Food - Drink
Best Old-School Dining Spots In LA
By DUKE HARTEN
Canter’s Deli
Canter's Deli was founded in 1931 and remains an LA mainstay to this day thanks to its old-school charm, quintessential Jewish deli experience, and famous housemade pickles. The Fairfax Avenue spot is open 24 hours a day and, besides its deli counter, serves a full roster of breakfast, lunch, dinner, bakery, and even a hideaway bar.
Dan Tana’s
Because of its smaller, more humble appearance on Santa Monica Boulevard, Dan Tana’s is an easy to miss spot, but with its huge variety and quirky titled dishes such as 'Veal a la George Clooney,' excellently crafted martinis, and pleasant and inviting ambience, this is definitely a spot to keep an eye out for.
Original Pantry Cafe
Known less for their food and more for their nostalgic significance in LA culture, the Original Pantry Cafe has been open since 1924 and openly proud of the fact that they’ve never been closed for a minute, even while changing locations in 1950. Today, the Pantry is owned by former LA mayor Richard Riordan and operates on a breakfast- and lunch-only schedule.
The Apple Pan
The Apple Pan has been serving its signature menu of burgers, apple pie, and banana splits since it opened in 1947. The Pan is recognized as much for its ambiance as it is for its food, with swiveling leather chairs, enamel counters, and paper-wrapped burgers—this is a restaurant trapped in time, and Angelenos love it.
Dear John’s
Revamped recently by Hans Röckenwagner and two-star Michelin chef Josiah Citrin, Dear John’s has the distinction of being opened in 1962 by actor and friend of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Harlowe. Back then it was a historic Culver City hotspot for celebrities, and today it's now a great place to grab an expertly prepared steak and martini.