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Garlicky noodles at the Bleu Kitchen truck.
Wonho Frank Lee

15 Ultimate Comfort Food Dishes to Stress Eat in Los Angeles

Fried chicken, smothered pork chops, and juicy meat pies

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Garlicky noodles at the Bleu Kitchen truck.
| Wonho Frank Lee

Sometimes, there's no modern cure for what ails you. Medicine isn't always the answer, and not everything heals underneath a Band-Aid. But comfort food remains — those warming, homey dishes meant to bring you back to your personal center with every loving bite.

What comfort food means to you largely depends on how and where you were raised, but there are certain constants within the malleable genre that tend to cross cultural boundaries. After all, who doesn't want a cheesy slice of pizza when things look particularly dreary outside, or isn't looking to fill up on fried chicken when their soul is feeling down? No matter what your personal comfort food place is, you’ll find something on this list to get you through the tough times.

Removed: Soondubu at Beverly Soon Tofu, Grilled Cheese at Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese, Sloppy Joe at Idle Hour Bar, Ramen at Tentenyu, Pho at Nong La Cafe, Spaghetti and Meatballs at Jones Hollywood, Meatloaf Sandwich at Joan’s on Third, Fried Chicken at Dinah’s Fried Chicken, Rotisserie Chicken at République, matzo ball soup at Nate’n Al

Added: Brisket and hot links at Moo’s Craft Barbecue, tonkatsu ramen at Men Oh Tokushima Ramen, pizza at Dough Daddy, breakfast burrito at Larry’s Chili Dog, garlic noodles at Bleu Kitchen truck, smothered pork chops at Dulan’s, pho from Pho Filet, birria quesadilla at Burritos La Palma, beef pies at Tianjin Feng Wei, roast chicken at Pollos El Incomparable, dumplings at Cindy’s Kitchen

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Roasted chicken at Pollos El Incomparable

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7300 Topanga Canyon Blvd Unit 7
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 963-8890
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The chickens at Pollos El Incomparable get the full charcoal rotisserie treatment, which means a slightly sweet-spiced bird married with subtle notes of smoke — capturing the true spirit of the Peruvian classic.

2. Smothered pork chops at Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

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202 E Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 671-3345
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Soul food restaurants don’t get much more famous than Dulan’s on Crenshaw. The banquet hall/restaurant/community gathering point has been at it for decades, turning out massive portions of irresistible smothered pork chops.

3. Breakfast burrito at Larry's Chili Dog

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3122 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 842-0244
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While it’s hard to pass on the signature chili dogs at Larry’s, hone in on the breakfast burrito for serious comfort. Every burrito comes chock-full of bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns, cheese, and a spicy green salsa.

4. Mole at Guelaguetza

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3014 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 427-0608
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After all these years, it’s hard to argue that there is anyone doing better mole in LA than the family behind Koreatown’s Guelaguetza. Rich with flavor and offered in copious amounts, this Olympic Boulevard ode to Oaxacan mole turns out endless amounts of the stuff for hungry families nightly.

5. Chicken pot pie at Wood Spoon

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107 E 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 629-1765
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Wood Spoon is a Brazilian favorite celebrating over a decade in Downtown. Its most memorable dish is the chicken pot pie — a rich reminder of the power of good ingredients and great technique.

Brazilian chicken pot pie on a shabby chic plate with green lettuce and side of dressing.
Chicken Pot Pie at Wood Spoon
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6. Pizza at Dough Daddy

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Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

The current pizza craze is pan-style pies that ride high on the edges to maximize crispiness and cheesiness. Add on lots of sauce and pliant, almost airy dough, and it’s easy to call this the perfect kind of comfort food right now, as evidenced by the weekly sellouts happening at Instagram-only pop-up Dough Daddy in Downtown LA.

7. Ramen at Men Oh Tokushima Ramen

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456 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 687-8485

This veteran ramen shop in Little Tokyo is doing strong takeout featuring a very good spicy tonkotsu ramen topped with stir-fried pork belly, as well as very good gyoza.

8. Pierogi at Polka Polish

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4112 Verdugo Rd
Glassell Park, CA 90065

Glassell Park’s Polka Polish restaurant is a neighborhood gem, tucked into a strip mall and serving simple Eastern European classics like handmade pierogi. Don’t sleep on the pork cutlet either.

