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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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Bar Celona

46 E. Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 91105

626-405-1000

Here’s an Old Town spot worth a detour. The room’s done in the black-and-red theme that’s shorthand for Spain…

Website: http://www.barcelonapasadena.com/

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La Paella

476 S. San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

323-951-0745

The custard trembles beneath caramel that is brought to the point just past butterscotch and just short of burned…

Website: http://www.usalapaella.com/

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The Bazaar by Jose Andres

SLS Hotel, 465 S. La Cienaga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

310-246-5555

José Andrés puts forward a modernist ode to Spain in two shimmering rooms at the SLS Hotel.

Website: http://thebazaar.com/

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The Courtyard

8543 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069

310-358-0301

This tapas spot is set in and around a courtyard with fountains. But chef Albert Silvera’s menu is forward-looking…

Website: http://dinecourtyard.com

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Tinto Tapas

7511 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90046

323-512-3095

At 7:30 the waitresses are hanging out at the bar, getting coached on their Castilian…

Website: http://tintotapas.com

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