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.

Guido in L.A.

The Downtown Los Angeles Shopping Guide


Liz Ohanesian

From discount fashion to high-end goods to vintage finds, the shopping scene in Downtown Los Angeles has you covered. Downtown L.A. is home to some of the city's best buys, thanks to shopping meccas like the Fashion District and Jewelry District. But Downtown's status as a hip neighborhood on the rise has brought in a host of newer retailers, too.

"Running Woman" from Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA

Five Places to Experience the Magic of Los Angeles


Discover Los Angeles

For generations, Los Angeles has been a city of dreamers. More creatives live in L.A. than any city in history - they are the artists that inspire us, that make fantasy into reality, and will shape the skyline of this global metropolis into the next century. From a spectacular "waking dream" of Mexico to a museum of enlightenment, read on and discover five of the most magical places in Los Angeles.

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.

Tasting room at Los Angeles Aleworks

Tap Into L.A.'s Second Wave Breweries


Hope Ewing

In the past three years, countless local breweries with tasting rooms have popped up all over Los Angeles. The equation works again and again: an industrial space, visible fermentation tanks behind a friendly staffed bar, picnic tables, giant Jenga games, and food trucks parked outside. Throw in L.A.’s climate and you have a recipe for year-round, relaxed enjoyment of quality craft beer right from the source.

Pioneers such as Angel City, Smog City and Eagle Rock Breweries continue to serve up great beers in a fun atmosphere - they're still well worth a visit. The following breweries are continuing the tradition, bringing the neighborhood beer garden to Angelenos from the San Gabriel Valley to the South Bay.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood

Get Ready for the Scariest Halloween Horror Nights Ever


Discover Los Angeles

This year's Halloween Horror Nights features more mazes than ever, with eight terrifying experiences based on iconic films and acclaimed TV series, including "American Horror Story: Roanoke," Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," and "Ash vs Evil Dead."