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The 18 Best All-American Bites in Los Angeles

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As the 4th of July weekend descends upon us, it's time to think about what makes American food, well, American. In the end, it boils down to fast food and simple fare that might draw inspiration from other parts of the world, but ultimately came into popularity because of the expansive, industrial growth of America through the last century. With a slant toward older establishments that have been doing what they do for decades, here are the 18 best All-American bites around Los Angeles, just in time for the holiday.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Burgers at Bill's Hamburgers

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14742 Oxnard St
Van Nuys, CA 91411

Always get the double cheeseburger with all the fixin's at Bill's. Possibly the best old-school roadside burger in town, though it's a little bit of a trek to the Valley.

2. Hot Dogs at Skooby's

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6654 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-3647
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Simple hot dogs done right in the heart of Hollywood. Always good after a show nearby.

3. Pies at Du-par's

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6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-8446
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The pies at Du-pars are all made in house and made with love. Grab a whole one on the way out or just enjoy one a la mode in the coffee shop that's pure Americana.

4. Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken

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9537 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 202-5453
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One of the best examples of fried chicken in L.A. The chicken is brined well and fried to a perfect crisp. Don't forget the biscuits and honey!

5. Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ

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8136 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91402
(818) 780-6701
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While there are plenty of newer barbecue joints around town, the 1970's weirdness of Dr. Hogly Wogly's is something that's the perfect way to experience a time when America was simpler and happier.

6. Crunchy Tacos at Tito's Tacos

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11222 Washington Pl
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 391-5780
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Line up outside (or go inside to skip it) and enjoy surprisingly good old school crunchy tacos made with shredded meat and bright orange cheese. And don't miss out on that excellent salsa with crunchy chips.

7. Pancakes at The Original Pantry

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877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 972-9279
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The pancakes here are thick yet fluffy, and probably as wide as a 45. Together with maple syrup and whipped butter, there are few things that are as satisfyingly simple.

8. Smash Burgers at PierBurger

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330 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 857-2747
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These simple imitation Shake Shack burgers actually hold up. The potato buns are plush and the patties are seared to perfection. Don't miss out on the shakes either.

9. Buffalo Wings at Hot Wings Cafe

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7011 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 930-1233
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Buffalo wings were not invented in L.A., but the best version in town might be at this simple eatery on Melrose (and Glendale, and other spots around town). Load up on about 10 wings per person and have a party.

10. Mac & Cheese at Bay Cities

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1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-8279
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Sure, everyone gets the Godmother sandwich, but that's an Italian sub. Instead, opt for the mac & cheese, which is American as apple pie.

11. Steaks at Musso & Frank Grill

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6667 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 467-5123
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Mad Men did one of their wrap parties here, if that's any indication to how patently American this place is. Opt for one of the steaks, grilled on the super-hot grill in the dining room, and find a perch on the counter to see it happen.

12. Banana Cream Pie at The Apple Pan

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10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 475-3585
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Banana cream pie. Get it, call it a day. The steakburger is straight out of Ohio, for those homesick transplants.

13. Chili Cheese Fries at Carney's

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8351 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 654-8300
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Chili cheese fries inside of a re-purposed train car. God bless 'Merica.

14. Pepper Steak at Dal Rae Restaurant

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9023 Washington Blvd
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
(562) 949-2444
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This classy mid-century restaurant is the right place to throw on that vintage suit or cocktail dress and have a night on the town in...Pico Rivera of all places. The pepper steak is a winner.

15. French Dip at Philippe the Original

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1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-3781
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The french dip was invented here. And sawdust lines the ground. And crowds never stop. And coffee is like 10 cents. Ahh, America.

16. Corned Beef Hash at The Grill on the Alley

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9560 Dayton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-0615
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Jonathan Gold says the corned beef hash is the thing to get at The Grill, where Hollywood powerhouses still nosh over martinis during lunch.

17. Plate O' Pickles at Nate 'n Al Delicatessen

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414 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 274-0101

Sure, Langer's is amazing. But there's something about Nate 'n Al and that wonderful plate of pickles that's so reassuring. Plus, Larry King might be a few tables over.

