Gobi

Don’t be fooled. Despite its location in a Silver Lake strip mall, this isn’t your average Mongolian BBQ joint. Locals pile their bowls high with seasonal farmers’ market produce; choice meats such as pork, lamb, beef, and chicken; delicate soba noodles; and ten house-made sauces, including Asian pesto and smoked oyster. A handful of hard-to-find craft beers rounds out the sake, wine, and brew selection (the Siamese Twin Ale is made with kaffir lime leaves). If you still have room for the warm, doughy sesame rolls, something’s wrong with you.