Los Angeles has deep roots in the low contact food space, which is becoming particularly useful during the coronavirus pandemic. The city has some truly great drive-thru's, likely caused by Los Angeles's car culture. And, did you know that the drive-thru was first invented in Los Angeles when In-N-Out introduced the two-way speaker box in 1948. If you want to explore some legendary drive-thru's with great food, we're here to help! We've put together a list of 7 drive-thru restaurants to try in Los Angeles!
1. Chuy's Tacos Dorados
14557 Vanowen St Van Nuys, CA 91405
Chuys Tacos Dorados has great hard-shelled tacos and other Mexican-American combos. Drive right thru to grab some of their food off of Vanowen Street.
2. Sam's Charbroiled Burgers
10748 Vanowen St North Hollywood, CA 91605
Sam's has been going strong in North Hollywood for awhile! They offer some of the better drive-thru takeout in the San Fernando Valley, which also includes a lot of breakfast items.
3. Lucy's Drive In
1373 South La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019
Lucy's is a classic restaurant that has a bit of everything in Mid-City. It's open around the clock and has what might be the most underrated breakfast burrito in Los Angeles!
4. The Donut Hole
15300 Amar Rd La Puente, CA 91744
This might be one of the most unique drive-thru experiences on the list... it's a giant doughnut that you drive through to pick up doughnuts! For real - this is a real thing! You'll find The Donut Hole in La Puente.
5. Broad Street Oyster Company
23359 CA-1 #3874A Malibu, CA 90265
An excuse to drive to Malibu is always a good idea. Drive up PCH, enjoy the scenic ocean cliffs, and then stop at Broad Street Oyster Company where you can get oysters, lobster rolls, and even takeaway wine!
6. Astro Burgers
507 N La Brea Ave Inglewood, CA 90302
If you want a great, unique burger, it's definitely worth a drive out to Inglewood for a burger, fries, onion rings, or even breakfast!