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LA’s Most Iconic Dishes

With the endless additions and replacements of bars and restaurants, Los Angeles’ culinary scene is constantly changing. However, there are some classic dishes that have been around for decades and do not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. You aren’t a true Angeleno until you’ve tried all of these legendary dishes:

Hickory Burger – The Apple Pan
Stepping into this longstanding burger joint will make you feel as if you traveled back in time to 1947. Since its opening, this traditional diner serves only two burgers, and the constant crowd confirms that it won’t be switching up the menu anytime soon. Keep it safe with the classic steak burger, or try the notable Hickory Burger. The beef is flavored with sweet hickory sauce and topped with tangy pickles, creamy mayonnaise, and crunchy lettuce. Add a side of French fries and a milkshake, and you’ll see why this classic spot will always be L.A. favorite.

The Godmother – Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery
This authentic sandwich shop in Santa Monica has been serving delicious Italian dishes since 1925. Out of all the items on the gigantic menu, one sandwich stands out in particular – The Godmother. This famous sub is made with warm, homemade bread loaded with salami, prosciutto, ham, mortadella and coppacola. Top it off with “the works,” with includes delicious garnishes such as cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard, pickles, and more.

Dodger Dog – Dodger Stadium
No experience at the Dodger Stadium is complete without a Dodger Dog. It is so much more than just a hot dog – it’s a rite of passage for true Dodger fans. Enjoy your Dog steamed or grilled, and topped with ketchup and mustard. For more daring fans, try the spicy Dog with jalapeños and salsa. This is one tradition that will never go out of style!

Chopped Salad – La Scala
This Beverly Hills Italian hot spot has been a celeb-favorite since 1956. The Chopped Salad, a mix of salami, mozzarella, garbanzo beans, and lettuce, has been praised by Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Topped with the secret “Leon dressing,” you can’t help but feel like a star while enjoying this iconic meal.

Smoked Salmon Pizza – Spago
Renowned chef Wolfgang Puck opened the original Spago in West Hollywood, and the rapid success of the restaurant made him a household name in the culinary scene. The smoked salmon pizza, topped with chili and garlic oil, red onion, chives, and dill Crème Fraiche, is now a fundamental dish in the world of California cuisine. Puck suggests topping the pizza with caviar for a more lavish meal.

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