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Potato balls from Porto’s Bakery in Glendale.
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20 Iconic LA Dishes Still Available For Delivery and Takeout

Garlic cheese bread, shrimp tacos, and deep-fried potato balls

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Potato balls from Porto’s Bakery in Glendale.
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Uncertain times call for tried-and-true standbys. From crispy shrimp tacos to juicy pork dumplings to the most memorable stack of pancakes in town, the dishes featured on this list have endured passing trends and withstood the test of time. Here now are 20 of LA’s most iconic dishes available for delivery and takeout through the pandemic.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Black pastrami Reuben at Brent's Deli Northridge

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19565 Parthenia St
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 886-5679
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The black pastrami Reuben starts with house-cured meat that’s seasoned heavily with spices so that a black crust forms. The rye bread, which comes par-baked from a nearby bakery, gets another trip to the oven to create a crispy crust. House-made Russian dressing, and some crunchy sauerkraut round out the ingredients, but it’s all about the technique and quality of the meat.

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Reuben at Brent’s Deli Northridge

2. Potato balls at Porto's Bakery and Cafe

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315 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 956-5996
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From cakes to pastries and Cuban sandwiches, Porto’s is famous for many of its reasonably priced offerings but the papa rellena or potato balls is beloved most of all. Each mashed potato ball is filled with picadillo (seasoned ground beef, onions, and bell peppers) and fried until perfectly crisp-golden.

3. Koobideh at Raffi's Place

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211 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 240-7411
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When the craving hits for heaping plates of grilled koobideh and fragrant basmati rice, beloved Persian-Armenian specialist Raffi’s Place is the go-to spot. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner for takeout and delivery through third-party services.

4. Garlic cheese bread at Smoke House Restaurant

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4420 Lakeside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 845-3731
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There are few greater, more warming pleasures than diving into a basket of the garlic cheese bread from the historic Smoke House in Burbank. The nearly 75-year-old restaurant is so famous for its decadent, garlicky bread that it ships the stuff nationwide via its own website, and is currently still offering full meals (with said bread) for takeout and delivery.

Garlic cheese bread at Smoke House Restaurant.
Garlic cheese bread at Smoke House Restaurant
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5. Fried eggplant and sausage pizza at Casa Bianca

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1650 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 256-9617
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The Martorana family has been serving Eagle Rock denizens since 1955. The fried eggplant and sausage pizza is the one to beat at this red sauce spot. The restaurant offers online ordering for takeout.

6. Cha gio at Golden Deli Restaurant

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815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 308-0803
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After a brief hiatus, Golden Deli is open for takeout and delivery on Grubhub. The best dish on the menu are the pork- and mushroom-stuffed cha gio served blistered-golden with fish sauce, fresh herbs, and lettuce.

7. Hui tou dumplings at Hui Tou Xiang Noodles House

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704 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 281-9888
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Some of LA’s most unique dumplings are Hui Tou Xiang’s eponymous hui tou dumplings, flat-sided potstickers with scalding pork innards. Order online for takeout or opt for delivery from third-party vendors.

8. Beef roll at 101 Noodle Express

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1408 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801
(626) 300-8654

With its perfect ratio of braised beef to green onion pancake and fresh cilantro, the beef roll at 101 Noodle Express is rightfully more famous than any noodle dish on the menu.

9. Pancakes at Du-Pars

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6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-8446
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The legendary Original Farmers Market location remains open for delivery and takeout. The pancakes here are the fluffiest around and come drenched in an ungodly amount of clarified butter.

10. Smoked salmon pizza at Spago

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176 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880
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The pizza that put Wolfgang Puck on the culinary map and sparked the California pizza trend is available for delivery and takeout through the pandemic.

Smoked salmon pizza at Spago.
Smoked salmon pizza at Spago
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11. Slippery shrimp at Yang Chow

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819 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-0811
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An ocean-dwelling cousin of General Tso, slippery shrimp is lightly coated in cornstarch and wok’d to perfection before being doused in a sticky sweet sauce. Yang Chow is open for takeout only.

Slippery shrimp at Yang Chow
Slippery shrimp at Yang Chow.
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12. French dip sandwich at Philippe The Original

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1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-3781
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For a taste of culinary history, look no further than the French dip at Philippe The Original. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

13. Yedoro wot from Rosalind's

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1044 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 936-2486
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When Fekere Gebre-Mariam relocated his restaurant to Fairfax Avenue in 1988, he was the first Ethiopian entrepreneur to lay down roots in what is now known as Little Ethiopia. While everything on the menu is fantastic, hone in on the house-special yedoro wot — fabulously tender chicken slowly simmered in a spicy sauce with onions, garlic, cardamom, and nutmeg.

