10 Tastiest Diners To Eat in LA

10 Coolest Diners To Visit in LA

There’s just something relaxing and restful when you pop by a diner, you know? It’s a great place to hang out for a while in the middle of the workday or to nurse a hangover. You’ve got your counter and the swivel chairs, the leather booths, and the mugs of strong coffee. There’s plenty of food, and the servers are friendly. It somehow reminds you of home.

If you’re in LA, at least you have lots of diners to choose from. Here are the best places where you will certainly feel the most welcome:

  1. Cindy’s Eagle Rock (1500 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock)

    Even from the parking lot, it has the diner vibe down pat. There’s the vintage sign to greet you in various fonts, and inside there’s charming wallpaper and the red booths. The food is great, and you even have menu items that you don’t normally find in diners. If you’re in the mood for gumbo or catfish sandwich, you need to come here pronto.

  1. The Original Pantry (877 S Figueroa St, downtown Los Angeles)

    Diners aren’t usually trendy places with long lines of diners trying to get in. But that’s the Pantry for you. The prices may be a bit more expensive, and every now and then there’s a film crew shooting a movie. But this place doesn’t scrimp when it comes to the amount of the servings they offer. The pancakes are huge and the slices of ham are ginormous. Combine that with the no-nonsense veteran staff, and it’s a winner.

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  1. The Coffee Cup Café (3734 E 4th St, Long Beach)

    This Long Beach hangout at first glance doesn’t seem like a diner at all. But then you sit down and the experience becomes instantly familiar. The coffee is hot and good, the plates of scrambles and pancakes keep coming, and there are the usual syrup dispensers. For a filling breakfast and a homey atmosphere, this is a spot to savor.

  2. Nick’s Coffee Shop & Deli (8536 W Pico Blvd. in Pico-Robertson)

    This place is a feast for the senses. You get the aroma of the good coffee, the luxurious feel of the leather booths, and the unmistakable sounds of the sizzling grill. The menu has everything a diner can offer for your taste buds. You can even see the cooks and the grills if you’re on the counter.

  3. Rae’s Restaurant (2901 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica)

    This place is literally old-school, as it’s been a Santa Monica hangout for decades. In fact, coming here feels like time travel to a more innocent time. Astoundingly, even the prices didn’t seem to enter the modern age, so you can feel full at a cost of $10 to $15. That includes the tip too.

  4. Le Roy’s Restaurant (523 W Huntington Dr, Monrovia)

    It’s mostly known for its fantastic pancakes stacked high and the terrific tater tots. Dishes are served virtually overflowing and you can have any kind of classic sandwich from the hoagie to the Reuben. It’s been here since 1976, and it’s a timeless place that offers a welcoming vibe.

  5. Millie’s Café (3524 W Sunset Blvd, Silver Lake)

    Places on Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake keep changing over the years, yet somehow Millie’s Café remains untouched by the passage of time. It’s been here since 1926, and all these years they insist on doing things the old-fashioned way. They cook food by hand and from scratch, and the quality is so high that the place is always full.

  1. S&W Country Diner (9748 Washington Blvd, Culver City)

    If you like lots of food options in your menu, you’ll love the S&W. its menu is as long as an almanac. Along with the usual diner fare, you also get a traditional Southern fare as well as country fried steak. The vibe is quite charming, and it feels like home.

  2. Nickel Diner (524 S Main St, downtown Los Angeles)

    This place has been constant in downtown LA, and the food is constantly plenty and hot. The dishes feel familiar, but they always have that hint of something new that excites the foodie in you.

  3. 101 Coffee Shop (6145 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood)

    It’s not in any way kitschy, yet the old-style interior and the subdued lights may easily remind you of earlier times. This place was featured in the 1996 movie Swingers but the décor has changed and so has the menu. It’s not a bad change, as it has a lot more variety.

