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Eye on LA discovers specialty food, drinks around town

'Eye on L.A.' host Tina Malave sneaks a bite of mochi at Fugetsu-Do Confectioners in Los Angeles.

July 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
This week Eye on L.A. comes to you from the Thursday night Sunset Strip Market in West Hollywood, the perfect setting as we team up with Los Angeles Magazine to let you in on restaurants around town that specialize in one delicious dish or tasty treat that's so good people will drive for miles and wait in long lines just to sink their teeth into it!

GLOBAL DELICIOUS DISHES

PHO - Golden Deli
Pho, pronounced "Fuh," is the popular Vietnamese noodle soup and comfort food that's made with chicken, beef or tofu along with long, thin rice noodles. You'll be really lucky if you ever show up to Golden Deli and you don't have to wait a few minutes on the sidewalk with the masses of Golden Deli pho fans.

815 W Las Tunas Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776
(626) 308-0803
http://goldendelirestaurant.com

DUMPLINGS - Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
For the best traditional dumplings in L.A., we followed the crowds to Din Tai Fung Dumpling House in Arcadia. Made from scratch every day and using only the best raw ingredients, they must be doing something right because they had to open another location because the first one is constantly slammed with people! For a real treat, try the Juicy Pork Dumpling!

1088 S Baldwin Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 446-8588
www.dintaifungusa.com

MEXICAN STREET CORN - Café Habana
Over at Café Habana at the Malibu Lumber Yard, you can often catch restaurateur Rande Gerber along with wife Cindy Crawford and their celebrity friends just hanging out. But the reason people flock to Café Habana is the Mexican Street Corn! Every month they serve up more than 6000 cobs of grilled corn, brushed with aioli, cotija cheese and cayenne pepper, with a squeeze of lime! Once you try it you'll be hooked for life!

3939 Cross Creek Road
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-0300
http://habana-malibu.com

CHICKEN SHAWARMA - Zahle
Just west of Coldwater and Victory you'll find the Lebanese restaurant, Zahle, and according to Eye on L.A.'s Tina Malave, they have the best chicken shawarma in all of L.A. The huge meal is made even tastier with a whopping side of hummus and pita, basmati rice, salad and a magical garlic sauce, all for the lunch special price of only $8.95!

12916 Victory Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 769-1936
http://zahlerestaurant.net


SCRUMPTIOUS SNACKS

BURNT ENDS - Swingin' Door Texas BBQ
Every once in a while you come across a snack so scrumptious you actually wake up in the middle of the night craving it! The Swingin' Door Texas BBQ in North Hollywood serves up "burnt ends." Chunks of juicy meat, known in Texas as 'nuggets of BBQ gold,' but in L.A. we just call them delicious! Burnt Ends are from slow cooked brisket. The juicy brisket bites with dark crust and moist interior fall apart in your mouth! Delish!

11018 W. Vanowen Street
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 763-8996
http://swingindoortexasbbq.com

BEEF JERKY - A & Z Nut Wagon
Over at A &a,p; Z Nut Wagon in Boyle Heights, of course, they have a assortment of nuts, but what customers really come here for is their beef jerky! But this no Slim Jim. This hearty snack is cured up to 8 hours to get its distinctive flavoring. A & Z Nut Wagon sells two types of beef jerky: teriyaki and spicy pepper.

816 S Lorena Street
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 267-1695
www.facebook.com/pages/A-Z-Nut-Wagon

PUPUSAS - Atlacatl
Now if ooey, gooey, cheesy deliciousness is what you've got a hankerin' for, holy pupusas peeps have we found the place for you! Atlacatl restaurant in Los Angeles has built a name for itself with their specialty -- handmade pupusas. Think corn disks stuffed with oozing cheeses, vegetables and sometimes meat. Their most popular pupusa is the revuelta con todo, made with bean, cheese and pork. They're all considered the best in the city!

301 N Berendo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 663-1404
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlacatl-Restaurant


SWEETS & TREATS

B&W COOKIES - Bea's Bakery
Bea's Bakery in Tarzana specializes in incredible, jumbo, black and white cookies! And Eye on L.A. found these goodies at Art's Deli in Studio City. The real debate is whether they're cookies... or mini cakes. But with its puffy, cakey dough, with half chocolate icing and half vanilla icing we say you get the best of both worlds!

18450 Clark Street
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 344-0100
www.beasbakery.com

MOCHI - Fugetsu-Do Confectioners
Fugetsu-do in Little Tokyo is a family owned business that's been making mochi, a traditional Japanese treat mostly made out of rice and sugar, for 110 years, so you know it's gotta be good! In addition to the traditional often served at special events like weddings, funerals and holidays, they also make more modern flavors, like strawberry flavored mochi filled with peanut butter and chocolate mochi with a liquid chocolate center!

315 E 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-8595
www.fugetsu-do.com


L.A.'S BEST DONUTS

We Angelinos love sweets, but donuts have a special place in our hearts! At the Nickel Diner in Downtown L.A. the maple bacon donut is ta die for! Over at Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts at the Original Farmers Market, it's all about their chocolate caramel nut creation. At Stan's Donuts in Westwood, one's mouth begins to water at the very thought of their peanut butter cup donut! But it's M&M's rich blueberry cake donuts dripping in sweet icing that has loyal fans waiting in line, literally for hours! It sure helps that they're open 24 hours!

Nickel Diner
524 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 623-8301
http://nickeldiner.com

Bob's Coffee and Doughnuts
6333 W. 3rd Street # 450
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-8929
www.farmersmarketla.com

Stan's Donuts
10948 Weyburn Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-8660
www.stansdoughnuts.com

M&M Donuts
1614 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 490-0718
www.facebook.com/mmdonuts


 

CLASSIC L.A. FAVORITES

Pink's Hot Dogs
It just wouldn't be possible to talk about food that people line up for without mentioning an L.A. institution whose lines seemingly never end! You can stop by Pink's Hot Dogs day or night, and one thing's for sure, people just can't get enough of this L.A. classic. Gloria Pink told Eye on L.A. that people love coming to Pink's because it's part of the fabric and the history of LA.

709 N La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 931-7594
www.pinkshollywood.com

TACOS - Guisados Tacos
So where do you get the best tacos in L.A.? According to Eye on L.A.'s Facebook friends, we just had to try Guisados Tacos in Boyle Heights. Guisados tacos have a sense of true Mexican cuisine. With freshly-made masa, a variety of spices, moles, vegetables and stewed meats, these tacos may seem simple, but they're actually quite complex, very authentic and absolutely addicting!

2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 264-7201
www.guisados.co

TROPICAL DRINKS - Tiki-Ti
Long before the mixology trend hit L.A. locals had been flocking to the original Tiki-Ti bar on Sunset Boulevad in Los Feliz where they've been innovators of the tropical drink for over 50 years! Today, Tiki-Ti's tiny bar is still packed to the rafters with fun loving locals enjoying close to 100 different tropical drinks from the Tiki-Ti menu.

4427 W Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 669-9381
www.tiki-ti.com

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