Food & Drink

LA's 11 best grown-up versions of your favorite childhood snacks

Published On 10/17/2014 Published On 10/17/2014
Semi Sweet Bakery
Plan Check
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Superba Food and Bread
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Acabar
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Old School Eatery
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1. Barton G 861 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Best known for some of its sweet treats, Barton G. delivers a miniature cart of churros to your table -- teamed with spicy hot chocolate and rolled in sugar and spice (Szechuan pepper, star anise, cloves, cinnamon) these fried fritters pack some serious heat. As a whole, the spot specializes in all that is whimsical. From the magical realism of their decor to their use of each plate as a canvas, time spent at Barton G is as full of satiation as is it inspiration.

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2. Semi Sweet Bakery 105 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Downtown)

Just as its name suggests, this Downtown bakery delivers the decadence of baked goods without going over the top with oversaturated sugar. Pastry chef Sharlena Fong spends every morning in her small blue shop whipping up cookies, miniature cakes, a couple of breakfast sandwiches, and -- most notably -- her signature Ding-A-Lings, essentially a next-level Ding Dong made with fluffy cake, creamy frosting, and chocolate ganache shells.

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3. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar 351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (West Hollywood)

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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4. Okrumong 3801 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (Koreatown)

Okrumong, one of K-town’s favorite sweet spots, serves up a colorful variety of shaved ice with classy golden bowls and spoons. Pro-tip: top it, in traditional Korean style, with a side of red beans.

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5. Superba Food + Bread 1900 S Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Spearheaded by Bread and Pastry Director Carlos Enriquez, Superba is a bright and spacious spot offering up treats from an everything croissant (!) to kouign amann to avocado toast on house-baked bread. Don't roll your eyes just yet -- the avocado toast here is actually some of the best in the city. No matter what you put on Superba's bread, you'll find yourself craving more after each bite, so be sure to take some home with you. And don't forget to pick up a Nutella banana pop tart and a bag of bombolini, too.

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6. Saint Martha 740 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005 (Koreatown)

The guys from TART and Farmer’s Daughter opened up this resto in Koreatown. It's got a great wine selection, seasonal brews, and awesome eats.

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7. Lark Cake Shop 3337 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Silverlake)

This Silver Lake bakery uses Dutch cocoa powder and California butter to bring you the best in baked goods. Not to be missed: the chocolate mousse cupcake. Dense chocolate cake with a whipped cream filling: need we say more?

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8. Acabar 1510 N Stanley, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (Hollywood)

Nosh on modern-Moroccan eats -- lamb meatballs with hummus & marmalade, 'tails from the Picca folks -- at this luxe, loungey Hollywood resto.

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9. The Must 117 Winston St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

The Must is... a must (sorry, we had to). Sign up for their pork pie, delicious French fries, and delicious tater tots. You won't regret it.

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10. Old School Eatery 975 N Michillinda Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107 (Pasadena)

This Pasadena retro spot brings you back to the good ol’ days. Their house-made corndog “lollipops” are served up with quality mustard and pair quite nicely with the bacon cronut burger. Yeah, you heard right.

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11. Firefly Studio City 11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

This laid-back, Studio City bar is most famous for stirring up its very own infused alcohols (think jalapeño-pineapple tequila, apple-vanilla-cinnamon bourbon), which the bartenders happily use to concoct custom cocktails. Dinner eats include gussied up American classics, like free-range chicken with bacon and honey dates.