Best Unique Restaurants in SoCal


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Exotic Sausages at Wurstküche

Yeji Kim, Photojournalist

Summer vacation is just around the corner!


Are you looking for a unique and creative dining experience this summer? Here are some of the best restaurants you can enjoy with your family and friends for truly unique dining experiences!


1. Wurstküche (Los Angeles & Santa Ana)

If you are a hot dog fan, you must try this place! Wurstküche has a huge selection of sausages from classic sausages to exotic grilled sausages made with duck, rabbit, rattlesnake, and alligators. Wurstkuche is a must stop for sausage lovers where they can try unique hot dogs different from the same ‘ole boring hot dogs.

Address: 800 E 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90013 • 305 E 4th St Ste 106 Santa Ana, CA 92701

Hours: Mon to Sun 11:00 am – 2 am • Mon to Sun 11:00 am – 1 am


2. The Vintage Steakhouse (San Juan Capistrano)

Located right next to the San Juan Capistrano train station in the historic downtown of San Juan Capistrano, the Vintage Steakhouse is a place where it almost makes you feel like you are on a rail journey while you enjoy a delicious meal, some old school vibes, and scenic views from the restaurant windows!

Address: 26701 Verdugo St San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

Hours: Mon to Thu 11:00 am – 9 pm, Fri to Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


3. Pacific Dining Car (West lake and Santa Monica)

Pacific Dining Car is the only steakhouse in Southern California that remain open for 24 hours a day where you can satisfy your late-night craving for steak any time you feel like it.

Address: 1310 W 6th St Los Angeles, CA 90017 • 2700 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403

Hours: Mon to Fri open 24 hours, open 24 hours – 6:00 am on Saturdays, closed on Sundays


4. Cold Spring Tavern (Santa Barbara)

Located in Cold Spring Canyon, Cold Spring Tavern was established as a stagecoach stop 151 years ago. With a little bit of remodeling, this gem is still in operation. Cold Spring Tavern is a perfect place to enjoy brunch and live entertainment.

Address: 5995 Stagecoach Rd Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Hours: Mon to Thu 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Fri 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Sat to Sun 8:00 am – 10:00 pm


5. Cliff’s Edge (Silver Lake)

Cliff’s Edge is a refined place with nice outside ambiance and good food quality for a nice dinner.

Address: 3626 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026

Hours: Mon to Thu 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Fri 6:00 pm – 2:00 am, Sat 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 2:00 am, Sun 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


“I love to go on food adventures during summer,” said E Jin Keum (12), “I look forward to experiencing these restaurants!”



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