It's always a party at Sombrero's, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Sombrero's.
Sombrero's is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Noisy crowds plus raging music creates a very loud environment at this restaurant.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Sombrero's' laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Drivers can find parking right by the restaurant, so don't forget your car keys.
Cyclists are in luck. Sombrero's provides bike parking.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Sombrero's for a great bite.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Sombrero's, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For the highest rated Mexican food around, make Sombrero's your first stop.
Come on over to Sombrero's and enjoy a casual night out and some great Mexican cuisine.
So take a walk on the wild side and discover the flavors and trends of Mexico at Sombrero's.
It's not uncommon to find quality Chinese dishes packed with rave reviews at renowned spot Lucky BBQ Chinese Food in Stanton.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Lucky BBQ Chinese Food.
Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit
Lucky BBQ Chinese Food's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Lucky BBQ Chinese Food will ensure that it is delicious.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
We understand parking is expensive. That's why we've got a parking lot for you. Spend your money on our delicious food and drink.
Lucky BBQ Chinese Food is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
For those looking for an unbeatable bargain, Lucky BBQ Chinese Food invites diners to enjoy all the yummy-ness they can handle without burning a hole in their wallet.
For an upscale take on traditional Chinese cuisine, look no further than Lucky BBQ Chinese Food.
If you're looking for some tasty Chinese food in town, Lucky BBQ Chinese Food is certainly the place to try.
For spaghetti and meatballs that tug at the heartstrings, Il Garage creates a warm atmosphere perfect for a couple heading out in Stanton's Stanton area.
At Il Garage, you can enjoy a bite to eat and bring your own beverages to wash your meal down.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
For your next big bash, consider hosting at Il Garage, a great space for big groups with a private room to boot.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at Il Garage.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Il Garage is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Impress the visitors at your next gathering by calling in Il Garage for catering.
Il Garage's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street.
Il Garage offers safe bike parking outside.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
The restaurant's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
When you're looking for a romantic meal filled with rich Italian dishes, Il Garage is your answer.
So get ready to discover all the best flavors of Italy under one roof at Il Garage.
Tucked away in the heart of City Of Industry's Rowland neighborhood, Tacos Mexico serves a laid-back Mexican feast.
Tacos Mexico works to create healthy meals with flavorful twists.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Tacos Mexico for their catering services.
Tacos Mexico has easy parking nearby for diners who wish to drive.
Tacos Mexico offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
For those not a part of the "one percent", Tacos Mexico serves reasonably-priced food that everyone can enjoy (and that everyone will want to eat).
Tacos Mexico dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
When you're looking to indulge in a bit of Mexican fare, there's no better place than Tacos Mexico.
You can explore a new and innovative side of Mexican cuisine when you opt to dine at the highly-rated Tacos Mexico.
Score your next slice at Pizza Grande — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Keep your diet in check at Pizza Grande, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
This pizzeria is great for families with kids.
At Pizza Grande, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
Catering from Pizza Grande will take your party to the next level.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Pizza Grande and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Pizza Grande is at the top of the list.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Pizza Grande. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
It's time you enjoyed a piece of pizza casually with your friends and family at Pizza Grande's restaurant.
Not all pizzas are made the same. For a quality pie that packs in all the delicious flavors you love, be sure to stop by Pizza Grande.
It's always a party at Stanton Mexicatessen, where the Mexican dishes are so incredibly tasty fans have a hard time containing their excitement (just read the chain of five-star reviews!).
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
At Stanton Mexicatessen, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Stanton Mexicatessen's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Stanton Mexicatessen is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
Stanton Mexicatessen offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Experience the flavorful traditions of Mexican cooking at the highly-rated Stanton Mexicatessen.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at Stanton Mexicatessen.
Stanton Mexicatessen cooks up Mexican food so great you'll be craving much, much more!
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.