Hana Teppanyaki Express exudes convenience, from its long hours to its easy-to-use online ordering system. The restaurant specializes in Japanese teppanyaki, a style of cuisine that highlights meats and veggies seared on an iron griddle. The eatery uses fresh ingredients to create affordable meal combinations, all without the theatrics of other hibachi restaurants. One of Hana's most popular offerings, the dinner combo, asks diners to choose two favorite proteins from a selection including shrimp, scallops, salmon, chicken, or steak. Guests can supplement this already-satisfying meal with a variety of appetizers such as miso soup or fried calamari.
The tacos are top-tier and the burritos are nothing short of amazing at Mariscos El Paisa — sift through five-star reviews or just head on over to find out more about this Mexican menu.
Guess what? Mariscos El Paisa serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Dine out in the open during Mariscos El Paisa's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Loud is an understatement when it comes to the decibel levels at this restaurant, so it's best to save conversation for another location.
Get to the restaurant early to have your pick of tables — with its no-reservation policy, the place can fill up at busy times.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Score free parking at the lot adjacent to Mariscos El Paisa.
Mariscos El Paisa provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes.
Make your way to an ATM before you make your way to the restaurant — Mariscos El Paisa is cash-only.
So come to Mariscos El Paisa, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
If you prefer casual dining, head on over to Mariscos El Paisa and enjoy some Mexican fare in a comfortable setting.
For tasty fare with a Mexican twist, make your way over to the highly-rated Mariscos El Paisa.
Mexican-food cravings are easily satisfied at Birrieria Jalisco — this popular Lynwood spot puts a fresh, five-star spin on run-of-the-mill beans and cheese.
It's always the right time to eat a delicious, healthy meal. Find one that won't disappoint at Birrieria Jalisco.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Your group can sit comfortably at Birrieria Jalisco, a local restaurant.
Birrieria Jalisco offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Drivers can park in the neighboring lot.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Birrieria Jalisco, so plan your budget accordingly.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Birrieria Jalisco also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
So come to Birrieria Jalisco, where you can expect nothing less than the highest rated Mexican fare.
Come on over to Birrieria Jalisco and enjoy a casual night out and some great Mexican cuisine.
When you need a quick and tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Birrieria Jalisco for a tasty Mexican meal.
Chico's Pizza Parlors' piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Score low-fat and gluten-free eats at Chico's Pizza Parlors.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this pizzeria, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
You can also grab your food to go.
Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.
If your preferred mode of transit is of the two wheel variety, you're in luck — there's tons of bike parking outside the pizzeria.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Chico's Pizza Parlors s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
For the cheesiest, most delicious pie in town, pizza lovers claim that Chico's Pizza Parlors is at the top of the list.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Chico's Pizza Parlors, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
So enjoy a casual night out this weekend and treat yourself to a tasty pizza pie from Chico's Pizza Parlors.
Whether you're in the mood for a slice of pizza or a whole pizza pie, Chico's Pizza Parlors has you covered.
For tasty Mexican fare, Lynwood's La Palyitta Marissos is hard to top.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to La Palyitta Marissos' wifi.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — La Palyitta Marissos has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
If you need to feed a big crowd, La Palyitta Marissos also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
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.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at La Palyitta Marissos.
At La Palyitta Marissos, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
If you can't find time for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, check out the restaurant's late-night offerings that fans can't stop talking about.
When you treat yourself to a flavorful Mexican dish from La Palyitta Marissos, you will leave feeling satisfied and full.
For fast food in Lynwood's Lynwood neighborhood, check out the burger menu at McDonald's.
Feel satisfied but not stuffed with McDonald's' gluten-free and low-fat alternatives.
Free wireless Internet is also available at McDonald's, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
McDonald's will be able to accommodate your large party.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at McDonald's — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Whether you're heading to McDonald's for lunch or dinner, parking is always free in the adjacent lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at McDonald's.
Your turn to pay the bill? McDonald's' low prices make it easy to enjoy great food without relying on credit cards.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy McDonald's since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So next time you're hungry, pick up a quick and juicy burger at McDonald's.
Want all the flavor with none of the wait? Head on over to McDonald's today.
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.