Sunday, May 3, 2009

More places to visit in and around Los Angeles

Los Angeles and its surrounding areas are filled many amazing places to visit. There are many things to do. Here is a list of some of the best places to visit.

Pink’s Hot Dogs

Pink’s is a Hollywood institution. On La Brea Boulevard near Melrose Avenue, it is the best place to get a hot dog, and not just any old hot dog. Pink’s hot dogs are not overcooked, they are fresh and topped with unique and creative ingredients. A great dog is the Guadalajara dog with relish, sour cream, onions and tomatoes. Forget about the ketchup and mustard. These hot dogs are not the run of the mill dogs. And if you are not in the mood for a hot dog, Pink’s also offers burgers, burritos and a selection of other tasty treats.

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Canter’s Deli

A corned beef sandwich on rye bread and a pickle. Yum. Just one of the many menu options available at Canter’s. And do not forget to stop by the bakery on your way out of Canter’s Deli on Fairfax Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Jewish deli, bakery and restaurant is open 24 hours a day. Stop by any time you want some fresh rugala or macaroons. With reasonable prices and a menu that offers something for everybody, Canter’s is on the short list of places you must visit in Los Angeles.

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Du-par’s Restaurant and Bakery

The oldest restaurant in Farmer’s Market at Fairfax and Third is also the best place to buy pie. Du-par’s first opened in the late 1930s and was renovated a few years ago. It reopened in 2006 and it has the best pie around. A whole pie costs about $10 and there is everything from peach pie to strawberry lemon pie, which is now being offered for the month of May. It is not the typical chain diner. There is a real feeling of the 1930s in the restaurant. The staff are friendly and the prices are right. And Du-pars is also open 24 hours.

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Billy’s Deli

Billy’s is another deli, but it is a great deli in its own right. Billy’s offers a selection of sandwiches and other meals, but the atmosphere is one of its best qualities. The walls are filled with historic photographs of California and two large aerial shots of what the surrounding area looked like before it was developed. It is the type of place that has regulars and the staff know their names. And instead of getting a basket of bread or some chips and salsa, a bowl of thick pickle slices is set on the table. If you love pickles, Billy’s is the place to go. They are fresh and crisp and not too sour.

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Amoeba Music

Located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Amoeba Music is the place to go to find the latest music, movies and memorabilia. Not only that, Amoeba also has an extensive collection of used VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs and cassette tapes. Walking into Amoeba is like walking into a warehouse for anything movie, TV or music related. There is not just one floor, but there are two floors of fun things to peruse through. Movie lovers and music fans should definitely check this out.

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