Load up on meatballs and marinara at Temple City's Mama Petrillo's, and find out for yourself if the five-star ratings are up to par.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Mama Petrillo's has you covered on both fronts.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Mama Petrillo's' style.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Mama Petrillo's prides itself in its delicious catering.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Mama Petrillo's.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Mama Petrillo's.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Mama Petrillo's.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
For prime Italian fare, Mama Petrillo's is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
Mama Petrillo's knows how to serve up amazingly tasty dishes that keep you full for days, which is why you should head there straight away for the best meal this week!
Pop over to Pizza Cart for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Pizza Cart, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this pizzeria with its kid-approved food and ambience.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
Everyone will feel comfortable dining at Pizza Cart, where business casual attire is standard.
This pizzeria offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Pizza Cart.
Ample parking is located near Pizza Cart.
Cyclists are in luck. Pizza Cart provides bike parking.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Pizza Cart is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Pizza Cart's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
So head on over to Pizza Cart, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Pizza Cart a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Who doesn't love a warm tortilla? Fans of Pepe's Mexican Food say that the best Mexican fare is found right here, where top-notch ratings rule the menu.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Pepe's Mexican Food is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Waiting can feel like forever, especially when you're hungry. Spare yourself time spent in the parking search and dine with us. We've got space available for you and your car.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Pepe's Mexican Food is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Pepe's Mexican Food since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So head to Pepe's Mexican Food, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican cuisine.
Come enjoy a casual night out with your friends and some Mexican cuisine at Pepe's Mexican Food.
When you are ready to taste the latest flavor trends of Mexico, make your way over to Pepe's Mexican Food.
Denny's is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Seating is readily available at Denny's for those with large parties.
Get to dinner early — Denny's does not accept reservations.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Denny's is ultra casual.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the restaurant and easily park nearby.
Commute by bike to Denny's and find easy bike parking.
The breakfast dishes at the restaurant really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served.
Swing by the restaurant at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Denny's.
Pay Denny's a visit today and fill up on some classic American dishes in a casual environment.
For that all-American meal, head to burger house In-N-Out Burger in Temple City's El Monte City district.
Families will feel right at home at this burger joint with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at In-N-Out Burger.
It's strictly first-come, first-served at In-N-Out Burger, so plan an early arrival for your pick of tables.
Or, take your food to go.
In-N-Out Burger is centrally located near many parking lot options.
The super-affordable fare at In-N-Out Burger will definitely make your budget happy too — prices are almost always under $15.
Reviewers heap high praise on the burger joint's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
When you need a quick meal that will keep you full for hours, head on over to In-N-Out Burger for a big and juicy burger.
Try a burger at In-N-Out Burger if you're looking for a meal that's easy and delicious.
In-N-Out Burger takes burgers to a whole new level. Stop by today and try one of the tasty signature offerings.
Fresh fare can be found at Seafood Village, where patrons seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
The chefs at Seafood Village know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Be sure to complete your meal at Seafood Village with a drink from the restaurant's full bar.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Seafood Village.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
The dress code is strictly casual at Seafood Village, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Seafood Village.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Seafood Village.
For those who travel by bike, Seafood Village offers bike racks for diners.
Meals at Seafood Village usually set you back about $30 per diner.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
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.