When it comes to comfort food, Los Angeles takes the cake – and the tamale, fried chicken, pancake and pizza, too. All those homestyle delights are easy to find all across Southern California, for the city is packed with places designed to make diners feel at home, without the bother of actually doing all the cooking themselves. Choosing the top ten isn't an easy task, but with old favorites like El Cholo, which opened in 1923; The Original Pantry Cafe, opened in 1924; Dinah's Family Restaurant, opened in 1959; and Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, 1975, some choices are easy. There's a reason these landmark places are still open after all those years: their food keeps people coming back for more! But the city's classic places do have some competition, especially from relative newcomers like Baby Blues BBQ and Masa of Echo Park (both in business since 2004), M Grill (since 2003) and JR's Barbecue (since 1998), as well as from Carvery Kitchen, the newest kid on the block, which opened in August 2014. The one thing all these top choices have in common is their dedication to making the kind of food you wish your mother had made, with an attention to detail and a focus on taste and quality that sets them apart from all the rest.
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