WHY HERE: When you want to escape the B.S. of L.A. and eat some killer wings, this nearly 50-year-old neighborhood haunt is where you want to hole up. In a city whose culinary and cocktail scene is pushing serious boundaries, it’s nice to find an East Side dive that serves inexpensive bar fare and well-made $12 cocktails.
WHY NOW: After nearly 50 years, Ye Rustic Inn has earned that moniker. Not much has changed, and its familiarity is why people keep coming—that and a solid Bloody Mary at brunch. What makes it so beloved is that it’s almost hip while still being so basic. This is probably why it has dubbed itself “your favorite neighborhood dive.”