When you think of a list of famous restaurants in Los Angeles, visions of Hollywood or Beverly hills fine dining with the paparazzi waiting by the curb come to mind. Everyone is a movie star in that fantasy. The reality is that the great restaurants in LA range from the glitzy to down home Americana. One little known fact is that the Los Angeles area is where American fast food originated, so two members of the list of famous Los Angeles restaurants are actually fast food chains, one a household name and the other an up-and-comer well known in Southern California.
In compiling this list we decided to select the top 10 most famous restaurants in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and the region. This is a highly subjective list, since there are so many as the area is the heart of the worldwide entertainment industry.
If you haven’t guessed by now, McDonald’s originated in the LA area, and the oldest remaining McDonald’s, can be found in Downey, a suburb. But LA landmark restaurants are not just fast food. Great fine dining also is found on the listing, along with destination venues like Gladstone’s for fish.
Who can benefit form this list: If you live in the Los Angeles / Beverly Hills / Hollywood area, surely you’ve tried the fast food places already. But what about the others? Make a date with your loved one, make a reservation and enjoy. You probably can’t go wrong with any of them. If you are a tourist in the area, or at any of the theme parks like Disneyland or Universal Studios, you can get a taste of the real L.A. at these landmark restaurants.
There were many others we wanted to mention, such as Campanile’s and The Rose Café in Venice. Who do you think should be included in the update?