ZAGAT — The 10 Hottest Fast-Casual Chains in Los Angeles
What’s happening this month on the L.A. dining scene
Los Angeles is the birthplace of many delicious things, such as chopped salads and French dip sandwiches, but it’s also ground zero for growing chains that go beyond the norm. These burgeoning businesses, serving fresh-from-the-farm salads, quick-fire customizable pizzas and loaded hot dogs, have multiplied across the culinary landscape. And for that, we’re eternally grateful. But don't take our word for it. When it came time to pick the top 10 fast-casual chains around LA, we asked our readers for their favorites in our recent survey. The results are in, and they focus on high-quality, counter-service restaurants with between two and 50 locations locally and nationally. Here's what made your list.
1. Dog Haus
Why it made the list: Known for its high-quality loaded hot dogs, sausages and burgers, this casual spot has gone from one shop on a sleepy stretch in Pasadena to eight franchised restaurants around the country, and it's still growing — it’s on track to open more than 100 franchise locations over the next six years. The all-beef skinless hot dogs and Black Angus burgers come on sweet King's Hawaiian rolls, which usually disintegrate under the weight of the 40-plus toppings from which you can choose, but that’s what forks are for.
Must order: The Sooo Cali dog with wild arugula, spicy basil aïoli, crispy onions, avocado and tomato; The Fonz, a spicy Italian sausage with pastrami and melted mozzarella cheese; and the trademarked Freiburger, which is topped with cheese, slaw, fries and a fried egg.