The 10 Best Comfort-Food Dishes In L.A. — So Worth The Calories!

It's officially the holidays — time to start eating your feelings. Divorcée family coming into town for the annual rendezvous? There's a mac and cheese for that. Serious sibling rivalry rearing its ugly head yet again? A cinnamon Fonut should help heal those wounds. Could not possibly have dropped the Clare Vivier hint any harder, and yet still, you remain clutchless? Stick a Langer's hot pastrami on rye in those wanting hands instead, dear one.
Yes, with January on the horizon, bringing with it the familiar promise of grueling workout routines and juice fasts, now's the time to embark on a balls-to-the-wall, calories-be-damned food tour of L.A. Whether it's a solo escape to Daikokuya for legendary, belly-warming ramen, or a family trip to Jerry's Famous Deli for a hearty bowl of matzo-ball soup (served with a side of kvetching), we've rounded up the top 10 comfort-food dishes served around town that are sure to heal any headache, holiday-related or otherwise.
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Instead of reaching for that tired Kraft box next time you have a hankering for warm and gooey mac-and-cheese goodness, head downtown to Pete’s and allow your mind to be blown. The trick to the resto's secret sauce? A perfect balance of Vermont sharp cheddar, asiago, and goat cheeses — plus a touch of tarragon.
Pete’s Cafe and Bar, 400 South Main Street (at 4th Street); 213-617-1000.

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There’s no better soul-soother than pizza — and if you want yours with a side of knock-your-damn-socks-off, order up the Guanciale option at Sotto. This pie boasts house-cured pork cheek, ricotta, scallions, and fennel pollen (yep, pollen!). Grab a side of the bread with lardo and prepare yourself for a heavenly carb coma.
Sotto, 9575 West Pico Boulevard (at Edris Drive); 310-277-0210.

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If you need ramen and you need it fast, don’t go to Little’s Tokyo’s Daikokuya. But, if you need ramen — and you need it to be the best ramen in town — head straight there, and put your name on the sure-to-be-long list. Grab a beer next door while you patiently wait to be served a perfectly fried bed of gyoza alongside a steaming-hot bowl of daikoku pork belly ramen.
Daikokuya, 327 East 1st Street (at South San Pedro Street); 213-626-1680.

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You may have passed by MacArthur Park-adjacent Langer’s Delicatessen a million times without realizing that within its unassuming walls exists the best hot pastrami sandwich you could ever encounter. Even Nora Ephron gushed: "The hot pastrami sandwich served at Langer's Delicatessen is the finest hot pastrami sandwich in the world. It's a symphony orchestra, different instruments brought together to play one perfect chord. It is, in short, a work of art." Considering we practically shout "encore" after each bite, we wholeheartedly agree with the late, great writer.
Langer’s Delicatessen, 704 South Alvarado Street (at 7th Street); 213-483-8050.

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Need a sugar fix, like, stat? Skip the cupcake (they're just so expected sometimes!) and get familiar with the not-so-naughty offerings at Fonuts. Just like a donut, except baked instead of fried, Fonuts murders the competition with flavors ranging from coconut passion fruit to blueberry earl grey. Bakers dozen? Your secret's safe with us.
Fonuts, 8104 West 3rd Street (at South Crescent Heights Boulevard); 323-592-3075.

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Fried chicken at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles is the stuff that L.A. legends are made of, and well worth your while (expect a straight-up diet fail). President Obama appreciated the sweet and savory combo of fried chicken wings, waffles, and hot sauce so much, he took to The Tonight Show to chat about the feast. Just don’t knock it ‘til you try it — we know you'll be a convert in no time!
Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, 1514 North Gower Street (At Sunset Boulevard); 323-466-7453.


Photo: Via Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles
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With a name like Auntie Em’s Kitchen, you just know the meatloaf is going to be solid. Throw caution to the wind and order it on an open-faced grilled ciabatta sandwich with gruyere cheese, scrambled eggs, and homemade salsa. It's pretty much the ideal leftover meal, but entirely fresh!
Auntie Em’s Kitchen, 4616 Eagle Rock Boulevard (at Corliss Street); 323-255-0800.

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Even in Lala, soup is the lifeblood of winter. Don’t mess around — head straight to Jerry's Famous Deli for a mind-blowing bowl of classic matzo ball soup. (We know it’s better than Bubby’s, but we’ll never tell!).
Jerry's Famous Deli, 8701 Beverly Boulevard (at Park Avenue); 310-289-1811.

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A fleet of food trucks in your face can often be overwhelming, but if you see the familiar bright schoolbus yellow of the The Grilled Cheese Truck in your line of sight, make a beeline and don’t think twice. You’ll never go wrong keeping it classic with a plain-and-simple melt and a shot of tomato soup. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, don’t shy away from the brie melt, served toasty on rosemary bread with bourbon chicken, maple-glazed yams, and candied walnuts.
Follow The Grilled Cheese Truck on Twitter and on Facebook to track ‘em down daily.

Photo: Courtesy of Grilled Cheese Truck
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Need to drown your sorrows in a bowl of carbs? Spring for the pomodoro pasta at DTLA's legendary scene-y eatery, Bottega Louie. Served with Roma tomatoes, basil, and roasted-garlic pomodoro sauce, the classic dish will have you back to your skippy self in no time. Ciao, bella!
Bottega Louie, 700 South Grand Avenue (at West 7th Street); 213-802-1470.

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