Hobbes310 started a fun topic in the forum regarding famous and landmark restaurants in and around Los Angeles... Here are some of the places.  

  • Dan Tana's Italian food for the stars.
  • Musso & Frank - Dinners include veal scaloppini Marsala, roast spring lamb with mint jelly, and broiled lobster.
  • Manuel's El Tepeyac in East L.A.  Known for the Hollenbeck burrito (named after the LA police division).
  • Nate N Als Beloved Jewish deli in Beverly Hills
  • Pig and the Whistle
  • Brighton Coffee Shop - coffee shop in Beverly Hills
  • Chez Jay
  • The Galley
  • Peppones
  • Bobs Big Boy in Burbank
  • The Formosa Cafe (Santa Monica Blvd.)
  • Brent's Deli (Northridge)
  • Engine Co 28 in downtown LA which is actually a 1912 firehouse building.
  • San Antonio Winery and Restaurant the last winery to stand in LA and one of LA's landmarks.
  • Good Stuff has been a popular South Bay eatery for years. They have one right on the beach in Hermosa Beach.
  • Cliftons Cafeteria Downtown, Well known cafeteria "american cuisine" -more historica.
  • Geisha House Hollywood  Great sushi - served in Hollywood style atmosphere, good service
  • Lawrys Known for their prime rib.
  • Stinking Rose Have a need for garlic?
  • Tamoshanter  Popular with Walt Disney as one of his favorite restaurants, part of the Lawry Restaurants. Been around since 1922 If you like beef, great place to go.
  • Northwoods Inn (San Gabriel valley) Family restaurnant, throw the peanut shells on the floor, good food, popular, been around for years.
  • Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain: This isn't really a restaurant but if you're craving for old fashioned milkshakes, sundaes, even a bite of a burger to go with it the Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain is one of Pasadena's landmarks.
  • La Seranata de Garibaldi in East L.A. at First & Bolye.
  • Taylor's Steakhouse
  • The Dresden Lounge in Los Feliz. In addition to being a great lounge (with live music) they have a pretty good menu.
  • Downtown Cole's is a historic spot, although it's in a not so great area.
  • The Pacific Dining Car downtown. It's a great old steakhouse. A little on the pricey side, but well worth the experience.
  • The Encounter at LAX (now open after extensive repairs being done)
  • Campanile - maybe not a classic landmark eatery compared to some other names in here, but the owners of this excellent restaurant also own the original, adjacent La Brea Bakery. You will never receive better service (or better bread) anywhere than at Campanile.
  • M & M's Soul Food - excellent smothered chicken, pork chops, fried catfish, liver and onions, with classic sides like collard greens, buttered corn, red beans and rice.

SO L.A.

  • Trader Vic's
  • Gladstones - Menu changes daily, but is always filled with grilled, steamed or broiled fish
  • The Pantry (Los Angeles)
  • The Ivy / Ivy by the Shore

LUNCH SPOTS

  • Apple Pan (Pico near Westwood Blvds. in West L.A.) famous for its hickory hamburgers and apple pies served with vanilla ice cream.
  • Langer's Deli (7th & Alvarado) best corned beef & pastrami
  • The Hat, world famous pastrami.The original location is in Alhambra and it's still there. Now all the restaurants around it are Chinese restaurants.
  • Philippe the Original (Alameda & Ord) original french dip
  • Art's Deli: Sherman Oaks
  • Cheesecake Factory - numerous locales, the best commercial restaurant chain in the business.
  • Hamburger Hamlet.
  • Farmer's Market.

CASUAL

  • Pinks Hot Dogs - A Hollywood legend for hotdogs. Located just south of the Greek Theatre.
  • Titos Tacos
  • Johnny's Pastrami - Their French dip is a mound of succulent, thinly sliced pastrami or corned beef, packed into a French roll and served with a dipping sauce.
  • Tommy's
  • In-N-Out - vintage drive-in burgers - surprised this wasn't mentioned.
  • Hot Dog on a Stick - The original is just off the Santa Monica Pier
  • Pann's diner near LAX.
  • Canter's Deli on Fairfax.
  • Randy's donuts (near LAX)

JUST FUN

  • Micellis in Hollywood or Universal City, family owned since 1940s. complete with singing waiters
  • Yamashiro - Cal Asian restaurant with incredible views of LA
  • El Coyote - Inexpensive and fun Mexican place.

DATE NIGHTS

  •  Michael's in Santa Monica.
  • Saddlepeak Lodge -
  • Valentino's
  • Mondrian (Sunday Brunch)
  • Spagos
  • Bistro Gardens At Coldwater (Sherman Oaks)