Eric’s Favorite Restaurants in LA

The Apple Pan restaurant is a Los Angeles institution located in the heart of the City of Los Angeles, California. Known for its classic architecture and vintage charm, the restaurant has been a favorite dining destination for locals and visitors since its opening in 1947. Children will love the restaurant's retro decor and old-school counter seating, while adults can enjoy the classic California cuisine, including the famous hickory burger. The restaurant's location near major freeways and the Metro transportation system make it easily accessible for both Angelenos and tourists, and its history is a testament to the city's rich culture and dining scene. Located near UCLA and other landmarks, the restaurant offers a glimpse into the city's diverse geography and demographics, as well as its thriving restaurant culture. The Apple Pan is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the best of SoCal's dining scene and its connection to the city's vibrant history and culture.
The Apple Pan restaurant is a Los Angeles institution located in the heart of the City of Los Angeles, California.

Looking for a cute, affordable restaurant in Los Angeles? Check out these local favorites that offer delicious dining experiences without breaking the bank. While the ambiance is a plus, it's not necessary – these joints are all about the food.

As you wait for your meal, take in the sights and sounds of the city, from the architecture and geography to the arts and entertainment scene. Los Angeles has a rich history and culture, and these restaurants are just one example of the city's diverse dining options.

And if you're on a tight schedule, these spots are perfect for a quick bite. You can also take advantage of the city's freeways to easily reach these restaurants, whether you're in Hollywood or the wider Los Angeles County area.

As you indulge in the city's delicious cuisine, take a moment to appreciate the importance of water to Southern California's economy, education, and environment. And if you're a book lover, you'll appreciate the many local bookstores that add to the city's vibrant culture.

These restaurants are currently open for takeout during the coronavirus pandemic, with some even offering curbside pickup for added convenience. So don't wait – try them out and see why they're some of the best in SoCal. Please note that these restaurants are not listed in any particular order and are not affiliated with any of my clients.

1. Apple Pan aka The Pan

(310) 475-3585-- 10801 W Pico Blvd, Westwood, California 90064 (Near UCLA)

What to order: Hickory Burger with Cheese, Fries Well, Dr. Pepper and don't forget to ask for a side of sauce. Best hamburger in Los Angeles and the world.

Scene: Counter service and take-out only. Crowded as lunch. Closed Mondays.
2 Hickory Burgers with Cheese, Fries Well Done and a Side of Sauce with a Spoon.

2. Sqirl

(323) 284-8147 -- 720 N Virgil Ave #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029

What to order: Crispy Disco

Scene: This is the best breakfast you'll have anywhere in Los Angeles. Seriously. The menu is so innovative and brimming with flavor. Always a line but worth the wait. Located in ultra hip Silverlake.

To go only during the lockdown.
Avocado toast. There is so much good stuff on the menu I always over-order.

3. Langers Deli

(213) 483-8050 -- 704 S Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90057

What to order: #19 extra lean and a cream soda (they make their own). Best Jewish deli in Los Angeles.

Scene: Open from 8 to 4 pm every day except Sunday. Old school, kosher-style Jewish deli. Parking lot one block NE. Sketchy neighborhood. NY Times says they have the best pastrami in the US. Al's son Norman still runs the place.

4. Sushi Gen

(213) 617-0552 -- 422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 9001

What to order: Sashimi Deluxe is a great deal. Best sushi in Los Angeles.

Scene: Modern atmosphere and good service. Get there early and expect to wait. It's worth it.
Sashimi Deluxe

5. Palms Thai

(323) 462-5073 -- 5900 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

What to order: Fried Shrimp Appetizer, Pad Thai, Garlic Beef, Spicy Shrimp Salad, Holy Basil and Cashew Chicken. They have beer, wine, and bobas too. Best Thai food in Los Angeles.

Scene: Simple with lots of tables. It's a big place but still gets very crowded during peak hours so keep that in mind. Sarah is our favorite server.
My wife Celia and son William are excited for a delicious dinner at Palms Thai.

6. Bay Cities Italian Deli

(310) 395-8279-- 1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica

What to order: Godmother Sub. Best Italian deli in Santa Monica.

Scene: Counter service only. Tables outside. Always crowded. If you get there between 11 and 2, expect to wait.

They're lining people up in the parking lot to allow for social distancing inside.

7. Reddi Chick BBQ

On 26th St. in Brentwood, just South of San Vicente

What to order: Chicken and rib basket. Best rotisserie chicken and fries in Los Angeles.

Scene: Always busy, but not necessarily crowded. Look for the BBQ chicken place (not sure of the name) and get extra seasoning salt on your fries. If you really want enough sauce, tip the guy at the counter. Closed Sunday.

LA Eateries Conclusion

If you want a great meal for a fair price at are willing to wait in line, Los Angeles has some really cute places to try.

If you're just here for a limited time, and you want to make sure you don't have any bad meals. This is your essential guide to the best local spots.