 

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This Fried Chicken Delivery Service Is New But Its LA-Native Chef Is Legendary

This Fried Chicken Delivery Service Is New But Its LA-Native Chef Is Legendary

Have you heard great things about the new LA fried chicken delivery and pickup service called DFC Ghost Kitchen? If you have heard news about this setup, then chances are that you’re considering trying it out. Here are some cool facts you should know:

  • The “DFC” in the name stands for Dante Fried Chicken, and that’s because it was founded by the legendary LA chef Dante Gonzales.
  • This service’s headquarters is in the Hotel Normandie in Koreatown.
  • It began in late August of 2018 so it’s very new, and it can be found on food delivery apps from Wednesday through Sunday evenings.
  • They make deliveries in the neighborhoods of Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire, and East Hollywood. However, Dante plans to expand their delivery radius, through Grubhub, Caviar, and Postmates. You can also look forward to having them on Door Dash and Uber Eats.

  • If you’d rather pick up the food yourself because it’s on your way, you can place your order and then pick up the food at Cassell’s Hamburgers in the Hotel Normandie. You can place your order by sending an Instagram message to DFC Ghost Kitchen or by calling them at (323) 813-1424.
  • Aside from the obvious chicken, they also offer ribs with 15 spices, tomatillo collard greens, and mac n’ cheese with smoked pimento.
  • Many of these recipes used for DFC Ghost Kitchen are the versions of Dante based on his grandma’s cooking. His grandma grew in in New Orleans and she especially appreciated the cultures of Mexico and Guatemala. This helps explain why half the menu is fried chicken and meats roasted slowly, while a significant number of sides are vegan.
  • Dante calls his style of cooking not as soul food but as “Transatlantic African”. This is a combo of African, European, and Native American culture and cuisine. Dante wants to remain creative and thoughtful with his dish creations, to honor his grandma.
  • One of Dante’s most popular dishes here is the Sock-It-To-Me Fried Chicken Tenders. The strips he uses are coated in some special type of granola. Its ingredients include crusts and seeds he has found on his travels around the world, with unusual elements like Rice Krispies, Swedish crackers, and Cheerios cereals.

  • The menu also includes versions of Dante’s grandma’s coconut honey biscuits and pineapple shallot skillet rolls. It’s just that he has adjusted them somewhat to fit his own taste buds.
  • You can also try the fantastic smoked brisket, which is first coated in a chocolate cocoa powder dry rub along with 5 types of peppers. It’s somewhat like mole as a result. The smoking process lasts 6 hours, and then it’s braised in orange juice and stout.
  • Dante Gonzales started his career by throwing underground music, film, and fried chicken parties in his loft in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Partygoers included famous rappers, and he then launched a YouTube channel. This led to a New York food delivery service in 2009, which became popular when it was featured by the Cooking Chanel.

He raised $10,000 to set up a food truck in LA, and that led to a cookbook deal and culinary fame.

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Best Beers To Serve At Thanksgiving

Best Beers To Serve At Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food, but it’s also a time for a great beer. Here are the best beers you need to try at particular times at your Thanksgiving festivities:

Beers for the Early Afternoon

This is your starting beer, to go with the first appetizers and the first football game on TV. So try any of the following:

Beers with Dinner

Congratulations, as you’re still quite sober for the main event. Make sure you get a beer glass for any of the following beers:

  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales’s Cellar Door Saison. Beer experts will love its complexity, but it’s still smooth enough even for the pickiest eaters. It goes well with a wide range of dishes, and the highly carbonated drink cleanses your tongue to keep the food tasting fresh and delicious.
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Indian Brown Ale. It’s a truly underrated beer, but you should be able to appreciate it this Thanksgiving. It starts with the malty caramel you get from a Scotch ale, and then it’s mixed with lots of American hops for an insistent bitterness that mixes pine and grapefruit notes.
  • Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte Porter. Porters like Black Butte Porter come with a lighter roast that’s wonderfully balanced by a certain level of hop. A porter isn’t like a stout, which is generally a bit more bitter. This porter goes very well with dark meat turkey and other roasted and caramelized goodies. In other words, it seems custom-made for Thanksgiving.

