You can take the girl out of Missouri, but you can't stop her love for toasted ravioli and frozen custard. Here's where to find those and some other Midwestern-style cooking.
Throwback joint -- red booths and all -- that has served large portions of steaks and all the fixings since Koreatown made up the west side of the city.
Los Angeles diner harkening back to the glory days of Googie architecture is jammed for Sunday brunches of eggs and biscuits or pancakes loaded with syrup.
Generations of Pasadena-area residents have come to this tiny diner to do battle with the surly wait staff over -- you guessed it -- pies and burgers (plus breakfasts, salads and sandwiches). Both the lemon and banana meringues are known to elicit shrieks of delight upon first bite.
Nancy Silverton's Farmers Market shop has high end burgers, sides and shakes (adult or otherwise).
Mendocino Farms' sister restaurant specializes in Western takes on Indian, Vietnamese and Middle Eastern favorites. Save room for butter cake, which is based on the chef's grandmother's recipe.
Build-your-own gourmet burger stand will even let you upgrade to bison burgers for a few bucks more.