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Darren’s Restaurant & Bar

Fish takes center stage at this cozy coastal spot housed in what used to be Avenue, just a block from the beach. In a room distinguished by exposed-wood trusses,...

D’Cache

Tucked inside a 1928 mission revival bungalow, D'Cache blends Cuban, Spanish, Peruvian, and Salvadoran influences into one robust menu. Decadent appetizers (Emmentaler-filled yucca croquettes with cilantro mascarpone, Cuban baby...

Kula Sushi Bistro

Century City’s former Aphrodisiac space is now the stateside branch of Kula, a Japanese sushi chain. Most of the rolls take cues from  the  California avocado-cucumber-fake-crab variety, but the...

Terra

With an enclosed patio, an adjacent bar with tables for eating and drinking, and a proper dining room, this is the sort of neighborhood place that works for casual...

Viet Noodle Bar

You won’t find a multipage menu here, and your pho arrives sans garnishes. But this Atwater Village spot—with no sign, communal tables, and a bookshelf stocked with American lit—doesn’t...

Bento Boxes

O-bento—the meticulously prepared meals arrayed in compartmentalized boxes—were conceived as elaborate feasts-to-go for the traveling aristocrats of Kyoto’s Imperial Court. Today in Japan, simpler versions can be found just...

Steady Hand

Some L.A. restaurants make you feel as if you’re in the moment. Their names seem to constantly come up. Asking a person’s opinion is a conversational gambit. It is...

Sweetbreads

1. BashanAt 75 percent cholesterol, sweetbreads are rich. To tone down that intensity, chef Nadav Bashan combines them with a cold relish of piquillo peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. » 3459...

Sergeant Recruiter

Just 14 bar stools in a side room off Cobras & Matadors (it’s from the same folks), Sergeant Recruiter—named after a Parisian wine bar—serves some lesser-known French, Italian, and...

Cuban Sandwiches

Devotees of the overstuffed, hoagie-style sandwich known colloquially as the cubano claim this melty invention did not originate in Cuba at all, but rather can trace its roots to...