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The Sky Room

40 S. Locust Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90802

562-983-2703

The room is art deco and the views are expansive at Long Beach’s most elegant restaurant. The menu mixes Now and Then…

Website: http://theskyroom.com

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The Waffle

6255 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90028

323-465-6901

Scooter Kanfer-Cartmill (Naya, 101 Coffee Shop) has made a 22-hour diner out of a former bank in the heart of Hollywood…

Website: http://www.thewaffle.us/Site/Home.html

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The Wallace

3833 Main St., Los Angeles, CA, 90232

310-202-6400

Chef Michael Teich ran the kitchen at the Mediterranean-influenced Cleo in Hollywood and spent time at Venice’s California-cuisine hub Axe.

Website: http://thewallacela.com/dinner/

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The Whisper Lounge

189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-931-0202

It’s on the way to the Grove’s parking structure, and you can either valet or head into the morass…

Website: http://whisperloungela.com

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Tony’s Darts Away

1710 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA, 91506

818-253-1710

We love the small-town spirit of Burbank’s Magnolia Boulevard. Here, finally, is the corner bar that completes the ambience…

Website: http://www.tonysda.com

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Union

37 E. Union St., Los Angeles, CA, 91103

626-795-5841

Bruce Kalman dabbles in the pickle business. You can tell by the jarred experiments strewn about this unassuming Pasadena cubby and by the deft doling out of acid in each of Union’s Italian-inspired dishes.

Website: http://unionpasadena.com/

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Upper West

3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90405

310-586-1111

We welcome Upper West, an unfussy Santa Monica tavern. There’s not enough emphasis on drinks to call this place a gastropub…

Website: http://www.theupperwest.com

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Valley Inn

4557 Sherman Oaks Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91403

818-784-1163

This landmark is a certified time warp. Diners lounge in black banquettes…

Website: http://valleyinndining.com

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Vibrato

2930 Beverly Glen Cir., Los Angeles, CA, 90077

310-474-9400

This jazz club boasts Herb Alpert as a founder. A quartet starts playing at 6:30, and the food hits all the right notes…

Website: http://vibratogrilljazz.com

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Water Grill

1401 Ocean Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-394-5669

This is one of the best formal fish houses on the Westside…

Website: http://oceanave.com

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Westside Tavern

10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90064

310-470-1539

This 300-seat behemoth of poured concrete, exposed I beams, and honey-colored wood at the Westside Pavilion is all about volume…

Website: http://westsidetavernla.com

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Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90015

213-748-97--

Wolfgang needs another restaurant like pizza needs caviar. The same goes for yet another corporate eatery at L.A. Live…

Website: http://wolfgangpuck.com

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