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Kitchen Mouse

5904 N. Figueroa St, Highland Park, CA, 90042

323-259-9555

The cheerful café offers toothsome, fluffy flapjacks that are deceptively similar to their glutenous counterparts

Website: http://www.kitchenmousela.com

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Korean
 Lunch Special

3829 Main St, Culver City, CA, 90232

(323) 720-8804

From $6 spicy cauldrons to $10.99 all-you-can-eat barbecue, the midday meal deals in Koreatown are the stuff of legend

Website: http://hanjip.com/

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LAMILL Coffee

1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90026

323-663-4441

LaMill is still the only place in town to enjoy siphon-brewed estate-grown coffee while sitting on a faux crocodile-skin chair.

Website: http://www.lamillcoffee.com/

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Las 7 Regiones de Oaxaca

2648 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90006

213-385-7458

Oaxacan cuisine is the new black in what we could start calling “Oaxacalifornia,” and that’s largely due to the Mexican state’s unparalleled mole negro.

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Late-Night Happy Hour

10915 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

(310) 481-6800

Barflies know that the wee hours bring a cornucopia of discount grub and booze. After 10 p.m. the BACKHOUSE in West L.A. fills buzzed bellies with yakitori— grilled morsels like chicken livers and bacon-wrapped okra (from $1.75)—plus fried appetizers like karaage (for as much as $3 off). Raw bar deals feature oysters, sushi, and salmon […]

Website: http://backhouserestaurant.com/location/

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Le Petit Bistro

631 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

310-289-9797

Step off La Cienega into this red-walled cocoon and through the smoke haze of the enclosed patio, and you’ll feel a lot closer to Paris.

Website: http://lepetitbistro.us

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Little Dom’s

2128 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-661-0055

At this spin-off of the West Hollywood fixture Dominick’s, Los Feliz locals come for high-end basics with northern Italian and California influences.

Website: http://littledoms.com

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Local Kombucha

The fizzy probiotic beverage made from fermented tea is now the health food world’s “It” beverage

Website: http://www.kombuchadog.com/

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Los Angeles Urban Adventures

1896 El Cerrito Place, Los Angeles, CA, 90068

323.300.5370

While our city makes it possible to get tastes of the world, let’s face it: There are some restaurants where a chaperon—or just a translator—would be beneficial.

Website: http://www.losangelesurbanadventures.com

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Marino

6001 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-466-8812

One of the main watering holes for the powers that be at Paramount, this family-run restaurant has an enthusiastic following.

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Matzo Ball Soup

11921 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

(310) 479-7173

Amir and Pnina Simyonov have run the kosher cubbyhole HABAYIT for nearly two decades. Their herb-flecked chicken soup’s amber broth has just enough sheen to signal home cooking. Unlike many restaurant matzo balls, which seem like science fair experiments in volume displacement, the ones here are delicate orbs, nestled among carrots as tender as a […]

Website: http://www.habayitrestaurant.com/

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Mel’s Fish Shack

4524 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90016

Our loyalty belongs to Mel’s Fish Shack, which for decades has fried up such swimmers as catfish, sand dabs, and buffalo fish—a bony, old-time favorite.

Website: http://www.melsfishshack.com

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

576 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90041

(323) 478-2791

The cocoa at CACAO MEXICATESSEN is prepared with the same precision as the Eagle Rock restaurant’s famous carnitas de pato and handmade tortillas. Disks of cinnamon-infused Oaxacan chocolate are melted down to a rich syrup and combined with steamed milk via an espresso machine and some fancy wrist work. A flurry of chile powder adds […]

Website: http://www.cacaodeli.com/

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Moon Mart Kabab

400 S Glendale Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 91205

818-241-2314

This dish could be devoured beside a caravansary campfire; in reality you’re sitting beneath an awning in Glendale, drinking hot tea.

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Movie
 Theater Dining

10850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90024

(310) 307-7003

You’re ready to spring for a movie with the latest gazillion-speaker sound system and armchairs that double as beds

Website: https://www.ipictheaters.com/#/home/10

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Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocer

3150 Ocean Park Blvd., Ste. A, Santa Monica, CA, 90405

310-452-7770

Forget iceberg lettuce, canned beets, and wilted green beans. Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocer has updated that 1980s culinary throwback with fresh, high-quality produce.

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