Los Angeles has always had a slew of fantastic dishes, from the mid-century and early 20th century institutions that served hulking pieces of meat to the new classic eateries that have redefined cuisine as it is today. Throw in the variety of ethnic cuisines that showcase the best flavors of their home country, and you have quite the smorgasbord of meat dishes that will appeal to omnivores everywhere. Here now, a compilation of some of the most iconic, note-worthy meat dishes in Los Angeles, listed without any particular order. Go, start drooling.Read More
A Rundown of 43 Iconic Meat Dishes in Los Angeles
1. Game Meat Trio at Saddle Peak Lodge
The game trio at Saddle Peak Lodge is the most popular order at this historic hunting lodge in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. Recently, it's been buffalo short rib, elk, and bison, elegantly sided by chef Christopher Kufek.
2. Oxtail Poutine at Animal
The oxtail poutine here is a very popular order, a heap of fries topped with gravy-laden braised oxtail. It's hard to go wrong with that.
3. Duck al Mattone at Osteria Mozza
The whole duck here is expertly roasted, perfectly crisp, and just about the most satisfying main entree on a list riddled with excellent choices. Served with pear mostarda for an ideal foil to the rich duck.
4. Beef Tongue Schnitzel at Bäco Mercat
The beef tongue "schnitzel" baco at Josef Centano's Downtown restaurant is a wallop for most diners, loaded with harissa, smoked aioli for even more richness, and a pickle to balance it out.
5. Bone Marrow Flan at CUT
The bone marrow here gets elevated with a nice flan filled into the bones. Even more spreadable than simple roasted bone marrow, Wolfgang Puck's signature steakhouse has this as its must-order appetizer.
6. Grilled Chicken at Dino's Chicken and Burgers
It's hard to really pinpoint how this unique LA dish happened, but it's essentially marinaded chicken grilled over an open flame then doused with a tangy, spicy sauce that's as addictive as it looks. Best when served over fries, which soak up all the sauce.
7. Fennel Crusted Pork Chop at Sotto
Though it's been various cuts of pork over the years, Sotto's fantastic fennel-crusted pork chop is made with Heritage pig. Juicy, well seasoned, and perfectly shareable with a whole table, it's a meat-lover's entree.
8. Veal Scalloppine at Dan Tana's
The steaks are probably the most popular order at Dan Tana's, but the veal scalloppine is also a signature thing to order. Served in a variety of preparations such as marsala to picata, you really can't go wrong in one of the classic dining rooms in LA.
9. Corned Beef Sandwich at Nate 'n Al
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
The corned beef sandwich at Nate n' Al is among the better picks at this classic Jewish deli in Beverly Hills. And it's a great thing to have with the housemade pickle plate.
10. Corned Beef Hash at The Grill on the Alley
Jonathan Gold raves about the corned beef hash, and for good reason. It's well worth it despite costing around $20. And be sure to order it well done.
11. Pork Toro at Night + Market
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Kris Yenbamroong really has a way with pork, and the pork toro is probably the most popular order. Chewy and meaty, it's a crowd pleaser.
12. Chicken a la Crema at Gardens of Taxco
This chicken was booooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrn in the sauce. Yeah, that's how the famous servers are going to describe the chicken at this old-school Mexican joint in West Hollywood.
13. Liver & Onions at Musso & Frank Grill
There are a slew of great meat dishes at this old-time Hollywood haunt. Try something weird to go with a stiff martini: calf's liver and onions. Served with a bit of bacon, most people find this one of the best versions anywhere.
14. Birria de Chivo at Flor del Rio
Los Angeles, CA 90063
L.A. has a decent number of birria spots, or slow-braised goat served on a platter still drenched in broth with a side of tortillas and other accoutrements. Flor del Rio does the best version that's not in someone's house, which is impressive.
15. Turkey Leg Sandwich at Corazon Y Miel
The whole turkey leg available at brunch at this Bell restaurant is made into a sandwich, which might make it the craziest sandwich ever. Don't worry, it's only two pounds worth of meat.
16. Crying Tiger Beef at Jitlada
The crying tiger beef or pork is one of the most popular orders at this Thai Town restaurant, where adventurous diners can get it in varying degrees of spiciness.
17. Beef Double Dip at Philippe the Original
The beef sandwich, double-dipped, is one of the enduring classics of L.A. dining. The lamb sandwich is pretty fantastic too. Just be careful with the uber spicy, sinus-clearing mustard sauce.
18. Roast Beef at Lawry's The Prime Rib
The crazy carving carts, which roll around the dining room at this Beverly Hills institution, are the ideal place to fulfill one's meat-filled gluttony. Order a beef bowl cut, the size served to football players who come into town during the Rose Bowl.
19. Short Rib Tacos at Kogi BBQ Truck
Roy Choi first gained notoreity for these short rib tacos, marinaded like kalbi and topped with salsa that would fit right into any taco truck around town. The fusion fueled not only Choi's empire, but a thousand other nouveau food trucks and imitators.
20. Bistecca alla Fiorentina at Chi Spacca
The massive 42 or 50 ounce porterhouse, dry-aged and grilled right in the dining room, is a sight to behold. Share it with a group or grab one other meat fiend to finish it off.
