Whether you prefer your meal mild or with a spicy kick, the top-rated Mexican fare at Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea hits a home run with each and every order.
Gluten-free dishes with fresh flavors await you at Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this restaurant is a great spot for families to chow down.
With plenty of room to go around, Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
Make sure to check out Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea's happy hour for a great way to decompress from the workday.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea's patio.
Tap your foot to Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
Weekend visitors to the restaurant are well advised to take advantage of the reservation system — crowds tend to pack the place on Fridays and Saturdays.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea.
Or, take your grub to go.
Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea's diners can safely park on the street, as well as in a nearby lot.
Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
A typical meal at Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea will set you back less than $30.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea.
So amp up your lunch hour and head over to Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea for a casual Mexican meal.
Everyone around town knows there's simply no better Mexican restaurant around than Cha Cha's Tacos and Tequilas Brea.
Load up on tofu and veggies at Yard House, a local vegetarian eatery.
Keep your health in check at Yard House, a local restaurant with endless healthy menu items.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Celebrate the start of a great weekend at Yard House's great happy hour.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Yard House's outdoor patio.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Yard House for easy seating.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
If your weekend plans include a trip to the restaurant, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Yard House is come-as-you-are.
You've heard correctly. This restaurant offers both delivery or carryout.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Pull into a parking space in the neighboring lot, or take advantage of the restaurant's valet service. If the lot is crowded, diners can search for street parking.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Dining at Yard House will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Yard House since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Yard House's vegetarian food is great even for the meat-eaters in your party.
So when you're on the market for some great American cuisine, check out Yard House.
For a casual American classic, Yard House will serve you up a delicious meal in Brea.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Yard House is all about.
If you're seeking high quality meats, look no further than here. From chicken to beef, you can find everything you need in one location.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Tony's Cafe and slurp your way to happiness.
For cool, refreshing H20, Tony's Cafe's got you covered.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Oil and vinegar are great staples to have stocked in the kitchen whether your recipe calls for an acidic element or something greasy to line the pan.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
Feeling hungry? Pick up some frozen food from here and enjoy a night snacking on all of your favorite items.
When you're a busy parent on the go, shopping at Tony's Cafe for some canned food might be the perfect way to save you hours a week.
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, Tony's Cafe has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
Next time you're in a rush, check out the amazing TV dinners available here to get you going out the door.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Cooking for your date night? Pick up some spices and seasonings from here and make an impressive and tasty dish.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
Pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Tony's Cafe and create that tasty sandwich you've been craving all day.
You can find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
Tucked away in the heart of Brea's Brea-Olinda neighborhood, El Torito Grill serves a laid-back Mexican feast.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
There's no need to cram the whole gang into a booth — with the private room at El Torito Grill, you'll find a wonderful option for big groups looking for a place to celebrate.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at El Torito Grill and order great food.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
No need to dress up for a trip to El Torito Grill — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
If you need to feed a big crowd, El Torito Grill also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near El Torito Grill and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
El Torito Grill knows how to put a smile on your face
the fairly-priced fare is easy on your taste buds as well as your wallet.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at El Torito Grill.
Brunch is the house specialty at El Torito Grill, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
So come on over to El Torito Grill to get a taste of their delicious Mexican classics.
When you're ready for a delicious meal, pay El Torito Grill a visit and taste the many flavors of Mexico.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Mammaluccos' easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this pizzeria's full bar.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this pizzeria — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Mammaluccos.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Mammaluccos, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Mammaluccos' guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Mammaluccos for catering.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options.
Free parking is available for patrons who dine at Mammaluccos.
Mammaluccos offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Mammaluccos.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Mammaluccos' pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So grab a group of friends and head to Mammaluccos, where you can relax in a casual setting while enjoying a delicious, handmade pizza.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Mammaluccos.
Breakfast nook Taps Fish House and Brewery serves a sweet stack (or a mean omelet) within a comfortable, easygoing environment.
Treat yourself to a healthy meal at Taps Fish House and Brewery, a local restaurant.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at Taps Fish House and Brewery won't cost you a sitter.
