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Best of LA 2012: Eat


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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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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Umami Burger

Multiple Addresses, Los Angeles, CA, 90027


If you’re after beeflike satisfaction without the mock-meat taste, your answer—as with most things burger related—is Umami Burger.

Website: http://www.umami.com


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UnUrban CoffeeHouse

3301 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90404

(310) 315-0056

Before the $7 slow-pour, single-origin trend turned drinking caffeine into an exercise of high snobbery, there existed a different kind of coffeehouse. It was a communal place where you picked up flyers for open-mic nights. The dream of the ’90s is alive in Santa Monica at UnUrban CoffeeHouse.


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Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 90077

A simple basket of sliced carbs won’t do at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, where pastry chef Sherry Yard is behind this elaborate quartet that rises above the rest.

Website: https://hotelbelair.com


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