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Brunch Cocktail

1026 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Moinca, CA, 90401

(424) 744-8008

Pulp from tomato juice, then mixing the clarified liquid with gin infused with shiso and black pepper. Horseradish oil provides the finishing pop

Website: http://www.belcampo.com/

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Budget Birthday Cake

4542 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90066

(310) 915-2078

On Saturdays A slow-moving line of families dressed for through a small Westside storefront. The wait is worth it, as the strawberry shortcake at ANGEL MAID BAKERY is so fluffy, so lushly enrobed in semi-sweet whipped cream and chock-full of ripe strawberry nuggets, it’ll convert any member of the butter-cream-or-bust crowd. A seven-inch round cake, […]

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5112 Hollywood Blvd # 107, Los Angeles, CA, 90027

(323) 660-8060

Only at the original Carousel will you find such an authentic take on this Middle Eastern salad—a mélange of snappy vegetables and fried pita bread.

Website: https://carouselrestaurant.com


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Chado Tea Room

369 E. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Few cultural institutions can claim as essential a dining experience as the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.

Website: http://www.chadotea.com


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Chili John’s

2018 W. Burbank Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91506


At Burbank’s family-run Chili John’s, the generous bowls of red are of the most elemental Texas variety: nothin’ but high-quality beef suet, garlic, and a proprietary spice blend that favors cayenne’s stiff kick.

Website: http://chilijohnsca.com


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Cocktail Presentation

3612 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA, 90005

(213) 263-2709

During the omakase cocktail experience at Koreatown’s WALKER INN, bartenders don’t merely mix and serve; they educate and pamper. Menus, which have such rotating themes as “Wet Hot American Summer,” include refreshments garnished with “fog” or packaged in juice boxes. Instagram isn’t going to cut it—you’ll want to Snapchat the entire story.

Website: http://www.thewalkerinnla.com/

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Domaine LA

6801 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

The fruitiness of an Isabel cuvée from Berkeley’s Donkey & Goat is all rosé halftones; the high-alcohol flash of a Russian River Poco a Poco zinfandel is a snapshot of one grape in one season in one dusty place.

Website: http://www.domainela.com


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Eagle Rock Brewery

3056 Roswell St., Los Angeles, CA, 90065


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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