A 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.Read More
Dishes You Can't Stop Ordering in Los Angeles, Mapped
1. Seafood Lemongrass Soup at Sanamluang
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.
2. Beef Heart Tartare at Bestia
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
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
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
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.
6. Fried Chicken Sandwich at Canele
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
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
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
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
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
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.
12. Washugyu Beef Pho at Phorage
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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
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
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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
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
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
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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.