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Best of LA: 2015

“No Name” Club

432 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90036

(323) 651-1583

If you’ve spooned buttery corn risotto while watching Jackson Browne coo sweet nothings or popped salty beads of salmon roe between your molars in time with Twin Shadow’s synthesized drums, then you’ve been to the club that goes by “No Name.”


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Ballona Freshwater Marsh

Jefferson Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA, 90293


Bring an early-morning repast and binoculars, grab a bench facing the Ballona Freshwater Marsh, and voilà: avian TV

Website: http://www.ballonafriends.org

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Grand Central Market, 317 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

(213) 625-0304

For the record, the café and butcher shop was making bone broth before it was trendy—“when it was still just on vinyl,” jokes head butcher Jered Standing

Website: http://www.belcampomeatco.com/restaurant/los-angeles/

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Belly & Snout

974 S. Western Ave, Koreatown, CA, 90006


Named for the pig parts that make up its signature dish, Koreatown’s Belly & Snout is not for the meat-shy

Website: http://www.bellyandsnout.com

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Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall & Retro Store

14109 Burbank Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91401


Expect happy murmurs from the adults as they stroll the aisles of the Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall & Retro Store

Website: http://bigkidcollectables.com


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Boa Steakhouse on Sunset

9200 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069


We appreciate a nice patio as much as the next Angeleno, and the one at Boa’s new flagship ranks among the area’s loveliest

Website: http://boasteak.com

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Bootie LA

Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

Instead of a velvet rope or dress code, there’s a come-as-you-are ethos—perfect for those more concerned with letting loose than being seen

Website: http://www.bootiemashup.com/la

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Calypso St. Barth

Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Brentwood, CA, 90402


The outfits at Calypso St. Barth should come with an invite to a Malibu soiree and an umbrella cocktail

Website: http://www.calypsostbarth.com


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Case Study House No. 22

1635 Woods Dr., Hollywood, CA, 90069


Set high in the Hollywood Hills, the midcentury-modern Case Study House No. 22, aka the Stahl House, offers a better-than-Runyon view of the city

Website: http://www.stahlhouse.com

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Circle X Theatre Co.

3269 Casitas Ave, Atwater Village, CA, 90039


Try not to miss anything by Circle X Theatre Co., which recently arrived at the Atwater Village Theatre complex after two decades of bouncing around town

Website: http://www.circlextheatre.org

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Cove Paddle Fitness

23823 Malibu Road, Suite 50-111, Malibu, CA, 90265


A choppy ocean can be intimidating, but Tyler Lennon of Malibu-based Cove Paddle Fitness instills confidence with a combination of unwavering attention and skillful teaching

Website: http://www.covepaddlefitness.com

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Coyotes Book Group

1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, CA, 90027


Bibliophiles will geek out over Coyotes Book Group, which meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Skylight Books in Los Feliz

Website: http://www.skylightbooks.com

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CURE Salon & Spa

8358 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 90069


The private, minimalist micro-hamams would soothe any Istanbulite: a half hour on a travertine bed surrounded by billowing vapor, followed by a cool dip under rain showers

Website: http://www.curemedspa.com

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Dear Diary: Mortified Live

Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

Dear Diary: Mortified live is the coolest touring storytelling show in L.A. Performers share embarrassing childhood relics—journals, art, song lyrics—in front of a live audience

Website: http://www.getmortified.com.

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Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA, 91011


Descanso Gardens allows tykes to safely explore the natural world—lily ponds, acres of roses, and lush camellia groves—and learn something about it, too

Website: https://www.descansogardens.org

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E & L A1 Upholstery

1215½ Cypress Avenue, Cypress Park, CA, 90065


In a humble storefront in Cypress Park, E & L A1 Upholstery is a local fixture that’s been operating for almost three decades

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