Los Angeles is famous for food, both of the highbrow and lowbrow varieties. The home of some of the country's most exclusive eateries in places like Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, the city is also the birthplace of many of the world's fast food chains and iconic "street food" dishes. LA's culture has always encompassed both the glamour of tinseltown and the appeal of convenient, guilty pleasures of suburban life. Here are just a few of the dishes that are must-try experiences for newcomers, and perennial favorites for long-time residents. In some cases, the dishes became famous because on their own merits, and some partly because of their association with LA's oldest restaurants. In this post, we'll focus on the haute cuisine. Stay tuned for more posts about LA's most famous fast food innovations! Smoked Salmon Pizza, Spago - Perhaps the most famous restaurant in Beverly Hills is Spago, the restaurant from Wolfgang Puck, the culinary titan who provides the food every year for the Governor's Ball, the private event for Hollywood's elite following the Oscars ceremony. The pizza chef at the original Spago was Ed LaDou, who later developed California Pizza Kitchen’s first menu before opening his own restaurant, Caioti. The smoked salmon pizza is Spago’s signature dish and a staple of California cuisine. According to Puck’s website, the dish was created when the kitchen ran out of brioche. The game-changing pizza is made with smoked salmon, chili and garlic oil, red onion, dill creme fraiche and chives. Puck says, “If you feel decadent, you can top the pizza with Sevruga, Beluga or Osetra caviar." Now located on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills, Spago still offers the smoked salmon pizza during lunch and as a bar bite. Spago Beverly Hills: 176 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Tuna Tartare, Chaya (Downtown) - In 1984, executive chef Shigefumi Tachibe was helming the kitchen at the newly-opened Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills. According to restaurant lore, a group ordered the beef tartare but one of them didn’t like beef. The classically-trained Tachibe diced raw tuna and mixed it with olive oil, Dijon mustard, sweet pickles, onion, tarragon, chives, green peppercorns, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper, served with sliced avocado and a lemon wedge. Tachibe’s culinary improvisation became Chaya’s signature dish and has since gone global as an icon of Asian fusion. The sushi knife he used that night is now on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. 525 S. Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 Chopped Salad, La Scala - Jean Leon opened the original La Scala in Beverly Hills in 1956. The Italian fine dining restaurant has been at its current location on Canon Drive since 1989. A favorite power lunch spot for the entertainment industry, La Scala has served six U.S. presidents and was the setting for Robert Wagner’s proposal to Natalie Wood. Leon’s claim to culinary fame is the now-ubiquitous La Scala Original Chopped Salad. The salad was reportedly a favorite of Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Reynolds and Warren Beatty. After customers complained about the difficulty of eating the salad and still looking glamorous, the chef chopped it up. The iconic salad has since been enjoyed by Elizabeth Taylor, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow. Chopped salads can now be found on menus from Mozza to California Pizza Kitchen. 434 North Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Prime Rib, Lawry's - The original Lawry’s The Prime Rib opened on Restaurant Row on La Cienega in Beverly Hills in 1938. Since then, Lawry’s has opened a few locations across the country and several in Asia. Dining at Lawry’s is a familiar ritual that begins with the “three steps down” into the elegant dining room. Servers in retro uniforms take orders for the iconic prime rib dinner and serve the “Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad” - romaine and iceberg lettuce, baby spinach, shredded beets, chopped eggs and croutons, tossed with Lawry’s Vintage Dressing. The standing rib roasts are carved to order from gleaming silver carts and served with mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and whipped cream horseradish. Lawry’s offers daily fish and vegetarian specials, but for carnivores this is nirvana. 100 N. La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Martini, Musso & Frank's - Open in Hollywood since 1919, Musso & Frank Grill has been a favored destination for generations of celebrities, from Charlie Chaplin to Johnny Depp. Some of the 20th century’s greatest writers were Musso’s regulars, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and Raymond Chandler. The extensive menu features classics like flannel cake, grenadine of beef and welsh rarebit, and daily specials like the famous chicken pot pie. Even more than these favorites, the true Musso’s icon is the classic Martini, made with 2.5 ounces of gin and a half ounce of vermouth, stirred with ice and strained into a cocktail glass. It’s served with an olive garnish and a small carafe with the remaining cocktail on the side, a classy touch that’s rarely seen these days. Some guests prefer a Gibson (a la Cary Grant in "North by Northwest"), the same cocktail but garnished with an onion. Whether it’s an olive, a lemon twist or an onion, be sure to sip slowly and drink in the history of the room. 6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Adapted from "L.A.'s Most Iconic Dishes: The Classics" by Daniel Djang, Discover Los Angeles