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Top 7 landmark restaurants in SoCal

Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Bobs Big Boy in Burbank is a classic American diner recognized by the historical landmark society.

Bob's Big Boy in Burbank is a classic American diner recognized by the historical landmark society. (KABC Photo / KABC-TV)

Don't quite know what to do every time someone comes for a visit to Southern California?

How about giving them a taste of a landmark?

Many consider Yamashiro atop the Hollywood Hills a landmark restaurant.

"In every sense of the word, I mean it was built at the turn of the century between 1911 and 1914 by two German brothers who were enamored with Japanese architecture. They had spent some time in Kyoto, Japan so they modeled this after a house in Kyoto," said Andy Ulloa, Yamashiro.

"The view is gorgeous," said Tara de Lis, Citysearch editor. "You've got views of everything from the Hollywood sign to the buildings in Culver City. It's just a really amazing Hollywood experience."

Part of your dining experience should include popular choices like the BBQ baby back ribs, Darth Vader roll, shoyu glazed black cod, and Asian-style pork carnitas.

Pink's Hog Dogs in Hollywood has stood the test of time.

"It's not their motto, but it could be: 'always a line since 1939 at Pink's,'" said Tara de Lis. "This is a Citysearch favorite for the classic stretch chili dogs still reasonably priced."

There's a perfect view of the beach from The Lobster located at the Santa Monica pier.

"It started in 1923 and it continued on until 1984. The whole capacity of the restaurant was about 30 seats and it was very popular back in the day," said Lynne Thomas, The Lobster.

"We're basically a 99 percent seafood restaurant using all local ingredients, some fish from Hawaii, a little bit from New Zealand and Australia, but everything's pretty much made in sort of an American style," said Allyson Thurber, Executive Chef at The Lobster.

Tara de Lis recommends trying the crab cakes, spiny lobster, and clam chowder.

"Really you can't go wrong on the menu," said Tara de Lis. "There's something for every palate here."

Bob's Big Boy in Burbank has been around since 1949.

"Recognized by the historical landmark society, a classic American diner," said Tara de Lis. "Great place to bring families, kids, seniors, everybody. Good for the whole group. And here's a Citysearch tip. If you go on Friday night, there is a classic car show every week."

Rounding out the Citysearch top 7 landmark restaurants are Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood, Philippe the Original in downtown Los Angeles, and Randy's Donuts in Inglewood.

In Orange County, check out the Cannery in Newport Beach.

And in the Inland Empire, try Sycamore Inn in Rancho Cucamonga.

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Visit Citysearch to find restaurant details, including pricing, and read reviews.

Yamashiro
1999 N Sycamore Ave
Hollywood, 90068
(323) 466-5125
www.yamashirorestaurant.com

Pink's Hot Dogs
709 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, 90038
(323) 931-4223
www.pinkshollywood.com

The Lobster
1602 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, 90401
(310) 458-9294
www.thelobster.com

Bob's Big Boy
4211 Riverside Dr
Burbank, 91505
(818) 843-9334
www.bigboy.com

Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, 90028-6292
(323) 467-7788

Philippe the Original
1001 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, 90012-1803
(213) 628-3781
philippes.com

Randy's Donuts
805 W Manchester Blvd
Inglewood, 90301
(310) 645-4707
randys-donuts.com

The Cannery
3010 Lafayette Rd
Newport Beach, 92663
(949) 566-0060
www.cannerynewport.com

Sycamore Inn
8318 Foothill Blvd
Rancho Cucamonga, 91730
(909) 982-1104
www.thesycamoreinn.com

 

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