What to eat and where to sleep in L.A.

If you're planning on visiting Los Angeles you're definitly interested in what the best hotels are and where you can find the best burgers in town, you can do that right here.

Eat

In 'n' Out Burger

The In-N-Out menu consists of three burger varieties: hamburger, cheeseburger, and "Double-Double" (double meat/double cheese). French fries and fountain drinks are available, as well as three flavors of milkshakes. The hamburgers come with lettuce, tomato, with or without onions (the customer is asked upon ordering, and may have them fresh or grilled), and a sauce, which is called "spread" (a Thousand Island dressing variant).

There are, however, additional named items not on the menu, but available at every In-N-Out. These variations reside on the chain's "secret menu," though the menu is accessible on the company's web site. These variations include 3x3 (which has three patties and three slices of cheese), 4x4 (four patties and four slices of cheese) and Animal Style. We won't spoil the ingredients of animal style, because you just have to try it out! More info can be found here.

The Loteria Grill

The Loteria Grill locations have become fixtures in Los Angeles since the original outpost opened at the Farmers Market in 2002, but in many ways the Hollywood location anchors the operation. It’s where menu development for all of the locations begins. Specials have become a bigger focus as of late. Every week, there are a couple new tacos rolling on and off the menu, such as the beer-battered, Ensenada-style snapper. The winter Restaurant Week menu also proved to be an inspiration, with people responding so well to the dishes that they’ve stuck around as specials, as is the case with the spinach and hibiscus salad with grapefruit and candied sesame seeds.

Littlefork

Named after the tiny shellfish utensil, littlefork is the realization of a lifelong aspiration by chef/owner Jason Travi, who grew up a half-hour outside of Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts. The acclaimed chef, formerly of the original Fraiche in Culver City, says, “I’ve always wanted to do a project like this, but I never thought I would find people who believed in it and wanted to do it with me. It’s definitely a dream come true.”

For those wondering what the smoked meats and poutine are doing on a New England menu, littlefork started out as a Montreal-style concept, but changed course after Travi’s partners fell in love with Boston. The brisket is one of the remnants of the earlier French-Canadian focus, and it’s particularly good.

Sleep

Shutters on the Beach

Casual elegance of a contemporary beach house, the ambience resonates with residential charm. Whitewashed wood-paneled walls embrace custom furniture, cozy fireplaces and shutter doors on every guest room - perfectly situated for views of the coast.

"Rise to surf and sunshine; our iconic Santa Monica hotel is just grains of sand away from the water. Imagine vacations, meetings, social events, business or just a weekend away with first-class digs and SoCal ease. You'll never need to ask - taste the best, relax among friends and retreat in casual comfort." More info can be found here.

Chateau Marmont

Situated within the walls of the fabulous fairy-tale Chateau Marmont, the hotel’s restaurant matches its setting perfectly. An antique chandelier, squat banquettes and an outdoor garden patio laced with tiki torches make for an extravagant, romantic evening. While the 1920’s castle-style hotel may not have been noted for dining in the past, this Sunset Strip spot is now one of LA’s best kept secrets. The menu changes with the season, offering up dishes such as chestnut-ricotta ravioli and calamari tempura.

"Hotels are the stuff of stories, of mini dramas, a world unto themselves - we leave our lives behind and become who we want to be. Arriving at Chateau Marmont you surrender yourself to a grandi-loquent environment, an infamous hideaway and the perfect getaway in the center of one of the world's most exciting cities." More info can be found here.