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13 Easy Drive-Thru Restaurant Options Around LA Right Now

The original contactless food system has deep roots in Los Angeles, and is still thriving as coronavirus remains a reality

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Los Angeles’s car culture and urban sprawl are legendary. As a result of Southern California’s massive network of freeways and wide boulevards, drive-thru restaurants have proliferated in the decades since the introduction of the two-way speaker box in 1948, and even today drive-thru restaurants continue to thrive in communities all over greater LA. From the iconic Randy’s Donut to a fairly new Long Beach plant-based joint, here are 13 of the best drive-thru restaurants to stop at during this time of physical distancing.

ADDED: Antojitos Martin, B&B Donuts, Gus’s Drive-In, Plant Power Fast Food, Randy’s Donuts

REMOVED: Arry’s Super Burgers, Astro Burger, Broad Street Oyster, El Huero

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chuy's Tacos Dorados

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14557 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405
(747) 264-1662
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Van Nuys’ Chuys Tacos Dorados does hard-shelled tacos and other Mexican-American staples from a simple drive-thru right off Vanowen Street.

A tray full of tacos.
Hard-shelled tacos from Chuy’s
Farley Elliott

2. Sam's Charbroiled Burgers

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10748 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 505-9070
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North Hollywood option Sam’s is still going strong, offering takeout to the greater San Fernando Valley — including lots of breakfast items — daily.

3. The Original Tops

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3838 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 449-4412
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It’s all about the pastrami at Tops in Pasadena, the classic Route 66 stand that has been in business for decades.

4. Rick's Drive In & Out

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2400 Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 660-5988

Silver Lake and Frogtown locals love Rick’s, the standby corner drive-thru with its quirky signs and vibrant Dodger fanbase. The breakfast burrito is a particular kind of drive-thru pleasure.

5. Patra's Charbroiled Burgers

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2319 N San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 225-9944
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Glassell Park’s timeless Patra’s stands all during the pandemic, serving burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more.

6. Lucy's Drive In

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1373 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 938-4337
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Lucy’s is a Mid-City staple, the kind of classic do-it-all restaurant that not only runs around the clock, it has what may be the most underrated breakfast burrito in Los Angeles.

7. The Donut Hole

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15300 Amar Rd
La Puente, CA 91744
(626) 968-2912

What could possibly be better than driving through a giant replica of a doughnut while picking up a box of real doughnuts? To do just that, simply head for the Donut Hole in La Puente.

8. Shin-Sen-Gumi 2GO

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18203 S Western Ave #104
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 324-3246
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Ramen to go? That sounds like a plan, especially when paired with takoyaki and other delicious side dishes.

Takeout ramen bowl from Shin Sen Gumi Express in Gardena
Shin-Sen-Gumi
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9. B & B Donuts

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925 Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 879-9670

Fullerton favorite B & B Donuts has a longstanding pandemic-proof feature: a drive-thru. Staff have been creating classic donuts for almost 50 years, along with seasonal or decorative donuts. The glazed buttermilk rivals any famed donut shop within the Southland.

The exterior of B & B Donuts in Fullerton, California
B & B Donuts
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10. Randy's Donuts

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805 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 645-4707
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For decades, Randy’s Donuts has maintained a drive-thru with some long wait times. Go for the classic glazed or cereal sprinkled variety.

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11. Antojitos Martin

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310 E Florence Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 680-9554
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Antojitos Martin is one of those classic LA-everything spots, done extremely well. There’s something for all, from fried plantains to horchata frappes, fresh juices, tortas, tamales, and elote. Don’t skip the surprising merch either, like the adorable Frida Kahlo kid’s bank.

12. Plant Power Fast Food

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5095 CA-1
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 343-5045
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There’s a distinct retro style happening at Long Beach’s Plant Power Fast Food, where familiar drive-thru dishes like burgers, root beer floats, and buffalo “wings” are found, but they’re all plant-based and delicious.

