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Local Legends

Celebrating Los Angeles's longtime restaurants that have defined its dining scene for decades

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Truckers Say This Dusty Roadside Diner Is California’s Best Restaurant

Oak Hills restaurant Outpost Cafe, nearby Hesperia, serves down-home American classics to weary travelers

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Sea Harbour Chef Tony He Is the Godfather of LA Dim Sum — And He Knows It

He’s going to tell you he invented a bunch of popular dim sum dishes

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For 37 Years, This Cambodian Family Has Served the Best Noodle Soup in Long Beach

Find pork noodle soup, porridge with Chinese doughnuts, and deep family ties at Phnom Penh Noodle Shack

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75 Years In, Mels Drive-In Still Plays the Diner Hits

The longtime carhop chain has been a backdrop for famous films and a home for generations of family diners

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The Endearing Hippie Vegan Paradise Tucked Into the Foothills of Altadena

Oh Happy Days, a vegan cafe and natural food store, is known for home-style fare and as a community meeting space

Consider This Decades-Old Long Beach Restaurant the Mother of Mother Wolf

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Discover the Hidden Charms of This 100-Year-Old Diner in Sierra Madre

Mary’s Market has been a fixture of the sleepy canyon community for a century

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An Orange County Falafel Legend Carries on a Father’s Legacy

One of the oldest restaurants in Orange County’s Little Arabia district, Kareem’s Falafel has endured tragedy and changing tastes to stay relevant

How the Rams and Residents of Inglewood Saved The Serving Spoon

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New Owners of LA’s Most Important Jewish Bakery Work to Carry on a 75-Year Legacy

Southern California’s Diamond Bakery almost closed. Now a worker-led push and profit-sharing structure mean new hope for its Fairfax future

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Manhattan Beach’s Beating Heart Is a 24-Hour Restaurant That Serves Hundreds Daily

The famous South Bay restaurant has been open for nearly half a century