Food & Drink

LA's 8 best non-traditional egg rolls (one has pastrami in it)

Published On 06/02/2014 Published On 06/02/2014

Since egg rolls all kind of taste the same, it's actually pretty hard to put together a list of the best ones in LA. Unless, of course, you only consider ones that're stuffed with something unexpected (pastrami, hot dog, cheesecake...?!), which is exactly what we decided to do. Here're the best non-traditional egg rolls in LA:

Del Frico's Grille

Del Frisco's Grille (click here for address and info)
Santa Monica
Someone had the genius idea of taking all of the things that make a Philly cheesesteak delicious (cheese and... um... steak), stuffing them in a wrapper, and deep-frying the guy. Like we said: genius.

Yelp user Jon N

Yaki's the Original Teriyaki Bowl (click here for address and info)
At some point in your life, you've probably thought, "What if someone took a hot dog, dipped it in cheese, wrapped the whole guy up in an egg roll wrapper, and deep-fried it"? The guys at Yaki's thought that too. The difference is, they actually did it.

Zach Brooks/Midtown Lunch

East Borough (click here for address and info)
Culver City
This Vietnamese bistro's become a go-to for interesting Asian dishes (pho banh mi and Brussels sprouts with octopus, FTW!), not the least-exciting of which is the roll, which is filled with classic lemongrass and far-more-interesting-than-classic grilled sausage on the inside.


Moe Deli (click here for info)
Various Locations
This truck-staurant rolls around on four wheels just throwing out a shton of amazing egg roll insanity. The Rueben's stuffed with coleslaw and pastrami (!!), while the Big Tuna's got fish and potato salad.

Yelp user Michael S

Louie's of Mar Vista (click here for address and info)
Mar Vista
This neighborhood favorite's got some island flavor in its Monte Cristo rolls; they're stuffed with 12-hour-roasted pork shoulder, then ALSO stuffed with ham and cabbage, fried in a lumpia wrapper, and served with spicy bang bang sauce.

E Is For Eat

North End Caffe (click here for address and info)
Manhattan Beach
Similar to Louie's, this South Bay spot is dropping Kalua pig in its Monte Cristo egg rolls too, but with some Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives cred.


Oliver's Prime Steakhouse (click here for address and info)
West Hollywood
At this new-ish steakhouse, dessert's deep-fried... and that means egg rolls stuffed with cheesecake. Yeah, seriously.


Tapenade (click here for address and info)
West LA
This usually Mediterranean spot's getting its Asian on with this sadly un-fried egg roll (fine, "Spring roll"), which nonetheless is deliciously stuffed with confit chicken and served with a sweeeeeet apricot jam.

Jeff Miller is Thrillist LA's Senior City Editor and thinks more things should be made in egg roll form (we're looking at you, pizza). Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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1. Del Frisco's Grille 1551 Ocean Ave. Suite 105, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

Del Frisco's caters to a social crowd with food and drink items made to share, including ahi tacos, lollipop chicken wings, and more than 500 regional wines from California and across the globe. The chophouse space -- patio included -- is wide enough to accommodate large groups, and notably large entrees, like the deep-fried Philly cheesesteak, and multiple flatbread options.

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2. Yaki's The Original Teriyaki Bowl 904 West Alameda Avenue, Burbank, CA 91506-2802

Yaki's is definitely original with their menu. You've got the normal teriyaki bowls, but perhaps the most well-known item is the Bulldog -- a hot dog wrapped in a Spring roll with cheese and mustard. Yum?

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3. East Borough 9810 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (Culver City)

This Vietnamese pho house is bringing the heat with delicious banh mis and grilled pork.

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4. North End Caffe 3421 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Sure, it’s tough to mess up a sandwich, but it’s also tough to come by a truly memorable one. North End Caffe’s are made with fresh, hearty, and made with quality ingredients, and the same goes for the salads, sandwiches, and burgers. NEC is best known for the Kahlua Pig Monte Cristo Egg Rolls, which got it featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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5. Oliver's Prime Steakhouse 8462 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

With sleek, modern accents, Oliver's fills out their digs inside the Grafton with stainless steel detailing, leather booths, and hard wood floors. Once they get you IN one of said leather booths, they'll serve you up classic surf n' turf options, plus creative takes, like a bison filet with a side of tangerine-and-snap-pea quinoa.

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6. Tapenade 11301 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (Culver City)

This Mediterranean hotspot is known for their lamb, bacon-wrapped dates, and delicious desserts -- but also head there for their generous happy hour.

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7. Louie's of Mar Vista 3817 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

A neighborhood joint in Mar Vista, Louie's has dellectable dishes that won't make you any healthier, but WILL give you a healthy appetite for more. Fill up on some of their Monte Cristo rolls, stuffed with 12-hour-roasted pork shoulder, ham, and cabbage, fried in a lumpia wrapper, and served with spicy bang bang sauce.



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