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Best of LA: 2012

Above the Fold

1257 3rd St. Promenade, Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-393-2690

Need more proof that print is alive and well? Check out the rows of periodicals from around the globe at Above the Fold.

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Animal

435 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-782-9225

At their still-unmarked Fairfax enclave, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo have maintained—even honed—their knack for rejiggering comfort food into balanced, thoughtful dishes that leap with spurts of acid and fat.

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Antique Rug Co.

928 N. La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA, 90069

310-659-3847

“Restoration requires not only technical ability—it’s an art,” says Barry Amiri, co-owner of the Antique Rug Co.

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Arcana: Books on the Arts

8675 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90232

310-458-1499

Scrambling for a last-minute gift to satisfy the boss’s Ruscha fetish or scouting inspiration for your nine-figure blockbuster…

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Audio High

605 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-939-3000

When your former best bud, DJ Sticky Fingers, has split with your cans and you need a pair quick, run to the Turntable Lab in the Fairfax District for gear that can cost as little as the change in your couch or as much as several Franklins.

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Automobile Driving Museum

610 Lairport St., Los Angeles, CA, 90245

310-909-0950

If you want to understand why cars end up in museums in the first place, motor to the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo, where docents take guests for a Sunday spin in one of the 130 restored vehicles from the collection.

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Avenue of the Palms

Stadium Way and Academy Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

For decades Elysian Park’s Avenue of the Palms near Dodger Stadium has been home base for the city’s lowrider scene.

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Baco Mercat

408 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA, 90013

213-687-8808

Josef Centeno’s umlaut-bedecked flagship has all the Moroccan bistilla and Provençal brandade you could want, and the menu weds Catalan, Italian, and Abkhazian ingredients.

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Baxter-Northup Music

14534 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91403

818-788-7510

At Baxter-Northup Music, an L.A. institution since 1906, owner Ed Walker can hook up tone-deaf parents with name-brand vintage instruments.

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Bea’s Bakery

18450 Clark St., Los Angeles, CA, 91356

818-344-0100

Part cookie, part cake; sort of Jewish but kind of Italian—the black and white is a New York deli favorite that has enthusiastic fans in the west.

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Beach Yoga with Brad

Marine St., Los Angeles, CA, 90405

310-826-6958

Watching the waves crash during a session of Beach Yoga with Brad, you’ll forget you’re on the busy border between Santa Monica and Venice.

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Beachwood Canyon

Between 2872 and 2882 Belden, Los Angeles, CA, 90068

Build granitelike glutes and take in the landscape as you hike the public staircases notched into the city’s hillsides.

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Between the Sheets

370 North Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90048

(310) 854-0001

It’s pretty fancy-schmancy, and lots of interior designers shop here, but don’t be intimidated by Between the Sheets. Unlike at big-box or department stores, the staff is happy to clarify such mysteries as thread count and cotton types.

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Bottega Louie

700 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90017

213-802-1470

Downtown’s most popular breakfast, lunch, and dinner destination is an Italian restaurant, high-end patisserie, and cocktail dispensary rolled into one.

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Bridge to Nowhere

Camp Bonita Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 91702

Few hikes in Southern California make one feel as intrepid as the five-mile haul to the Bridge to Nowhere.

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Carousel

5112 Hollywood Blvd # 107, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

(323) 660-8060

Only at the original Carousel will you find such an authentic take on this Middle Eastern salad—a mélange of snappy vegetables and fried pita bread.

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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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