10 Iconic L.A Restaurants You Must Visit

Famous for: French Dip (1908)

Philippe's was by a French immigrant named Philippe Mathieu, who "accidentally" invented the French Dip in 1918 when he "inadvertently dropped the sliced french roll into the roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven." The customer was a fan and the sandwich went on the menu, where it remains an LA favorite today.

Musso and Frank (1919)
Known for: Stiff drinks

Customers including Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gary Cooper, Orson Welles Marilyn Monroe, John Steinbeck and Humphrey Bogart have reclined in its red leather booths and propped up its polished wood bar.

Pacific Dining Car (1921)
Known for: Steaks

Family owned well into it's fourth generation, this all night eatery with an old-school vibe, and located inside a railway train car, is known for it's aged-in-house steaks.

Pink's Hot Dogs (1939)
Known for: Hot dogs

Pink's began as a humble pushcart of the street corner before becoming the legendary hot dog stand it is today, with lines wrapping around the block at almost all hours of the day.

Dresden (1954)
Known for: Drinking with hipsters

Legendary in-house cabaret act Marty and Elaine entertain diners 5 nights a week while waiters in all white serve lobster tail and escargot. The bar is a popular spot for hipsters on the weekends.

The Apple Pan (1947)
Known for: Sandwiches and pies

A much loved, humble diner-like stand serving Ohio-style burgers and frequently listed on, if not at the top of,  round-ups of America's best burger joints.

Canter's (1931)
Known for: Late night classic deli sandwiches and potato pancakes

This vintage dining room serves quintessential Jewish diner food 24 hours a day, and frankly, you haven't lived in L.A until you have stumbled into Canter's at an ungodly hour and stuffed your face.

Del Rae (1952)
Known for: Throwback classics like Lobster Thermidor and frogs legs, and dessert

This Pico Rivera restaurant will take you back to 50's, with dishes like Caesar salad, Steak Diane, and Chateaubriand for two prepped table side and desserts including Bananas Flambé, Cherries Jubilee, and Grand Mariner Supreme.

Casa Vega (1956)
Known for: Margaritas and fresh chips and guacamole

This old school Mexican restaurant is a family owned Los Angeles landmark embedded in the endless stretch of Ventura Boulevard. House made margaritas and mojitos pair perfectly with the classic, and delicious Mexican food.

The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel (1941)
Known for: Sunday Jazz Brunch

Now a mix of ladies who lunch and industry power players, but once frequented by the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, The Polo Lounge has been a favorite power lunch spot since 1941. This art deco eatery has main dishes range from wild salmon with French lentils, roasted squash, chicory salad and pumpkin seeds, roasted root vegetables, and morel mushrooms and Madeira sauce. After dinner, cheese in served along with the souffle of the day.
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