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Arnie Morton’s of Chicago

435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

310-246-1501

This Windy City offshoot is a classic American steak house, complete with mahogany paneling…

Website: http://mortons.com

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Aroma Bakery Cafe

18047 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA, 91316

818-757-0477

Pastries emerge from the stone oven hourly, and the house makes a grand array of fruit preserves.

Website: http://www.aromabakery.com/

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Arroyo Chop House

536 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Los Angeles, CA, 91105

626-577-7463

You’ve got your dark wood moldings, a hearty menu, and a piano player setting the mood…

Website: http://arroyochophouse.com

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Art’s

12224 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91604

818-762-1221

A glossary of basic Yiddish on the menu defines mishpocheh…

Website: http://artsdeli.com

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Asanebo

11941 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91604

818-760-3348

At this standout on Studio City’s sushi row, the honey-breaded oysters are soft and sea flavored under their sweet crust.

Website: http://www.asanebo-restaurant.com

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Atch-Kotch

1253 N. Vine St., Ste. 5, Los Angeles, CA, 90038

323-467-5537

The owners of Atch-Kotch have brought a little bit of their sitting room to their dining room. She knits; he does crosswords…

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Atlacatl

301 N. Berendo St, Los Angeles, CA, 90004

323-663-1404

The interior of this Salvadoran landmark, a former residence on the fringes of East Hollywood, is as frumpy as Grandma’s house…

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Attari Sandwich Shop

1388 Westwood Blvd # 103, Los Angeles, CA, 90024

(310) 441-5488

Come here for Persian sandwiches made with sausages (sosis bandari), minced meat kabobs (koobideh), lamb’s brain, and beef tongue, accompanied by chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, and sour pickles.

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Auntie Em’s Kitchen

4616 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90041

323-255-0800

his Eagle Rock spot specializes often organic comfort food–soups, potpies, salads–served on retro plates.

Website: http://auntieemskitchen.com

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Ayara Thai

6245 W. 87th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90045

310-410-8848

The first time you come here it may be because of the location, near LAX…

Website: http://ayarathaicuisine.com

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Babita Mexicuisine

1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91776

Nestled in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it suburban storefront, San Gabriel’s Babita Mexicuisine finds the gracious middle ground with such daintily presented dishes as green cilantro margarita sorbet and tequila-soaked salmon sopes.

Website: http://www.babita-mexicuisine.com

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Baby Blues BBQ

444 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-396-7675

There is every reason to be suspicious of newfangled barbecue joints, the kind that try hard to look hip and homespun…

Website: http://babybluesvenice.com

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Bacaro LA

2308 S. Union Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90007

213-748-7205

About as far as possible from Culver City—the wine bar capital of the region—Bacaro LA stands in the most incongruous of neighborhoods, West Adams, where it attracts Korean businessmen, downtown loft dwellers, and USC students…

Website: http://www.bacarola.com/

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Baco Mercat

408 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA, 90013

213-687-8808

Josef Centeno’s umlaut-bedecked flagship has all the Moroccan bistilla and Provençal brandade you could want, and the menu weds Catalan, Italian, and Abkhazian ingredients.

Website: http://www.bacomercat.com

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Bamboo

14010 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91423

818-788-0202

Arguably the best Chinese restaurant in the San Fernando Valley, this modernistic eatery is always packed…

Website: http://bamboocuisine.com

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Banchan A La Carte

141 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90004

323-465-2400

Although named for the side dishes traditionally served with Korean meals, this small upscale market and café offers more than kimchi…

Website: http://banchanbox.com

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Banh Mi My-Tho

304 West Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 91801

(626) 289-4160

At this Vietnamese convenience store, a mere $3 nets you a hefty bánh mì on a fresh baguette. The soft bread has a crackling crust, the bits of grilled pork are supple and salty-sweet, and the pickled vegetables lend the right amount of crunch.

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Bao Dim Sum House

8256 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

323-655-6556

Purists might balk at the thought of authentic dim sum available west of Monterey Park or Chinatown, but many of the dishes here come close to the real thing…

Website: http://www.baodimsum.com/

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