If you have a hankering for something extra tasty, sample the menu at Irwindale's Picasso's Cafe, Bakery & Catering Co.
Picasso's Cafe, Bakery & Catering Co. is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Picasso's Cafe, Bakery & Catering Co.
Be sure to check out Picasso's Cafe, Bakery & Catering Co.'s outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Your large group can all sit together at Picasso's Cafe, Bakery & Catering Co.
Take advantage of the lenient pup policy, and bring your four-legged friend to the restaurant.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Picasso's Cafe, Bakery & Catering Co. will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
Picasso's Cafe, Bakery & Catering Co. makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Keep your budget in check with a meal from Picasso's Cafe, Bakery & Catering Co., a local restaurant with affordable prices.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out Max's Mexican Cuisine, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
Catch the game at Max's Mexican Cuisine, a local restaurant with TVs.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this bar — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the bar gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Max's Mexican Cuisine is ultra casual.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this bar's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the bar.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the bar.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Max's Mexican Cuisine's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
Experience the flavorful traditions of Mexican cooking at the highly-rated Max's Mexican Cuisine.
So swing by Max's Mexican Cuisine to get a bite out of your favorite Mexican dish.
So when you have a craving for some tacos or other authentic Mexican dishes, make your way over to Max's Mexican Cuisine.
Dessert-lovers flock to Marie Callender's Restaurants and Bakeries where there's something for every sweet tooth.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Marie Callender's Restaurants and Bakeries.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this bakery — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Marie Callender's Restaurants and Bakeries, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Marie Callender's Restaurants and Bakeries is come-as-you-are.
If time is of the essence, this bakery's take-out option may be a better fit.
This dining establishment is located near hassle-free parking options.
You can load up on the snacks and treats at Marie Callender's Restaurants and Bakeries since prices are so low.
When you need a taste of paradise, stop by Marie Callender's Restaurants and Bakeries and indulge in one of the many dessert offerings.
Whether you need a cake for a party or a treat for yourself, there's always a reason to try Marie Callender's Restaurants and Bakeries.
So whether you prefer a pastry or a pie, Marie Callender's Restaurants and Bakeries is a bakery that has something for everyone.
Everything from the apps to the entrees is infused with five-star Thai goodness at Thai Nary.
Fill up on healthy eats at Thai Nary, a local restaurant.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Thai Nary is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
The restaurant can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
If dining out is not on the agenda, this restaurant offers delivery and pickup, too.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Thai Nary as well.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Commute by bike to Thai Nary and find easy bike parking.
At Thai Nary, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Whether you're in the mood for AM eggs, a midday salad, or an evening entree, Thai Nary provides service throughout the day.
When only the best will do, treat yourself to the highly-rated Thai dishes at Thai Nary.
So swing by Thai Nary for some quick Thai flavor and find out what all the hype is about.
Thai cuisine is a great option for large groups and Thai Nary makes it easy.
So spice up your lunch or dinner today with some great Thai food from the highly-rated Thai Nary.
Get your fill of first-class tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and more at La Tolteca, an excellent Mexican spot revered by fans as one of the best.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at La Tolteca, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Your group can sit comfortably at La Tolteca, a local restaurant.
Cut out wait times and book a table ahead of time.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to La Tolteca in jeans and a hoodie.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Catering services are also available.
At La Tolteca, street and lot parking is made simple for diners.
Bike parking is quick and easy at La Tolteca.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy La Tolteca since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at La Tolteca.
Everyone in Azusa knows the secret to a great place for Mexican takeout is La Tolteca.
So pay La Tolteca a visit and get introduced to the many flavors and spices of Mexican cuisine.
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.