Food & Drink

The Best Late-Night Food -- Near Where You'll Be Drinking

Published On 09/22/2016 Published On 09/22/2016
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Atwater Village

El Flamin’ Taco

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EFT knows exactly who they’re catering to, as you’ll find the truck (open till 3am every day and 4am on weekends) nestled into the gas station parking lot between The Griffin, The Roost, and Bigfoot Lodge. If you want more than the standard tacos/burritos fare, go ahead and dive into some asada fries or one of the huaraches.

Canter's Deli

Beverly Grove/Mid Wilshire

Canter’s

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Science has proven that yes, pastrami does in fact taste better after last call. This LA deli legend is open 24/7, so when you hit it up after a beautiful night at the Kibitz Room, you might forget all about whatever that Langer’s place is.

Il Tramezzino

Beverly Hills

Il Tramezzino

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This mini-chain has become an LA fave thanks to high-quality/still affordable Italian classics, like a full espresso bar, salads, and paninis. Go for any of their prosciutto grilled sandwiches (like the Special, with brie and cantaloupe, or the Classico, with roma tomato and buffalo mozzarella). The best part? You have two full hours to make it there on Fridays and Saturdays after last call, since they close at 4am.

Bob's Big Boy

Burbank

Bob’s Big Boy

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Bob’s has been serving the same classics 24 hours a day for 50+ years, so that should let you know just how well it works. Get the Classic Big Boy combo, which includes a burger -- a classic diner-style burger with two all-beef patties and the standard fixin's, plus their homemade red relish -- with fries and a side salad. You might just be in a good enough mood to take a picture with the Big Boy himself.

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Culver City

Johnnie’s Pastrami

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Soppy, juicy, hot, and perfect. Johnnie’s is open till 2:30am on Wednesday and Thursday, and 3:30am on the weekends, so you’ve got some time to get up in paper-thin pastrami packed with mustard (pro tip: it’s even more perfect when you dunk it in the jus). Double pro tip: cash only!

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Downtown

LA Cafe

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LA Cafe gets PACKED when the DTLA bars close, but that shouldn’t stop you at all. The 24/7 slew of breakfast sandwiches you can get your hands on are pretty unstoppable, like the “Tex Mex,” with scrambled eggs, carne asada, cheddar, and salsa or the probably-loved-by-Guy-Fieri “Kitchen Sink,” with scrambled eggs, cheddar, bacon, ham, and mushrooms.

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Eagle Rock

Original Tommy’s Hamburgers

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No matter what burger chain you feel allegiance to, one thing is undeniable: Tommy’s is an LA institution, and so is that chili. The double chili cheeseburger is the way to go, with all beef patties, real cheese, chopped onions, big beefsteak tomatoes, and smothered, obviously, in Tommy’s famous chili.

Echo Park

Burrito King

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Burrito King is open till 3am, and is just down the block from Mohawk Bend. Bonus: you’ll feel like an actual king when you spend only $5.54 on three tacos and a soda or $6 on a supreme burrito.

Encino

The Spot

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Persian food, late-night snacks, hookah, and, uh, sushi, after a night at the new Surly Goat? Yeah, The Spot serves all of that until 3am during the week and 4am on the weekends.

Isa Japanese

Hancock Park/Miracle Mile

Isa Japanese Restaurant

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You can party with tasty treats like until 4am at ISA, which is close enough to Little Bar and Busby’s East to be a savior. If you’re with a group, go nuts and split some snacks like agedashi tofu, spicy tuna & crispy rice, and grilled saury. Flying solo? No worries, Isa can set you up with some specialty dishes like creamy ramen or Japanese chicken curry.

Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine

Hollywood

Bossa Nova

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It always seems like Hollywood bars just feed into late-night Hollywood restaurants, and this Brazilian standby -- open until 4am -- is no exception. Bossa Nova’s portions are huge, so bring your appetite/triumphant spirit/eye of the tiger. You’ll definitely want to grab a plate, with your choice of chicken, fish, or steak and three sides (one of which will unquestionably be fried plantains).

Koreatown

BCD Tofu House

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There are myriad late-night options in K-town, but Korean tofu stew (yes, they add meat to it too) is exactly what a blurry body needs. Don’t be adverse to the idea of tofu as a main course; it’s thick, soft, and burrata-like in its texture. The restaurant also loads you up with all the delicious banchan you want, too; Koreans know that kimchi definitely helps with the morning after.

