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Laurel Hardware

7984 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

323-656-6070

Other than the luxury cars at the valet stand, there’s little indication from the street that this place is any-thing but a hardware store.

Website: http://www.laurelhardware.com/

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Lemonade

9001 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-247-2500

Did your high school cafeteria offer twelve-spice braised duck, quinoa-squash salad, ancho-chili pot roast…

Website: http://lemonadela.com

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Little Beast

1496 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90041

323-341-5899

Whatever occupies this Craftsman bungalow turned restaurant will become an Eagle Rock favorite.

Website: http://www.littlebeastrestaurant.com/

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Lucky Strike Lanes

Hollywood & Highland, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90028

323-467-7776

No need to be a bowler to pop in here. The food, thanks to Along Came Mary chef Bill Starbuck, is the best of its nostalgia category…

Website: http://bowlluckystrike.com

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Luna Park

672 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-934-2110

A bar lines one wall, booths line two others, and simple tables fill the middle…

Website: http://lunaparkla.com

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Magnolia

6266 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90028

323-467-0660

The folks who own the Bar down the street bring you low lighting and strains of groovy neo-jazz to establish the vibe at their bistro-style hot spot…

Website: http://magnoliahollywood.com

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Magnolia House

492 S. Lake Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91101

626-584-1126

After a rocky start, Tom Colicchio’s L.A. spin-off of his Craft franchise has taken shape. Ordering is the trick…

Website: http://magnoliaonlake.com

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Mastro’s Ocean Club Malibu

18412 Pacific Coast Highway, Los Angeles, CA, 90265

310-454-4357

Mastro’s may be a chain, but there’s a lot to be said for prime ingredients, a friendly staff, and consistency…

Website: http://www.mastrosrestaurants.com/Locations/CA/71-Malibu-Main/Default.aspx

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Maude

212 S. Beverly Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90212

310-859-3418

Every month Curtis Stone, the host of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, takes a long ingredient, like citrus, as the throughline for a nine-course prix fixe menu.

Website: http://www.mauderestaurant.com/

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Messhall Kitchen

4500 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-660-6377

The historic Brown Derby space on Los Feliz Boulevard has housed a swing dance bar, a bank, and a Louise’s Trattoria. Now one-half of it is home to Mess Hall, a summer camp-themed restaurant offering comfort foods.

Website: http://messhallkitchen.com/

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Moonshadows

20356 Pacific Coast Hwy., Los Angeles, CA, 90265

310-456-3010

The outdoor extension of the Blue Lounge, smack on top of the waves, is a great spot…

Website: http://moonshadowsmalibu.com

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Napa Valley Grille

1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90024

310-824-3322

The lighting’s warm, and the food’s as delightful as you’ll find in Westwood…

Website: http://napavalleygrille.com

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Nic’s

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

310-550-5707

Larry Nicola has one cool supper club/martini lounge—not to mention the refrigerated VODBOX…

Website: http://nicsbeverlyhills.com

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Nine Thirty

W Hotel, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90024

310-208-8765

Sit back with a sidecar or caipirinha and relax awhile in the W’s hip dining room…

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Nook Bistro

11628 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90025

310-207-5160

This groovy little place percolates with a mixed-age crowd, some of whom mingle at a central communal table…

Website: http://nookbistro.com

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Oinkster

2005 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90041

323-255-6465

The best thing about this joint, owned by Max chef André Guerrero, is the pastrami. The beef is house cured for two weeks and applewood smoked…

Website: http://theoinkster.com

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On Sunset

Luxe Hotel, 11461 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90049

310-476-6571

The decor, which includes a nifty patio, is urbane and chic, in keeping with the rest of the Luxe’s smart renovation…

Website: http://luxehotelsunsetblvd.com

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Original Pantry Cafe

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

213-972-9279

This landmark, owned by Richard Riordan, has been serving breakfasts and steaks since 1924…

Website: http://pantrycafe.com

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