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Best of LA 2012: Eat

Sotto

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

310-277-0210

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

323-669-3922

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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