Out and About in LA: Thrillist Culinary Road Trip

Last week a website called Thrillist had their first ever ‘Culinary Road Trip’ in Los Angeles. Basically it is a food festival where they take some of the best restaurants in America and tour them around. I wanted to do this because:

A) As a former fatty and lover of food this seemed right up my alley

B) It covered a major Philadelphia icon in Tony Luke’s.

So I can taste some of the best food we have to offer as a country but also not feel homesick for a few hours. If it ever comes to a city near you I highly recommend it. Here are the highlights of this particular tour:

The tour takes place in the heart of Hollywood at Siren Studios.   

A pretty good line at the door. Makes me happy this didn’t turn out to be a scam.    

I’m not big on the club scene. But Thrillist definitely wanted it to feel like it.    

Refreshments everywhere 

Boxed water? What will they think of next?

The Main Attractions

Tony Luke’s  

Tony Luke’s Cheesesteak (Doesn’t look like much but it felt like home.) 


Insomnia Cookies (Also a Philly staple but sadly was not there on Sunday. But they left a ton of leftovers for people.) 


Gino’s East (Chicago


Chicago Fire Deep Dish Pizza (Spicy Sausage, red peppers, and onion)


Lardo (Portland)  

Griddled Mortadella Sandwich (Mortadella w/Provolone, Mama Lil’s Peppers, and Mustard)  


Luke’s (Maine)  

Maine Lobster Roll  

Sweetgreen (Washington D.C.)

Rad Thai Salad (Arugula, carrots, cabbage, spicy sunflower seeds, cucumbers, and a spicy cashew dressing)   

Blackseed Bagels (New York City)  

Sesame Seed Bagel (cream cheese w/cucumber and caper salad)  

Georgetown Cupcake (Los Angeles)
Peanut Butter Fudge Cupcake   


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