LA’ s most iconic dishes: THE CLASSICS (part 1)

Los Angeles has one of the most exciting and influential dining scenes in the country. Since LA is a melting pot of so many different cultures and cuisines, contemporary LA chefs are creating globally inspired dishes that are already considered modern classics.

For generations, many dishes that were created in LA have become culinary icons, featured on menus across the country and around the world.

Here are classic LA dishes that have stood the test of time. Stay tuned for part 2!


The Donut Man is best know if it’s iconic fresh fruit donuts, especially the Fresh Strawberry Donut. The Strawberry Donut has been featured in countless times in local and national media. Most recently on the “Today” show and Food Network’s “The Best thing I Ever Ate”.  The San Gabriel Valley and more specifically the greater Glendora area was surrounded by strawberry farms. While picking up a donut one morning, a local farmer mentioned that he had plenty of strawberries and that Jim (co-owner) should come up with a way to use them. It took Jim a while to perfect what we now know as the Strawberry Donut. He says the key was finding the right balance of sweetness, due to how sweet all the components can be. It became an instant success and the customers fell in love with it.


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The Los Angeles Times refers to Roscoe’s as “such an L.A. institution that people don’t even question the strange combo anymore.” The New York Times refers to it as a “beloved soul food chain”. The original location in Hollywood remains popular with celebrities. The soul food chain’s signature chicken and waffles is a delicious mix of salty and sweet, featuring juicy fried chicken and massive waffles.

Phone: +13234667453


Philippe’s “French Dipped Sandwich” is the specialty of the house and consists of either roast beef, roast pork, leg of lamb, turkey, pastrami or ham served on a lightly textured, freshly baked French roll which has been dipped in the natural gravy of the roasts. Swiss, American, Cheddar, Monterey Jack or Blue cheese may be added. To accompany your sandwich, or sandwiches, they offer a tart, tangy coleslaw, homemade potato and macaroni salads, hard boiled eggs pickled in beet juice and spices, large Kosher style, sour dill or sweet pickles, black olives and hot yellow chili peppers. Philippe’s has been located in Los Angeles, CA since 1908 and at its current location on Alameda since 1951.

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According to Cole’s, founder Henry Cole dipped a French roll in jus because it was too hard for a customer with sore gums. There are some changes of the menu, so patrons can now order French Dips with lamb and goat cheese or French Dip sliders along with the classic options. One advantage that Cole’s has over its longtime rival: you can keep the night going at The Varnish, the award-winning speakeasy located in the back of Cole’s.


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The Dodger Dog is as much a part of attending a Dodger game as the national anthem or the seventh-inning stretch. It was created in 1962 by Thomas Arthur, the ballpark’s opening concessions manager. You can order your Dodger Dog steamed, but purists will usually opt for grilled, topped simply with a squirt of ketchup or Morehouse mustard. You can also try variations like the spicy Doyer Dog with jalepeños and salsa.


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Langer’s Delicatessen-Restaurant has been featured on countless television and newspaper accounts, served as a location in dozens of film productions, and is revered worldwide for its delicious pastrami, which is widely acknowledged by taste experts to be not only the best in Los Angeles, but surpassing that of legendary New York delicatessens, as well. The #19 is the restaurant’s most popular sandwich, made with hand-cut pastrami, coleslaw, Russian dressing and a slice of Swiss cheese on double-baked rye bread.

Phone: +12134838050


Pink’s Hot Dogs, Inc., a Hollywood landmark since 1939, this hot dog stand serves over 2000 hot dogs and 200 hamburgers a day. Pink’s was started in 1939 by Paul and Betty Pink. Today, the menu features 30 hot dogs, many named after celebrities and chefs like the Martha Stewart Dog (9″ stretch dog, relish, onions, bacon, chopped tomatoes, sauerkraut, sour cream) and the Emeril Lagasse Bam Dog (9″ stretch dog, mustard, onions, cheese, jalapenos, bacon, coleslaw).


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