If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, Paco's Mexican Restaurant should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Paco's Mexican Restaurant.
Catch the game at Paco's Mexican Restaurant, a local restaurant with TVs.
Parents, bring your kids along to this bar, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Paco's Mexican Restaurant.
Large groups will appreciate Paco's Mexican Restaurant for its ability to seat them quickly.
Paco's Mexican Restaurant offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the bar on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Paco's Mexican Restaurant — the dress code and ambience at this bar are totally laid-back.
Can't get enough of Paco's Mexican Restaurant's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this bar.
Score! Paco's Mexican Restaurant provides free parking to all diners in the lot next door.
Paco's Mexican Restaurant offers various parking options, including bike parking.
No matter what you choose off the menu at Paco's Mexican Restaurant, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
So come to Paco's Mexican Restaurant, where you can taste the highest rated Mexican cuisine around.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at Paco's Mexican Restaurant.
Why not make tonight's dinner a Mexican fiesta with a trip to Paco's Mexican Restaurant!
Calling all peanut sauce lovers! Take a look at Orchid Thai Cuisine's Thai-style menu, and sample the highly-rated dishes everyone's buzzing about.
Orchid Thai Cuisine is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Your group can sit comfortably at Orchid Thai Cuisine, a local restaurant.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Orchid Thai Cuisine.
This restaurant will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the restaurant yourself to carry out your meal.
Through their catering service, Orchid Thai Cuisine can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Orchid Thai Cuisine.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Orchid Thai Cuisine is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For Thai fare like never before, get your fill of top-rated deliciousness at Orchid Thai Cuisine.
When pad thai is on the mind, get comfortable with the highly-rated fare at casual Orchid Thai Cuisine.
Everyone enjoys Thai food, and the food at Orchid Thai Cuisine will surely have you coming back for more.
If you're looking for an authentic Thai restaurant in the area, make your way over to Orchid Thai Cuisine and enjoy some good eats.
Bj's Brewhouse offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Bj's Brewhouse. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Bj's Brewhouse, you can surf the web and get some work done.
At Bj's Brewhouse, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Bj's Brewhouse's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Bj's Brewhouse.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Bj's Brewhouse offers free parking just steps away from the door.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Bj's Brewhouse.
Meals at Bj's Brewhouse are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Bj's Brewhouse's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
Isn't it time you indulged in the old classics of American food? Stop by Bj's Brewhouse to have a bite of deliciousness.
Bj's Brewhouse has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Bj's Brewhouse.
So if you're looking for the best beer in town, chances are you can find it at Bj's Brewhouse.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Matt Denny's Alehouse Restaurant, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Both low-fat and gluten-free options are available here.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Matt Denny's Alehouse Restaurant is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Come order a flavorful feast at Matt Denny's Alehouse Restaurant, and sit outside if it's nice!
Musical guests frequently perform here, so patrons can enjoy live tunes with their food.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table if you're headed over on a weeknight — it can get quite busy with the after-work crowds.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Matt Denny's Alehouse Restaurant.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Matt Denny's Alehouse Restaurant cater for you.
Find a close parking spot on the street or in a parking lot near Matt Denny's Alehouse Restaurant.
For those who travel by bike, Matt Denny's Alehouse Restaurant offers bike racks for diners.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Matt Denny's Alehouse Restaurant.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Rediscover your favorite American meals at Matt Denny's Alehouse Restaurant.
Matt Denny's Alehouse Restaurant has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Italian eats can be found at Carmine's Italian Restaurant, and fans will argue it's the best fare in town (fantastic reviews are everywhere in sight).
Health nuts will love Carmine's Italian Restaurant for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Be sure to complete your meal at this restaurant with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Carmine's Italian Restaurant will be able to accommodate your large party.
Wifi is on the house at Carmine's Italian Restaurant, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Catering from Carmine's Italian Restaurant will take your party to the next level.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
The restaurant offers free parking in the lot next door.
Carmine's Italian Restaurant provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Prices at Carmine's Italian Restaurant are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Carmine's Italian Restaurant happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Carmine's Italian Restaurant.
You don't need to fly to Rome to try all wonderful flavors of Italy. They're all under one roof at Carmine's Italian Restaurant.
Zelo Pizzeria's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
At Zelo Pizzeria, cautious eaters will appreciate the vegan, low-fat and gluten-free fare.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this pizzeria has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Families will feel right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Zelo Pizzeria.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Zelo Pizzeria in jeans and a hoodie.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Throwing a big party? Count on Zelo Pizzeria to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
At Zelo Pizzeria, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Zelo Pizzeria.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Zelo Pizzeria's pizza say it is the absolute best.
So bring your appetite to Zelo Pizzeria. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
Why not keep it casual tonight? Head on over to Zelo Pizzeria, where you can enjoy a delicious variety of pizza and a casual, care-free atmosphere.
If you need a quick and easy dinner option, head on over to Zelo Pizzeria and pick up a pizza pie.
High-quality Italian food awaits you at Zelo Pizzeria!
When you're ready to take a break for lunch, head over to Zelo Pizzeria and indulge in some tasty Italian dishes.