13. Gus's Drive-In

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1657 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 483-8885
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Operating for decades out of Westlake, Gus’s menu is massive with classic breakfast, burgers, fajitas, and a ribeye steak pita. There’s also a delightfully sweet and rare find in Southern California: custard.

1. Chuy's Tacos Dorados

14557 Vanowen St, Van Nuys, CA 91405
A tray full of tacos.
Hard-shelled tacos from Chuy’s
Farley Elliott

Van Nuys’ Chuys Tacos Dorados does hard-shelled tacos and other Mexican-American staples from a simple drive-thru right off Vanowen Street.

14557 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405

2. Sam's Charbroiled Burgers

10748 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91605

North Hollywood option Sam’s is still going strong, offering takeout to the greater San Fernando Valley — including lots of breakfast items — daily.

10748 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605

3. The Original Tops

3838 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

It’s all about the pastrami at Tops in Pasadena, the classic Route 66 stand that has been in business for decades.

3838 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107

4. Rick's Drive In & Out

2400 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Silver Lake and Frogtown locals love Rick’s, the standby corner drive-thru with its quirky signs and vibrant Dodger fanbase. The breakfast burrito is a particular kind of drive-thru pleasure.

2400 Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039

5. Patra's Charbroiled Burgers

2319 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Glassell Park’s timeless Patra’s stands all during the pandemic, serving burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more.

2319 N San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

6. Lucy's Drive In

1373 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Lucy’s is a Mid-City staple, the kind of classic do-it-all restaurant that not only runs around the clock, it has what may be the most underrated breakfast burrito in Los Angeles.

1373 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

7. The Donut Hole

15300 Amar Rd, La Puente, CA 91744

What could possibly be better than driving through a giant replica of a doughnut while picking up a box of real doughnuts? To do just that, simply head for the Donut Hole in La Puente.

15300 Amar Rd
La Puente, CA 91744

8. Shin-Sen-Gumi 2GO

18203 S Western Ave #104, Gardena, CA 90248
Takeout ramen bowl from Shin Sen Gumi Express in Gardena
Shin-Sen-Gumi
Matthew Kang

Ramen to go? That sounds like a plan, especially when paired with takoyaki and other delicious side dishes.

18203 S Western Ave #104
Gardena, CA 90248

9. B & B Donuts

925 Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832
The exterior of B & B Donuts in Fullerton, California
B & B Donuts
Mona Holmes

Fullerton favorite B & B Donuts has a longstanding pandemic-proof feature: a drive-thru. Staff have been creating classic donuts for almost 50 years, along with seasonal or decorative donuts. The glazed buttermilk rivals any famed donut shop within the Southland.

925 Harbor Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92832

10. Randy's Donuts

805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
US-PROPERTY-NFL-INGLEWOOD-RAMS Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images

For decades, Randy’s Donuts has maintained a drive-thru with some long wait times. Go for the classic glazed or cereal sprinkled variety.

805 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

11. Antojitos Martin

310 E Florence Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301

Antojitos Martin is one of those classic LA-everything spots, done extremely well. There’s something for all, from fried plantains to horchata frappes, fresh juices, tortas, tamales, and elote. Don’t skip the surprising merch either, like the adorable Frida Kahlo kid’s bank.

310 E Florence Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301

12. Plant Power Fast Food

5095 CA-1, Long Beach, CA 90804

There’s a distinct retro style happening at Long Beach’s Plant Power Fast Food, where familiar drive-thru dishes like burgers, root beer floats, and buffalo “wings” are found, but they’re all plant-based and delicious.

5095 CA-1
Long Beach, CA 90804

13. Gus's Drive-In

1657 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Operating for decades out of Westlake, Gus’s menu is massive with classic breakfast, burgers, fajitas, and a ribeye steak pita. There’s also a delightfully sweet and rare find in Southern California: custard.

1657 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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