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16 Ways to Beat the Heat This Memorial Day Weekend

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgSummer unofficially begins this weekend on Memorial Day. While the urge to heat up the backyard grill may be strong, another heat wave is headed our way. Consider cooling off while out and about with an Italian ice, root beer float, bowl of cold noodles, or rooftop cocktail instead. Here are 16 ways to beat the heat in LA this weekend.


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1. Class 302

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1015 Nogales St
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 965-5809

When it gets hot in the SGV, those in the know do their homework and head to class — Class 302 that is, where the mango shaved ice-snow-like dessert offers a tropical respite.

2. Blockheads Shavery Co.

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11311 Mississippi Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-8725

Little Osaka's answer to the shaved ice craze can be found at Blockheads where the black sesame and green tea flavors are especially popular.

3. Coni'seafood

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3544 W Imperial Hwy
Inglewood, CA 90303
(310) 672-2339

Though we love the pescado zarandeado here, on a hot day, there's nothing like a plate of aguachile de camarón, or shrimp ceviche in a fresh tomatillo-lime sauce.

4. Fishing with Dynamite

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1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA
310.893.6299

It's hard to pick just one thing off chef David LeFevre's seafood-focused menu. The clam chowdah' and crab cakes are top notch, but the shellfish platters (especially the monstrous Mothershucker) are always a safe bet on a hot day.

5. Rita's of Santa Monica

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2307 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 450-5042
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Hot day? Two words: Italian ice. Rita's isn't native to LA, but it does now offer one of the creamiest, frostiest cups of lemon-y ice around.

6. Soda Jerks

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200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-7632

There's lots to love on the Santa Monica Pier, but when it's hot, Soda Jerks should be your first stop. Choose between the classic root beer floats, shakes, and sundaes — or go all out and get a banana split with the works.

7. ¡Lotería! Grill

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735 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 438-0200

Loteria's multiple locations mean you can cool off any time in many parts of the city with a refreshing agua fresca (consider the lime, watermelon, or jamaica) and a bowl of chips and guacamole.

8. Stamp Proper Foods

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4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 953-5181
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Even if the vegan food here isn't your thing, the Strawberry Tomato Basil smoothie is one of our new favorite ways to cool off.

9. The Oinkster Hollywood

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776 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 536-9248
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You already know about The Oinkster's burgers and pastrami and fries (all great, in a gut-busting sort of way). But have you had their horchata shake? It's made with Fosselman's ice cream and house-made horchata.

10. Perch

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448 S Hill St 13th F
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 802-1770
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Perch remains one of downtown's best rooftops. Grab a seat outside and catch the breeze with a Red Herring – Aperol, grapefruit juice, California Ale, angostura — in hand.

11. Bestia

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2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 514-5724
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It's no secret that downtown LA gets hot come summertime. Cool off on the patio at Bestia with a white negroni (Ford's gin, kina l'avion d'or, suze, grapefruit twist).

12. Guisados

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2100 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 264-7201
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It's true that even on a hot day a plate of tacos will hit the spot. Wash these steamy guisados down with el Armando Palmero, an Arnold Palmer riff made from jamaica and lemon juice.

13. East Borough Fraîche Vietnamese

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9810 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 596-8266

The house-made sodas, egg creams, beers, and cocktails are all going to cool you off, but for something heartier, consider the grilled curry shrimp vermicelli — it's spicy, but light.

14. Daikokuya

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1220 S Golden West Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 254-0127
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Note that not all of Daikokuya's locations serve cold ramen, though it will soon be available at the mini-chain's Sawtelle location as well. Also ask about the hiyashi chuka, or cold noodle salad.

15. Jidai-Ya

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18537 S. Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90504
(310) 532-0999

Everyone seems to go here for the tonkotsu and spicy miso ramen, but on a hot day request the cold ramen, or hiyashi chuka — the fresh vegetables, springy noodles, and light broth are perfectly cooling.

