Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. The Apple Pan10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
2. Billingsley's11326 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
3. The Polo Lounge9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills
4. Brent's Deli19565 Parthenia St, Northridge
5. Spago Beverly Hills176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills
6. Dan Tana's9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
7. Pacific Dining Car1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles
8. Tam O'Shanter2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles
9. Du-par's6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
10. Musso & Frank Grill6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood
This West LA diner has been serving burgers, pie, and classic American sandwiches at its U-shaped counter since 1947. Not much has changed about The Apple Pan since it opened: the registers are mechanical, the cooks wear soda jerk paper hats, and the red counter stools are still intact. Thankfully, the menu is pretty much the same too, and the signature Hickoryburger, Steakburger, and banana cream pie are as popular as ever. Fun fact: Diner chain Johnny Rockets is modeled after The Apple Pan.
Glenn Billingsley Sr. opened the West Los Angeles location about 1946 as Billingsley's Golden Bull. The under-the-radar steakhouse on Pico has some pretty good food and is open for lunch and dinner.
Tucked away in the Beverly Hills Hotel, The Polo Lounge is an iconic restaurant in on Sunset Blvd. with Old Hollywood glitz and glamor. The elegant art-deco theme of the hotel carries through to the restaurant and its pink,floral-heavy patio. With over 75 years of service under its belt, The Polo Lounge remains at capacity on a daily basis, full of Hollywood hotshots and industry movers and shakers. You’re here to see and to be seen, but also to enjoy the classic American dishes that have aided in making the landmark restaurant what it is today.
Brent's has free WiFi! Oh, and they also have some of the best sandwiches you'll ever taste, which are absolutely loaded with delicious meats and cheeses and served fresh every day, not to mention a full breakfast menu and other non-sandwich related offerings.
Spago is the Wolfgang Puck restaurant that started it all. Synonymous with Southern Californian cuisine, the restaurant first opened in 1982 on the Sunset Strip before decamping to posher environs on Beverly Hill's North Canon Drive in 1997. Throughout the years and various chefs, Spago has consistently maintained Puck's brand of California cooking, which calls for the use of local ingredients in European- and Asian-inspired dishes. If you want to know what (upscale) Californian food tastes like, this is where you'll find out. And you might see some celebrities while you're at it.
Dan Tana's has been around for 50 years and counting, largely due to its family-oriented, intimate environment -- and the fact that it offers up classic Italian dishes like chicken Parm and linguine with clams. It's also open until 1am Monday-Saturday, and until 12:30am on Sundays!
Open since 1921, Pacific Dining Car in Downtown LA (it has a second location in Santa Monica) is a timeless steakhouse that's open 24 hours. The best part about the standard chophouse menu is that you can get a quality filet mignon at 3am, and an extra late-night menu features diner-style eats like egg specials and reuben sandwiches. The 1950s-style decor is outdated in a charming way and you definitely get the sense that the place was hoppin' in its heyday.
Part of the Lawry's family, Tam O'Shanter is an old-world Scottish tavern in Atwater Village with storybook-reminiscent architecture. The traditional pub menu includes haggis (be bold, it's the national dish of Scotland), plus more universally appealing plates like prime rib and fish & chips. The "Toad in the Hole" is a Tam O'Shanter signature, made of filet mignon, Yorkshire pudding, carrots, onions, mushrooms, and Guinness gravy. Have it with a pint of Guinness... or really any beer, and enjoy the bar's aged charm.
This is the original Farmer's Market-adjacent outlet, famous for pancakes, classic sandwiches, and delicious pies, plus their late hours.
This old-school steakhouse has been frequented by the who's-who of Hollywood for years. When a restaurant that doubles as a historical landmark employs bartenders who’ve worked there longer than you’ve been alive, this is a true Hollywood staple. The steakhouse, right in the heart of the most touristy section of arguably the most touristy city in the world, has been virtually unchanged since the days when the Rat Pack spent their off-time there, dining on prime rib and sipping martinis.