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Best of LA: 2015

“No Name” Club

432 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90036

(323) 651-1583

If you’ve spooned buttery corn risotto while watching Jackson Browne coo sweet nothings or popped salty beads of salmon roe between your molars in time with Twin Shadow’s synthesized drums, then you’ve been to the club that goes by “No Name.”

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Ballona Freshwater Marsh

Jefferson Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA, 90293

310-306-5994

Bring an early-morning repast and binoculars, grab a bench facing the Ballona Freshwater Marsh, and voilà: avian TV

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Belcampo

Grand Central Market, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

(213) 625-0304

For the record, the café and butcher shop was making bone broth before it was trendy—“when it was still just on vinyl,” jokes head butcher Jered Standing

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Belly & Snout

974 S. Western Ave, Koreatown, CA, 90006

323-643-4170

Named for the pig parts that make up its signature dish, Koreatown’s Belly & Snout is not for the meat-shy

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Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall & Retro Store

14109 Burbank Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91401

818-785-9208

Expect happy murmurs from the adults as they stroll the aisles of the Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall & Retro Store

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Boa Steakhouse on Sunset

9200 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

310-278-2050

We appreciate a nice patio as much as the next Angeleno, and the one at Boa’s new flagship ranks among the area’s loveliest

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Bootie LA

Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

Instead of a velvet rope or dress code, there’s a come-as-you-are ethos—perfect for those more concerned with letting loose than being seen

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Calypso St. Barth

Brentwood Country Mart, Brentwood, CA, 90402

310-434-9601

The outfits at Calypso St. Barth should come with an invite to a Malibu soiree and an umbrella cocktail

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Case Study House No. 22

1635 Woods Dr., Hollywood, CA, 90069

208-429-1058

Set high in the Hollywood Hills, the midcentury-modern Case Study House No. 22, aka the Stahl House, offers a better-than-Runyon view of the city

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Circle X Theatre Co.

3269 Casitas Ave, Atwater Village, CA, 90039

323-644-1929

Try not to miss anything by Circle X Theatre Co., which recently arrived at the Atwater Village Theatre complex after two decades of bouncing around town

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Cove Paddle Fitness

23823 Malibu Road, Malibu, CA, 90265

310-429-2058

A choppy ocean can be intimidating, but Tyler Lennon of Malibu-based Cove Paddle Fitness instills confidence with a combination of unwavering attention and skillful teaching

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Coyotes Book Group

1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, CA, 90027

323-660-1175

Bibliophiles will geek out over Coyotes Book Group, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Skylight Books in Los Feliz

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CURE Salon & Spa

8358 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90069

310-623-9000

The private, minimalist micro-hamams would soothe any Istanbulite: a half hour on a travertine bed surrounded by billowing vapor, followed by a cool dip under rain showers

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Dal Rae

9023 Washington Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA, 90660

562-949-2444

A truly authentic prime rib dinner requires a time machine to transport you to the 1950s, but your Prius will do if you point it toward Pico Rivera, where the legendary Dal Rae has been serving the Rat Pack-approved indulgence for more than 50 years

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Dear Diary: Mortified Live

Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

Dear Diary: Mortified live is the coolest touring storytelling show in L.A. Performers share embarrassing childhood relics—journals, art, song lyrics—in front of a live audience

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Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA, 91011

818-949-4200

Descanso Gardens allows tykes to safely explore the natural world—lily ponds, acres of roses, and lush camellia groves—and learn something about it, too

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