When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Brickstones Coffee.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Both sugary and high-fiber cereals are delicious and this store carries them all.
When you need a quick side dish to go with your main course, pick up some canned good options from here.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
Whether you're dressing a salad or cooking up a storm, oil and vinegar are essential kitchen items, so make sure you have an ample amount on hand.
There's no better way to start your busy day than making a flavorful coffee or tea from Brickstones Coffee.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Brickstones Coffee.
You'll definitely want to experiment with frozen foods to help maximize your time in the evening.
When you need some essential proteins, you'll definitely be covered with the great meat selection here.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
If you're looking for beverages that will handle all your hydration needs, look no further. This drink will refresh, renew, and refuel your energy.
When your food needs a little more flavor, pick up some seasonings or spices from here and enjoy a tasty meal.
Have a gourmet meal without working away in the kitchen. Throw on your favorite TV show or movie and pop a frozen dinner in the microwave. You'll be happy you did!
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Brickstones Coffee.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
At Brickstones Coffee, you won't have to worry about forgetting where you parked. There are plenty of parking spaces nearby for you to choose from.
If warm tortillas and chips 'n salsa is your idea of a good time, The Beef Burrito Taqueria in Canoga Park should be right up your Mexican-food-eating alley. Rave reviews are the norm here, so come ready to eat.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
At The Beef Burrito Taqueria, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
Comfort is prioritized at The Beef Burrito Taqueria, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Drivers will embrace the parking lot located next door to The Beef Burrito Taqueria.
Travel by bike to The Beef Burrito Taqueria and store your bike at a nearby rack.
You can take it easy on your wallet at The Beef Burrito Taqueria — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
The Beef Burrito Taqueria provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
Taste why The Beef Burrito Taqueria's Mexican food is highly-rated by all who dine there.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at The Beef Burrito Taqueria.
Everyone around town knows there's simply no better Mexican restaurant around than The Beef Burrito Taqueria.
Rustico does pasta right — this restaurant is known for its top-of-the-line Italian recipes.
For healthy and gluten-free fare, head to Rustico.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Sometimes it's hard to find space for everyone in your party, but Rustico makes it easy. Book your room today.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Rustico.
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
Keep it casual at Rustico — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Rustico also offers catering.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the restaurant.
A typical meal at Rustico will set you back less than $30.
Rustico's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
If you're craving a taste of Italy, come on over to Rustico and check out the flavorful menu options.
Thai food is always tasty, but Exotic Thai makes it especially delicious as its multi-star ratings show.
Get in shape and get healthy with smart low-fat fare from Exotic Thai.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Reservations are available for those who prefer to skip the waiting game.
Exotic Thai is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Parking is easily accessible.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
When you want to experience the very best in Thai cuisine, pay a visit to Exotic Thai.
So if you're a curry fanatic or peanut sauce lover, Exotic Thai takes casual Thai to the next level.
Make life easy with Thai food at Exotic Thai.
The tastes and flavors of Thailand are waiting for you at Exotic Thai, so head on over today and check out the great menu.
Locals head to Burger King for charbroiled perfection between two buns.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Burger King. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this burger joint with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Burger King is a prime location to dine with a group.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Burger King cater for you.
At this burger joint, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
At Burger King, you can safely park just around the corner.
Burger King offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
The breakfast menu receives the most rave reviews from patrons, but you can also stop in for lunch and dinner later in the day.
So when you're feeling hungry, pay Burger King a visit and indulge in a creative and juicy burger creation.
So let go of your long day and enjoy a relaxing meal, such as a burger, at Burger King.
Locals flock to sink their teeth into a patty made right from Original Tommy's.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with Original Tommy's' gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
At this burger joint, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Original Tommy's.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this burger joint.
Original Tommy's is close to multiple parking options.
Original Tommy's offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
When you need a quick meal that will keep you full for hours, head on over to Original Tommy's for a big and juicy burger.
Stop by Original Tommy's today and enjoy a great burger in a casual setting.
So take your lunch or dinner to the next level with a highly-rated burger from Original Tommy's.
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.