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Cora’s Coffee Shoppe

1802 Ocean Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-451-9562

This is a busy spot adjacent to Capo with two tiny tables indoors and a dozen on the patio…

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Darren’s Restaurant & Bar

1141 Manhattan Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90266

310-802-1973

Fish takes center stage at this cozy coastal spot housed in what used to be Avenue, just a block from the beach…

Website: http://darrensrestaurant.com

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Dino’s Chicken and Burgers

2575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90006

213-380-3554

In any other instance we’d say soggy french fries are something to avoid. But at this roadside stand, flame-grilled chicken (half a bird) is drenched in a spicy, garlicky….

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Du-par’s

Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-933-8446

Du-par’s has finally completed its makeover. We’re fans…

Website: http://du-pars.com

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Engine Co. No. 28

644 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA, 90017

213-624-6996

This is a downtown citadel of boy food—beef, chili, meat loaf, and the like in a former firehouse full of brass and leather…

Website: http://engineco.com

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Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015

213-239-0642

Edgy but not alienating, ambitious but not brash: It’s a tough line to walk but necessary for a 165-seat restaurant near the Staples Center

Website: http://www.faithandflowerla.com/

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Funnel Mill Rare Coffee and Tea

930 Broadway, Ste. A, Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-597-4395

Don’t order soy lattes or vanilla-shot cappuccinos at Funnel Mill Rare Coffee and Tea. Here it’s about the bean…

Website: http://funnelmill.com

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Gladstones

173000 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272

310-454-3474

The entertainment gurus at SBE have slapped some white paint on this former beachside sawdust joint, but Hyde Lounge this is not…

Website: http://www.gladstones.com

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Great Western Steak and Hoagie

1720 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-450-4545

For more than 40 years this shabby stand on a deserted Venice block has been improvising on the traditional Philly cheese steak…

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Grub

911 N. Seward St., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-461-3663

The a.m. diners at this sunny 1920s bungalow know they’re in on a great secret. Brunch dishes—most under $10…

Website: http://grub-la.com

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Hedley’s

640 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

310-659-2009

Tucked in the quiet section of Robertson is this unfussy neighborhood spot…

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Herringbone

8440 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

323-848-6000

This neighborhood is old hat for Brian Malarkey.

Website: http://www.herringboneeats.com/

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Hugo’s

12851 Riverside Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 91607

818-761-8985

This sister to West Hollywood’s enduring hot spot, particularly for the young Industry types…

Website: http://hugosrestaurant.com

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Intelligentsia

55 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA, 91103

626-578-1270

This sleek space is the Chicago coffee purveyor’s first café to offer meals with its high-grade caffeine.

Website: http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/locations/pasadena-cafe

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James’ Beach

60 N. Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-823-5396

The menu at James Evans’s neighborhood restaurant couples fresh takes on American classics such as chicken potpie…

Website: http://jamesbeach.com

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Jinky’s Cafe

1447 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-917-3311

The motto here is “better than breakfast in bed,” and it’s apt…

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John O’Groats

10516 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90064

310-204-0692

The breakfast lines are relentless. Pancake aficionados are waited on by servers who believe in hot oatmeal…

Website: http://ogroatsrestaurant.com

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La Grande Orange

260 S. Raymond Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91105

626-356-4444

A full renovation has transformed Pasadena’s historic Santa Fe train depot into La Grande Orange Cafe, a Phoenix transplant serving simple burgers…

Website: http://lgocafe.com

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