There are several iconic dishes here in Southern California that must be experienced at least once in your lifetime. If you think your taste buds can handle all this flavor, then check out these 10 delicious dishes that will have your mouth watering in no time. From main courses to desserts, these are the dishes in Southern California that make us clear our plates and go back for a second round.
1. Baby Back Ribs at Phil's BBQ
Ask anyone who's ever experienced a plate of baby back ribs at Phil's BBQ and they'll tell you there's no question they are the best ribs they've ever had. Mesquite grilled to perfection and slathered with Phil's signature BBQ sauce makes for an unforgettable dish.
2. Strawberry Donut at The Donut Man -- Glendora
If you haven't sunk your teeth into a strawberry donut at The Donut Man yet, you are missing out. Not only is this masterpiece beautiful, but it's one of the most satisfying experiences your tastebuds will ever have.
3. The Original # 19 Pastrami Sandwich at Langer's Deli
Even if pastrami isn't your thing, you must experience just one bite of this legendary sandwich so you can tell the world you've had a # 19 at Langer's Deli. Be prepared to devour the whole thing after that first taste of hot pastrami, cole slaw and swiss cheese sandwiched between freshly baked rye bread.
4. The Prime Rib Dinner at Lawry's The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills
There's nothing more classic than the prime rib feast at this legendary steakhouse that's been around since 1938. The presentation is just as much a part of the experience as the meal itself. It doesn't get much better than juicy prime rib carved to perfection from a shiny silver cart.
5. The Secret Menu At In N Out
You may be a regular at In N Out, but did you know they have a secret menu? One of the items that you must add to your bucket list is ordering burgers or fries 'Animal Style.' What exactly is Animal Style? On a burger you'll get a mustard-grilled patty, extra Thousand Island and extra pickles. Animal Style fries are smothered with melted cheese, Thousand Island spread, and grilled onions.
6. A Hot Dog at Pink's in Los Angeles
You haven't experienced a hot dog until you've had one from Pink's hot dog stand, an iconic landmark that originally opened in Hollywood in 1939. Whether you like your hot dog loaded with chili, onion rings, or perhaps something more traditional, there's nothing in the world as tasty as a Pink's hot dog.
7. Julian Apple Pie at Julian Pie Company
People from all over the country flock to the mountain town of Julian known for its charming atmosphere and delicious apples. So what should you eat while in Julian? An apple pie, of course. There are a number of restaurants that serve homestyle Julian apple pie, but the Julian Pie Company is a family favorite.
8. Fish Tacos at Rubio's
You may be able to get a fish taco most anywhere these days in SoCal, but if you want to taste the original then you'll have to head to Rubio's for what is still considered the best fish taco around. Who cares if it's considered fast food? It's fresh and that's all that mattes.
9. Banana Cream Pie at Apple Pan
Just one look at this scratch made banana cream pie and you will be craving it for days. I'm pretty sure it's possible to eat this giant slice for breakfast, lunch and dinner and still have leftovers on the plate.
10. French Dipped Sandwich at Philippe the Original
One of the oldest restaurants in SoCal still serves up one of the best dishes on the planet -- a french dipped sandwich. Not only do they make the tastiest one you'll ever have, but the founder of the restaurant has been credited for coming up with this delicious sandwich of thinly sliced meat that's served on a crusty french roll and dipped in the juice from the roasting pan. The flavor of this sandwich is out of this world.
Any favorites on this list that you must have right this second? I don’t know about you, but now I’m craving one of those strawberry donuts. Shhh, don’t tell, but I think I’ll have that donut for dinner and then I’ll have a slice of banana cream pie for dessert! Which restaurant are you heading to for dinner?