14. #19 at Langer’s Delicatessen

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704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 483-8050
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The #19 may very well be LA’s most iconic sandwich — complete with a mile-high stack of pastrami, Swiss cheese, and coleslaw on twice-baked rye. It’s available for pick-up or delivery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t forget the latkes, too.

#19 sandwich at Langer’s Deli
#19 at Langer’s
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15. Galbi at Park's BBQ

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955 S Vermont Ave G
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-1717
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In addition to pitch-perfect executions of Korean standbys like kimchi jjigae and galbitang, Park BBQ’s galbi is the best rendition available in the U.S. with its balanced marinade of crushed pears and soy sauce.

16. Short rib tacos at Kogi Taco Truck

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One California Plaza, 300 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

While Roy Choi is feeding vulnerable Angelenos and frontline workers, his trio of Kogi trucks continue to serve across the Southland. Check Kogi’s website for the latest schedule and dig into some short rib tacos.

17. Tonkotsu ramen at Daikokuya

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327 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-1680
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Daikokuya’s signature tonkotsu ramen is made from Kurobuta pork bones that are carefully simmered for hours on end. Once the broth is perfectly milky and luscious, it’s ladled atop curly noodles and garnished with scallion confetti. Don’t forget to request extra back fat (kotteri) for an even porkier experience.

18. Shrimp taco at Mariscos Jalisco

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3040 E Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 528-6701
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While there is no shortage of outstanding taco trucks in Los Angeles, Mariscos Jaliscos may very well be the most beloved thanks to Raul Ortega and his crispy shrimp tacos. The Boyle Heights truck is operating usual business hours.

19. Pescado zaradeado at Coni’ Seafood

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3544 W Imperial Hwy
Inglewood, CA 90303
(310) 672-2339
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The famous pescado zarandeado at Sinaloan specialist Coni’Seafood is comprised of snook that’s butterflied then grilled with precision. Served with tortillas and an onion salsa, it’s one of the most spectacular seafood dishes in the city and available daily from noon to 6 p.m. for takeout and delivery.

Grilled snook at Coni’Seafood.
Grilled snook at Coni’Seafood
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20. Hollenbeck burrito at El Tepeyac Cafe

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13926 Imperial Hwy
La Mirada, CA 90638
(562) 263-6455
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Wrapped in a giant flour tortilla and crammed to maximum capacity with slow-cooked pork, rice, beans, and guacamole, the Hollenbeck burrito is as deliciously gluttonous as they come. Best of all, the massive parcel is ladled with additional pork, making for a sopping and saucy creation of epic proportions. The La Mirada location is open for takeout and delivery.

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1. Black pastrami Reuben at Brent's Deli Northridge

19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324
Brent’s Deli The Hot Dish
Reuben at Brent’s Deli Northridge

The black pastrami Reuben starts with house-cured meat that’s seasoned heavily with spices so that a black crust forms. The rye bread, which comes par-baked from a nearby bakery, gets another trip to the oven to create a crispy crust. House-made Russian dressing, and some crunchy sauerkraut round out the ingredients, but it’s all about the technique and quality of the meat.

19565 Parthenia St
Northridge, CA 91324

2. Potato balls at Porto's Bakery and Cafe

315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

From cakes to pastries and Cuban sandwiches, Porto’s is famous for many of its reasonably priced offerings but the papa rellena or potato balls is beloved most of all. Each mashed potato ball is filled with picadillo (seasoned ground beef, onions, and bell peppers) and fried until perfectly crisp-golden.

315 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203

3. Koobideh at Raffi's Place

211 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

When the craving hits for heaping plates of grilled koobideh and fragrant basmati rice, beloved Persian-Armenian specialist Raffi’s Place is the go-to spot. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner for takeout and delivery through third-party services.

211 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205

4. Garlic cheese bread at Smoke House Restaurant

4420 Lakeside Dr, Burbank, CA 91505
Garlic cheese bread at Smoke House Restaurant.
Garlic cheese bread at Smoke House Restaurant
[Official Photo]

There are few greater, more warming pleasures than diving into a basket of the garlic cheese bread from the historic Smoke House in Burbank. The nearly 75-year-old restaurant is so famous for its decadent, garlicky bread that it ships the stuff nationwide via its own website, and is currently still offering full meals (with said bread) for takeout and delivery.

4420 Lakeside Dr
Burbank, CA 91505

5. Fried eggplant and sausage pizza at Casa Bianca

1650 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

The Martorana family has been serving Eagle Rock denizens since 1955. The fried eggplant and sausage pizza is the one to beat at this red sauce spot. The restaurant offers online ordering for takeout.

1650 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

6. Cha gio at Golden Deli Restaurant

815 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

After a brief hiatus, Golden Deli is open for takeout and delivery on Grubhub. The best dish on the menu are the pork- and mushroom-stuffed cha gio served blistered-golden with fish sauce, fresh herbs, and lettuce.

