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New Wave Doughnut Shop

1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90291

(310) 450-5630

LA is awash in superior cruller crafters, yet a bold gang of newcomers has arrived touting artisanal ingredients and wacky combos (ham and egg?). Venice’s BLUE STAR DONUTS, a Portland import, manages to go modern without sacrificing the simple pleasures of fried dough. Chic flavors like house-made horchata and bourbon blueberry are bold but not […]

Website: http://www.bluestardonuts.com/

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501 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA, 90277

(310) 379-1133

Hunks of raw ahi are available in four styles (original, spicy, shoyu, and wasabi), each using a base of sea salt, scallion, sweet onion, and lacy ogo seaweed

Website: http://www.juspoke.com/

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114 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012


Neal Fraser’s fine-dining career is being resurrected at Vibiana

Website: http://redbird.la


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624 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036


Walter Manzke and his wife, Margarita, have turned the former Campanile site into a bustling brasserie with a skylight, long tables, and inspired neo-rustic cooking

Website: http://republiquela.com/contact/


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Restaurant Bathroom

6115 Sunset Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA, 90028

(323) 544-9430

Order the foie gras crépinette to start and maybe the duck breast with umeboshi as your main. But to end your meal at PALEY. on a truly sweet note, visit the loo before dessert. The posh private room has as its centerpiece a high-tech Japanese toilet with heated seats and a spectacular variety of water-jet […]

Website: http://www.paleyhollywood.com/

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Santa Monica Seafood

1000 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90401

(310) 393-5244

Santa Monica Seafood is an official partner of Seafood for the Future, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s sustainability program.

Website: http://smseafood.com


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712 North Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90029

(323) 906-2649

Life’s tough when you’re a kid who can’t have milk. The original Scoops gets it, dishing out a funky array of ice cream flavors that are lactose free and delightful like Oreo, salty chocolate, Cracker Jack, and more.


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Son Of A Gun

8370 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90048


Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s second restaurant delivers a certain type of sun-drenched seashore nostalgia.

Website: http://www.sonofagunrestaurant.com/


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9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90035


The kitchen where Steve Samson and Zach Pollack are busy tending the fires would be the focal point if there wasn’t so much happening on the plate.

Website: http://www.sottorestaurant.com/


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Spice Station

3819 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90026

(323) 660-2565

Honestly, the abundance of powders, leaves, seeds, and other seasonings at Silver Lake’s Spice Station has us reeling.


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Steak Frites

7166 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90046

(323) 274-2319

Exceptionally tender from its sous vide preparation, the grass-fed culotte cut comes in two helpings to keep the meat and fries hot and crisp

Website: https://lassiettesteakfrites.com/

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Sunny Spot

822 Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90292

(310) 448-8884

The playful cereal at Sunny Spot, Roy Choi’s Caribbean-leaning Venice enterprise, has little in common with the Birkenstock-wearing health crunch of old.

Website: http://sunnyspotvenice.com/


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Surati Farsan Mart

11814 186th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90701

(562) 860-2310

Well-prepared vegetarian choices abound in Little India, but at Surati Farsan Mart, the newly expanded Gujarati chaat house, the small plates rival those at any tony temple of modern cuisine.


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