Shake Shack

Burgers in West Hollywood & Mid-City
Andy Bender/Lonely Planet
Andy Bender/Lonely Planet

Expect a happy buzz despite line-out-the-door crowds at the indoor-outdoor LA outpost of New York superchef Danny Meyer's burger ‘n’ dog joint. Crowds throng for hormone- and antibiotic-free meats (chicken or mushroom sandwiches for non-red-meat eaters), plus fries and milkshakes hand-spun from frozen custard. Wash them all down with specially made beer, wine or lemonade.

Pups are welcome too – the ShackBurger dog biscuit is served with peanut-butter sauce and vanilla custard.

All that and 40 (count 'em!) parking spaces. An LA dream come true.