Make it a maki night at Tomo Sushi and Teriyaki, and treat yourself to a variety of fish (all with A+ ratings).
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Eat out with the little ones at this sushi spot, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the sushi spot can get packed.
Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most Tomo Sushi and Teriyaki patrons come in casual attire.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this sushi spot.
At Tomo Sushi and Teriyaki, you can park quickly and safely in a lot next door.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the sushi spot.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Tomo Sushi and Teriyaki.
Tomo Sushi and Teriyaki is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of South El Monte.
Be sure to try a deliciously creative roll from the sushi masters at Tomo Sushi and Teriyaki today.
Locals head to Baguette City for an innovative take on bakery favorites.
This bakery is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
At Baguette City, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
Take it nice and easy at Baguette City, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Baguette City will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this bakery's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Those driving to Baguette City can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
Baguette City offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
You can load up on the snacks and treats at Baguette City since prices are so low.
Baguette City is a cash-only venue, so patrons are encouraged to order responsibly.
Stop waiting around to try the scrumptious baked goods from Baguette City and stop in today!
At Ajos Y Cebollas — a relaxed Mexican restaurant — you can enjoy a classic margarita and bottomless chips and salsa.
Ditch the dairy and meat and head to Ajos Y Cebollas for a vegan meal.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
At Ajos Y Cebollas, service is a priority. That why we provide parking spaces on site.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, but it's the brunch menu that draws the most rave reviews from patrons.
Everyone in South El Monte knows the secret to a great place for Mexican takeout is Ajos Y Cebollas.
Ajos Y Cebollas serves up tasty and innovative Mexico-inspired eats, so head over today and try something new.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Domino's Pizza's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Domino's Pizza will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Domino's Pizza — the dress code and ambience at this pizzeria are totally laid-back.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options.
Bring the Domino's Pizza's great food to your place.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
Cyclists are in luck. Domino's Pizza provides bike parking.
Everyone's talking about Domino's Pizza. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Domino's Pizza has you covered.
My Hanh Restaurant does a Chinese dumpling justice, and diners come here to enjoy a five-star meal.
My Hanh Restaurant will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as My Hanh Restaurant serves three meals a day.
So for an upscale meal, come indulge in the Chinese food at My Hanh Restaurant.
Know no better taste than the pure deliciousness of My Hanh Restaurant's Chinese food.
For a quick and tasty midday meal, bite into a burger at Carl's Jr.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Carl's Jr.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Carl's Jr. when the weather is warm.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Carl's Jr., so dress for comfort when you come.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
We're not like any other place. We've prepared parking onsite for you.
Carl's Jr. offers safe bike parking outside.
Breakfast fare is rated highest at the restaurant, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Carl's Jr. serves up tasty burgers at a quick pace, so stop by today and enjoy a great meal.
So make your way over to Carl's Jr. for a quick bite to eat and satisfy your hunger cravings.
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.