1. The Bagel Broker7825 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
2. Taix French Restaurant1911 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
3. Sonny McLean's Irish Pub2615 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
4. The Anchor235 Main St, Los Angeles
5. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica
6. Doughboys8136 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
7. Prime Pizza446 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
8. The Grill on the Alley9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills
Fresh, piping hot bagels are traditionally known as a NYC favorite but The Bagel Broker has been serving them up in LA's Fairfax district since 1987. This family carbotoreum has 18 different flavors of bagels and one bialy. (Want a schmear with that?)
At almost 80, this Silver Lake restaurant's an institution, with dishes straight from the French country from which its eponymous family emigrated: ratatouille, les salades niçoises, Croques Monsieurs. Plus, on Fridays only, it serves up thick, white chowder just swimming with chewy goodness -- and then promptly runs out, because everyone wants some.
From Irish ale to pear cider, fish & chips to the brilliantly deep-fried, slaw-abetted fried Ipswich clams, this divey Santa Monica sports bar brings LA a bit of Ireland as well as a bit of Irish America -- its namesake owner ended up here only after living in Country Cork as well as Boston. No surprise the logo's "who says you're 3,000 miles away?"
The Anchor is a cozy, Main St eatery where you can satisfy your cravings for East Coast-style seafood favorites (their lobster roll, with barely-there mayo on toasted King's Hawaiian rolls, may be the best in the city) along with an intensely curated beer list.
Slinging sandwiches in Santa Monica since the 1920s, Bay Cities is responsible for masterpieces like The Godmother, a sub made with basically every Italian cured meat, Provolone cheese, and the works (mustard, mayo, Italian dressing, onions, pickles, tomato, and lettuce). More than just a sandwich specialist, the shop also serves prepared pastas like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and stuffed shells. While the counter crew assembles your order, browse through the grocery section that's stocked with imported Italian specialities.
This classic, monster-portion cafe features eats like, aptly, The Monster (open-faced grilled focaccia w/ Swiss, onions, mushrooms, roast beef, and horseradish sauce), red flannel hash (braised beef, potato, sweet potato, onion, and roasted beet topped w/ eggs), and the 3-cheese grilled cheese/tomato soup "After-School Special".
What if we were to tell you that the guys behind LA's best burger (at Golden State), best BBQ (at Bludso's), and best breakfast burrito (at Cofax) opened a NY-style pizza slice shop? You'd want to go to there, right? Well, that's what we're telling you. Tally ho.
There are plenty of great crab cakes all over Los Angeles, but this oft-overlooked classic restaurant makes them just loose enough, just breaded enough, and just buttery enough to project them just that far enough over the competition. And that's the same approach the steakhouse takes with all its dishes (not least the steak), making it a classy spot for trusty American classics.