From the driving, to the parking, to the not knowing where to drive or park, dinner in LA is harder than it should be. That’s why we created Dinner Plan — your three-step itinerary to a damn good time.

Returning from the beach this Labor Day weekend is gonna be murder, so we’ve picked out three convenient and comfortable joints to duck into on the way home.

  • V's Restaurant+Bar

    22821 PCH
    north side of street
    (310) 456-3828

    From the PCH

    The PCH bottlenecks just past Topanga, so stop in Malibu at newly opened gastropub V’s Restaurant + Bar and get cozy within its salt-weathered wood walls. Inside, modern Italian cuisine gets a Napa-lite facelift: try the smoked trout salad, roasted chicken with Brussels sprouts and a glass of Layer Cake Primitivo.

  • The Doughroom

    3409 Overland Dr.
    corner of Woodbine St.
    (424) 258-6194

    The Doughroom

    The 10 is murderous around the 405. Stay alive by exiting on Robertson and heading to the Doughroom, a newly anointed pizza joint in Palms. The red brick-walled room is warmly lit and has two TVs showing the US Open. Get the Margherita pizza, the burrata with grilled melon and prosciutto and the corned beef hash. Wash it down with a rye ale.

  • Cinco

    7241 W Manchester Ave
    b/t Lincoln and Rayford
    (310) 910-0895

    From LAX and the 405

    Flying can rattle the nerves. But so can the 405. Whether you’re heading in from LAX or on the 405, you can’t go wrong with a convenient detour to Cinco, a mexican pub in Manchester where you can also catch the Open. Heaps of creamy guacamole, free-range chicken bedaubed with chocolatey mole and pints of the Bruery’s Mischief Ale? Sí, por favor.