Ordering a Dodger Dog is a ritual. Customers queue up in one of two lines—one for grilled dogs and the other for classic steamed. They inch ever closer to the counter where stadium workers dole out foot-long franks that stretch far beyond the confines of steamed buns. Finally they head over to the condiment stations to load up on mustard, ketchup, chopped onions, or relish.
Dodger stadium’s divide-and-conquer approach is the product of years of experience. Many estimate that the millions of Dodger Dogs sold each baseball season outrank sales of any other frank in the league. But once foodies have had their fill of the gargantuan Dodger dogs at the stadium, or even purchased at local markets, they’ve only just begun exploring the diverse hot-dog scene in Los Angeles.
Take the Korean-style franks of Seoul Sausage Co.. They’re a bit harder to track down than a ballpark frank. Without a food truck or retail space to call home, these succulent, grilled delicacies crop up at street fairs and catered events all over LA, where their inventive cooks offer up a kalbi-flavored sausage topped with tangy kimchi relish, and a spicy pork sausage crowned with apple-cabbage slaw.
For a taste of the increasingly hard to find LA street dog, enthusiasts can hunt them down at Skooby’s, where decadently bacon-wrapped franks nestle into fresh buns delivered by a local bakery.
Perhaps the crowning glory of LA’s hot-dog inner circle is the chilidog, which local favorite The Hat has been slinging since 1951. Pink’s, on La Brea and Melrose since 1939, is now practically a regular set piece on TV shows and movies set in LA for its addictive dogs and cheerful, familiar sign. Their ode to the chilidog is a love letter to its loyal patrons written with all-beef franks slathered in chili, mustard, and onions.
Elsewhere in the city, more progressive—even avant-garde—culinary sensibilities shape the future of the humble hot dog. At Let’s Be Frank, nitrate- and hormone-free dogs are made fresh from grass-fed beef and layered with toppings and veggies sourced from local farms. At The Stand, diners can customize their low-fat turkey dogs or chicken-apple sausage with quintessentially Californian toppings including avocado and corn salsa. At Vicious Dogs, the whimsical 8-bit-inspired art of cook Stacey Hughes colors the walls. The eatery’s Thanksgiving turkey dogs arrive smothered in all the trimmings—stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Adventurous patrons can even go off the menu and try their hand at topping Stacey by building their own creations, including Latin-inspired, deep-fried doggie flautas.
If the film industry resides in Hollywood, the greater city of Los Angeles is its backyard. Filmmakers have taken to exploring this backyard in their movies, and local residents have come to accept that a routine trip to the deli can quickly turn into a cameo in the latest blockbuster. Though tourists have taken to camping outside celebrities’ homes for a glimpse of fame, there’s a less invasive—and far tastier—method of stargazing. Here, we follow the cameras to seven restaurants made famous by their appearances in film.
If you’re flying in to LAX, your first stop should be Randy’s Donuts on West Manchester Avenue. No, Randy’s was not named after Randy Newman. It was, however, briefly featured in the music video for the singer’s 1983 paean to his native city, “I Love L.A.”. When the giant donut that sits atop the shop isn’t appearing in action films such as 2012 and Iron Man 2, it acts as a beacon, enticing pilots to visit during long layovers at the nearby airport.
Next, take a drive over to Canter’s Deli in the Fairfax District. Though countless celebrities have feasted on Canter’s pastrami sandwiches since 1931, Walter Matthau bears the rare distinction of doing so on camera in Neil Simon’s I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982). Current owner Marc Canter recently penned a book about Guns N’ Roses, whose frequent visits to his deli evince the band’s appetites for things other than destruction.
If pastrami and hair metal don’t satisfy your taste for decadence, head to the lavishly appointed Cicada Restaurant downtown. In a memorable scene from Pretty Woman (1990), Julia Roberts flings a snail across the restaurant’s art deco-inspired dining room. Her costar, Richard Gere, would return to the restaurant just a few years later in Final Analysis (1992). Perhaps he was drawn back by the mallechort elevator doors or gold-leafed ceiling—traces left over from the restaurant’s former life as a 1920s haberdashery.
Cicada’s transformation seems minor compared to that of J & J Sandwich Shop. The 6th Street delicatessen was stripped of its walk-up sandwich counter and injected with a dose of 1950s noir for L.A. Confidential (1997). Recast as the Nite Owl Coffee Shop, J & J became the scene of a multiple homicide and ground zero for the movie’s pulpy action.
Hop on the 101 freeway and exit at Franklin for a post-lunch coffee or milkshake at the appropriately named 101 Coffee Shop. Restaurateur Warner Ebbink carefully designed the shop’s interior—complete with swiveling counter chairs and plush leather booths—to mimic the funky diners of the 1960s. According to the New York Times, Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn frequented the diner back when it was called the Hollywood Hills Coffee Shop. They repaid the hospitality by immortalizing the shop in their hit comedy Swingers (1996).
Get back on the 101 and take it out to the San Fernando Valley for the last stop of our tour, which brings us to a nondescript strip mall in Granada Hills. This is the site of Vincenzo’s Pizza, which the filmmakers behind the neo-noir Drive converted into Ron Perlman’s latest criminal lair. Though one of the film’s most violent scenes takes place inside the renamed Nino’s Pizzeria, it’s worth risking your life for a slice of Vincenzo’s New York–style pepperoni.