Beers with Dessert

What’s Thanksgiving without dessert? Also, what’s a Thanksgiving dessert without the right beer? You can answer these philosophical questions (or at least try) with the right beers, such as the following:

  • Allagash Brewing Company’s Curieux. The Allagash Brewing Company is the most famous brewery in Portland, Maine, and they’ve been making their Curiex since 2004. It’s a very rich brew, and you can get hints of coconut, honey, pear, spice, and apples. There’s also a very slight note of bourbon, along with a bit of vanilla. Basically, you need this beer with your apple pie.
  • Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers. Yep, it’s a strong beer with 9.7% ABV, but then it’s for dessert after all. Here you get notes of brown sugar with molasses, cherry, raisin, and plum.
  • Oskar Blues’s Ten Fidy. This imperial stout is released every November, and you get notes of roast, caramel, and rich chocolate that are perfect with dessert!

 

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The Goods Mart – New Spot For Healthy Snacks in LA

The Good Mart - New Spot For Healthy Snacks in LA

Located in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, The Goods Mart is a convenience store for healthy snacks. Parents and millennials concerned with healthy eating are often dismayed when there’s really not much to choose from when they’re at a gas mart. You’ve got greasy pizza, gummies, and soda, none of which are even remotely healthy. The best you can hope for is to find beef jerky or nuts, which at best can be considered somewhat nutritious.

But now there’s The Goods Mart. Described as a lovechild between 7-Eleven and Whole Foods Market, this is the healthy convenience store that very few people even thought possible. Everyone knows that convenience store snacks are unhealthy, but The Goods Mart founder Rachel Krupa didn’t get that memo.

Here are the features that distinguish The Goods Mart from the competition:

  • It is located in the Silver Lake neighborhood in LA. This is a trendy spot for young well-off millennials, with a median age of 35 and an average household income greater than $68,000. The spot is even accessible to walking traffic, which you don’t really find in LA.
  • Like marts, it offers itself as an alternative to the grocery store for shoppers with no time to waste. Yet at the same time, its wares offer healthy snacks, which are items you don’t normally find in places like 7-Eleven. The décor in the store makes you feel like it’s a “normal” convenience shop, though the predominance of health alternatives can make you feel like Alice in Wonderland.
  • Every single item in the mart will not contain health no-nos such as artificial flavors, sweeteners, and coloring. There will be no growth hormones or disruptors.
  • Items with animal proteins come from humanely raised stock, and they’re all free of GMOs, antibiotics, and nitrates. The pork rinds are Paleo-friendly, and they’re healthier because they’ve been seasoned with pink Himalayan salt.
  • Yes, there are processed items here which you can just get on the fly, like chocolate bars, ramen cups, and cheese puffs. But in The Goods Mart, they’re made with healthier alternative ingredients such as chia seeds and quinoa.
  • The slushy machine doesn’t serve soda, but instead produces a kombucha variety with a tropical flavor. Instead of energy drinks, you can instead grab yerba mate.
  • If you’re looking for fresh produce, you can get fruit from LA’s local GrubMarket. You just have to avoid judging the book by its cover, as the fruits are tasty despite their ugly and imperfect shapes. They’re like goofy-looking mutts as the ugly lemons and oranges are placed in huge weave baskets right beside the front door.
  • The condoms here are all made from vegan, certified Fairtrade rubber. You can find your bathroom basics like shavers and toilet paper at the back of the store, and they’re all made from sustainable materials.
  • At the checkout, customers can also check out the iPads that offer info about the mission of each brand they have on their shelves. The mart also provided extended training for the staff so that they can answer questions regarding vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary options.

The Goods Mart will work as a test case. If it does work, then they may eventually become ubiquitous throughout the country. When you stop at a gas mart in the future, you may find yourself looking at healthier snack options instead.

Check out this 16 Easy Ways to Eat Healthier Every Day

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