Fred 62

Los Feliz

Fred 62

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Hit Fred’s for a slightly upscale edge from the the other diners you’ll find in the Dresden-adjacent ‘hood (like House of Pies across the street). Fred 62 has an absurd menu, with everything from Vietnamese noodles, to bacon and eggs, to tuna melts. The Strawberry Beret -- aka your choice of French toast, pancakes, or a waffle with whipped cream and strawberries -- is as close to griddley perfection as it gets.

North Hollywood

El Tauro Tacos

The El Tauro truck cruises through NoHo till 3am offering typical taco truck goodness. What El Tauro also offers, though, are grand slams like fish tacos, Buffalo wings, and even empanadas -- perfect stumbling distance from North Hollywood hotspots like The Federal, The Brickyard, and The Good Nite.

Pasadena

Viva Tacos La Estrella

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Lucky Boy closes at 2am, so if you’re hanging out in Old Town, does that mean you’re done for? Not so, because Viva is serving 24 hours a day, which means carne asada fries, menudo, and chile rellenos for your eating pleasure. Viva also does a pretty excellent breakfast burrito, so, Lucky-who?

Swingers Diner

Santa Monica

Swingers

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Location of the awkward “morning after” scene from Knocked Up, Swingers is a total iconic Santa Monica spot, open till 3am from Thursday to Saturday. The French toast is money, as is the bacon, and boom, they even do an open-faced hot turkey Thanksgiving sandwich.

Sherman Oaks

Crave

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Everybody can do late-night breakfast food, but not just everybody can do late-night crepes. If you’re out in the Valley, Crave has your sweet tooth covered with crepes full of cinnamon, sugar, Nutella, and fresh berries. If that’s not your move, you can always do one of the savory crepes, which range from savory ingredients like spinach and and mushrooms all the way up to not-so-medium-savory ingredients like beef-grilled mozzarella and salmon. Or you can skip it all and get bacon and eggs. Your call.

Silver Lake

Gus’s Lunch Box

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You’ll find Gus’s posted up outside the Cha Cha and Red Lion in Silver Lake most nights until 3am. The California burrito is practically designed for your post-last call butt, packed with your choice of meat, rice, beans, onions, cilantro, lettuce, tomatoes, guac, and yep, French fries. You get your choice of hot sauce too, and unless you are the Spice Master Supreme, you better think twice before ordering the hottest one they have.

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South Bay

The Kettle

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If you’ve had a full night of Manhattan Beach bars, The Kettle is a worthy stop after everything’s closed. Friendly staff and diner classics 24 hours a day make The Kettle one of the South Bay’s best late night options by far. And so does the Blue Crab Omelette. That helps too.

Du-par's Restaurant & Bakery Studio City

Studio City

Du-Par’s

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A lot of people say that Du-Par’s fries up the best pancakes in LA, and a lot of people are on to something. Pancake lovers flock from near and far to taste ‘em, especially with that homemade boysenberry jam. Each ‘cake is huge, fluffy, and probably sent from the actual heavens above. When can you acquire these miracle snacks, you ask? All day & all night, of course.

Thai Town

Hollywood Thai

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OK, you could argue that Thai Town is either an extension of Hollywood or Los Feliz if you want to be a stickler but who cares: there are tons of late-night options right around the corner from Harvard and Stone -- and this one’s both open till 4am and has a staff that sings Thai karaoke... till 4am. Just don’t try to grab the mic yourself, or you’ll have to ignore the extremely disapproving looks as you decimate your Pad Thai.

Van Nuys

Krua Thai Restaurant

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There’s no mistaking the craving for noodles after leaving The Scene or The Tonga Hut; good thing Krua’s Pad See Ew is top-notch, and stuffed full of egg, black soy sauce, Chinese broccoli, and your choice of protein. It goes quite well with Pad Thai, or Tom Kha, or pretty much anything else your Thai-loving heart desires. And we all know Thai iced tea makes you go big and strong, right?

Venice

Munch

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Of course, Hinano is Venice’s sorta late-night food of choice -- but if you miss last call there, head to Munch for guilty-pleasure snack food until 2:30am. Munch’s all-too-rare chicken Parm sandwich guaranteed to put you in your happy place, as well as crowd-pleasing bites like tacos, sliders, and fresh-baked cookies.

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West Hollywood

Astro Burger

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Open till 3am on weekdays and 4am on weekends, Astro is the greasy burger/melt/dog/gyro (yep, gyros) that you want post Boys Town raging. There will be a hefty line, but you are of sound mind and body, and you can handle it. And there’s a jukebox at each table to help you handle it, also.

