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Restaurants that have character or have characters?

I'm looking for some good LA restaurants that have good character. Your favorite spots that have great food - the best burritio, the best taco, the best burger, the best whatever. And also have interesting people behind the scenes. I'm not looking for a scene, just cool food, cool atmosphere, cool people. Its for my food blog - http://food.ericisaac.com - take a quick look if you need some reference.

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  1. wow, really no responses yet? crazy.

    I was told by an LA friend that Canter's is cool spot. Any thoughts?

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    1. re: ebi

      Hi... You were really "crazy" surprised that it took a little over an hour for 'Hounds to respond to your original post?

      1) Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles
      2) The Griddle Cafe for breakfast
      3) Soot Bul Jeep for smoke-soaked korean bbq
      4) Oki Dog for late-night chili-cheese pastrami dogs - carry mace or brass knuckles

      1. re: silence9

        yeah, the nyer's are ravenous to share their faves.

        These sound great. Especially the danger factor of Oki Dog

        1. re: silence9

          I LOVE Roscoe's. I don't know that it's "cool", but the chicken and the waffle I had had there hit the absolute spot, and I wish we had one where I lived.

      2. 1. Dan Tanas
        2. Chey Jay
        3. The Galley

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        1. re: Thor123

          And I would add Vito to that list.

          1. re: Servorg

            Pann's looks like the place where they shot Pulp Fiction

            1. re: ebi

              Pulp Fiction was shot in the Hawthorne Diner. It's not around anymore.

              Reservoir Dogs was shot at Pat and Lorraine's in Eagle Rock. I've never been there, but it's still around.

            2. re: Servorg

              What are the characters you are referring to at Dino's Servorg? I only know the Pollo Maniaco.

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                It was in reply to "...the best burritio, the best taco, the best burger, the best whatever." and it was definitely all about the crazy chicken and marinade soaked fries...

            3. Langer's Deli http://www.langersdeli.com/

              Clifton's Cafeteria (currently closed but is reopening) http://www.cliftonscafeteria.com/

              Philippe's The Original http://www.philippes.com/

              Bay Cities Italian Deli http://www.baycitiesitaliandeli.com/

              The Apple Pan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Appl...

              Musso and Franks http://mussoandfrank.com/

              1. Dan tana's, Chez Jay & el Tepeyac are all classic! Phillippe's & Musso's too!

                I guess I'd add:
                The Brown Derby
                The Polo Lounge
                Spago
                Antijos Carmen
                Jitlada
                Grilled cheese & Komodo trucks