Top Los Angeles Meatloaf

Meatloaf Los Angeles

Don’t let your meat loaf. One of my dad’s favorite sayings sure is funny, but it doesn’t quite hold true. Yes, most people like a good steak, shoulder or chop, but there’s something comforting in a juicy slab of ground meat, whether it’s crafted from pork, beef, lamb, or bison. Here are 13 of my favorite meatloaves in L.A.

Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below for easy reference. Establishments also appear in alphabetical order instead of in order of preference.

1. 101 Coffee Shop Meatloaf ($14.95): Warner Ebbink and chef Brandon Boudet revived this retro coffee shop on the street-side of the Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel, a restaurant most famous for Vince Vaughn talking about “beautiful babies” in “Swingers.” 101 Coffee Shop features faux wood counters, tan booths, stone walls, dropdown globe lanterns, and a classic meatloaf. Twin slabs combine ground beef and turkey with chopped mushrooms, onions, light breadcrumbs and herbs (oregano and parsley). The loaf sports crisp, pleasantly chewy edges and a caramelized ketchup cap. The entree typically comes with salad, green beans, and mashed potatoes with gravy, though I swapped out the potatoes and salad for spinach and creamy butternut squash soup that tasted like an early Thanksgiving.

Meatloaf Los Angeles

2. Auntie Em’s Kitchen Donna’s Mom’s Meatloaf ($11.95) [CLOSED]

Musician/chef Terri Wahl presides over this red-coated Eagle Rock institution, which features a dining room with pastel yellow, blue and green striped walls, an art-lined back patio, and bathrooms coated in images of punk rock concert posters past. Longtime chef Donna Coppola contributed Donna’s Mom’s Meatloaf, which blends beef with celery, onion, egg, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and 10 different spices, including cumin and garlic. The loaf bakes with tangy house-made ketchup on top and appears on country white bread with tomatoes, baby greens, mayo, and mustard. The sandwich comes with “homemade refrigerator pickles,” a tart sandwich counterpoint.

Meatloaf Los Angeles

3. Dulan’s on Crenshaw Meatloaf ($9.95): This Crenshaw cafeteria and banquet hall from Gregory Dulan features wood tables, tile floors, an overhead menu and silky smooth slo-jams on the speakers. Their meatloaf lunch consists of a single but substantial slab, sliced more than one-inch thick, submerged in gravy topped with slow cooked onions and cayenne. Your meat comes with a cornbread muffin and a choice of two sides. Let me recommend vegetarian red beans and collard greens cooked with pork.

Meatloaf Los Angeles

4. The Factory Kitchen Polpettone ($18): Angelo Auriana is “at the stove” and Matteo Ferdinandi is “serving you” at this refined Italian restaurant on an unlikely Arts District side street. The space involves concrete, wood tables, an open kitchen with copper accents, and vivid spice jars on the east wall. Their Italianate take on meatloaf is Polpettone, a surprisingly juicy turkey meatloaf folded with onion, garlic, breadcrumbs and egg binder. Zesty peperonata, onions, garden greens, and fine herbs round out the colorful plate.

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[…] egg binder. Zesty peperonata, onions, garden greens, and fine herbs round out the colorful plate.GUIDE CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE Share ThisArticle: Related Categories: Food, Guides Comments Greg says: August 21, 2014 at […]

The place that started the comfort food trend back in the 89 and continues the tradition in their Woodland Hills location is Kate Mantilini Restaurants Meatloaf. Served with spinach and mashed potatoes for dinner or served cold on a sandwich at lunch. The recipe came from the Hamburger Hamlet recipe from their 1950 menu

Greg, thanks for mentioning Kate Mantillini. If this guide ever gets an update, their Woodland Hills location could very well join the group.

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