The 50 Most Iconic Dishes in Los Angeles

If you’re a true foodie, you will know many of these. The Godmother from Bay Cities. The Chopped Salad from La Scala. The Prime Rib from Lawry’s. Beautifully perennial classics that are quintessentially Los Angeles. We can all agree on this.


The internal fighting about what made it to the final 50 was heated and brutal. Creating a list like this was a constant battlefield, because we had to dig deep and figure out what “iconic” really means. Is it just something all of us like and keep coming back to? Does it have to be truly delicious? Can we include chains, or are we selling our souls? In any case, whether you’ve lived in Los Angeles for years, or you just arrived with a suitcase and a dream, these dishes, truly, should all be enjoyed at least once in your life. In no particular order…

1. French Dip Sandwich, Philippe’s



2. Mediterranean Gem Salad, Sycamore Kitchen



3. Pho, Golden Deli

Alhambra (temporarily closed until Feb 4)


4. Chicken Noodle Soup, Greenblatt’s Deli

West Hollywood


5. Ice Cream Sandwich, Diddy Riese



6. Green Tea Matcha Latte, Urth Caffe

Multiple Locations


7. Dodger Dog, Dodger Stadium

Elysian Park


8. Edible Espresso Cup, Alfred Coffee

Multiple Locations


9. Macaron from Bottega Louie

Downtown L.A.


10. Seasonal Strawberry Donut, The Donut Man



11. Animal Style Fries, In-N-Out

Multiple Locations


12. Classic Chili Cheese Dog, Pink’s

West Hollywood


13. Sweet Potato Tacos, Guerilla Tacos

Food Truck, check site for locations


14. The Office Burger, Father’s Office

Santa Monica & Culver City


15. Shrimp Tacos, Mariscos Jalisco

Boyle Heights


16. Short Rib Tacos, Kogi

Food Truck, check site for locations


17. The Hollenbeck Burrito, El Tepeyac Cafe

East LA


18. The Rattlesnake and Rabbit Bratwurst, Wurstküche

Venice & DTLA


19. The Original #19, Langer’s Deli

MacArthur Park


20. The Fairfax, Eggslut

Grand Central Market (DTLA), Venice & Glendale


21. Red Velvet Froyo, Yogurt Stop

West Hollywood


22. Bacon Wrapped Street Dog, Streets of L.A.

Various Locations


23. Mexican Hot Chocolate, Cacao Mexicatessen

Eagle Rock


24. Chirashi Lunch Special, Sushi Gen

Little Tokyo/DTLA


25. Sweet Potato Fries (with peach ketchup), Plan Check

Multiple Locations


26. Rice Krispy Treat Cookies, Stella Barra

Santa Monica & Hollywood


27. Pastrami Sandwich, Canter’s Deli



28. Twist Cone, CVT Soft Serve

Food Truck, Check their twitter for location


29. Chocolate Lava Cake, Chart House

Marina Del Rey & Redondo Beach


30. The #9 (aka Obama Special), Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

Hollywood, Pasadena, Inglewood, & Anaheim


31. Banana Cream Pie, The Apple Pan

Santa Monica


32. Matzo Ball Soup from Canter’s Deli

West Hollywood


33. White Pizza with Ricotta and Pesto, Vito’s

West Hollywood


34. The LA Woman Pizza, Jon & Vinny’s



35. The Flaming Margarita, El Compadre



36. Carne Tacos, La Estrella

Highland Park


37. Chubby Pork Belly Bowl, Chego



38. Fennel Sausage Pizza, Pizzeria Mozza

Hancock Park


39. The Ten-Pound Pancakes, The Pantry



40. Plain Cake Donut, Bob’s Coffee & Donuts

Beverly Grove


41. Spicy Godmother, Bay Cities

Santa Monica


42. Galbi, Soot Bull Jeep



43. Soup Dumplings, Din Tai Fung

Multiple Locations


44. Tarna Wrap, Zankou

Multiple Locations


45. Vegan Cookie Dough, The Bigg Chill

West LA


46. Guava Cheese Pastry, Porto’s

Burbank, Glendale & Downey


47. Original Chopped Salad, La Scala

Beverly Hills & Brentwood


48. Chicken Shawarma Baguette Sandwich, Falafel Arax

Glendale & Hollywood


49. Trust Me, Sugarfish

Multiple Locations


50. Charcuterie Board, Bestia

Arts District 

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