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Local Legends

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

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How Two Generations of Siblings Built SoCal’s Most Successful Persian Restaurant Empire

Twin sisters Darya and Sadaf Salout maintain and grow their father Ali and uncle Shawn’s group of four Persian restaurants

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The Wild Wine Cellars of Le Chêne

Le Chêne, a 43-year-old restaurant, possesses a motherlode of vintage wine in the canyons just beyond Santa Clarita

This Inglewood Bakery Maintains a Firm Red Velvet Frosted Hold on South LA

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Eagle Rock’s 60-Year-Old Diner Serves Breakfast Basics and Killer Thai Food

Order corned beef hash with chicken tom kha at Armon’s, Eagle Rock’s diner of choice for 60 years

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This Classic Salvadoran Restaurant Is Outliving Highland Park’s Hipster Era

Las Cazuelas has endured as a fixture of the ever-changing North Figueroa Street for 38 years

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This Breakfast Joint Serves the Only Ethiopian Food in the San Fernando Valley

As El Cholo Turns 100, Meet the Generations Who Cherish LA’s Oldest Mexican Restaurant

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Find the ‘Southland’s Most Honored Sandwiches’ at This 77-Year-Old El Monte Diner

Time moves slowly, but food arrives quickly at the original Jolly Jug

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Dive Into the Supreme Satisfaction of Japanese Home Cooking at This SGV Gem

Find homestyle katsu curry, soba noodles, and tempura at this hidden-away treasure

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In Car-Obsessed LA, This Mega Dealership Secretly Doubles as a Restaurant Group

The only thing better than new car smell is freshly brewed coffee and sizzling bacon at Galpin Motors

All Aboard the Chowder Barge, LA’s Only Floating Restaurant

This Tiny Sandwich Staple Has Kept LA’s Foothills Fed For Half a Century

The Smothered Mole Burrito at This Culver City Restaurant Is a Sleeper Hit

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Culver City’s Decade-Old Copenhagen Pastry Is a True Danish Delight

Karen Hansen’s decade-old Danish bakery is one of LA’s most underrated international sweets shops

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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