The 100 Most Iconic Dishes in Los Angeles

You might think you’ve tried them all. You haven’t.
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If you’re a true foodie, you will know many of these. The Godmother from Bay Cities. The Chopped Salad from La Scala. The Prime Rib from Lawry’s. Beautifully perennial classics that are quintessentially Los Angeles. We can all agree on this.

BUT!

The internal fighting about what made it to the final 100 was heated and brutal. Creating a list like this was a constant battlefield, because we had to dig deep and figure out what “iconic” really means. Is it just something all of us like and keep coming back to? Does it have to be truly delicious? Can we include chains, or are we selling our souls? In any case, whether you’ve lived in Los Angeles for years, or you just arrived with a suitcase and a dream, these dishes, truly, should all be enjoyed at least once in your life. In no particular order…

1. French Dip Sandwich, Philippe’s

Chinatown

2. Mediterranean Gem Salad, Sycamore Kitchen

Fairfax

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3. Pho, Golden Deli

Alhambra (temporarily closed until Feb 4)

4. Chicken Noodle Soup, Greenblatt’s Deli

West Hollywood

5. Ice Cream Sandwich, Diddy Riese

Westwood

6. Green Tea Matcha Latte, Urth Caffe

Multiple Locations

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7. Dodger Dog, Dodger Stadium

Elysian Park

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8. Edible Espresso Cup, Alfred Coffee

Multiple Locations

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9. Macaron from Bottega Louie

Downtown L.A.

10. Seasonal Strawberry Donut, The Donut Man

Glendora

11. Animal Style Fries, In-N-Out

Multiple Locations

 

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12. Classic Chili Cheese Dog, Pink’s

West Hollywood

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13. Sweet Potato Tacos, Guerilla Tacos

Food Truck, check site for locations

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14. The Office Burger, Father’s Office

Santa Monica & Culver City

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15. Shrimp Tacos, Mariscos Jalisco

Boyle Heights

16. Short Rib Tacos, Kogi

Food Truck, check site for locations

17. The Hollenbeck Burrito, El Tepeyac Cafe

East LA

 

18. The Rattlesnake and Rabbit Bratwurst, Wurstküche

Venice & DTLA

19. The Original #19, Langer’s Deli

MacArthur Park

20. The Fairfax, Eggslut

Grand Central Market (DTLA), Venice & Glendale

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21. Red Velvet Froyo, Yogurt Stop

West Hollywood

22. Bacon Wrapped Street Dog, Streets of L.A.

Various Locations

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23. Mexican Hot Chocolate, Cacao Mexicatessen

Eagle Rock

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24. Chirashi Lunch Special, Sushi Gen

Little Tokyo/DTLA

25. Sweet Potato Fries (with peach ketchup), Plan Check

Multiple Locations

26. Rice Krispy Treat Cookies, Stella Barra

Santa Monica & Hollywood

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27. Pastrami Sandwich, Canter’s Deli

Fairfax

28. Twist Cone, CVT Soft Serve

Food Truck, Check their twitter for location

29. Chocolate Lava Cake, Chart House

Marina Del Rey & Redondo Beach

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30. The #9 (aka Obama Special), Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

Hollywood, Pasadena, Inglewood, & Anaheim

31. Banana Cream Pie, The Apple Pan

Santa Monica

32. Matzo Ball Soup from Canter’s Deli

West Hollywood

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33. White Pizza with Ricotta and Pesto, Vito’s

West Hollywood

34. The LA Woman Pizza, Jon & Vinny’s

Fairfax

35. The Flaming Margarita, El Compadre

Hollywood

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36. Carne Tacos, La Estrella

Highland Park

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37. Chubby Pork Belly Bowl, Chego

Chinatown

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38. Fennel Sausage Pizza, Pizzeria Mozza

Hancock Park

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39. The Ten-Pound Pancakes, The Pantry

Downtown

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40. Plain Cake Donut, Bob’s Coffee & Donuts

Beverly Grove

41. Spicy Godmother, Bay Cities

Santa Monica

 

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42. Galbi, Soot Bull Jeep

Koreatown

43. Soup Dumplings, Din Tai Fung

Multiple Locations

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44. Tarna Wrap, Zankou

Multiple Locations

45. Vegan Cookie Dough, The Bigg Chill

West LA

46. Guava Cheese Pastry, Porto’s

Burbank, Glendale & Downey

47. Original Chopped Salad, La Scala

Beverly Hills & Brentwood

48. Chicken Shawarma Baguette Sandwich, Falafel Arax

Glendale & Hollywood

49. Trust Me, Sugarfish

Multiple Locations

50. Charcuterie Board, Bestia

Arts District 

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