A great space for entertaining large parties, consider reserving the private room at Taps Fish House and Brewery for your next big event.
For no extra charge, utilize Taps Fish House and Brewery's free wifi.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Taps Fish House and Brewery.
Reservations are offered, so call ahead to lock down your table.
Taps Fish House and Brewery welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Taps Fish House and Brewery to your next party or event.
You can also grab your food to go.
Store your car in a nearby lot or pass it off to the valet service at Taps Fish House and Brewery.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Taps Fish House and Brewery.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Taps Fish House and Brewery accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
With its ocean air, dozens of parks, and more than 44 miles of bike trails, vibrant Irvine is a city that continually asks locals and visitors to enjoy the outdoors. Irvine restaurants are no exception. Here are some of the hotspots for outdoor dining.1. Mick’s Karma Bar | 2010 Main StreetClaim to fame: Golden Foodie Award–winning burgers made with sirloin that’s ground fresh every few hours Why you’re eating outside: There’s some indoor seating, but this burger joint’s location—tucked away in an office park—means they cater mostly to workers looking for an excuse to get out and get some fresh air. Plus, the outdoor seating come with views of fountains and modern-art pieces. Try this: The Mediterranean burger, topped with roasted peppers, hummus, and feta cheese2. Dogzilla | Multiple LocationsClaim to fame: “Fusion” hot dogs served on Hawaiian roll buns and with toppings such as avocado, housemade teriyaki sauce, or yakisoba noodles Why you’re eating outside: There’s no choice. The chefs hand out their hot dogs from inside a green food truck, which travels throughout Irvine and the rest of Orange County, stopping near office complexes, festivals, movie-in-the-park nights, and other community hotspots. Try this: The Yaki Dog, a spicy Cajun pork link topped in yakisoba noodles, ao nori, red ginger, and okonomi sauce3. La Sirena Grill | 3931 Portola ParkwayClaim to fame: Mexican food cooked with local, organic, and sustainable ingredients Why you’re eating outside: A fountain bubbles over at the center of a huge outdoor patio, where red bricks line the floor and climb upwards to form columns—some covered in vines. Lights strung around trees make this ideal for after dark, when you can dine at tables for two or start a party at one of the patio’s couches. Try this: The blackened salmon burrito filled with Sirena cabbage, jack cheese, guacamole, and organic beans or rice4. Yard House | 620 Spectrum Center DriveClaim to fame: Their selection of “chalkboard beer,” rotating taps chosen to highlight local, domestic, and international breweries—be on the lookout for selections from the breweries of California's Hops Highway Why you’re eating outside: As one of the popular Irvine Spectrum restaurants, Yard House has a patio with candlelight in the evenings and a smattering of palm trees surrounding the area, offering a serene break from shopping at the center’s more than 100 stores. Try this: A poke stack of marinated raw ahi, crispy wontons, avocado, and wasabi soy sauce5. CUCINA enoteca Irvine | 532 Spectrum Center DriveClaims to fame: Hundreds of wines paired with housemade pasta and other Italian cuisine, all made with seasonal, local ingredients Why you’re eating outside: Combined, the two oversized patios total roughly 2,700 square feet. Flowers and greenery cover both brick-lined settings, and the larger tables make ideal places to eat a family-style meal while people-watching along the main drag of the Irvine Spectrum Center. Try this: Short-rib pappardelle with cremini mushroom, carrot, and parmigiano Pro tip: Pick out wine from Italy, France, Napa Valley, or one of America’s other wine regions at the onsite shop—then pay a small corkage fee to drink it with your meal.6. Knowlwood | 14952 Sand Canyon AvenueClaims to fame: Handmade milk shakes, award-winning hamburgers, and soups made from recipes that date back to the original restaurant’s opening in 1957 Why you’re eating outside: The exterior of this casual restaurant looks like a red barn, which lends a rustic vibe to the patio tables. (Thankfully, there are plenty of oversized umbrellas to prevent farmer’s tans.) Try this: Irish nachos—french fries covered in cheddar, chopped green onions, bacon bits, and housemade ranch dressing
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.