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Dishes You Can't Stop Ordering in Los Angeles, Mapped

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2008_10_hasmapsfiresidedining.jpgA few weeks ago, Eater asked readers to suggest the dishes that they simply cannot stop ordering when dining out. These are plates that don't even require a look at the menu. They're the automatic, must order bites that define a restaurant. Here compiled, 27 dishes that simply must be ordered in Los Angeles, mapped.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Seafood Lemongrass Soup at Sanamluang

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5176 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 660-8006

The seafood lemongrass soup, studded with crispy wonton pieces, at this late night Thai Town haunt is a must order, along with many of the soulful noodle soups and stir-fried dishes.

2. Beef Heart Tartare at Bestia

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2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 514-5724
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The beef tongue and beef heart tartare were two dishes that were suggests as dishes that are constantly ordered at this Arts District Italian restaurant. Given chef Ori Menasche's obsession with perfecting dishes, it's no surprise to see these two things ordered so often.

3. Hainan Chicken at Sticky Rice

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317 S. Broadway #C-4-5
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(626) 872-0353
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The hainan chicken and rice is a very simple, but well done dish at this new stand at Grand Central Market. The rice is packed with flavor, from the stock used to boil the chicken.

4. Smoked Bucatini at Superba Snack Bar

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533 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

The smoked bucatini carbonara at Jason Neroni's new-style pastaria on Venice's Rose Avenue is one thing that will never go off the menu. Rich, packed with flavor, and laced with gentle smokiness, it's a definitive dish.

5. Chicken Pot Pie at Kate Mantilini

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9101 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 278-3699

The chicken pot pie at this new classic late night diner in Beverly Hills is one of the most popular things to order on the menu. With a flaky crust and heavy filling, it's sure to kill a hangover.

6. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Canele

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3219 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 666-7133
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The fried chicken sandwich is so popular that it sells out almost every brunch service on the weekends at this Atwater Village farm-to-table eatery.

7. #19 Sandwich at Langer's Deli

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704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 483-8050
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The #19, made with fresh house-baked rye, coleslaw, russian dressing, and cheese, along with the most perfect pastrami ever, is the point of entry for most Langer's addicts.

8. Gnocchi with Pink Sauce at Fritto Misto

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601 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-2829
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The gnocchi with pink sauce at this Italian restaurant in Pasadena is a popular order. In fact, anything with the pink sauce is bound to be delicious here.

9. Oxtail Poutine at Animal

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435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 782-9225
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The oxtail poutine has been an enduring dish ever since this meat-centric restaurant opened on Fairfax. Shareable, comforting, and always predictable, it's a solid thing to have for any meal here.

10. Locro de Quinoa at Picca Peruvian Cantina

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(310) 277-0133
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The locro de quinoa is a classic dish by chef Ricardo Zarate that always tastes like pure comfort. Topped with a fried egg, studded with pumpkin pieces, and laced with a flavorful sauce, it's hard to not have this dish for every meal.

11. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Plan Check

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351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 288-6500

The chicken fried sandwich, perfectly crisp, slightly smokey, and placed between two plush, tasted buns, is one of the things that are most crave-worthy at this burger-centric comfort food restaurant.

12. Washugyu Beef Pho at Phorage

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3300 Overland Ave #105
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 876-0910
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The $9 pho shouldn't be worth that much if it wasn't made in a textbook fashion from high-quality, all natural beef. The beef is so good that it's essentially served raw and then cooked by the heat of the broth.

13. Hickory Burger at The Apple Pan

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10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-3585
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The hickory and steak burgers are those simple marvels of old-school shacks that are enduring, constant in flavor, and a must order at least every few weeks for fans of The Apple Pan. Don't forget the banana cream pie!

14. Hot Mama Soup at Emporium Thai Cuisine

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1275 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 478-2838
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Perhaps the most requested dish for this Open Thread, the hot mama soup at this Westwood Thai restaurant is basically a spicy tom yup noodle soup, served with a choice of meat.

15. Grilled Octopus at Osteria Mozza

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6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 297-0100
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The grilled octopus with potatoes, celery, and lemon is a slight twist on the classic Italian grilled octopus dish, with the crunch of celery to add a different element.

16. Cheesy Scrambled Eggs at Roscoe's

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5006 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 934-4405
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The cheesy scrambled eggs at Roscoe's are as simple as a dish could get, but it's also one of the most requested dishes. Topped with onions, it's a satisfying complement to chicken and waffles.

17. Pappardelle al Fumo at Osteria Mamma

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5732 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 284-7060
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The pappardelle al fumo at this Italian restaurant is the most talked about dish, an ideal blend of mozzarella, pink sauce, and pancetta blended into fresh house-made pasta.

18. Seared Beef Lengua at Bar Ama

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118 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-8002
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The seared lengua at Bar Ama is served with crispy potato, avocado, and charred crema, a creative take on Tex-Mex by chef Josef Centano in Downtown's historic core.

19. Sooo Cali Dog at Dog Haus

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105 N Hill Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 577-4287
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The Sooo Cali Dog at this Pasadena hot doggery is made with arugula, tomato, crispy onions, and a slathering of spicy basil aioli and then studded with avocado. It's a fresh answer to the typical fast-food hot dog.

