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A-Frame

I’m not sure how long I could sustain the argument, but Roy Choi may be the most noteworthy chef in Los Angeles. When his first Kogi truck introduced the...

Xiomara

Lengths of sugarcane recline in a bright red tub on the bar at Xiomara on Melrose, ready to be juiced into the city’s best mojitos. Hunks of soft, yeasty bread—the...

Ozumo and Sonoma Wine Garden

Photograph by Lisa Romerein Ozumo is the sort of spot you’d happily drop by to relax over a draft beer and a bite of hamachi collar with spicy ponzu. Massive...

XIV

Photograph by Lisa RomereinI remember being stuck in traffic on Sunset near Laurel Canyon, looking at XIV before it opened a couple of years ago. Designer Philippe Starck had...

Red O

Photograph by Lisa Romerein   "I’m cute and I’m hungry,” the woman pulling on the brass door handle of Red O was saying to a friend. The place was locked, and...

District

Photograph by Lisa Romerein   *THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED   George Abou-Daoud specializes in creating places that get the details right. In the half decade since launching the Bowery on Sunset Boulevard, he...

Hatfield’s

Photograph by Lisa RomereinIf moving didn’t have the potential to threaten friendships, ruin marriages, and deplete bank accounts, we’d do it all the time. What feels fresher and more...

Lazy Ox Canteen

Photograph by Lisa RomereinThe last time I ate Josef Centeno’s cooking, he was toiling away at a cubbyhole in Echo Park called Lot 1 Cafe. The galley kitchen was...

Bouchon

 Photograph by Lisa Romerein Thank God Bouchon finally opened. The anticipation was becoming too much to bear. For a moment in late summer, the name “Thomas Keller” seemed to be...

Bistro LQ

Photograph by Jessica BooneThe first time I went to Bistro LQ, I hardly knew what to make of it. Fine silver glistened on the table, sending signals of elegant...