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Aimee’s

800 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Los Angeles, CA, 90277

310-316-1081

Buttery escargots, epaule d’agneau (lamb shank to you), and tender beef bourguignonne bring a bit of France to Redondo Beach…

Website: http://aimeesbistro.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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Akatora

302 Rosecrans ave., Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266

310-802-1131

The Sushi Roku founder and former Matsuhisa GM (as well as Lazy Ox Canteen owner) has transformed the struggling Katsu Sushi into this funky izakaya

Website: http://akatorala.com/

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Al-Watan

13619 Inglewood Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90250

(310) 644-6395

A tandoor as large and hot as a jet engine is the centerpiece of this Pakistani and Indian gem. Disks of buttery naan emerge looking like Neapolitan pizzas. Bright orange chicken quarters arrive whole on a sizzling plate or chopped up and drenched in curry sauce.

Website: http://www.alwatanrestaurant.com

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Aladin Sweets & Market

139 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90007

At Aladin Sweets & Market, folks stop in for glasses of milky tea with honey-dipped fried pastries, though savory dishes are the main draw.

Website: http://www.aladinla.com

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Alejo’s Presto Trattoria

4002 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90292

310-822-0095

This tiny, always busy minimall restaurant is famous for pizza and spaghetti and meatballs…

Website: http://www.alejosrestaurant.com/

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Alibi Room

12236 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90066

310-390-9300

A Korean-Mexican dungeon, this dark funky bar has full menu of delicious fusion dishes like kimchi quesadillas and galbi tacos for soaking up their lemongrass caipirinhas.

Website: http://www.alibiroomla.com/home.php

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All’ Acqua

280 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90039

323-663-3280

The Barbrix team opens an enjoyable Italian restaurant and wine bar.

Website: http://allacquarestaurant.com

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Amalfi

143 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-938-2504

A buzzing patio or a quieter room inside with beamed ceilings and a fireplace are the seating options here…

Website: http://amalfiristorante.com

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Amarone Kitchen & Wine

8868 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

310-652-2233

Owner Alessandro Polastri has borrowed his mother’s old-world cookbook…

Website: http://www.amaronela.com

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Amici Brentwood

2538 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90402

310-260-4900

This is another restaurant from the Amici folks, and it’s got the warmth and authentic Italian cuisine we’ve come to expect…

Website: http://amicibrentwood.com

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Ammo

1155 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-871-2666

Restaurant years work a bit like dog years in this town. That makes Ammo—celebrating its 14th birthday—very old indeed…

Website: http://ammocafe.com

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Ana Maria’s

317 S. Broadway, C9-10, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

213-620-0477

The carnitas tacos at this haven of Mexican food are huge things: nearly half a pound of juicy meat piled on two corn tortillas…

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Anajak Thai

14704 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91403

818-501-4201

This is a pleasant Thai café offering just the right dishes at just the right prices…

Website: http://www.anajakthai.com

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Angelini Osteria

7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90036

323-297-0070

Gino Angelini grew up on the green lasagna his grandma made in Rimini and came to L.A. to help Mauro Vincenti open Rex in the mid-’90s.

Website: http://angeliniosteria.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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Antojitos Bibi

2400 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90057

213-383-8595

Overlooking MacArthur Park Lake, Antojitos Bibi offers Honduran rarities like cashew nut juice and crunchy enchiladas along with soulful coconut milk-based soupsl…

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Apple Pan

10801 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90064

310-475-3585

The conventional wisdom is that this little shack has burgers like God intended…

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