Soft serve has come a long way from Fosters Freeze and Dairy Queen — combining creativity, whimsy, and decadence with a certain amount of health and environmental consciousness. Along with all that, it tastes better than ever. With several trendsetting shops in a two-mile radius, Koreatown seems to be the hub of some of the most innovative soft serve around. From the classic cone to artisanal chef-driven creations with amusing toppings and quirky names, here are ten of the best soft serve places in L.A.
While Los Angeles may be known for its accessibility to celebrities, beautiful sunsets, the Walk of Fame, scenic hiking trails, crafty museums, and gorgeous Angelenos, L.A. is surprisingly also known for its pancakes. As a pancake aficionado, I have certainly experienced my fair share of flopjacks. That said, the City of Angels has some of the best pancakes in the nation. Read on for the best pancakes in L.A.
Los Angeles County features hundreds of miles of trails with views of the city and ocean, and while it can be an adrenaline rush to kick up some dust and build up a sweat, life certainly becomes sweeter (and more savory) with a post-hike reward. Discover 10 places to enjoy a meal after spending time on foot.
Noodle awareness is at an all-time high in L.A. People can now debate the relative merits of different styles of ramen, pho, Chinese and Thai noodle soups. Of course, not every plate or bowl falls into easy categorization. Local chefs (not all of them Asian) are creating noodle dishes that incorporate untraditional ingredients or take on new forms. Discover 10 of L.A.’s most compelling untraditional Asian noodle dishes.
Westsiders have experienced “quality forever” since 1947 at The Apple Pan, a U-shaped counter with red cushioned stools that Ellen Baker and husband Alan founded before Westside Pavilion was ever a fragment in a developer’s mind. Daughter Martha Gamble now runs the humble legend, which specializes in burgers, fries, and pie. The base model of their off-menu patty melt features a juicy quarter-pound patty with sweet grilled onions and a slice of sharp Tillamook cheddar on a choice of griddled white, wheat, or rye bread. You can also get a tuna melt, but tuna salad pales in comparison to beef.
10801 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A.
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The tried-and-true, cash-only Original Pantry Cafe has been open for business since 1924 and Angelenos are all the better for it. The no-nonsense vibe of the place exudes charm but also expediency; orders are brought out just minutes after they’re given, and even the toast is worth accolades. It’s open 24/7, meaning that when it comes to the Original Pantry Cafe, it’s not just all-day breakfast but all-night, too.
877 S Figueroa St, Downtown L.A.
Open 24 hours