Food & Restaurants

Food & Restaurants (August 10, 2012)

American Restaurant
Veggie Grill
Multiple area locations
(323) 933-3997
www.veggiegrill.com
Veggie Grill doesn’t just serve good vegetarian food, it serves good food period. The crispy chicken plate and Buffalo Bomber are especially delish — and totally free of cholesterol.

Orange County: 320 Main
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Twohey’s Restaurant
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: Tallyrand
South Bay/Southeast: Nelson’s at Terranea Resort
Westside: Houston’s

 

Bakery/Sweets
La Brea Bakery
624 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, 90036
(323) 939-6813
www.labreabakery.com
The original La Brea Bakery opened its doors in 1989, sparking an artisan bread renaissance in Southern California that soon spread across the nation. Today, La Brea Bakery’s 300 varieties of breads and rolls are sold at the finest grocery stores and restaurants in the country — each made with the original starter Chef Nancy Silverton first created back in 1988.

Orange County: 85C Bakery
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Panera Bread
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: Porto’s Bakery
South Bay/Southeast: Torrance Bakery (tie)
South Bay/Southeast: Susie Cakes (tie)
Westside: Vanilla Bake Shop

 

Barbecue
Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
Multiple area locations
www.lucillesbbq.com
The secret to authentic Southern barbecue is all in how it’s cooked: low and slow. And that’s exactly how they do it at Lucille’s, smoking the finest cuts of meat at a constant temperature of 225 degrees for hours and hours. No matter what kind of barbecue you’re partial to, chances are you’ll like Lucille’s, with its perfectly cooked meats brimming with spices and juice, so succulent they fall right of the bone.

Inland Empire: Joey’s BBQ
L.A. Central/Hollywood: Phillip’s BBQ
Orange County: DivBar Smokehouse
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Gus’ BBQ
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: El Paso BBQ Company
South Bay/Southeast: Johnny Reb’s
Westside: Baby Blues BBQ

 

Breakfast/Brunch
Twohey’s
1224 N. Atlantic Blvd.
Alhambra, 91801
(626) 284-7387
www.twoheys.com
It all began back in 1943 when Jack Twohey (pronounced two-e) first opened his eponymous restaurant on Arroyo Boulevard in Pasadena. And though 70 years have passed, the great food and traditional atmosphere remain. Try the Belgium malted waffle or the orange French toast for a breakfast you won’t soon forget.

Inland Empire: Flo’s Airport Café
L.A. Central/Hollywood: Blu Jam Cafe
Orange County: Coliseum Pool & Grill at Pelican Hill
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: CiCi’s Cafe
South Bay/Southeast: Marmalade Cafe
Westside: Huckleberry’s

 

Burger
In-N-Out Burger
Multiple area locations
www.in-n-out.com
In-N-Out is a classic for one reason: its ingredients. The venerable chain starts with 100% beef patties, made fresh and never frozen. Each patty is free of additives, preservatives or fillers of any kind. Best of all, whether you’re ordering a simple Double-Double or something off the not-so-secret secret menu, each burger is cooked to order.

Inland Empire: Grill-A-Burger
L.A. Central/Hollywood: Umami
Orange County: Bomb Burger
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: The Habit Burger Grill
South Bay/Southeast: The Counter
Westside: Hole in the Wall

 

Chinese Restaurant
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
Multiple area locations
www.pfchangs.com
The award-winning architecture of P.F. Chang’s distinctively elegant restaurants sets the tone for Chinese-American cuisine that’s exotic without being alien to stateside palates. Favorites here include flavorful marinated wok-charred beef, orange peel chicken tossed with a mild chili sauce, tangy Hunan-style hot fish and a host of guilt-free vegetarian plates.

Orange County: Peking Dragon
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Din Tai Fung Dumpling House
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: Bamboo Cuisine
Westside: Hu’s Schezwan

 

Coffeehouse
Caffe Luxxe
Multiple Westside Locations
(310) 394-222
www.caffeluxxe.com
The team at Caffe Luxxe is passionate about artisanal coffee, handcrafting each drink one at a time. The vibe here is great, too. Instead of bleary-eyed caffeine addicts staring at open laptops, you’re more likely to see groups of friends, sitting and enjoying one another’s company. One thing you won’t find here is attitude. Caffe Luxxe refuses to take itself
too seriously.

L.A. Central/Hollywood: Intelligentsia
Orange County: Kean Coffee
Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley: Niko and Friends Cafe
SF Valley/Foothills/Ventura: Aroma Coffee & Tea Company
South Bay/Southeast: Catalina Coffee