9. Brisket and hot links at Moo’s Craft Barbecue

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672 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(323) 379-3635
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Moo’s Craft Barbecue began life as an East LA backyard pop-up, but now they’re offering takeout through the pandemic in Downtown. The Texas-style perfectionists skew decidedly Southern California with its menu of sides.

A plate of barbecue, including links and ribs and brisket.
Moo’s Craft Barbecue
Moo’s Craft Barbecue

10. Garlic noodles at Bleu Kitchen Truck

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Regulars and newcomers alike can’t get enough of the garlic noodles inspired by Helene An’s Crustracean classic. The noodles come topped with two hearty proteins — be sure to try the combo with steak and shrimp. Check Instagram for schedule and locations.

11. Beef pies at Tianjin Feng Wei

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525 W Valley Blvd Ste b
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 766-1967

Alhambra’s Tianjin Feng Wei was built for the new normal with its takeout-only footprint, Chinese comfort food menu, and travel-friendly wares. The most comforting dish on the menu are the crisp-golden beef “pancakes” filled with ground beef, teeny tiny onions, and warm spices. And be careful of scalding spurts of meat juices. 

Meat “pancake” at Tianjin Feng Wei in Alhambra.
Beef pies at Tianjin Feng Wei
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12. Pho at Phở Filet

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9463 Garvey Ave ste a
South El Monte, CA 91733
(626) 453-8911

Linh Phuong Nguyen makes the best bowl of southern style pho at this worn-in restaurant. While the filet mignon that comes standard with every bowl is a cut above the rest, it’s Phở Filet’s unparalleled broth that distinguishes her product from the dozens of hawkers in town.

Pho Filet
Pho bo at Phở Filet
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13. Fideo at Colonia Publica

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6717 Greenleaf Ave
Whittier, CA 90601
(562) 693-2621
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You won’t find fideo on every Mexican restaurant menu across Los Angeles, but that’s okay — it just makes the trip to Colonia Publica in Whittier all the more special. Chef Ricardo Diaz is doing strong bowls of the home cooking favorite, a sort of Mexican take on ramen that includes noodles, meat, chicharrones, and whatever else you want to include.

14. Birria quesadilla at Burritos La Palma

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5120 Peck Rd
El Monte, CA 91732
(626) 350-8286
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Everything on Burritos La Palma’s menu shines, especially the birria that’s juicy and particularly satisfying stuffed inside a quesadilla. Savor it slowly in the parking lot and don’t hesitate to order another to take home.

15. Cindy's Kitchen

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16409 Colima Rd
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
(626) 961-0789
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The Taiwanese restaurant with the killer leek and pork dumplings is a bit of a drive for many Angelenos, but it’s one of a few great options for dumplings in Hacienda Heights, along with Rowland Heights an oft-overlooked area for some great Chinese and Taiwanese food in general.

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1. Roasted chicken at Pollos El Incomparable

7300 Topanga Canyon Blvd Unit 7, Canoga Park, CA 91303

The chickens at Pollos El Incomparable get the full charcoal rotisserie treatment, which means a slightly sweet-spiced bird married with subtle notes of smoke — capturing the true spirit of the Peruvian classic.

7300 Topanga Canyon Blvd Unit 7
Canoga Park, CA 91303

2. Smothered pork chops at Dulan's Soul Food Kitchen

202 E Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

Soul food restaurants don’t get much more famous than Dulan’s on Crenshaw. The banquet hall/restaurant/community gathering point has been at it for decades, turning out massive portions of irresistible smothered pork chops.

202 E Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

3. Breakfast burrito at Larry's Chili Dog

3122 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

While it’s hard to pass on the signature chili dogs at Larry’s, hone in on the breakfast burrito for serious comfort. Every burrito comes chock-full of bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns, cheese, and a spicy green salsa.

3122 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

4. Mole at Guelaguetza

3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

After all these years, it’s hard to argue that there is anyone doing better mole in LA than the family behind Koreatown’s Guelaguetza. Rich with flavor and offered in copious amounts, this Olympic Boulevard ode to Oaxacan mole turns out endless amounts of the stuff for hungry families nightly.