16. Santouka

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3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 391-1101
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Santouka's cold ramen is only offered in the summertime. The noodles come on a plate in a puddle of cool broth. Toss in your choice of julienned vegetables.

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1. Class 302

1015 Nogales St, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

When it gets hot in the SGV, those in the know do their homework and head to class — Class 302 that is, where the mango shaved ice-snow-like dessert offers a tropical respite.

1015 Nogales St
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

2. Blockheads Shavery Co.

11311 Mississippi Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Little Osaka's answer to the shaved ice craze can be found at Blockheads where the black sesame and green tea flavors are especially popular.

11311 Mississippi Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90025

3. Coni'seafood

3544 W Imperial Hwy, Inglewood, CA 90303

Though we love the pescado zarandeado here, on a hot day, there's nothing like a plate of aguachile de camarón, or shrimp ceviche in a fresh tomatillo-lime sauce.

3544 W Imperial Hwy
Inglewood, CA 90303

4. Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA

It's hard to pick just one thing off chef David LeFevre's seafood-focused menu. The clam chowdah' and crab cakes are top notch, but the shellfish platters (especially the monstrous Mothershucker) are always a safe bet on a hot day.

1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA

5. Rita's of Santa Monica

2307 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Hot day? Two words: Italian ice. Rita's isn't native to LA, but it does now offer one of the creamiest, frostiest cups of lemon-y ice around.

2307 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

6. Soda Jerks

200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

There's lots to love on the Santa Monica Pier, but when it's hot, Soda Jerks should be your first stop. Choose between the classic root beer floats, shakes, and sundaes — or go all out and get a banana split with the works.

200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

7. ¡Lotería! Grill

735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Loteria's multiple locations mean you can cool off any time in many parts of the city with a refreshing agua fresca (consider the lime, watermelon, or jamaica) and a bowl of chips and guacamole.

735 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

8. Stamp Proper Foods

4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Even if the vegan food here isn't your thing, the Strawberry Tomato Basil smoothie is one of our new favorite ways to cool off.

4500 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

9. The Oinkster Hollywood

776 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

You already know about The Oinkster's burgers and pastrami and fries (all great, in a gut-busting sort of way). But have you had their horchata shake? It's made with Fosselman's ice cream and house-made horchata.

776 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

10. Perch

448 S Hill St 13th F, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Perch remains one of downtown's best rooftops. Grab a seat outside and catch the breeze with a Red Herring – Aperol, grapefruit juice, California Ale, angostura — in hand.

448 S Hill St 13th F
Los Angeles, CA 90013

11. Bestia

2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021

It's no secret that downtown LA gets hot come summertime. Cool off on the patio at Bestia with a white negroni (Ford's gin, kina l'avion d'or, suze, grapefruit twist).

2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

12. Guisados

2100 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

It's true that even on a hot day a plate of tacos will hit the spot. Wash these steamy guisados down with el Armando Palmero, an Arnold Palmer riff made from jamaica and lemon juice.

2100 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033

13. East Borough Fraîche Vietnamese

9810 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

The house-made sodas, egg creams, beers, and cocktails are all going to cool you off, but for something heartier, consider the grilled curry shrimp vermicelli — it's spicy, but light.

9810 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

14. Daikokuya

1220 S Golden West Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Note that not all of Daikokuya's locations serve cold ramen, though it will soon be available at the mini-chain's Sawtelle location as well. Also ask about the hiyashi chuka, or cold noodle salad.

1220 S Golden West Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

15. Jidai-Ya

18537 S. Western Ave, Torrance, CA 90504

Everyone seems to go here for the tonkotsu and spicy miso ramen, but on a hot day request the cold ramen, or hiyashi chuka — the fresh vegetables, springy noodles, and light broth are perfectly cooling.

18537 S. Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90504

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16. Santouka

3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Santouka's cold ramen is only offered in the summertime. The noodles come on a plate in a puddle of cool broth. Toss in your choice of julienned vegetables.

3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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