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Ammo

1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-871-2666

Restaurant years work a bit like dog years in this town. That makes Ammo—celebrating its 14th birthday—very old indeed…

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Apple Pan

10801 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90064

310-475-3585

The conventional wisdom is that this little shack has burgers like God intended…

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Auntie Em’s Kitchen

4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90041

323-255-0800

his Eagle Rock spot specializes often organic comfort food–soups, potpies, salads–served on retro plates.

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Bar Marmont

8171 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

323-650-0575

The Chateau Marmont’s watering hole is back under the hotel’s auspices after years of being leased out…

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Bedford & Burns

369 North Bedford Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-273-8585

The Burns family has a long history in the L.A. restaurant scene, dating back to 1918 with the Robert Burns Pharmacy and soda fountain in Beverly Hills. The clan’s latest is this simple American bistro.

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BLD

7450 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-930-9744

Neal Fraser and the team at Grace have a new concrete-casual operation just up the street…

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Bourbon Steak

237 S. Brand Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91210

818-839-4130

On the one hand, this is a steak house in a mall. On the other, it’s a fine-tuned Michael Mina operation where the overall experience adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

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Busby’s (Mid-Wilshire)

5364 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

(323) 525-2615

Surrounded by dozens of plasma TVs, twenty- and thirtysomethings play Trivial Pursuit, Scattergories, and billiards.

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Busby’s (Santa Monica)

3110 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90404

310-828-4567

Surrounded by dozens of plasma TVs, twenty- and thirtysomethings play Trivial Pursuit, Scattergories, and billiards…

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Cast & Plow

4375 Admiralty Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90292

310-574-4333

It doesn’t get much more picturesque than the marina-adjacent fire pit tables atCast & Plow, the Ritz-Carlton’s new iteration of its hotel restaurant.

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Chez Jay

1657 Ocean Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-395-1741

Chez Jay may be the perfect L.A. restaurant: sawdust on the floor, Dino on the jukebox, and beachcombers…

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Chez Mélange

1611 S. Catalina Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90277

310-540-1222

This is the only place we know of to find spicy meat loaf with red beans and rice, sashimi samplers, and Mexican tapas all under one roof.

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Chianina Steakhouse

5716 E. Second St., Los Angeles, CA, 90803

562-434-2333

His popular restaurant and pizzeria make Michael Dene the dean of Italian dining in Long Beach.

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Chili John’s

2018 W. Burbank Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91506

818-846-3611

At Burbank’s family-run Chili John’s, the generous bowls of red are of the most elemental Texas variety: nothin’ but high-quality beef suet, garlic, and a proprietary spice blend that favors cayenne’s stiff kick.

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Cole’s Original French Dip

118 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90014

213-622-4090

Nightlife impresario Cedd Moses has revamped (read thoroughly cleaned) Cole’s Pacific Electric Buffet…

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Commonwealth

222 S. Glen-oaks Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91502

818-845-2225

The “global small plates” field is a crowded one, but this is Burbank’s first real taste of today’s dominant restaurant trend.

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