Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Jay Produce.
Find a shorter path to dinner when you take control of your prep time by investing in frozen foods.
Get your noodle on! Jay Produce has some of the best and affordable noodle and pasta options in the area.
The cuts of meat here are tender and fresh. Pick up a selection of meats today and start your weekend off with a barbecue.
If you always seem to have one foot out the door, breakfast can be tricky. For a quick and easy solution, a box of cereal is right up your alley.
When you are running low on kitchen staples, such as oil and vinegar, pick some up at Jay Produce.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
When you're just looking to open a can, heat it, and then eat, the canned food aisle at Jay Produce offers you exactly just that kind of convenience.
For cool, refreshing H20, Jay Produce's got you covered.
If cooking isn't your strong point, dig into a TV dinner! Microwave cooking has never tasted so good.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Jay Produce and feel energized all day.
Cooking for your date night? Pick up some spices and seasonings from here and make an impressive and tasty dish.
Jay Produce's selection of bread goes great with any meal you were planning on making.
For baked goods that are as delicious as they are fluffy, don't forget to pick up some fresh ingredients to make sure your creation hits it out-of-the-park.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
Take advantage of the many nearby parking options and enjoy the quick trip to and from your car.
For a quick Mexican meal, Las Trancas is a go-to option.
Low-fat, gluten-free, and vegan options are all available here.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
On warmer days, take advantage of Las Trancas' outdoor seating.
Head to Las Trancas in comfort, where attire is business casual.
Las Trancas is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Las Trancas and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
For those who travel by bike, Las Trancas offers bike racks for diners.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Las Trancas is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When you just want to relax and indulge in some Mexican fare, Las Trancas has you covered.
There's no better way to celebrate Taco Tuesday than at Las Trancas, so head on over today and chow down on some unique tacos.
Dive into a Mexican fiesta at El Piquin Mexican Grill, a casual Mexican restaurant.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Your large group can all sit together at El Piquin Mexican Grill.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at El Piquin Mexican Grill.
Who doesn't want to go out for a nice meal with buddies and your canine companion? Head over to El Piquin Mexican Grill for a good time!
El Piquin Mexican Grill's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
If breakfast isn't your thing, El Piquin Mexican Grill also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
For great Mexican food in a casual setting, look no further than El Piquin Mexican Grill.
When you're ready for a delicious meal, pay El Piquin Mexican Grill a visit and taste the many flavors of Mexico.
For that can't-get-enough Mexican flavor, check out Comida Mexicana, where five-star dishes are just over the counter.
Comida Mexicana serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Comida Mexicana is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Comida Mexicana offers catering.
Endless parking options are readily available close to Comida Mexicana.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Comida Mexicana.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Comida Mexicana for lunch or dinner.
So head to Comida Mexicana, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
So head to Comida Mexicana for some tasty Mexican fare.
Comida Mexicana cooks up Mexican food so great you'll be craving much, much more!
Stop by Jack In The Box after work for a quick burger and fries.
Help yourself to a healthier lifestyle at Jack In The Box, where gluten-free and low-fat plates are the standard.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Dress is typically casual at Jack In The Box, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Jack In The Box prides itself in its delicious catering.
At Jack In The Box, drivers will appreciate the ample parking options in the area.
At Jack In The Box, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Jack In The Box serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Meat lovers can't get enough of Jack In The Box's juicy burgers, so find your way to Jack In The Box when you're in the mood for a quick bite to eat.
So stop by Jack In The Box and enjoy a quick and delicious meal before your next meeting.
Feel like family at Little Caesars Pizza — this low-key pizza hub bakes each slice better than the last.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Bring the whole clan to this pizzeria — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Stay in touch with technology at Little Caesars Pizza, a local restaurant with affordable wifi.
Come in or stay home. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
Bring the Little Caesars Pizza's great food to your place.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
For hot pizza and a cool atmosphere, be sure to stop in at Little Caesars Pizza.
When you're craving pizza, make your way over to Little Caesars Pizza and load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings.
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.