Food & Drink

Where to get 30 LA dishes your hangover desperately needs right now

Published On 01/01/2015 Published On 01/01/2015
Jeff Miller
Flickr/John Liu
Manuel's El Tepyac
Stir Market
Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller
Bahn Mi My-Tho
Cooks CountyRestaurant
Dustin Downing
BCD Tofu
Little Jewel Of New Orleans
Dustin Downing
Johnnie's Pastrami
La Monarca
Blu Jam Cafe
26 Beach
Flickr/Stu Spivak
Fred 62
Lucy Lang
Plan Check
Flickr/Jorge Gonzalez
Fat Dog
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1. The Escondite 410 Boyd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

A dark-lit, off the beaten path, neighborhood dive bar with daily live music and an amazing burger menu.

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2. Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe 812 N Evergreen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Until his recent passing, the patriarch of El T would greet each customer with a shot of tequila. The recklessly generous hospitality continues to this day in the form of the monumental Manuel's Special, which was originally conceived to feed Cal State linebackers. It's a 5lb monster packed with deep-fried pork shoulder stewed in onions, green chile, and tomatoes.

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3. Ledlow 400 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

From Chef Josef Centeno, Ledlow is a bright and airy cafe in DTLA that takes American comfort food very seriously. Expect handmade pastas, small plates, and an insanely delicious burger (available as a single, double, or triple) at dinner, and next-level sweet and savory plates at brunch. The restaurant has a vintage sensibility that feels part European, part turn-of-the-century Californian.

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4. Stir Market 7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

A market-slash-restaurant-slash-great-to-go-spot! Stir Market's kitchen is run by our homeboy/that guy on Cutthroat Kitchen Jet Tila, who's overseeing a killer rotisserie and brunchy goodness like Moroccan baked eggs w/ merguez sausage, as well as gift-y artisanal of marinades, salts, and jellies.

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5. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles 1514 N Gower St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

There's one place, and one place only, to get chicken and waffles in southern California: Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles. Founded by a Harlem native on a mission to bring straight and simple soul food to LA, Roscoe's serves up miraculous plates of golden-hued fried chicken and crispy waffles. The menu is, of course, full of comfort combos like gravy-smothered chicken with biscuits and eggs-any-way breakfasts. The chain has multiple locations across the greater LA area, but the Hollywood one is in the center of it all.

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6. Republique 624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Republique hails from a crazy all-star team that includes the married chef duo Walter and Margarita Manzke -- who were among the most lauded in all of LA during their tenure at Downtown's Church and State -- and one of the restauranteurs behind Bestia and Sotto. Their 'tails and fare are definitely worth a weeks-in-advance res.

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7. Cofax Coffee Shop 440 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Although Cofax began as a coffee shop, it quickly became a big name in the donut game when it hired a next-level pastry chef, who's churning out creative flavors like honey sea salt, lemon pistachio, and spiced crumb.

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8. Barrel and Ashes 11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

For the best barbecue in Studio City, look no further than Barrel and Ashes. The family-style menu includes out-of-this-world Texas-style brisket, wings, and tri-tip, plus a gooey, buttery, hoecake for dessert. Add a friendly staff, communal tables, and boozy cocktails, and this spot is a go-to for a casual and beyond-satisfying dinner.

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9. Din Tai Fung 171 Caruso Ave, Glendale, CA 91210

Din Tai Fung has got it goin' on with their dim sum, pork soup dumplings, and just about every other menu item at this Glendale location.

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10. Banh Mi My Tho 304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

This cash-only Vietnamese sandwich shop in Alhambra serves up hefty banh mi filled with everything from grilled pork and veggies to fried eggs and pate, as well as tasty summer rolls made with vermicelli noodles and generous helpings of shredded pork. Banh Mi My-Tho is a tiny operation, and you'll likely have to eat your sandwich on a bench outside the shop, but the sub-$5 prices are too good to pass up.

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11. Cooks County 8009 Beverly Blvd , Los Angeles, CA 90048

Whether you're stopping in for hash or pancakes at brunch, heartier fare like bone marrow or duck sausage at dinner, or just want to get down with half-price drinks during the near-daily (Sunday-Thursday) happy hour, Cooks County is the county you want to be in.