20. Fried Brussels Sprouts at Freddy Smalls

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11520 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3000
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The fried brussels sprouts are one dish that will be at virtually every table at this Westside farm-to-table restaurant cheffed by Charlie Parker. Laced with cider glaze and smoked goat cheese, it has everything going for it.

21. Mentai Uni Butter Udon at Marugame Monzo

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329 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 346-9762

The mentai uni butter udon comes in a wide bowl, made with freshly cut noodles and tossed in a rich sauce at this Little Tokyo udon specialist.

22. Maple Custard Pie at The Pie Hole

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714 Traction Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 537-0115
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The maple custard pie, placed on a thick, buttery crust, at this Arts District pie specialist, is among the many fantastic, artisanal pies available.

23. Oysters Casino at L&E Oyster Bar

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1637 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 660-2255

The oysters casino, a classic baked oysters with bacon, butter, lemon and paprkia, are a great thing to share at this Silver Lake seafood restaurant.

24. Slippery Shrimpat Yang Chow Restaurant

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819 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0811
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The slippery shrimp at this Chinatown restaurant is something that almost everyone orders, and for good reason. Covered with a sweet sauce, and fried to a nice crisp, they're addictive and thankfully, shareable.

25. Char Siu Pork Chop at Jar Restaurant

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8225 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6566
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The char siu pork chop is a Chinese nod to a classic mid-century dish at Suzanne Tracht's modern steakhouse on Beverly. Covered with barbecue sauce and cut thick, it's a nice change of pace from the steaks commonly ordered here.

26. Nam Kao Tod at Night + Market

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9041 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-9724

The nam kao tod at Kris Yenbamroong's art gallery-like space in West Hollywood is one of those street food dishes that might be at every table. The crispy rice salad is packed with flavor, and acts as a nice starting point to any meal.

27. Truffled Brussel Sprouts at La Poubelle

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5907 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-0807

The truffled brussels sprouts have such a strong aroma that the entire place smells of truffles whenever anyone orders them. Just crisped and basted in truffle oil, it's hard to resist for lovers of anything truffle.

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1. Seafood Lemongrass Soup at Sanamluang

5176 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The seafood lemongrass soup, studded with crispy wonton pieces, at this late night Thai Town haunt is a must order, along with many of the soulful noodle soups and stir-fried dishes.

5176 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

2. Beef Heart Tartare at Bestia

2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021

The beef tongue and beef heart tartare were two dishes that were suggests as dishes that are constantly ordered at this Arts District Italian restaurant. Given chef Ori Menasche's obsession with perfecting dishes, it's no surprise to see these two things ordered so often.

2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

3. Hainan Chicken at Sticky Rice

317 S. Broadway #C-4-5, Los Angeles, CA 90013

The hainan chicken and rice is a very simple, but well done dish at this new stand at Grand Central Market. The rice is packed with flavor, from the stock used to boil the chicken.

317 S. Broadway #C-4-5
Los Angeles, CA 90013

4. Smoked Bucatini at Superba Snack Bar

533 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

The smoked bucatini carbonara at Jason Neroni's new-style pastaria on Venice's Rose Avenue is one thing that will never go off the menu. Rich, packed with flavor, and laced with gentle smokiness, it's a definitive dish.

533 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

5. Chicken Pot Pie at Kate Mantilini

9101 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The chicken pot pie at this new classic late night diner in Beverly Hills is one of the most popular things to order on the menu. With a flaky crust and heavy filling, it's sure to kill a hangover.

9101 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

6. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Canele

3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

The fried chicken sandwich is so popular that it sells out almost every brunch service on the weekends at this Atwater Village farm-to-table eatery.

3219 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

7. #19 Sandwich at Langer's Deli

704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

The #19, made with fresh house-baked rye, coleslaw, russian dressing, and cheese, along with the most perfect pastrami ever, is the point of entry for most Langer's addicts.

704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

8. Gnocchi with Pink Sauce at Fritto Misto

601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The gnocchi with pink sauce at this Italian restaurant in Pasadena is a popular order. In fact, anything with the pink sauce is bound to be delicious here.

601 Colorado Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

9. Oxtail Poutine at Animal

435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048

The oxtail poutine has been an enduring dish ever since this meat-centric restaurant opened on Fairfax. Shareable, comforting, and always predictable, it's a solid thing to have for any meal here.

435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90048

10. Locro de Quinoa at Picca Peruvian Cantina

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

The locro de quinoa is a classic dish by chef Ricardo Zarate that always tastes like pure comfort. Topped with a fried egg, studded with pumpkin pieces, and laced with a flavorful sauce, it's hard to not have this dish for every meal.

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

11. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Plan Check

351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The chicken fried sandwich, perfectly crisp, slightly smokey, and placed between two plush, tasted buns, is one of the things that are most crave-worthy at this burger-centric comfort food restaurant.

351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

12. Washugyu Beef Pho at Phorage

3300 Overland Ave #105, Los Angeles, CA 90034

The $9 pho shouldn't be worth that much if it wasn't made in a textbook fashion from high-quality, all natural beef. The beef is so good that it's essentially served raw and then cooked by the heat of the broth.

3300 Overland Ave #105
Los Angeles, CA 90034

13. Hickory Burger at The Apple Pan

10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064