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1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91105

Today Brady Weise shakes up cinnamon syrup with pineapple, grapefruit, and cranberry juices.

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A.O.C.

8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

310-859-9859

At A.O.C. Christiaan Rollich’s salad-in-a-glass comes in a vodka version but tastes just as fresh with chamomile tea, basil, arugula, jalapeño, cucumber, and lime.

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Aladin Sweets & Market

139 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90007

At Aladin Sweets & Market, folks stop in for glasses of milky tea with honey-dipped fried pastries, though savory dishes are the main draw.

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Babita Mexicuisine

1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91776

Nestled in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it suburban storefront, San Gabriel’s Babita Mexicuisine finds the gracious middle ground with such daintily presented dishes as green cilantro margarita sorbet and tequila-soaked salmon sopes.

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Chado Tea Room

369 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Few cultural institutions can claim as essential a dining experience as the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.

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Domaine LA

6801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

The fruitiness of an Isabel cuvée from Berkeley’s Donkey & Goat is all rosé halftones; the high-alcohol flash of a Russian River Poco a Poco zinfandel is a snapshot of one grape in one season in one dusty place.

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Eagle Rock Italian Bakery

1726 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90041

When we need our Italian treats to go, which is when we say, “Ciao, Eagle Rock Italian Bakery!”

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Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90266

Manhattan Beach’s intimate and wryly named Fishing with Dynamite showcases David LeFevre’s expertise with seafood, honed during his years at Water Grill downtown.

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Harold & Belle’s

2920 West Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90018

323-735-9023

When transplants from the Crescent City hanker for gumbo and cornmeal-crusted catfish, they head home to Mama. For Creole-style food—a mélange of French, African, and Native American flavors—Harold & Belle’s is as close to the Dirty Coast as you’ll come on the West Coast.

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Il Pastaio

400 N. Canon Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-205-5444

Giacomino Drago’s restaurant is always good for antipasti, carpaccio, pasta, and risotto.

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Kae Sung Market

1010 S. St. Andrews Pl.., Los Angeles, CA, 90019

323-737-6565

Situated in the heart of K-Town, Kae Sung Market stocks a constellation of kimchi to go, but it’s the jar of sliced Chinese cabbage that takes top honors.

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Las 7 Regiones de Oaxaca

2648 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90006

213-385-7458

Oaxacan cuisine is the new black in what we could start calling “Oaxacalifornia,” and that’s largely due to the Mexican state’s unparalleled mole negro.

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Los Angeles Urban Adventures

1896 El Cerrito Place, Los Angeles, CA, 90068

323.300.5370

While our city makes it possible to get tastes of the world, let’s face it: There are some restaurants where a chaperon—or just a translator—would be beneficial.

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Marino

6001 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-466-8812

One of the main watering holes for the powers that be at Paramount, this family-run restaurant has an enthusiastic following.

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Mel’s Fish Shack

4524 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90016

Our loyalty belongs to Mel’s Fish Shack, which for decades has fried up such swimmers as catfish, sand dabs, and buffalo fish—a bony, old-time favorite.

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Moon Mart Kabab

400 S Glendale Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91205

818-241-2314

This dish could be devoured beside a caravansary campfire; in reality you’re sitting beneath an awning in Glendale, drinking hot tea.

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