21. Fried Chicken Livers at Roscoe's
The fried chicken livers pack a wallop but they're oddly addictive. Always a nice thing to have on the table along with the delectable fried chicken and waffles that everyone's liable to order.
22. Hot Dog Burrito at Oki Dog
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Two grilled hot dogs stuffed with chili, cheese, and pastrami, then wrapped in a burrito. It doesn't make sense, but it's a classic late night bite in Mid-City.
23. Baseball Steak at Pacific Dining Car
Popularized in Training Day by Denzel Washington, this 10 oz steak is a mere $15 bucks, a perfect thing to battle a potential hangover late into the night. The old school digs certainly helps finish off any night out.
24. Pepper Steak at Dal Rae Restaurant
The pepper steak is the easiest thing to live the Don Draper life. Housed in a classic 1950's restaurant out in Pico Rivera, it's a bit of a trek for most Angelenos.
25. Chili Cheese Dog at Pink's Hot Dogs
A chili cheese dog here isn't going to change your life and it certainly isn't worth the long wait on most nights. But it's been the hunger cure for thousands of Angelenos over the decades.
26. Chicken Liver Bruschetta at Pizzeria Mozza
There's plenty of chicken liver to be had in L.A., but Nancy Silverton's simple toast at this enduring pizzeria is a must order for any Mozza neophyte. It's artisanal toast before it became a thing.
27. Godmother Sandwich at Bay Cities Italian Deli
The Godmother sandwich is still the Italian sub to beat in Los Angeles. Loaded with a slew of cold cuts and topped with shredded lettuce, hot peppers, and mustard, it's still one of the most popular things to eat in the city.
28. Burger at Father's Office
Sang Yoon is credited with creating the gourmet burger. Inspired by French onion soup and served on an oblong sandwich bun, it still manages to impress doubters after more than 12 years. Don't ask for ketchup, but you really won't need it anyway
29. Korean Fried Chicken at The Prince
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Featuring a cracklin' crust in a subterranean dining room (and the location for The New Girl and various Mad Men shoots), The Prince's Korean Fried Chicken is easily one of the best in town. Served with pickled daikon radish, it's a tasty late night snack.
30. Potato Balls at Porto's Bakery & Cafe
The cheap potato balls are a must order at this bustling Glendale (and now Burbank and Downey) Cuban bakery. With spiced ground meat surrounded with mashed potatoes and then covered with breadcrumbs, it goes down with one or two bites.
31. Reuben Sandwich at Brent's Deli
The grilled Reuben is the thing to get at this far-flung Valley deli. Loaded high with pastrami, it's worth the trip for fans of Jewish deli fare.
32. Roast Suckling Pig at Sam Woo Barbeque
Alhambra, CA 91803
The juicy roast suckling pig, lightly glazed and served with crackling skin, is one of the enduring dishes at this San Gabriel institution. The roasted duck is quite good as well.
33. Chicken Gizzards at Bestia
If you were to ask Ori Menashe what his favorite dish to make it, it's the fried chicken gizzards, an unlovable dish that will turn any doubter. Served with roasted beefs, endives, and aged cheese, it's a must order for any first timers.
34. Pan-Fried Pork Buns at Shau May
Monterey Park, CA 91754
The Shanghai pan-fried buns at this unassuming spot are probably the best in the SGV. Grab a plate and dip carefully in soy vinegar sauce. It's an ideal late afternoon snack.
35. Brisket and Ribs at Bludso's BBQ
The brisket and ribs here might be the best Texas-style 'cue in town. Evincing a high level of smoke flavor and doused in a spicy sauce, it's worth a trek. But if distance is an issue, there's always Bludso's Bar & Que right on La Brea and Melrose, which is just as good.
36. Tacos al Pastor at Tacos Leo
Los Angeles, CA 90019
The tacos al pastor here is easily the best in town. Consistently flavored and expertly sliced off the trombo, the tacos run a mere dollar. And the mulitas and alambres, made with said al pastor meat, are great as well.
37. Spicy Chicken Pops at Lukshon
Culver City, CA 90232
Sang Yoon took some inspiration from late French chef Bernard Loiseau by making fun meat popsicles, though Yoon uses chicken wings here and proceeds to stir-fry it with a sweet-spicy glaze.
38. Pork Spicy Patties at Spicy BBQ
Los Angeles, CA 90029
The spicy pork patties at Spicy BBQ, a tiny hole-in-the-wall on the fringe of Thai Town, is a great thing to order, along with the near-ideal Chiang Mai noodles. Served with fried basil leaves, don't underestimate their spice.
39. Philly Cheeseteak at The Bazaar
Jose Andres found a signature dish in this Philly cheesesteak redux, a gentle loaf (called air bread) filled with cheese and topped with slivers of Kobe beef, it's an addictive bite.
40. Kalbi Jjim at Seongbukdong
Los Angeles, CA 90020
The sweet, savory braised short ribs at this tiny Korean restaurant are perhaps the best in town. Tender, flavorful, and addictive when eaten over rice, it's a must order when in Koreatown.
41. Anticucho Corazon at Picca Peruvian Cantina
Ricardo Zarate's South Beverly Hills restaurant makes fantastic grilled meats and veggies over a close flame, almost like yakitori. The beef heart topped with walnut rocoto sauce is amazingly tender, with a bit of smokiness from the wood fire.