Thursday, November 25, 2004


Tommy's (Santa Monica)
1900 Lincoln Blvd. (310) 392-4820
I love Tommy's. Chiliburgers that represent L.A. as truly as any other single dish.

Philippe the Original
1001 N Alameda, Chinatown fringe, 213 628 3781
French dip house of legend. A soggy sandwich that every temporary or permanent Angeleno must try.

Oki Dog
5056 W Pico Blvd, Mid-Pico, 323 938-4369
Latino chefs, Japanese-American concept, African-American eaters. At some point, Oki Dog's storied history is less important than the giant tortilla filled with two hotdogs, chili, pastrami and gluey American cheese. Nothing is more unhealthy than Oki Dog but its hard not to like.

Father's Office
1018 Montana Avenue Santa Monica Phone: 310 - 393 - 2337
If you can take the seething crowd of yuppies (not so bad on weekdays), the much-lauded Father's Office burger belongs on anyone's best of LA list. Not strictly comparable with say, the Apple Pan, it's gourmet blue cheese, bacon compote and aged beef are extremely fine. My friends love the Quebecois beer Fin du Monde as an accompaniment.

The Apple Pan
10801 W. Pico Blvd., West LA 310-475-3585
Old old school burger joint and subject of controversy. I really like it, though bbq sauced Hickory burger is less fine than regular. Pie is good with ice cream from same supplier as Disneyland according to counterdude - woohoo!

John O'Groats
10516 W Pico Blvd , West LA, 310-204-0692
Killing breakfast, huge lines befitting best on Westside status. Also try fish and chips.

709 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood 323.931.4223
Ultra-famous hot dog stand. I wouldn't wait for half an hour but the chili dog is a classic of its species. UPDATE: For the purist, a mild Polish dog, mustard, relish, onions but NO chili, is a superb choice.

225 26th St, 310 393-5238
Roast chicken in Brentwood, it's really tasty.

South Street
1010 Broxton Ave, Westwood 310 443-9895
Cheesesteak with Amoroso rolls from Philly. Good for the style and makes efforts towards authenticity as far as I know it.

Johnnie's Pastrami
4017 Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City 310.397.6654
Pastrami sandwich and jukebox that plays the wrong songs in Culver City. Famous pickles. Open late and worthwhile.

Rubin's Red Hots
15322 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 905-6515
Van Nuys Chicago style hot dogs just off 405 North.

Great Western Hoagie
1720 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310-450-4545
Lincoln Blvd cheesesteak. Not bad for the neighbourhood.

11407 Santa Monica Blvd, West LA, 310 477-1061
24hrs dive strictly for 3am only, when the matzo brei is actually appropriately filling and bad in a good way.

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