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Milk N’ Cookies at Westbound

The Best Restaurants & Bars in L.A. to Feed Your Inner Child


Karen Young

Some of the most comforting childhood food memories arise from such classics as peanut butter and jelly, mac n’ cheese, ice cream, cookies, grilled cheese, hot dogs and pancakes. In a case of "everything old is new again," many of these favorite dishes are being redone with an adult twist—and for even more fun, some of them are being served in restaurants with secret entrances. Ready for a mash-up? Check out these 16 hotspots with sophisticated, whimsical - and occasionally alcohol-laced - culinary twists on kid-centric favorites.

Water boiled fish and pig's blood at Yunnan Garden

The Top 10 Spiciest Dishes in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

Diners have different tolerance levels when it comes to spice. Whether it’s the mouth numbing effect of Szechuan peppercorns, a ferocious habanero burn or the beads of sweat that will inevitably drip down your forehead as result of sinus-clearing hot wings, Los Angeles has it all. Discover 10 of L.A.’s most intimidating dishes, each uniquely intense, which complement dineL.A.’s Spiciest Restaurants story. Are you up to the capsaicin-fueled challenge?

Un Solo Sol

The Dining Guide to Boyle Heights


Liz Ohanesian

One of the joys of eating in Boyle Heights is that you'll find a good amount of restaurants that are embedded in the neighborhood's history. Spots like El Tepeyac, Al & Bea's and Otomisan have passed the half-century mark and, when you walk into them, you can feel the past and the present intermingle. Yet, Boyle Heights is also home to younger restaurants, like Guisados and Un Solo Sol, who are carving out their own niches in the neighborhood.

Pepperoni pizza at Cosa Buona

Top 10 New Italian Restaurants in L.A.


Joshua Lurie

Italian food has long been of the L.A.’s most consistently popular cuisines, with restaurants like Dan Tana’s, Marino, and Valentino thriving for decades, and consistent lines at Bay Cities Italian Deli. The arrival of restaurants like Bestia, Chi Spacca and Sotto ushered in a new era that dialed up interest in regional Italian cooking and genre-bending concepts. Discover 10 of L.A.’s most interesting new Italian restaurants.

Bob's Big Boy in Burbank

Bob's Big Boy: The Story of an L.A. Icon


Elina Shatkin

Architect Wayne McAllister was inspired by the Space Age, World's Fair pavilions and roadside dining culture when he designed the building. Large, curving windows contrast with sharp angles, incorporating elements of Streamline Moderne and Midcentury Modernism. McAllister also mixed the practical with the eye-popping. The 70-foot-tall neon sign, which made it easy for drivers to see the coffee shop from the road, was so distinctive it helped build the Bob's Big Boy brand. McAllister designed many popular restaurants including The Smoke House in Burbank and several circular drive-ins, all of which are now gone. He was also responsible for several early Las Vegas casinos including The Sands, The Desert Inn and The Fremont.

Pork longganisa at RiceBar

The Budget Friendly Dining Guide to Downtown L.A.


Liz Ohanesian

From large food courts to tiny takeout spots, the Downtown Los Angeles food scene is wide-ranging and eclectic. The offerings span generations, from classic local joints to trendy dessert spots. The options are global - you can find everything from Filipino rice bowls to Salvadoran pupusas. The best part is that dining out in Downtown L.A. doesn't have to hurt your wallet. Read on for 11 places where you can get some good grub at budget-friendly prices.

Torta Oaxaquena at Tlayuda L.A.

Top 10 Tortas in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

Just like the taco, which takes many different forms, the torta covers a range of Mexican sandwich styles. As with all sandwiches, breads and fillings vary, but tortas adhere to uniquely Mexican traditions. Some of L.A.’s best versions are based on tortas from states like Jalisco, Oaxaca, and Puebla, plus Mexico City (aka Distrito Federal). Discover 10 of the best, most satisfying tortas in Los Angeles, listed in alphabetical order.