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Ten Great Retro Meat Dishes in Los Angeles

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2008_10_hasmapscoffee.jpgThe dishes that transport us to grandma's table are often difficult to find in Los Angeles, where the newest trends predominate the culinary landscape. However, Mad Men-era dishes like pot roast, beef wellington, and liver and onions can be found at a few retro gems. So pour yourself a Manhattan, and then maybe one or two more, and get your Donald Draper on. -Crystal Coser

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1. Pot Roast at Jar

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8225 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 655-6566
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This iconic dish is the signature order at Susan Tracht’s modern American chophouse. Unbelievably tender with vegetables just as delicious as the meat, this is the pot roast you wish were on your grandmother’s table. If you just can’t get enough, the pot roast is also used in Jar’s Sunday brunch hash.

2. Beef Stroganoff at Mari Vanna

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8475 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 655-1977
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Mari Vanna’s iteration of this classic Russian dish is served with mashed potatoes and slivers of pickles to counterbalance the rich, buttery flavors. Add in a signature flight of vodka and you will be sure to be feeling nostalgic.

3. Corned Beef and Cabbage at Langer's

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704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 483-8050
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Yes, you do need to order the #19 pastrami sandwich, which also could merit a spot on this list. However, the good old fashioned corned beef and cabbage is a true classic that brings back childhood memories for many baby boomers. Corned beef and cabbage – not just for St. Patrick’s Day!

4. Meatloaff at Greenblatt's

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8017 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 656-0606
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This old school Hollywood deli has been serving comfort food to the starts since 1926, and it just doesn’t get any more comforting than homemade meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy. Picture Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio shopping for spirits in the downstairs shop, and literally have a taste of old Hollywood.

5. Country Fried Steak at The Original Pantry

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877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 972-9279
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Served at breakfast with eggs and sausage gravy or at dinner with mashed potatoes, the humongous portion of country fried steak at The Original Pantry will leave you with the fuel to get through a long day’s work, or have a quite enjoyable lazy Sunday afternoon.

6. Spaghetti and Meatballs at Dan Tana's

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9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-9444
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An institution in Hollywood, Dan Tana’s serves downhome, Italian cuisine. Of course, nothing says Italian like a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, evoking memories for many generations of hungry eaters. Come early and be prepared to wait.

7. Steak Diane at Taylor's Prime Steak House

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3361 West 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 382-8449
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Taylor’s, with it’s red leather booths and dark wood paneling, screams old school steakhouse. If you come on a Monday, be sure to catch the special Steak Diane, a classic preparation that is hard to come by in LA.

8. Liver & Onions at Musso & Frank Grill

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6667 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 467-5123
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It would be remiss to discuss retro dishes without mention of Musso & Frank. The iconic grill has been serving the Hollywood area a largely unchanged menu since 1919. This menu includes calf liver and onions, which is often considered the best in the city.

9. Beef Wellington at Waterloo & City

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12517 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 391-4222
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Waterloo & City’s Beef Wellington, their most popular order, comes with red onion marmalade and bacon wrapped asparagus. This classic British dish will quickly have you swinging back to the sixties.

10. Lamb Chops at Taix

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1911 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-1265
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Although this location of Taix dates from the early ‘60s, much of the character from the original 1927 establishment remains unchanged. French cuisine surged in popularity in the 60’s with the release of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and dishes like Taix’s lamb chops and duck à l’orange became some of the era’s trendiest orders.

1. Pot Roast at Jar

8225 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

This iconic dish is the signature order at Susan Tracht’s modern American chophouse. Unbelievably tender with vegetables just as delicious as the meat, this is the pot roast you wish were on your grandmother’s table. If you just can’t get enough, the pot roast is also used in Jar’s Sunday brunch hash.

8225 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

2. Beef Stroganoff at Mari Vanna

8475 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Mari Vanna’s iteration of this classic Russian dish is served with mashed potatoes and slivers of pickles to counterbalance the rich, buttery flavors. Add in a signature flight of vodka and you will be sure to be feeling nostalgic.

8475 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069

3. Corned Beef and Cabbage at Langer's

704 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Yes, you do need to order the #19 pastrami sandwich, which also could merit a spot on this list. However, the good old fashioned corned beef and cabbage is a true classic that brings back childhood memories for many baby boomers. Corned beef and cabbage – not just for St. Patrick’s Day!

704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

4. Meatloaff at Greenblatt's

8017 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

This old school Hollywood deli has been serving comfort food to the starts since 1926, and it just doesn’t get any more comforting than homemade meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy. Picture Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio shopping for spirits in the downstairs shop, and literally have a taste of old Hollywood.

8017 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

5. Country Fried Steak at The Original Pantry

877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Served at breakfast with eggs and sausage gravy or at dinner with mashed potatoes, the humongous portion of country fried steak at The Original Pantry will leave you with the fuel to get through a long day’s work, or have a quite enjoyable lazy Sunday afternoon.

877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

6. Spaghetti and Meatballs at Dan Tana's

9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

An institution in Hollywood, Dan Tana’s serves downhome, Italian cuisine. Of course, nothing says Italian like a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, evoking memories for many generations of hungry eaters. Come early and be prepared to wait.

9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

7. Steak Diane at Taylor's Prime Steak House

3361 West 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005

Taylor’s, with it’s red leather booths and dark wood paneling, screams old school steakhouse. If you come on a Monday, be sure to catch the special Steak Diane, a classic preparation that is hard to come by in LA.

3361 West 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

8. Liver & Onions at Musso & Frank Grill

6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

It would be remiss to discuss retro dishes without mention of Musso & Frank. The iconic grill has been serving the Hollywood area a largely unchanged menu since 1919. This menu includes calf liver and onions, which is often considered the best in the city.

6667 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

9. Beef Wellington at Waterloo & City

12517 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Waterloo & City’s Beef Wellington, their most popular order, comes with red onion marmalade and bacon wrapped asparagus. This classic British dish will quickly have you swinging back to the sixties.

12517 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

10. Lamb Chops at Taix

1911 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Although this location of Taix dates from the early ‘60s, much of the character from the original 1927 establishment remains unchanged. French cuisine surged in popularity in the 60’s with the release of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and dishes like Taix’s lamb chops and duck à l’orange became some of the era’s trendiest orders.

1911 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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