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12565 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90066


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


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


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


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


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


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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10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90067


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


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


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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24 Windward Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90291


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


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


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


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


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

Website: http://noerestaurant.com

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


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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Plan Check

1800 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90025

(310) 288-6500

With Ernesto Uchimura manning the grill and mixology duo Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix masterminding the bar, Plan Check strives to be an all-American hang.


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