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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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Class 302

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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.

Blockheads Shavery Co.

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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.

Coni'seafood

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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.

Fishing with Dynamite

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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.

Rita's of Santa Monica

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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.

Soda Jerks

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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.

¡Lotería! Grill

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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.

Stamp Proper Foods

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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.

The Oinkster Hollywood

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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.

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.

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).

Guisados

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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.

East Borough Fraîche Vietnamese

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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.

Daikokuya

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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.

Jidai-Ya

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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.

Santouka

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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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Class 302

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.

Blockheads Shavery Co.

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.

Coni'seafood

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.

Fishing with Dynamite

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.

Rita's of Santa Monica

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.

Soda Jerks

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.

¡Lotería! Grill

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.

Stamp Proper Foods

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.

The Oinkster Hollywood

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.

Perch

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.

Bestia

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).

Guisados

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.

East Borough Fraîche Vietnamese

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.

Daikokuya

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.

Jidai-Ya

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.

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Santouka

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.