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Best of LA: 2012

Denim Repair Shop

7517 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

323-798-4310

Designer labels or thrift store staples: It doesn’t matter what they cost because once you slide into that perfect pair, those jeans ain’t coming off until well past laundry day.

Website: http://www.schaeffersgarmenthotel.com/

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Drybar

Various locations, Los Angeles, CA, 90069

323-843-4777

For about the cost of a mani-pedi, Drybar in West Hollywood can give a boost when a special occasion arises.

Website: http://www.thedrybar.com

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Dub Club

1154 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

213-413-8200

What began as an enclave of old-school reggae lovers sharing music with friends is now one of L.A.’s longest-running dance parties—of any genre.

Website: http://www.dubclubla.com

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Eagle Rock Brewery

3056 Roswell St., Los Angeles, CA, 90065

760-471-4999

We’re pleased as pilsner that we can grab beer on the go from a bevy of local craft beer makers. Eagle Rock Brewery elevates the growler experience to an art.

Website: http://eaglerockbrewery.com/

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El Rocoto

11433 South Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90703

(562) 924-1919

At El Rocoto, Inca-worthy recipes use traditional tubers, Andean grains, and the fragrant lúcuma fruit, while standards including ceviche, lomo saltado, and papas huancaina are artfully executed.

Website: https://elrocoto.com

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Falafel Arax

5101 Santa Monica Blvd # 2, Los Angeles, CA, 90029

(323) 663-9687

The unsung gem at this wee spot is the hummus, which the owners will describe only as a blend of garbanzos and olive oil. Unlike the bland, gummy, or overly acidic versions found in tubs at your grocer, this one—creamy, with a sprinkle of ground red pepper—has a devilishly satisfying finish.

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Fat Dog

801 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90046

(323) 951-0030

No doggie? Adopt one at Tailwaggers, located next door to the Fat Dog gastropub, then spoil your new friend (and yourself) at brunch. He gets a choice of three bowl sizes for water; you get a farmers’ market frittata and a craft beer.

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Fire Groove

671 N. Berendo St., Los Angeles, CA, 90004

1-800-755-6423

The quest for a hot body meets hippie spirituality in the burgeoning trend known as fire dancing.

Website: http://www.firegroove.com

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Fishermen’s Spot

14411 Burbank Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91401

818-785-7306

Convincing a fish that your feather-clad hook is a skittering dragonfly or chad minnow requires an angler’s patience and a golfer’s finesse.

Website: http://www.fishermensspot.com

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Furtographs

7515 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

661-803-9826

You love your four-legged friends and have countless iPhone shots of them mugging in various states of cuteness. Why not preserve their likenesses with professional studio portraits?

Website: http://www.furtographs.com/

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Got Kosher?

8914 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035

310-858-1920

From Thursday afternoon through closing time Friday, customers file steadily into Got Kosher?, stopping at the racks where shiny two-pound pretzel challahs are on display.

Website: http://www.gotkosherinc.com

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Grand Performances

350 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90071

213-687-2159

Whether it’s a celebration of George Gershwin or the sounds of Afro-futurism, an accordion festival or throwback Latin funk, Grand Performances at California Plazaoffers an astoundingly diverse lineup.

Website: http://www.grandperformances.org

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Gregory’s Fred Segal Melrose

8100 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

At Gregory’s Fred Segal Melrose, 90 percent of the footwear requires Italian passports.

Website: https://mygregorys.com

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Hidden Treasures

154 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90290

310-455-2998

For unique finery and a voyage to match, point your prow toward buried booty and don’t forget your compass.

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Highland Theatres

5604 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA, 90042

323-256-6383

Don’t expect gourmet concessions or reserved seating, but at Highland Theatres you can see a blockbuster on opening weekend for less than half of what it would cost at a premium multiplex.

Website: http://www.highlandtheatres.com

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Huntington Meats

6333 W 3rd St # 350, Los Angeles, CA, 90036

(323) 933-8577

Sausage is having a moment. On display at Huntington Meats is a rotating selection of more than 20 pork, lamb, and chicken links free of nitrates and preservatives.

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Jim’s Exotic Fish

630 N Sepulveda Blvd # 14A, Los Angeles, CA, 90245

(310) 322-3474

Sea anemones gleam with health at Jim’s Exotic Fish, where the saltwater offerings are impeccable and the array of freshwater fish is vast.

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