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Dough Box has landed their first sit-down location, in El Sereno

Dough Box, El Sereno
Dough Box
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Los Angeles’s favorite deep dish pizza, Dough Box, is ready for its official El Sereno debut. The Eastside-only evening option started as a takeout operation running things from a compact commissary kitchen in City Terrace, but earlier this year the team announced plans to get into a full-fledged space not far away. Now the time has come.

Dough Box started quietly letting customers into their Eastern Avenue address on Saturday, and is still in soft opening mode at the moment (though by Sunday night the compact dining area was already filling up easily). That’s good news for the myriad happy customers who have been driving miles and miles just to get a deep dish pie themselves, and were previously limited to partying it up in the parking lot or packing away the pizza for a drive back home.

Not that this is a big space. There’s only six stools facing out onto the street beyond, plus a couple of benches, so you’ll have to squeeze if you want to dine in at all. But still it’s a big move in the right direction for owners Alexandra Gonzalez and Tony Hernandez, and shows their growth potential in a market that could always use more quality deep dish. It helps too that the kitchen has a fair bit more wiggle room than their old spot.

The new Dough Box storefront in El Sereno is soft open now (in fact, they’ve been doing the usual takeaway service only for a couple of weeks), keeping evening hours from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Don’t mind waiting for your pizza at the restaurant? They’ve got a cabinet arcade game to tide you over while the kitchen does its thing.

Dough Box El Sereno
2734 N. Eastern Ave.
Los Angeles, CA