambalaya with hot links. And guests would do well to save room for dessert, too, since the restaurant's signature treat, bananas foster, is prepared tableside.
This family-owned pizzeria was newly opened in 2013, and it's quickly made a name as a laid-back place where folks can come watch sports, sip beer, and share a homemade pizza. As the name suggests, pizza is big here: diners can customize their pizza or order a specialty pie piled with such inventive toppings as habanero sausage, calamari, and fresh basil. The Pizzeria Favorite, for instance, comes topped with pesto, feta cheese, and avocado. Calzones, subs, and pastas round out the menu. The restaurant also offers outdoor seating if you want to dine al fresco or compare the size of your pizza with the size of the sun.
In Gaucho Grill’s kitchen, juicy steaks and marinated poultry sizzle on grills, sending the rich aroma of Argentine cuisine drifting through the restaurant’s rustic interior. Savory mushrooms and veggies garnish meats on intimate lamp-lit tables surrounded by knotty timber walls, rough slate arches, and lariat-hurling ranchers. Dulcet treats of flan, mousse, and crepes cap South American feasts with notes of sweetness, and glasses of fruit-packed Argentine wines tastefully complement choice selections from the grill.