8/14/2012 12:45:00 PM

13 Restaurants That Changed LA Dining Forever

Ludovic Lefebvre changed the game with LudoBites
The evolution of dining in Los Angeles has gone through extremes since its earliest days, and it's still constantly in flux. Many trends, some that hold true today, started here - sometimes it's a technique, a style of cuisine or a different way of doing business. Our restaurants have made an impact both here and across the country, and it goes beyond celebrity magnets like the Brown Derby or The Ivy. They've created some of America's favorite dishes, like French dips and tuna tartare. These are the game-changers that really made a culinary mark and forever changed where and how we dine out. Some of the restaurants are long gone, others have so much longevity, they are constant barometers of hospitality. Here's a look at 13 spots we think made a huge impact.


  1. I just read your article about Kawafuku restaurant and wanted to let you know that Mr. Nakajima only became the owner of Kawafuku after World War II. My grandparents, Takichi and Hana Kato, owned and operated the restaurant in its heyday when it was the premiere Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles. We have photos of guests such as Charlie Chaplin and Samuel Goldwyn, not to mention visiting Japanese celebrities, kabuki stars and even the brother of the current Emperor of Japan!

  2. What wonderful memories you must have! I love the restaurant,my parents love the restaurant and it all started with my grandparents!!1

  3. ludo could not find a location nor secure funding because he is a douche bag and no one will work with him and no investor will trust him.