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West LA

Tatsu

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Thought the only Tatsu was in Hollywood? You thought wrong! The iPad-ordering-system ramen spot on Sawtelle is open till 3am from Thursday to Saturday, so take advantage of Tatsu’s Soul Ramen (homemade tonkatsu broth) or Bold Ramen (black garlic tonkatsu). And if you live the unfortunate life of being gluten-free, they’ll take good care of you with their gluten-free noodles.

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Westwood

Fat Sal’s Deli

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It’s all in the name. Fat Sal’s gives nary a single care to cholesterol, and serves up beastly sandwiches for UCLA’s sloppy denizens, like roast beef packed with mozzarella sticks and cheeseburgers with onion rings. How could a human being ever say no to that?

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1. Canter's Delicatessen 419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

New York City has a lot of things that other cities don’t, like sidewalks perpetually lined with garbage, Michelin-rated restaurants that serve dinner at 2am, and authentic Jewish delis. Canter's Deli has been providing Angelenos with a little slice of New York hospitality since 1931. The 24-hour diner is a landmark institution that draws celebrities and plebs alike for smoked fish, chopped liver, pastrami on rye, matzo ball soup, and more. The bagels might not be as good as they are in New York, but that's not Canter's fault.

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2. Il Tramezzino 454 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (Beverly Hills)

One in a mini-chain, Il Tramezzino is a sunny Beverly Hills cafe that attracts celebrities (Lindsay Lohan) and non-celebrities (not Lindsay Lohan) alike for its top-notch but reasonably priced Italian cuisine, focusing on specialty paninis. You really can't go wrong with any of the paninis on the menu, but the prosciutto grilled sandwiches are favorites, particularly the Special (brie and cantaloupe) and the Classico (roma tomato and buffalo mozzarella). There's a full espresso bar, a handful of pasta dishes, and a lengthy list of salads, too. No matter what you choose, always go for a sidewalk table.

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

This retro sandwich shop has been a landmark in Culver City since the '50s, offering fans late-night guilty pleasures in the form of hearty sandwiches for decades. Right away, you'll spot the old-school sign out front, and the throwback style continues on the inside, where you'll find tiny jukeboxes at the booths and a cash-only policy. It's packed with locals throughout the day, but many come in at midnight or later after imbibing to indulge in classic shaved pastrami sandwiches and chili fries. The pastrami is warm, super-thin, and piled high.

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5. LA Café 639 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Downtown)

This causal, counter-serve cafe has become a downtown favorite for its 24/7 breakfast, which is especially popular when the DTLA bars close and carbs become essential. The menu has tons of breakfast sandwich options, including the Tex Mex with scrambled eggs, carne asada, cheddar, and salsa. And then there are the juicy signature burgers. The move here is the Dojo, a fresh daily-ground chuck burger on brioche bun with jack cheese, crispy bacon, tomato, kizami koja red ginger, tonkatsu sauce, and wasabi mayo. Add a fried sunny egg and call it breakfast. Looking to grab and go? From-scratch baked goods like croissants, muffins, and cookies fill the counter, too.

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6. Original Tommy's Hamburgers 2575 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057 (Westlake)

Ignore all the imitators -- this is THE original location of THE Original Tommy's. Get the double chili cheeseburger (or two or three) with chili cheese fries and never look back.

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7. Burrito King 2109 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Echo Park)

This tiny, unassuming taco stand in Echo Park might not be much to look at, but its high-quality Mexican food reigns supreme in the neighborhood, attracting crowds of locals into the wee hours of the night. There are tacos, enchiladas, and even breakfast specials, but considering the name of this classic spot, the thing to order here is one of the dense and hearty burritos. These flour tortillas can come loaded with flavorful ingredients like chicken, carne asada, beans and cheese, or carnitas, and there's a veggie option for the meat-free customers, too. Prepare for a food coma after stuffing your face with one of these, which is actually convenient if you're coming here at 3am and planning to collapse in bed afterward anyway.

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8. The Spot 17200 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

This laid-back yet upscale strip-mall spot in Encino offers what might seem like a strange trio of specialities, but actually makes for a tasty triple-threat: hookah, Persian food, and sushi. Open 'til 3am during the week and 4am on weekends, The Spot is usually packed with groups of young friends puffing and passing hookah pipes, and sating their late-night cravings with a variety of tender kebabs and sushi rolls supplied by LA's Dojo Sushi.

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9. ISA Japanese Restaurant 916 S LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Hancock Park)

Situated next to a large, bright-yellow car wash, you might have missed tiny Isa in the past, but its comfy Japanese classics like curry and ramen deserve a place on your go-to list. This laid-back spot on the edge of Hancock Park and Miracle Mile is a solid choice for a solo lunch break -- we'd recommend ordering a specialty dish like the Japanese chicken curry -- or after a night out with friends (it's open until 4am), when groups tend to pour into this cozy joint to share snacks like agedashi tofu, spicy tuna & crispy rice, and grilled saury.

