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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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Public Kitchen & Bar

7000 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90028

323-769-8888

It’s all very public at Tim and Liza Goodell’s newest restaurant at the storied Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel…

Website: http://www.thompsonhotels.com/hotels/la/hollywood-roosevelt/eat/public-kitchen-and-bar

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Ray’s & Stark Bar

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-857-6180

The Renzo Piano-designed space at LACMA is a light-filled showcase for Kris Morningstar’s big-flavored technique.

Website: http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant.php?restaurants_id=133

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South Beverly Grill

122 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA, 90212

310-550-0242

The team behind Houston’s and R+D Kitchen has opened this salute to the classic American restaurant. Two bars flank a main dining room, where Beverly Hills regulars fill the leather booths…

Website: http://www.hillstone.com

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Stonehill Tavern

1 Monarch Beach Resort Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 92629

949-234-3318

While we’re wary of heed-less gas consumption, we’ll splurge for the hour-and-change trek to StoneHill Tavern restaurant at the St. Regis Monarch Beach…

Website: http://www.michaelmina.net/

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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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Superba Snack Bar

533 Rose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-399-6400

The ocean breeze that wafts along Rose Avenue keeps Superba’s patio cool, with a stockpile of thick blankets ensuring that nobody catches cold.

Website: http://www.superbasnackbar.com/

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The Anchor

235 Main St., Venice, CA, 90291

310-664-9696

Venice beach casual meets ambitious grub at this speck of a spot

Website: http://www.theanchorvenice.com/

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The Roost at LA Farm

3000 W. Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90404

310-449-4000

The Santa Monica power lunch standby is now the Roost

Website: http://www.theroostatlafarm.com/

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The Royce

1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 91106

626-585-6410

Elegant but inviting, the space nicely suits chef David Féau’s French cooking, which is both classic and modern…

Website: http://www.roycela.com/

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The Strand House

117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90266

310-545-7470

Neal Fraser joins the recent spate of chefs heading for beach cities.

Website: http://www.thestrandhousemb.com/

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Trois Mec

716 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

An ambitious vision whittled down to 26 seats in a repurposed pizza parlor (and accessed only by tickets purchased in advance), Trois Mec is a restaurant of modulated grandeur and uncompromising standards.

Website: http://www.troismec.com

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