If you did last night right, you woke up with a throbbing headache, somewhere you don't recognize, with some sort of... something... on your... ugh!!! If you did last night WRONG, you woke up with a throbbing headache, somewhere you don't recognize, with some sort of... something... on your... ugh!!! Either way, you're gonna want to figure out what happened over one... or all... of these insanely great LA hangover foods.
What you're getting: Captain Kangaroo
Egg, gravy, bacon, burger, and OHMYGODIWANTITNOW.
What you're getting: Dim sum
Yes, there is better dim sum in the San Gabriel Valley. But that's not as close to your house. Or your mouth.
What you're getting: Burrito
It's the size of your arm (you have a big arm, right?) and it's covered in sauce. YES. YOU. CAN.
What you're getting: Mac & cheese croque
Look at that cheese. LOOK AT THAT CHEESE. LOOK AT THAT MAC & CHEESE.
What you're getting: Lemon-ricotta pancakes
And a side of bacon. Definitely a side of bacon.
What you're getting: Chicken & waffles
Be honest -- you'd have been VERY UPSET if there wasn't Roscoe's on this list. VERY UPSET.
What you're getting: Kimchi fried rice with egg
Kimchi fried rice with egg. Kimchi fried rice with egg. Kimchi fried rice with egg.
What you're getting: Breakfast burrito
They've got three things on the menu: perfect breakfast burritos, killer donuts, and super-good coffee. You'll get all three.
What you're getting: Meat platter
You slept in, and now it's lunch, and you can have an enormous platter of meat? No, you WILL have an enormous platter of meat.
San Gabriel Valley/Glendale
What you're getting: Soup dumplings
Does anything sound better than hot soup dumplings popping in your mouth right now? Nope.
What you're getting: Pork banh mi
Uh, charbroiled pork banh mi?? Yes, immediately.
What you're getting: Braised beef hash
Topped with a runny egg because, runny egg.
What you're getting: Breakfast tacos
The owners came to LA with the goal of making Texas-style breakfast tacos. They succeeded. You will thank them.
What you're getting: Hot dog-topped burger
When presented with the question, "Would you like to top your burger with a hot dog?", the answer is always "Yes".
What you're getting: Kimchi beef tofu soup
OMG soup that's bubbling and thick with tofu and meat and spicy and comes with kimchi and OMG.
What you're getting: Cochinita pibil burrito
Your stomach is going to be extremely happy. For at least a few hours.
What you're getting: Tsukemen
Look at that bowl. Picture it in your mouth. Yes. It is what you want. Go with that.
What you're getting: Fried shrimp po' boy
And it's a legit fried shrimp po' boy.
What you're getting: A Wonut
Holy waffle donut. With whatever toppings you want. Actually, it's un-holy. Because there's no hole. Get it? Whatever. Just eat it.
What you're getting: Pastrami sandwich
Oh man, it's sliced so thin, and it's so greasy, and the bread is so soft, and the fries are so crispy, and your stomach is so full, and you're suddenly feeling so better!
What you're getting: Mexican pastries
SO MANY MEXICAN PASTRIES. YOU WILL WANT THEM ALL. THERE ARE SO MANY.
What you're getting: Crunchy French toast
Crunchy French Toast is SO good. It's crunchy. It's French Toast. It's so good.
What you're getting: Breakfast sandwich
How will you decide between a massive breakfast sandwich, a crazy BBQ chicken breast, or a scramble with teriyaki? Maybe you won't! Maybe you'll eat them all!
What you're getting: Boat noodle soup
The classic hangover cure here is a soup full of innards -- like, literally, all the meats, and all the parts of all the meats -- but you can also get more standard Thai dishes, too, 'cause, uh, maybe you're not into tripe-ing.
What you're getting: Fried mac & cheese balls
Because fried mac & cheese balls. And breakfast. And you can have the fried mac & cheese balls on the side of your breakfast.
What you're getting: Breakfast burrito
If the guy yelling at you about WTF you want to get in your breakfast burrito ("ALL THE STUFF, PLEASE") from the window doesn't rouse you from your stupor, probably nothing can.
What you're getting: Pork belly hash
Uh, they have a brunch menu with pork belly & sweet potato hash with a fried egg. And amazing maple fried chicken. And extraordinary burgers. Score.
What you're getting: Chili Jumble and Pumpkin Spiced Waffle
You should go splitsies with someone. Because you have to get both.
What you're getting: Spicy miso ramen
Dat broth tho!
What you're getting: Chicken fried chicken breakfast pizza
Okay, so this thing doesn't technically exist on the menu, but 1) The Fat Dog has a breakfast pizza, and 2) it has chicken fried chicken. Make. It. Happen.
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1. The Escondite410 Boyd St, Los Angeles
2. Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe812 N Evergreen Ave, Los Angeles
3. Ledlow400 S Main St, Los Angeles
4. Stir Market7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
5. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles1514 N Gower St, Los Angeles
6. Republique624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles
7. Cofax Coffee Shop440 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
8. Barrel and Ashes11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
9. Din Tai Fung171 Caruso Ave, Glendale
10. Banh Mi My Tho304 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra
11. Cooks County8009 Beverly Blvd , Los Angeles
12. HomeState4624 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
13. Carney's8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
14. Yuca's Taqueria2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles
15. Tsujita Annex2014 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
16. DK's Donuts & Bakery1614 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica
17. Johnnie's Pastrami4017 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City
18. Blu Jam7371 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
19. 26 Beach3100 Washington, Los Angeles
20. Sapp Coffee Shop5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
21. Fred 621850 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles
22. Lucky Boy531 E Walnut St, Pasadena
23. Plan Check1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
24. Daikokuya327 E 1st St, Los Angeles
25. The Fat Dog801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
A dark-lit, off the beaten path, neighborhood dive bar with daily live music and an amazing burger menu.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This taco place is thriving on seven different, amazing breakfast tacos, as well as some delicious brisket-filled numbers.
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.
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.
A small noodle house known for their extra-thick broth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fred 62 is a great late night diner doling out delicious, juicy burgers that're perfect after a long night out.
This fast food, cash-only joint is doling out some of the best breakfast burritos in the city.
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.
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.
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.