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A.O.C.

8700 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

310-859-9859

At A.O.C. Christiaan Rollich’s salad-in-a-glass comes in a vodka version but tastes just as fresh with chamomile tea, basil, arugula, jalapeño, cucumber, and lime.

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Bar Toscana

11633 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90049

310-826-0028

Brentwood’s Toscana restaurant has taken over the space next door for this sleek, cocktail-centric spot that lowers the area’s age bracket by 15 years…

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Barbrix

2442 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90027

323-662-2442

A meal at this nonchalant wine bar might be composed of jamon iberíco, a few grilled stalks of chile-spiked broccolini, and a lemony nest of chitarra with pencil-thin asparagus.

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Commonwealth

222 S. Glen-oaks Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91502

818-845-2225

The “global small plates” field is a crowded one, but this is Burbank’s first real taste of today’s dominant restaurant trend.

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Gjelina

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-450-1429

At the apex of Abbot Kinney’s love affair with beach-chic fashion and local produce lies Gjelina.

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Laurel Hardware

7984 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

323-656-6070

Other than the luxury cars at the valet stand, there’s little indication from the street that this place is any-thing but a hardware store.

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Scopa Italian Roots

2905 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90292

310-821-1100

The team that brought Black Market Liquor Bar to the Valley is behind this bustling, brick-walled dining hall in Venice that’s become a night owl hangout.

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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.

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The Hart and the Hunter

7950 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90046

323-424-3055

Flat as a schoolhouse ruler, crisp as a Kentucky dawn, the chicken cracklings that get shot with chili vinegar at this Melrose venue serve as a beacon for the spirited cooking of Brian Dunsmoor and Kris Tominaga.

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The Wallace

3833 Main St., Los Angeles, CA, 90232

310-202-6400

Chef Michael Teich ran the kitchen at the Mediterranean-influenced Cleo in Hollywood and spent time at Venice’s California-cuisine hub Axe.

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Vinotéque

7469 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90046

310-860-6060

It was a hit in Culver City, and now Vinotéque has reopened on a food-centric stretch of Melrose Avenue…

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