815 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

7. Hui tou dumplings at Hui Tou Xiang Noodles House

704 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

Some of LA’s most unique dumplings are Hui Tou Xiang’s eponymous hui tou dumplings, flat-sided potstickers with scalding pork innards. Order online for takeout or opt for delivery from third-party vendors.

704 W Las Tunas Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91776

8. Beef roll at 101 Noodle Express

1408 E Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801

With its perfect ratio of braised beef to green onion pancake and fresh cilantro, the beef roll at 101 Noodle Express is rightfully more famous than any noodle dish on the menu.

1408 E Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91801

9. Pancakes at Du-Pars

6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The legendary Original Farmers Market location remains open for delivery and takeout. The pancakes here are the fluffiest around and come drenched in an ungodly amount of clarified butter.

6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

10. Smoked salmon pizza at Spago

176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Smoked salmon pizza at Spago.
Smoked salmon pizza at Spago
[Official Photo]

The pizza that put Wolfgang Puck on the culinary map and sparked the California pizza trend is available for delivery and takeout through the pandemic.

176 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

11. Slippery shrimp at Yang Chow

819 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Slippery shrimp at Yang Chow
Slippery shrimp at Yang Chow.
Cathy Chaplin

An ocean-dwelling cousin of General Tso, slippery shrimp is lightly coated in cornstarch and wok’d to perfection before being doused in a sticky sweet sauce. Yang Chow is open for takeout only.

819 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

12. French dip sandwich at Philippe The Original

1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For a taste of culinary history, look no further than the French dip at Philippe The Original. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

13. Yedoro wot from Rosalind's

1044 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019

When Fekere Gebre-Mariam relocated his restaurant to Fairfax Avenue in 1988, he was the first Ethiopian entrepreneur to lay down roots in what is now known as Little Ethiopia. While everything on the menu is fantastic, hone in on the house-special yedoro wot — fabulously tender chicken slowly simmered in a spicy sauce with onions, garlic, cardamom, and nutmeg.

1044 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

14. #19 at Langer’s Delicatessen

704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
#19 sandwich at Langer’s Deli
#19 at Langer’s
Wonho Frank Lee

The #19 may very well be LA’s most iconic sandwich — complete with a mile-high stack of pastrami, Swiss cheese, and coleslaw on twice-baked rye. It’s available for pick-up or delivery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Don’t forget the latkes, too.

704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

15. Galbi at Park's BBQ

955 S Vermont Ave G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

In addition to pitch-perfect executions of Korean standbys like kimchi jjigae and galbitang, Park BBQ’s galbi is the best rendition available in the U.S. with its balanced marinade of crushed pears and soy sauce.

955 S Vermont Ave G
Los Angeles, CA 90006

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16. Short rib tacos at Kogi Taco Truck

One California Plaza, 300 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

While Roy Choi is feeding vulnerable Angelenos and frontline workers, his trio of Kogi trucks continue to serve across the Southland. Check Kogi’s website for the latest schedule and dig into some short rib tacos.

One California Plaza, 300 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90071

17. Tonkotsu ramen at Daikokuya

327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Daikokuya’s signature tonkotsu ramen is made from Kurobuta pork bones that are carefully simmered for hours on end. Once the broth is perfectly milky and luscious, it’s ladled atop curly noodles and garnished with scallion confetti. Don’t forget to request extra back fat (kotteri) for an even porkier experience.

327 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

18. Shrimp taco at Mariscos Jalisco

3040 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

While there is no shortage of outstanding taco trucks in Los Angeles, Mariscos Jaliscos may very well be the most beloved thanks to Raul Ortega and his crispy shrimp tacos. The Boyle Heights truck is operating usual business hours.

3040 E Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90023

19. Pescado zaradeado at Coni’ Seafood

3544 W Imperial Hwy, Inglewood, CA 90303
Grilled snook at Coni’Seafood.
Grilled snook at Coni’Seafood
Cathy Chaplin

The famous pescado zarandeado at Sinaloan specialist Coni’Seafood is comprised of snook that’s butterflied then grilled with precision. Served with tortillas and an onion salsa, it’s one of the most spectacular seafood dishes in the city and available daily from noon to 6 p.m. for takeout and delivery.

3544 W Imperial Hwy
Inglewood, CA 90303

20. Hollenbeck burrito at El Tepeyac Cafe

13926 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638

Wrapped in a giant flour tortilla and crammed to maximum capacity with slow-cooked pork, rice, beans, and guacamole, the Hollenbeck burrito is as deliciously gluttonous as they come. Best of all, the massive parcel is ladled with additional pork, making for a sopping and saucy creation of epic proportions. The La Mirada location is open for takeout and delivery.

13926 Imperial Hwy
La Mirada, CA 90638

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