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10. 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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11. BCD Tofu House 3575 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Koreatown)

BCD is a casual K-town favorite thanks to its classic, reliable dishes like Korean tofu soups, spicy bulgogi, and fresh bibimbap. It's a spacious spot, but fills up quickly during lunch and dinner rush hours, and gets particularly noisy during the wee hours of the night, attracting inebriated locals with its 24/7 schedule and comforting soups. The tofu should be your focus here, which is featured in a variety of bowls on the menu -- from kimchi to beef to intestines -- and is thick, soft, and burrata-like in its texture. Tipsy or not, you'll quickly find yourself craving more.

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12. Fred 62 1850 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

Fred 62 is a great late night diner doling out delicious, juicy burgers that're perfect after a long night out.

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13. Viva Tacos La Estrella 2525 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107 (Pasadena)

While the interior of this Pasadena spot is pretty bare-bones, the authentic Mexican flavors that it serves are anything but. Expect guac- and salsa-loaded carne asada fries, heaping burritos, menudos, and chili rellenos, all available from dusk until dawn at Viva Tacos La Estrella, which is open 24 hours a day. It's prime affordable late-night food to counteract your inevitable hangover, so don't be surprised if the divey joint is buzzing with buzzed people in the wee hours of the morning.

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14. Swingers 8020 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the diner Swingers is famous for opening its doors to some of Hollywood's most familiar movie stars. The old-fashioned spot offers classic diner eats, a sweet patio, and varied brunch options for celebrities and civilians alike, making it both an iconic neighborhood landmark, and delicious all-day spot.

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15. Crave Cafe 11992 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (Hollywood)

Crave's open late night and is serving up awesome eats and hysterical company (it's 3a, bro).

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16. The Kettle 1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Whether you’re stone-cold sober or the opposite, this always-open-for-business diner’s insane muffins will do the trick (seriously, everyone talks about them).

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17. Du-par’s 16120 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

This chain of diners is famous for pancakes, classic sandwiches, and delicious pies, plus their late hours.

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18. Hollywood Thai 5241 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

Solid late-night food is one thing; solid late-night food with ambience is another. The wholly satisfying noodles, rices, and rolls at Hollywood Thai are already delicious as it is, but the fact that the staff belt Thai karaoke tunes at 4:00AM makes them even better -- if you're going to go, why not go all the way? This sleek eatery serves heaping portions of standouts like pad see ew and prawns in coconut soup, making it one of the best places in Thai Town to get a delicious meal after midnight.

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19. Krua Thai Restaurant 13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605-4645 (Mid Valley)

Is it just us, or does a hearty bowl of noodles taste better after midnight and a few drinks? This Van Nuys outpost is a weekend hotspot for two main reasons: the Thai comfort food is both affordable and delicious, and it's open until 3:30AM. Locals in the valley hit up this spot for heaping portions of standout entrées like Pad See Ew and Tom Yum noodle soup, posting up in the cafeteria-like eatery while they sober up with a bubble tea, sipping amidst murals of popular Thailand landmarks.

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20. Munch Late Night 2300 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

This hip dive is a Venice staple thanks to its solid late-night menu, which pulls from Italian and Mexican influences to create wholly satisfying comfort food. Compared to other nocturnal dining options, the food at Munch is well-crafted and entirely fresh, which puts it a league above other spots in the neighborhood. Whether you opt for standouts like the chicken parm sandwich or sirloin steak tacos, the backyard patio is the ideal locale for a evening come-down, decked out with strings of light and heat lamps for chillier evenings.

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21. Astro Burger 5601 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Hollywood)

Astro Burger's been in the LA fast food scene, impressing patrons for a long while. Hang around and get a burger or an outstanding breakfast burrito.

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22. 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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23. Fat Sal's 950 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Westwood)

When all of the sandwiches at an establishment begin with the word “Fat,” you know you're in for some truly flavorful, gut-busting creations. Take the classic “Fat Sal,” for example, which is loaded with roast beef, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and brown gravy -- all served on an extra-wide garlic hero roll. One in a mini-chain of counter-serve spots, this Fat Sal's outpost is a favorite cheap-eats joint among UCLA students, who fill up the tiny, hip space quickly, itching to get their hands on the stacked lineup of hot dogs, heroes, and burgers, like the Fat Bruin: a cheeseburger-, chili-, and bacon-stuffed sandwich that reps the school's mascot.

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