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Bistecca alla Fiorentina at Chi Spacca
Bistecca alla Fiorentina at Chi Spacca
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40 Iconic Meat Dishes in Los Angeles

Steaks, sandwiches, platters, and more, for days.

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Bistecca alla Fiorentina at Chi Spacca
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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 collection of some of the most iconic, note-worthy meat dishes in Los Angeles, listed without any particular order. Go, start drooling.

Added: Baltaire, Jaragua, Redbird, Birch, Jon & Vinny's, Cadet [Closed]

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Beef Tongue Schnitzel at Bäco Mercat

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The beef tongue "schnitzel" baco at Josef Centeno'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. The massive sandwich-like dish is probably worth sharing so you can enjoy the rest of Baco's terrific plates.

Corned Beef Hash at The Grill on the Alley

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Jonathan Gold raves about the corned beef hash at this classic Beverly Hills power lunch spot. A wide plate of fried potatoes and beef, topped with a poached egg. Be sure to order it well done.

Bone Marrow Flan at CUT

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The bone marrow at Wolfgang Puck's steakhouse gets elevated with a meaty flan filled into the bones. Even more spreadable than simple roasted bone marrow, the appetizer is popular enough that it's almost on every table.

Corned Beef Sandwich at Nate 'n Al Delicatessen

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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, with different kinds of crunchy and briny pickles to pair with the sandwich.

Pork Toro at Night + Market

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Chef Kris Yenbamroong really has a way with pork, and the pork toro is probably the most popular order. A chewy and meaty cut from the neck of the pig, it's a crowd pleaser, especially with that complex, spicy dipping sauce.

Oxtail Poutine at Animal

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Despite menu changes, 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.

Game Meat Trio at Saddle Peak Lodge

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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. Sometimes it's buffalo short rib, elk, and bison, though you'll want to be flexible depending on the seasons.

Beef Double Dip at The Original Philippe

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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 extremely spicy, sinus-clearing mustard sauce, so dab with caution.

Roast Beef at Lawry's The Prime Rib

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The fancy 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.

Chili Cheese Dog at Pink's Hot Dogs

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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.

Chicken Liver Bruschetta at Pizzeria Mozza

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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.

Godmother Sandwich at Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

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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 have for lunch in the city.

Short Rib Tacos at Kogi BBQ Truck

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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.

Burger at Father's Office

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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.

Potato Balls at Porto's Bakery & Cafe

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The cheap potato balls are a must order at this bustling Glendale (plus 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. There's now a vegetarian version of the potato balls, for those who want to avoid meat.

Reuben Sandwich at Brent's Deli

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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, despite the trek up north. There's also a location in Westlake Village for those in the West Valley.

Chicken Gizzards at Bestia

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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 at this popular Arts District restaurant.

Pan-Fried Pork Buns at Shau May Restaurant

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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. The juices can fly out at boiling temperatures so eat this afternoon snack with care.

Tacos Al Pastor at Tacos Leo

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The tacos al pastor here is among the best in town. Consistently flavored and expertly sliced off the trompo, the tacos run a mere dollar. And the mulitas and alambres, made with said al pastor meat, are great as well.

Pork Spicy Patties at Spicy BBQ Restaurant

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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 great khao soi noodles. Served with fried basil leaves, don't underestimate their spice.

Philly Cheeseteak at The Bazaar by José Andrés

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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. It's hard to have just one.

Grilled Chicken at Dino's Chicken and Burgers

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It's hard to really pinpoint how this unique LA dish happened, but it's essentially marinated 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.

Beef Roll at 101 Noodle Express

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This SGV classic looks simple, but it's still one of the tastiest bites in town thanks to a thin pancake wrapped around savory beef slivers and generous cilantro.

Brisket and Ribs at Bludso's BBQ

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The brisket and ribs make some of the best Texas-style barbecue in town. Showing 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.

Baseball Steak at Pacific Dining Car

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Popularized in Training Day by Denzel Washington, this 10 oz steak is less than $20, a perfect thing to battle a potential hangover late into the night. The old school digs certainly help finish off any night out.

Spicy Chicken Pops at Lukshon

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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. The flavor is something closer to General Tso's chicken but in handier eating form.

Pepper Steak at Dal Rae Restaurant

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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, but the tender steak and seasoned sauce make this great to the last bite.

Fried Chicken Livers at Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles

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Crying Tiger at Jitlada Thai Restaurant

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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. If you do order it spicy, don't be surprised if you're sweating bullets or crying tears of spice-filled joy.

Yakiniku at Totoraku

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This secret restaurant in West LA takes a special invitation from chef Kaz Oyama, but the parade of top-quality beef cuts, from tongue to rib eye cap to filet mignon grilled over a tabletop grill is still one of the single best dining experiences in town. Just be sure to bring in a great bottle of wine to share with the chef.

Birria de Chivo at Flor del Rio

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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.

Bistecca alla Fiorentina at Chi Spacca

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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.

Kalbi Jjim at Seongbukdong

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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.

Fennel Crusted Pork Chop at Sotto

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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.

Foie Gras Topped Tomahawk Steak at Baltaire

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The foie-gras topped tomahawk ribeye steak at Baltaire is perfectly seared and dry-aged for deep flavor. Set in one of the more elegant dining rooms on the Westside, it's the perfect dish to tackle with a crew.

Turkey Sandwich at Jaraguá

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This massive turkey sandwich at Jaragua comes drenched in au jus, making it a little difficult to eat. Don't despair, grab a cocktail from the The Copper Still bar toward the end of the space, and have the best sub-$10 sandwich in this part of town.

Pork Shank at Birch

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The huge pork shank at Birch takes three days to cure before it gets roasted and basted with duck fat caramel. On the plate, it comes with a banh-mi spread of accoutrements.

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Veal Fraser at Redbird

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The Veal Fraser is a veal chop at this swanky Downtown restaurant that's prepared over the outdoor grill and covered with a rich sauce of Burgundian snails and veal cheek ragu. It's a mammoth plate so plan on sharing with the table.

Chicken Parmesan at Jon & Vinny's

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The rich chicken parmesan at Jon & Vinny's is perfectly seasoned and fried to perfection. The thick layer of cheese keeps the dish together. Perfect with a side of the house made bucatini cacio e pepe.

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Rabbit Meatballs at Cadet [CLOSED]

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Kris Tominaga's famous biscuits are back, only this time they come sided with luscious, buttery rabbit meatballs from his Santa Monica restaurant, Cadet.

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