Food & Drink

Which Insanely Long LA Restaurant Lines Are Actually Worth Standing In?

Published On 08/25/2015 Published On 08/25/2015
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Original Tommy's
Sprinkle's Cupcakes
Michael Berick/Thrillist
The Bigg Chill
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1. Pink's Hot Dogs 709 N LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Pink's famous hot dog joint is where Willis proposed to Demi Moore, and uh... more importantly, where they're serving up unbelievably fresh and juicy dogs.

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2. Diddy Riese 926 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Choose your own adventure at this magical ice cream sandwich emporium, where you can mix-and-match ANY of the ice cream and cookie varieties for a sweet sandwich. At two bucks a pop, the hearty desserts are certainly affordable.

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3. The Griddle Cafe 7916 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90046

The Griddle Cafe has some of the best pancakes in LA. Sure, the line is obnoxious, but we're talking about red velvet pancakes and chocolate chip cookie crusted french toast. And so, you will get in that line and you will wait.

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4. Tito's Tacos 11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230

This counter-service, cash only, taco spot is known for their crispy-wrapped tacos piled high with cheddar and jack cheese, iceberg lettuce and seasoned ground beef. The venue itself is pretty no-frills, but it remains a local favorite, and has the lines to prove it; it's open late and consistently serves satisfying and affordable fare (most everything on the menu rings in at under $5)

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5. Daikokuya 327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

A mainstay in the ramen culture of LA (some may even argue that it started the trend), Daikokuya has been serving long lines of customers for years, satisfying them with its straightforward and scrumptious bowls of chewy noodles and rich broth, plus some stupid-good gyoza. Walk inside and you'll feel as though you've entered a bare-bones side-street shop in Tokyo. Slightly grungy and reverberating the sounds of loud Japanese orders and greetings, the space has red booths for you and your friends to squeeze into, and some counter seating, too.

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6. Reel Inn 18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

This Malibu seafood shack has been a local favorite for years thanks to casual vibes and their chalkboard menu of fresh & fried fish, chowder, lobster, and sides. The PCH location and reasonable prices don't hurt either.

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7. Phillips Bar-B-Que 2619 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

The BBQ at this Crenshaw spot brings in enough of a crowd to have a steady line, but if you're in the area don't let that keep you from stopping in for beef ribs, baby back ribs, or sliced beef with BBQ beans or mac 'n cheese. Plan to take it with you though, since they have no seating.

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8. Original Tommy's Hamburgers 2575 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

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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9. Sprinkles Cupcakes 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sprinkles ignited a cupcake mania when it opened its first Beverly Hills store in 2005. Since then, the bakery has expanded across the country -- with both brick-and-mortar outposts and cupcake ATMs -- and added ice cream and cookies along the way. Bullseye-dotted cupcakes remain the trademark, with flavors varying from mainstays like red velvet (available in gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan varieties) and peanut butter chocolate to seasonal creations like olive oil and pumpkin.

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10. Philippe the Original 1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Open since 1908, Philippe the Original is an iconic deli in LA that claims to have invented the French dip sandwich. That said, it's not your typical sandwich shop where you wait for your ticket number to be called. Here's how things go down at Philippe's: if you're getting a sandwich, get in the specified line and watch as one of the "Carvers" works his magic, then order any sides (like a bowl of chili). If you decide post-French dip bliss that you want a slice of cheesecake, line up at the non-sandwich counter instead.

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11. The Bigg Chill 10850 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Whether you're eating froyo to diet or just for the add-ins, this spot will satisfy your needs. They even offer a dairy-free option and carbolite flavors. If you're not there to diet, then add-ins like cookie dough and chocolate chips should help you out.

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12. Eggslut 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Originally a food truck, this Grand Central Market vendor serves a menu entirely centered around eggs. Pricier than your average breakfast sandwich, Eggslut's creations are served on house-made brioche buns and prove that everything is better with an egg on it. The Fairfax, featuring fluffy scrambled eggs, chives, cheddar, caramelized onions, and Sriracha mayo, is a must-order. The stand is located on the Broadway side of the market and has counter-seating.