Tatsu Ramen
Mao's Kitchen
Pellicola Pizzeria
Brite Spot
Swingers
Mel's Drive-In
Bob's Big Boy
El Chato
Johnnie's Pastrami
Urban Masala
Kyochon
Brother's Fries and Pies
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1. Pellicola Pizzeria 421 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057 (Downtown)

The 213 LA guys (who are behind some of LA’s best bars, including the Varnish and Seven Grand) seem to always get it right, and this downtown pizzeria is no exception. Pellicola serves pizzas by the slice or by the pie, and flavors range from simple pepperoni to loaded vegetarian. It's open late every night (1am Sunday-Wednesday, 3am Thursday-Saturday), and black-and-white Italian movies are projected on a big screen nightly, so you'll likely want to sit and stay a while. Come extra hungry though -- Pellicola makes must-try Nutella dessert pies.

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2. Kyochon Chicken 3833 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (Koreatown)

This Korean mini chain specializes in fried chicken like you've never tasted before. The simple numbered menu features a fried whole chicken, rice bowls, and salad (both topped with chicken, of course), but you're really there for the mind-blowing wings, all of which are double-fried in canola oil. You should definitely get an order of the feverishly hot, signature soy garlic wings, but you'll also want an order of the extra-brittle sweet honey ones for full wing exposure. The basic strip mall outpost on W 6th Street is open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

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3. Tatsu Ramen 2123 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

This Sawtelle noodle house has got a think for tonkotsu ramen -- they make is fresh every day and let it marinate for a solid 12 hours so it's rich, hearty, and flavorful by the time it's put in your bowl, which you've no-doubt customized with simmered pork, garlic, corn, mushrooms, and eggs. For those that don't know where to start, a speciality bowl with a quirky name like Hippie Ramen, Naked Ramen, and Cheeky Ramen should point in the right direction.

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4. Mao's Kitchen 1512 Pacific Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Three things you need to know about this Chinese restaurant in Venice: 1) it's a Chinese restaurant in Venice, 2) it's open until 3am on weekends, and 3) get ANY of the noodle dishes.

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5. Brite Spot Diner 1918 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

Eastsiders have been hitting up this Echo Park staple for years for whiskey headache-curing comestibles like the gravy-smothered buttermilk biscuit sammie with fried chicken and bacon.

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6. Bossa Nova 7181 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This Brazilian wheelhouse of seriously good food has some of the greatest cuts of meat, strong 'tails, and great service.

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7. Johnnie's Pastrami 4017 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230 (Culver City)

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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8. Urban Masala 6554 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This random Indian joint on Hollywood Blvd has tons of great options for the drunchies. We reccommend the chicken tikka-stuffed naan wraps and tasty beef curry.

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9. Brothers' Pies n' Fries 36 W Colorado Blvd #5, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Pasadena)

This Old Town joint is run by three brothers who make sweet pies in tons of different styles. Plus their fries come with "optional" malt vinegar making them a must-try.

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10. Mel's Drive-In 14846 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Open until 3am on Friday and Saturday, Mel's is a great spot to soak up your late-night boozing, or stop in for a hearty breakfast to start your day.

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11. Bob's Big Boy 4211 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505

Open 24 hours, this Big Boy's got you covered with double-decker burgers and bacon-flecked Belgian waffles any time of day.

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