18. Donuts at Randy's Donuts

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805 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 645-4607
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The Simpsons and countless films have made the massive donut on top of this shop iconic. But the doughnuts themselves are actually some of the best in town.

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1. Burgers at Bill's Hamburgers

14742 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91411

Always get the double cheeseburger with all the fixin's at Bill's. Possibly the best old-school roadside burger in town, though it's a little bit of a trek to the Valley.

14742 Oxnard St
Van Nuys, CA 91411

2. Hot Dogs at Skooby's

6654 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Simple hot dogs done right in the heart of Hollywood. Always good after a show nearby.

6654 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

3. Pies at Du-par's

6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The pies at Du-pars are all made in house and made with love. Grab a whole one on the way out or just enjoy one a la mode in the coffee shop that's pure Americana.

6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

4. Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken

9537 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

One of the best examples of fried chicken in L.A. The chicken is brined well and fried to a perfect crisp. Don't forget the biscuits and honey!

9537 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

5. Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ

8136 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91402

While there are plenty of newer barbecue joints around town, the 1970's weirdness of Dr. Hogly Wogly's is something that's the perfect way to experience a time when America was simpler and happier.

8136 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91402

6. Crunchy Tacos at Tito's Tacos

11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230

Line up outside (or go inside to skip it) and enjoy surprisingly good old school crunchy tacos made with shredded meat and bright orange cheese. And don't miss out on that excellent salsa with crunchy chips.

11222 Washington Pl
Culver City, CA 90230

7. Pancakes at The Original Pantry

877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

The pancakes here are thick yet fluffy, and probably as wide as a 45. Together with maple syrup and whipped butter, there are few things that are as satisfyingly simple.

877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

8. Smash Burgers at PierBurger

330 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

These simple imitation Shake Shack burgers actually hold up. The potato buns are plush and the patties are seared to perfection. Don't miss out on the shakes either.

330 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

9. Buffalo Wings at Hot Wings Cafe

7011 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Buffalo wings were not invented in L.A., but the best version in town might be at this simple eatery on Melrose (and Glendale, and other spots around town). Load up on about 10 wings per person and have a party.

7011 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

10. Mac & Cheese at Bay Cities

1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sure, everyone gets the Godmother sandwich, but that's an Italian sub. Instead, opt for the mac & cheese, which is American as apple pie.

1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

11. Steaks at Musso & Frank Grill

6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Mad Men did one of their wrap parties here, if that's any indication to how patently American this place is. Opt for one of the steaks, grilled on the super-hot grill in the dining room, and find a perch on the counter to see it happen.

6667 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

12. Banana Cream Pie at The Apple Pan

10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Banana cream pie. Get it, call it a day. The steakburger is straight out of Ohio, for those homesick transplants.

10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

13. Chili Cheese Fries at Carney's

8351 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Chili cheese fries inside of a re-purposed train car. God bless 'Merica.

8351 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069

14. Pepper Steak at Dal Rae Restaurant

9023 Washington Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660

This classy mid-century restaurant is the right place to throw on that vintage suit or cocktail dress and have a night on the town in...Pico Rivera of all places. The pepper steak is a winner.

9023 Washington Blvd
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

15. French Dip at Philippe the Original

1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The french dip was invented here. And sawdust lines the ground. And crowds never stop. And coffee is like 10 cents. Ahh, America.

1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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16. Corned Beef Hash at The Grill on the Alley

9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Jonathan Gold says the corned beef hash is the thing to get at The Grill, where Hollywood powerhouses still nosh over martinis during lunch.

9560 Dayton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

17. Plate O' Pickles at Nate 'n Al Delicatessen

414 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Sure, Langer's is amazing. But there's something about Nate 'n Al and that wonderful plate of pickles that's so reassuring. Plus, Larry King might be a few tables over.

414 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

18. Donuts at Randy's Donuts

805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

The Simpsons and countless films have made the massive donut on top of this shop iconic. But the doughnuts themselves are actually some of the best in town.

805 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301

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