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Much like nearly every large American city, Los Angeles has some of the most amazing food on the planet… and it doesn’t matter what you’re craving. From affordable pizza and burgers to lavish fine dining spots full of celebrities, you’ll find it all here, including some cuisine you’ve probably never heard of.
You’ll find several professional food tour companies in LA, and they’re great. But if you really want to experience the best of the local food scene (on your own terms), you should get an inexpensive car rental Los Angeles and create your own food tour. Super Cheap has plenty of Los Angeles car rental reservation packages, so you can keep your car as long as you’d like.
It would be impossible to visit all the best eateries on your first (or even your 20th) visit to LA. But this list is a fantastic place to start.
The classic spots
Musso & Frank Grill, Hollywood
Since 1919, Musso & Frank’s has served some of Hollywood’s most elite actors as well as thousands of locals and tourists. Dining there feels a bit like going back in time, with servers in red jackets and bow-ties and strong martinis. And the menu, which includes steaks, chops, and pasta, is fantastic.
The Prince, Koreatown
The Prince is a place you go more for the experience than the food (which is actually quite tasty). The interior of this place has been in dozens of movies and shows, from New Girl to Mad Men. If you’re a film or a fried chicken lover, you’ll want to check it out.
Damon’s Steakhouse, Glendale
Since 1937, Damon’s, a tiki-themed steakhouse, has been serving reliably good food and strong drinks. A prime rib and a Mai Tai might seem like a strange combination, but trust us when we tell you it works here.
If you love a good French dip, you should definitely make a stop at Cole’s — they claim to have invented it. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Pacific Electric Building, and it makes a perfect lunch stop.
Dan Tana’s, West Hollywood
Dan Tana’s is a quintessential old-school Hollywood hangout, and it has been since 1964. The food is classic Italian, and the atmosphere is always upbeat. This is one of the most legendary restaurants in the city.
The contemporary spots
This industrial eatery has a huge, inviting patio and has already earned a reputation for the fresh oysters flown in daily from the Chesapeake Bay. You’ll also find lobster rolls, trout dip, and the best oyster po’boy outside of Louisiana on the menu.
Pasta Sisters, Culver City
Pasta Sisters’ original location is wonderful, but it’s so popular that it’s impossible to get a table without a wait. They’ve just opened up a second location in Culver City, with all the charm of the original without the crowds (so far). This casual pasta and sandwich shop is a must-see.
Employees Only, West Hollywood
Aside from having the best name ever, this sleek, modernist bar and restaurant is a great place to hang out. Not only are the craft cocktails expertly made, but the wood-fired pizza is to die for. There’s also a New Orleans-style speakeasy in the back.
Located at the historic Hotel Figueroa, Breva is the newest creation of chef Casey Lane, a big name in the LA dining scene. The menu is appealing to foodies and the non-adventurous alike, including staples like burgers and crunchy fried chicken.
What’s a trip to LA without a brunch or three? These are some of the best places to make the most important meal of the day the most delicious.
Huckleberry Cafe, Santa Monica
Grab a coffee on your way to the Huckleberry Cafe — it’s a madhouse, so there’s a good chance you’ll have to wait. But the reward, fresh, seasonal and satisfying food, will be worth it.
A.O.C. Wine Bar, Mid-City
A.O.C. serves one of the most mouthwatering weekend brunch menus in the city, and they accept reservations, so you won’t have to starve while you watch other hungry patrons dine. They also happen to have a pleasant patio and a huge cocktail list.
The Griddle Cafe, Hollywood
If you love pancakes, trying the enormous flapjacks at the Griddle Cafe is a must… and if you don’t love them at first, you just might by the time you leave here. The line for pancakes on a weekend morning can be intimidating, but you should brave it anyway.
Little Dom’s, Los Feliz
Little Dom’s is an Italian legend, and since they started serving their weekend brunch, they’ve become even more popular. Their poached steak and eggs entree will keep you full all afternoon.
In-N-Out Burger, multiple locations
Some might say it’s overrated, but if you’ve never tried In-N-Out, you should really find out for yourself. If nothing else, you won’t find a cheaper meal in the city, and ordering can be a lot of fun. You’ll probably get addicted and take your inexpensive Los Angeles car rental through the drive-thru line several times.
Tito’s Tacos, Culver City
Tito’s Tacos has been serving scrumptious crispy tacos since 1959. The tacos are cheap, the burritos are hearty, and the guacamole is perfectly seasoned.
101 Coffee Shop, Hollywood
Want to feel like you’ve gone back in time to the 1960s, if only for a few moments? The 101 has been a local classic for decades, and this diner never disappoints. They’re open until the wee hours, so you can stop by for a late night breakfast or burger after a night on the town — or come early in the morning for a great start to your day.