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12. HomeState 4624 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This taco place is thriving on seven different, amazing breakfast tacos, as well as some delicious brisket-filled numbers.

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13. Carney's 8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Founded by a husband and wife duo in 1975, Carney's is the end-all-be-all for LA hot dogs. Rivaling Pink's, their unique sausages will bring you back down to Earth, all with a side of chili fries.

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14. Yuca's Taqueria 2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

While the tacos deservedly get lots of attention at this family-run stand, you can maximize your enjoyment by burrito-sizing that goodness. The machaca is fantastic, but the cochinita pibil burrito -- Yucatan-style, slow-roasted pork with citrusy achiote -- reigns supreme.

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15. Tsujita Annex 2014 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

A small noodle house known for their extra-thick broth.

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16. DK's Donuts & Bakery 1614 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

This always-open, trend-setting bakery slings some of the best donuts in LA. Don't believe us? Head over and try one of their kronuts. Or deep-fried waffles. Or, just any one of their colorful, confectionary creations.

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17. Johnnie's Pastrami 4017 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

Johnnie's Pastrami is a Southern California landmark that opened in 1952, with juke boxes on the counters and classic comfortable booths. This Culver City diner specializes in fat-rimmed, salty, hot pastrami meat sandwiches. Pick a song on the old-school mini jukebox, then grab the jus-dipped sandwich in your fist and go to town.

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18. Blu Jam 7371 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

The first plus is that street parking is easy to find. The second plus is that their brunch is pretty epic, and by epic we mean something you cannot miss. Indulge in their crispy French toast, breakfast quesadilla, or their stacked steak hash.

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19. 26 Beach 3100 Washington, Los Angeles, CA 90291

Here's a pro tip: When driving towards Marina Del Rey, all chain burger joints along Washington can be ignored -- it's 26 Beach you want. What outwardly appears to be a swanky, modern seafood restaurant is actually a funky little vintage eatery where goliath burgers dominate the menu (you still, however, can get a few seafood entrees here). Whether you go for the classic like The 26er or one of the other 30 more experimental creations, you'll have to throw manner aside to fit one of these towers in your mouth (and, most likely, your stomach.

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20. Sapp Coffee Shop 5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

If you're a fan of boat noodles and happen to be in Hollywood, you'll wanna check out this Thai-style coffee shop. Don't know what boat noodles are? No, problem. Still pop in for some Thai tea or coffee and some food that's anything but the norm.

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21. Fred 62 1850 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Fred 62 is a great late night diner doling out delicious, juicy burgers that're perfect after a long night out.

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22. Lucky Boy 531 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101

This fast food, cash-only joint is doling out some of the best breakfast burritos in the city.

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23. Plan Check 1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017

This sophisticated gastropub -- with a few locations across Los Angeles -- is acclaimed for its burgers, whiskey, and craft beer. The namesake Plan Check burger, topped with pickles, onions, and Americanized dashi cheese, is famous for its layer of Ketchup Leather, which is a square of dehydrated tomato paste that melts over the patty like a layer of cheese. Plan Check’s comfort food vibe makes for a hip and social ambience, complemented by tall communal tables and plenty of bar seating.

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24. Daikokuya 327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A mainstay in the ramen culture of LA (some may even argue that it started the trend), Daikokuya has been serving long lines of customers for years, satisfying them with its straightforward and scrumptious bowls of chewy noodles and rich broth, plus some stupid-good gyoza. Walk inside and you'll feel as though you've entered a bare-bones side-street shop in Tokyo. Slightly grungy and reverberating the sounds of loud Japanese orders and greetings, the space has red booths for you and your friends to squeeze into, and some counter seating, too.

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25. The Fat Dog 801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This West Hollywood hangout wouldn't be living up to its name if it didn't have a dog-friendly patio and glutenous American dishes in portions one could only describe as "challenging." Hot dogs and hamburgers piled high with pickles, onions, and potato chips are about the size of your head but go down smooth with a local craft beer from a rotating draft selection. Even the bloody Mary brunches exceed breakfast fantasies with cast iron baked eggs with house chorizo, short rib hash with poached eggs, and brioche bread pudding French toast with Nutella. Yes, please.