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Popular LA food truck Kogi, has gained much famed since it rolled out its very first truck. There are five Kogi trucks that drive around the city of LA. This fusion food truck expertly blends Korean and Mexican flavors. Famous for their tacos and the popular kimchi quesadilla, the chefs keep serving delicious food that makes you want to come back. Co-owned by Mark Manguera and Caroline Shin, this food truck is one of LA's favorites.
Whereas in case of most restaurants the old adage “you get what you pay for” holds true, the humble Al Wazir Chicken is a lucky exception, able to pleasantly surprise its patrons. The joint is a classic hole-in-the-wall with a couple of canteen tables – not the kind of spot one comes to for the ambiance. But the tasty dishes and low prices have drawn many returning customers here for years. The fare is traditional Middle-eastern/Lebanese, replete with supple and flavorful chicken dishes and zesty sides and sauces. Falafels are likewise excellent, and the salads are crisp and fresh. For those reluctant to take their meal in the plain environment, takeout and delivery are easy and convenient options. Al Wazir is open late and is known for speedy deliveries.
This simple sandwich joint serves up classic roast beef sandwiches, fries, chicken strips, hot dogs and frozen custard. Taking a wholesome take on these classics, everything is made with simple and preservative free ingredients like the 10 hour slow roasted beef, hand breaded chicken, and hand cut fries that are fried in 100% beef fat! Roast beef sandwiches are piled high with swiss cheese and caramelized onions, perfect for those with a big appetite. The fries can be ordered with cheese and beef drippings, making them a meal unto themselves. Last but not least, Top Round Roast Beef legendary custard can be ordered with a variety of toppings and is a great cold treat for those hot LA days.
When you turn the corner from Melrose Avenue at LaBrea, you cannot miss the line that has been extending from Pink's since it opened in 1939. Chili dogs, chili fries, chili burgers, turkey dogs, and burrito dogs; you name it and they've got it. Almost every imaginable and sometimes unimaginable permutation of the wiener can be found here. No matter the time of day or night, you will find yourself standing in line amongst a mix of a dozen tourists, corporate climbers, and sometimes celebrities.
Famous for its pastrami, this fast food joint is a Los Angeles favorite with nine other locations. The Hat is a charming 1950's diner featuring kitschy decor and a simple, straight forward menu. Pastrami dip sandwiches, are of course, the highlight of the menu and served on a French roll with mustards and pickles. Burgers, cold sandwiches, hot dogs and sides like fries, onion rings, and potato salad round out the offerings. Call ahead to order and bypass the usual lines found here!
Since 1975, Carney's has satisfied LA's chili fries and burger cravings, delivering a pitch-perfect experience in this genuine, vintage yellow Amtrak train car from the 1920s, done up as a classic diner on the inside. And that is not all! They have a worthy lineup of hot dogs and polish sausages, much touted as some of the best in town, all at the lowest imaginable prices, especially given the joint's docking grounds - the east tip of the Sunset Strip. A private lot behind the car takes away the headache of parking at the Strip while the amiable, smiley service assures you that you have come to the right place. And if you already think the place is cheap and swell, try it during happy hour!
In-N-Out Burger is a legendary and beloved fast food chain that started in Southern California. Their West Los Angeles location brings out the same freshness and quality for which this chain is so popular. This casual haunt serves French fries, shakes and soft drinks besides the regular varieties of burgers. They have a limited menu but all worth tasting, and it gets a little bit bigger if you know the secret menu items. Clean environment and friendly service completes the ambiance, all in all, making it a delightful experience.
Zankou Chicken provides cheap delicious food fast. This is the perfect restaurant for a drop-by meal, an outing with a few friends on a bar-hopping night, or a convenient takeout option. The portions are more than generous – ranging all the way to the epic whole chickens, robust and flavorful – accompanied by all the traditional Middle-eastern sides, including falafel, pickled radishes, hummus, and tahini. The place is very affordable, which is a trait locals enjoy and exploit. "Speed, quality and value" has always been Zankou’s motto.
This legendary LA taco stand established in 1959 boasts of long lines of locals seeking fresh shredded beef and atomic-orange cheddar concoctions of deliciousness at all hours of the day, but don't be intimidated. Waiting in line is part of the experience and seating is available both inside and out. The blended salsa carries a refreshing kick and chips and guacamole go perfectly with your main dish. Tacos are the star but the other traditional dishes such as the beef or chicken tamales in mole sauce or the vegetarian tostada are excellent.
Tucked away in an industrial area where Sherman Oaks meets Van Nuys, Bill's Burgers is a fantastic long-established gem of the valley. For over 50 years former WWII veteran, Bill Elwell has been flipping burgers in his 10 foot by 20-foot greasy burger joint and cooking on the same cast-iron grill originating from the 1920s. No fancy frills here, burgers are offered along with sandwiches, chili dogs, and sides. Cash only, everything on the menu is under USD5, partially because Elwell's old school cash register can't compute anything over USD5.99! Try the Double Cheese Burger with Bacon and a packet of chips and you won't be disappointed.
Essentially a fast food restaurant, The Standing Room serves some amazing sandwiches, burgers and meat dishes. Located in the charming city of Redondo Beach, this little restaurant is perfect for a hearty lunch, after a dip in the sea. Elvis burger, Fu-Fu Sammie, portobello mushroom sammie and sous vide grilled chicken are some of the special dishes on their menu. See their website for more details.