10 Best Take-Out Restaurants in Los Angeles
|Peach Doughnuts from The Donut Man|
7. The Donut Man
For a town that loves to gripe about traffic, there sure are a lot of folks making the slow slog out to Glendora for a taste of The Donut Man's seasonal doughnuts. The summery strawberry delights tend to draw the most attention, but the fresh fall peach version is no slouch either. The fruit is sweetened and softened while still retaining its shape and vibrancy, then crammed into a soft, flaky pastry that never stood a chance. True fans know better than to forget an order of the sticky tiger tails as well, though an argument could be made for practically any doughnut you'll find in the case. After all, you've driven this far... 915 E. Route 66, Glendora; 626-335-9111.
6. Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
G. Snyder Jim Dandy Fried Chicken
Don't get sidetracked by the bulletproof window and dodgy ordering procedure: you're on a mission. Should you choose to accept it, Jim Dandy will outfit you with perhaps the best fried chicken in all of Los Angeles (are you listening, Ludo?). From the very first crunchy bite of skin, perfectly seasoned and still popping at the edges from its recent fry bath, through to the tender poultry inside, it's clear that Jim Dandy is a winner. Of course, you've got to pony up the change for their signature corn fritters too. They are a hushpuppy / beignet hybrid that's been dusted with powdered sugar, and their elusive appeal is half the reason you agreed to take this mission in the first place. <11328 S. Vermont Ave., South L.A.; 323-779-5567.
5. Tacos Villa Corona
Farley Elliott Potato & Chorizo Burrito at Tacos Villa Corona
Atwater Village's Tacos Villa Corona has been doing quite well lately. Anthony Bourdain gave them some screen time during a recent jaunt through L.A., and we consider their potato and chorizo breakfast burrito to be second to none. But don't let their egg-focused breakfast options deter you from the rest of the menu; everything at Tacos Villa Corona is worthy of such high praise, especially when splashed with some of their housemade salsas. Adding a Cactus Cooler to your take out order never hurt either. 3185 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village; 323-661-3458.
4331 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA