Pop over to Bj's Restaurant and Brewery for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Bj's Restaurant and Brewery stocks its menu with lovable pizzas and hearty pastas that are sure to hook anyone's palate.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this pizzeria's full bar.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this pizzeria.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Bj's Restaurant and Brewery.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on Bj's Restaurant and Brewery's free wifi.
A tad noisy, the pizzeria is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Bj's Restaurant and Brewery, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times.
Comfort is prioritized at Bj's Restaurant and Brewery, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Forget circling the block, Bj's Restaurant and Brewery has plenty of nearby parking options.
Travel by bike to Bj's Restaurant and Brewery and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Bj's Restaurant and Brewery offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Bj's Restaurant and Brewery is at the top of the list.
So bring your appetite to Bj's Restaurant and Brewery. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
There's nothing tastier than a casual pie on a Friday night, so make plans to go to Bj's Restaurant and Brewery this weekend.
When you need a good meal in a flash, grab a pizza from the highly-rated Bj's Restaurant and Brewery.
Bj's Restaurant and Brewery is just the place you want to go for an outstanding selection of beer for your whole party.
If you're in the mood for comfort food, enjoy a cheeseburger with a mound of golden fries at burger house T.G.I. Friday's.
T.G.I. Friday's knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
Be sure to complete your meal at this burger joint with a drink from the burger joint's full bar.
Grab the kids when you head to this burger joint — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
On warmer days, you can take advantage of T.G.I. Friday's' al fresco patio seating.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with T.G.I. Friday's' complimentary wifi.
The sound levels at the burger joint can reach ear-splitting levels.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at T.G.I. Friday's.
At this burger joint, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
Patrons can park in a lot near T.G.I. Friday's or take advantage of the generous street parking.
T.G.I. Friday's makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
T.G.I. Friday's offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the burger joint is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
For a juicy burger that packs in all your favorite flavors, come try the delicious fare at T.G.I. Friday's.
Quick and delicious, T.G.I. Friday's is the place to go for a good meal and a great burger.
When you're craving a juicy burger, head over to T.G.I. Friday's and munch on one of the highly-rated choices.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Most popular offering: Cooking Parties & Private Event Catering
Pro Tip: Food Lovers and those craving face-to-face fun interaction should be invited!
Good for Kids: Yes
Q&A with Valerie Moore, Owner/culinary Artist
What sets your business apart from your competition?
My business is one of only a few unique to Southern California that provide in-home instruction and demonstration cooking parties. Our menus include recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation.
We offer a menu that ranges from comfort Soul Food to Thai Food with a twist.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
I decided to start this business after completing my cookbook titled _The Dish,
which is a collection of short stories and recipes that speak to how I came about developing and obtaining some of the family favorites. Completing the cookbook made me realize how great it would be to share the recipes with a live audience participating._
What’s your favorite part about your job?
The opportunity to create meals for people who enjoy the art of cooking, and to meet and make great friends.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We like to tailor our menus to satisfy the client's desired atmosphere.
We interview the client about their intended guests and the vibe they would like to create for the special event.
With its crowd-pleasing menu (excellent reviews easily find their way here), Thai BBQ and Seafood serves some of the tastiest Thai cuisine around.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Thai BBQ and Seafood.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Thai BBQ and Seafood, which embraces a casual vibe.
Throwing a big party? Count on Thai BBQ and Seafood to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
For easy dining, Thai BBQ and Seafood provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Your bill at Thai BBQ and Seafood will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
When you want to experience the very best in Thai cuisine, pay a visit to Thai BBQ and Seafood.
So swing by Thai BBQ and Seafood for some quick Thai flavor and find out what all the hype is about.
Thai cuisine is a great option for large groups and Thai BBQ and Seafood makes it easy.
When you're tired of the same old lunch options, head on over to Thai BBQ and Seafood for a yummy Thai dish.
For Asian-inspired fare at its best, Pondahan Restaurant in West Covina serves a unique blend of flavors to those searching for something a little less traditional.
Enjoy a low-fat or gluten-free meal at Pondahan Restaurant, a local favorite.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Pondahan Restaurant for a group meal.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
For the tastes of Pondahan Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Pondahan Restaurant is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
Pondahan Restaurant may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
All your favorite culinary influences await you at Pondahan Restaurant where a fusion of Asian-style dishes are ready to win over a wide range of taste buds.
Next time you're ready to explore a fabulous blend of Asian cuisine, head to Pondahan Restaurant for a casual get-together or low-key dinner.
With its crowd-pleasing menu (excellent reviews easily find their way here), Sweety Hut Thai Restaurant serves some of the tastiest Thai cuisine around.
Who knew healthy could taste so good? Serving vegan, low-fat, and gluten-free items, Sweety Hut Thai Restaurant has a dedicated fan base.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Sweety Hut Thai Restaurant to create the perfect night.
Or, take your food to go.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the restaurant.
Sweety Hut Thai Restaurant is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
When only the best will do, treat yourself to the highly-rated Thai dishes at Sweety Hut Thai Restaurant.
When pad thai is on the mind, get comfortable with the highly-rated fare at casual Sweety Hut Thai Restaurant.
Thai food makes for a delicious weekend meal, and you won't find much better than Sweety Hut Thai Restaurant.
For traditional and innovative Thai food with endless flavor, head to Sweety Hut Thai Restaurant.
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.