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A-Frame

12565 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90066

310-398-7700

Situated in a former IHOP, Roy Choi’s A-Frame is the street food king’s manifesto for the sit-down-restaurant world that declares plates should be passed, hands should get dirty, and meals should feel like carnivals.

Website: http://aframela.com/

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Akasha

9543 Culver Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90232

310-845-1700

Akasha is a sceney spot, but this one has its feet planted in a pair of Birkenstocks.

Website: http://akasharestaurant.com

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Animal

435 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-782-9225

At their still-unmarked Fairfax enclave, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo have maintained—even honed—their knack for rejiggering comfort food into balanced, thoughtful dishes that leap with spurts of acid and fat.

Website: http://animalrestaurant.com

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Bar Amá

118 West 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

213-687-8002

Josef Centeno brings the flavors of his Texas heritage to 4th and Main and in doing so, redeems an entire cuisine.

Website: http://www.bar-ama.com

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Bar | Kitchen

819 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA, 90017

213-623-9904

We were drawn to the O Hotel’s sultry lobby restaurant by its siren song of fancy cocktails. The mixologists from New York’s famed Death & Company bar got their mitts on the drinks menu…

Website: http://www.barandkitchenla.com/

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Black Market Liquor Bar

11915 Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 91604

(818) 446-2533

Most nights it seems as if half the Valley is here, huddled at the bar for a peaty scotch cocktail or squeezed into a booth for a bowl of fennel-perfumed mussels.

Website: https://blackmarketliquorbar.com

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Cast & Plow

4375 Admiralty Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90292

310-574-4333

It doesn’t get much more picturesque than the marina-adjacent fire pit tables atCast & Plow, the Ritz-Carlton’s new iteration of its hotel restaurant.

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Church & State

1850 Industrial St., Ste. 100, Los Angeles, CA, 90021

213-405-1434

Chef Jeremy Berlin has put his stamp on this urban-romantic bistro with such items as the hearty vegetarian cassoulet with Tuscan kale, and braised pork belly with a pickled vegetable salad.

Website: http://www.churchandstatebistro.com/

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Craft

10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90067

310.279.4180

Tom Colicchio may be the reigning arbiter of talent on Top Chef, but at heart he’s a Jersey kid who grew up on floppy pizza slices at the shore.

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Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90015

213-239-0642

Edgy but not alienating, ambitious but not brash: It’s a tough line to walk but necessary for a 165-seat restaurant near the Staples Center

Website: http://www.faithandflowerla.com/

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Goldie’s

8422 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

323-677-2470

This might be the best-looking dining room of the year—if you’re into a Frank Lloyd Wright-meets-lumberyard feel. (We are.)

Website: http://www.goldiesla.com/

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Larry’s

24 Windward Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-399-2700

Brendan Collins has been cooking at Waterloo & City, where he remains executive chef, and he’s extending his reach with this casual open-air restaurant and bar.

Website: http://larrysvenice.com/

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Little Beast

1496 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90041

323-341-5899

Whatever occupies this Craftsman bungalow turned restaurant will become an Eagle Rock favorite.

Website: http://www.littlebeastrestaurant.com/

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M.B. Post

1142 Manhattan Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90266

310-545-5405

David LeFevre has left the haute hassle behind for this beachy room of sun-bleached wood.

Website: http://www.eatmbpost.com/

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Maude

212 S. Beverly Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90212

310-859-3418

Every month Curtis Stone, the host of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, takes a long ingredient, like citrus, as the throughline for a nine-course prix fixe menu.

Website: http://www.mauderestaurant.com/

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Noé Restaurant & Bar

Omni Los Angeles Hotel, 251 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

213-356-4100

Asian-inspired presentations reign here and include six- and nine-course tasting menus…

Website: http://noerestaurant.com

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Palomino

10877 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 150, Los Angeles, CA, 90024

310-208-1960

An army of betoqued personnel bump about in the open kitchen of this bistro–cum–bustling bar scene…

Website: http://palomino.com

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