3014 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

5. Chicken pot pie at Wood Spoon

107 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Brazilian chicken pot pie on a shabby chic plate with green lettuce and side of dressing.
Chicken Pot Pie at Wood Spoon
Wonho Frank Lee

Wood Spoon is a Brazilian favorite celebrating over a decade in Downtown. Its most memorable dish is the chicken pot pie — a rich reminder of the power of good ingredients and great technique.

107 E 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

6. Pizza at Dough Daddy

Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

The current pizza craze is pan-style pies that ride high on the edges to maximize crispiness and cheesiness. Add on lots of sauce and pliant, almost airy dough, and it’s easy to call this the perfect kind of comfort food right now, as evidenced by the weekly sellouts happening at Instagram-only pop-up Dough Daddy in Downtown LA.

Downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

7. Ramen at Men Oh Tokushima Ramen

456 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This veteran ramen shop in Little Tokyo is doing strong takeout featuring a very good spicy tonkotsu ramen topped with stir-fried pork belly, as well as very good gyoza.

456 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

8. Pierogi at Polka Polish

4112 Verdugo Rd, Glassell Park, CA 90065

Glassell Park’s Polka Polish restaurant is a neighborhood gem, tucked into a strip mall and serving simple Eastern European classics like handmade pierogi. Don’t sleep on the pork cutlet either.

4112 Verdugo Rd
Glassell Park, CA 90065

9. Brisket and hot links at Moo’s Craft Barbecue

672 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
A plate of barbecue, including links and ribs and brisket.
Moo’s Craft Barbecue
Moo’s Craft Barbecue

Moo’s Craft Barbecue began life as an East LA backyard pop-up, but now they’re offering takeout through the pandemic in Downtown. The Texas-style perfectionists skew decidedly Southern California with its menu of sides.

672 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021

10. Garlic noodles at Bleu Kitchen Truck

Long Beach, CA

Regulars and newcomers alike can’t get enough of the garlic noodles inspired by Helene An’s Crustracean classic. The noodles come topped with two hearty proteins — be sure to try the combo with steak and shrimp. Check Instagram for schedule and locations.

11. Beef pies at Tianjin Feng Wei

525 W Valley Blvd Ste b, Alhambra, CA 91803
Meat “pancake” at Tianjin Feng Wei in Alhambra.
Beef pies at Tianjin Feng Wei
Cathy Chaplin

Alhambra’s Tianjin Feng Wei was built for the new normal with its takeout-only footprint, Chinese comfort food menu, and travel-friendly wares. The most comforting dish on the menu are the crisp-golden beef “pancakes” filled with ground beef, teeny tiny onions, and warm spices. And be careful of scalding spurts of meat juices. 

525 W Valley Blvd Ste b
Alhambra, CA 91803

12. Pho at Phở Filet

9463 Garvey Ave ste a, South El Monte, CA 91733
Pho Filet
Pho bo at Phở Filet
Cathy Chaplin

Linh Phuong Nguyen makes the best bowl of southern style pho at this worn-in restaurant. While the filet mignon that comes standard with every bowl is a cut above the rest, it’s Phở Filet’s unparalleled broth that distinguishes her product from the dozens of hawkers in town.

9463 Garvey Ave ste a
South El Monte, CA 91733

13. Fideo at Colonia Publica

6717 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90601

You won’t find fideo on every Mexican restaurant menu across Los Angeles, but that’s okay — it just makes the trip to Colonia Publica in Whittier all the more special. Chef Ricardo Diaz is doing strong bowls of the home cooking favorite, a sort of Mexican take on ramen that includes noodles, meat, chicharrones, and whatever else you want to include.

6717 Greenleaf Ave
Whittier, CA 90601

14. Birria quesadilla at Burritos La Palma

5120 Peck Rd, El Monte, CA 91732

Everything on Burritos La Palma’s menu shines, especially the birria that’s juicy and particularly satisfying stuffed inside a quesadilla. Savor it slowly in the parking lot and don’t hesitate to order another to take home.

5120 Peck Rd
El Monte, CA 91732

15. Cindy's Kitchen

16409 Colima Rd, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

The Taiwanese restaurant with the killer leek and pork dumplings is a bit of a drive for many Angelenos, but it’s one of a few great options for dumplings in Hacienda Heights, along with Rowland Heights an oft-overlooked area for some great Chinese and Taiwanese food in general.

16409 Colima Rd
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745

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