Food & Drink

Secret steaks and duck burritos: what to get off-menu in LA

Jeff Miller Published On 09/13/2013 Published On 09/13/2013
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Did you know you can walk into In-N-Out and order stuff that isn't even on the menu, or did we just BLOW YOUR MIND? Oh... you knew that already, huh? Everyone knows that, you say? Well, FINE. But thankfully there's more to LA's off-menu action than just animal style. Here are some of the tastiest bites for those in the know:

Petty Cash

Chilaquiles, Petty Cash
Sit down at the bar at Walter Manzke's lauded taqueria after 11p on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, and they'll gladly bestow you with a totally-free order of chilaquiles -- essentially, breakfast nachos -- loaded up with an ever-changing choice of protein, along with plenty of cheese, cilantro, and sauce.

Short Order

Duck Confit Breakfast Burrito, Short Order
The Farmers Market-adjacent burger-and-cocktail joint's got a weekend brunch with this secret number: a huge burrito stuffed with duck confit, aged cheddar and Landaff cheeses, poblanos, potatoes, avocado, pico de gallo, and "golden fertile eggs", which makes sense, because you're definitely gonna feel like you've got a food baby when it's all done.


Secret Steak, Cecconi's
Beverly Hills
"Cecconi's?" you may be saying to yourself. "They have great pasta and fish, but... steak?" Yes. They do. Just order the secret steak, and they'll hit you with a grass-fed beef cut of their choice -- usually a porterhouse or double filet, served w/ roast potatoes and a morel sauce.

Plan Check

Pastrami Fries, Plan Check
West LA
Never on the menu, but forever in your heart (seriously, the effects of these things will linger), these spuds're fried in tallow and topped with pastrami bits, pastrami gravy, melted Swiss, and, much to John Bobbit's chagrin, chopped pickles.

Fritzi Dog

Scrap Yard Dog, Fritzi Dog
This work of evil genius tops a humble hot dog with Tillamook cheddar, jalapenos, grilled onions, tater tots, Buffalo aioli, and Sriracha ketchup. It may have scrap in the name, but it's a lock that there won't be a single one left.

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1. Petty Cash Taqueria 7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Petty Cash is an upscale taqueria on Beverly.

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2. Short Order 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

This indoor/outdoor burger slinger serves up gourmet patties, man-meal salads, and an array of sides you'll have a tough time choosing from. Definitely top your meal off with a shake -- boozy or straight -- and prepare to loosen that belt. The seasonal menu is crafted by emphasizing locally raised, organic, artisanal and handmade products.

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3. Cecconi's 8764 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

This London transplant's an upscale Italian bistro (glass chandeliers, plush tufted leather banquettes) with subtle hints of '50s ice cream parlor (stationary purple barstools). The food is delicious, but the real star of the show is the build-your-own-but-they'll-still-make-it Bloody Marys at brunch, with tons of house-picked veggies, spices, and boozes to choose from.

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4. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar 1800 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

Southern-inspired pub fare in vibrant flavors and colors. This location once housed a liquor store, so serving spirits is in their blood.

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5. Fritzi Dog 6333 W. 3rd St. (at Fairfax), Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Not just how Randy Jackson describes his hair on rainy days, Fritzi Dog is a Farmer's Market stand doling out fully customizable hot dogs in various iterations, all, um, iterated by insanely-accoladed chef Neal Fraser, who's usually known more for white tablecloths than yellow mustard. Choose between 3 different varieties of dogs, then pick your bun - there's even pretzel and guten-free varieties. (Pretzel?!) Hawt-diggity-dawg!