Eat your way around California
By Anna Sarjeant - House of Travel
The state of California struck gold
when it came to gastronomical merits. With ample sunshine, Mexico
on the doorstep (show me the guacamole!) and the Pacific Ocean
skimming its shoreline, California boasts the perfect set up for
great food, even greater seafood, awesome wine and a big bag of
Here are some of our all time favourite tastes of
What: The all American hot dog
Where: Pink's Hot Dogs, Los Angeles
Widely considered a bucket-list must do in the City of Angels,
Pink's Hot Dogs is an iconic institution. With roots that date back
to 1939, when Pink's was nothing but a chili dog pushcart and a
mere ten cents per dog, these days the punters flock for blocks to
get a good weiner. A cultural icon, with a wealth of 'sleb' names
on the menu, go for the classic chili dog, with mustard, chili and
onions. Or perhaps the Kiwis in the crowd will be more inclined to
try the Lord of the Rings Dog, complete with sausage, BBQ sauce,
and yes you've guessed it, a big line of golden onion rings.
Find it: Corner of La Brea and Melrose in West Hollywood.
What: Surfers' burgers
Where: Hodad's Burger Restaurant, San
Beach burgers and tanned surfers go hand-in-hand like rhythm and
blues. Especially in California. Hodad's Restaurant is a beachside
burger joint favoured by the locals and highly sought after by
tourists. In part because the burgers are gargantuan (and even CNN
have labelled them as one of the best burgers in the country) but
also because its flagship restaurant is just steps from the
crashing surf, and nothing says beach Cali cool like a post-surf
Find it: It's moved a fair few times since 1969, but Hodad's
'original' dine-in can now be found at 5010 Newport Avenue, San
What: Drippy egg muffins
Where: Craftsman and Wolves, San
A wizard of all things pastry, Chef, William Werner could give
Parisians dexperts (dough experts) a run for their money. Under the
creative direction of Werner, Craftsman and Wolves is no ordinary
bakery; the artisan goodies all come with an extra dash of panache.
From cheddar-chive scones to blueberry muffins capped with lashings
of salted butter crumble. However, the real 'pièce de résistance'
is the café's signature 'Rebel Within'. A crumbly soft muffin
hiding an entire boiled egg within its buttery, fluffy sponge. The
egg's served runny so once you slice through the muffin, drippy
yolk loveliness oozes out.
Find it: Three
locations across San Francisco. And a vendor at the Ferry
Building Farmers Market every Saturday.
What: The ultimate breakfast bap
Where: Eggslut, Los Angeles
Speaking of eggs, if you consider yourself a bonafide eggaholic,
you can't visit California and NOT drop by Eggslut. That's right,
Eggslut. Defined as a 'gourmet food concept', Eggslut is an
egg-centric café inside Los Angeles' Grand Central Market, offering
the ultimate in egg-filled breakfast sandwiches. Try the classic
'Slut' with cage-free coddled egg, potato purée, salt, chives and a
super-soft baguette. Sunday morning comfort food available every
day of the week.
... Say, did we mention there were eggs?
Find it: 317 South Broadway, Inside Grand Central Market,
What: Ice-cream and candy floss
Where: CottonHi, Los Angeles
Remember back in the day when a Magnum felt extravagant? Well,
fast forward twenty years and a store in Los Angeles' Koreatown now
serves soft serve ice cream topped with organic candy floss. The
menu at CottonHi boasts ice-cream flavours that range from vanilla
to green tea, and cotton candy flavours that include lemonade and
salted caramel. One bite into these sugar-high sundaes and you'll
be crawling the candy coloured walls for at least two days. But
don't stop there - add a sprinkling of lucky charm marshmallows and
a drizzle of raspberry sauce. If you're going to get cotton high,
you might as well go full throttle.
Find it: 3825 W 6th St, Los Angeles.
What: Hipster food court
Where: Anaheim Packing District, Anaheim
The up and coming Anaheim packing district utilises an old and
abandoned fruit-packing house, hence the citrus themed décor.
Located in the heart of downtown, at the intersection of Anaheim
Blvd and Santa Ana Street, go for the food and drink hopping. A
lively establishment of over 20 artisan eateries, beer gardens and
funky seating all fronting a centrepiece courtyard, the atmosphere
is a selling-point in itself. Highlights include outdoor breweries,
barbecues and specially made ice blocks from 'Popbar', as well as a
culinary smorgasbord of Mexican, southern, Vietnamese, pizza and
Find it: 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim.