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  • AMMO to go $$

    Cuisine: American, Bakery, Californian, Sandwich

    Neighborhood: Melrose

    6909 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038   323-930-2666

    www.ammocafe.com

    Best known for offering a cornucopia of reasons to wake up in the morning—from scones and muffins, to breakfasts fueled by the local bounty, to a multitude of caffeinated daydreams—the to-go oriented Melrose location of AMMO is expanding it’s reach with a novel step: a dinner menu.

  • Abigaile $$

    Cuisine: Bar, Californian, New American, Pub, Tapas

    Neighborhood: Hermosa Beach

    1301 Manhattan Ave. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254   310-798-8227

    abigailerestaurant.com

    What do you get when you cross a Baptist church with punk rock royalty? A hip farm-to-table haunt in Hermosa Beach, of course.

  • Akasha $$$

    Cuisine: New American

    Neighborhood: Culver City

    9543 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232   310-845-1700

    www.akasharestaurant.com

    Akasha Richmond traveled the globe as Michael Jackson's tour chef for over a dozen years, shopping at local farmers' markets and crafting healthy, international cuisine fit for a king (of pop). Now she brings her passion for local, organic and fair-trade fare to the rest of us.

  • All About the Bread $

    Cuisine: Sandwich

    Neighborhood: Mid-City West

    7111 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles , CA 90036   323-930-8989

    www.allaboutthebread.com

    Soft, crisp-crusted loaves at the eastern end of Melrose's trendy shopping corridor have ensured that a certain Santa Monica sub shop (that’s right, Bay City) doesn’t dominate the entire LA sandwich scene. Here, the Signature option comes stacked with juicy roasted turkey, provolone, and “the works” (a.k.a. lightly-dressed lettuce, tomatoes, and onions), plus condiments and hot, Chicago-style peppers.

  • American Tea Room $

    Cuisine: Bakery

    Neighborhood: Downtown

    909 S. Santa Fe Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90021   213-239-9100

    www.americantearoom.com

    Inside this trussed and skylighted space, you'll find house-made raw tea blends and delicious, sophisticated beverages, but one need not be a tea expert to navigate the world of choices at the American Tea Room.

  • Ammo at the Hammer $$

    Cuisine: Californian

    Neighborhood: Westwood

    Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, LA 90024   310-443-7037

    hammer.ucla.edu/about/hammer_cafe.html

    In keeping with the recent LA fashion of world-class museums offering food to match the masterpieces they showcase, Ammo has arrived at The Hammer Museum—in the space of the former Wolfgang Puck Café—making for a new Westside destination dining spot. The beloved LaBrea eatery brought along favorite staples dishes such as Alexander’s brown rice, with veggies, red onion, jalapeño and chicken or organic tofu.

  • Angelini Osteria $$$

    Cuisine: Italian

    Neighborhood: Mid-City West

    7313 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036   323-297-0070

    www.angeliniosteria.com

    For almost a decade, Angelini Osteria has been a huge draw, especially for Italian expats hungry for the hearty cooking they miss paired with some fine boutique wines from back home.

  • Ashland Hill $$

    Cuisine: Bar, New American, Wine Bar

    Neighborhood: Santa Monica

    2807 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405   310-392-3300

    www.ashlandhill.com

    Striking that irresistible balance between beer garden and wine bar, this patio and tap room in Santa Monica brings craft beer and small production wines together with a local, seasonal menu of international flavors that still screams "comfort food."

  • Ayara Thai Cuisine $$

    Cuisine: Thai

    Neighborhood: Westchester

    6245 W. 87th St. Los Angeles, CA 90045   310-410-8848

    ayarathaicuisine.com

    Staying true to the theme of family, Ayara promises home-cooked Thai at its best, starting with the owner Vanda Asapahu family’s go-to Thanksgiving dish, while the rest of the menu follows suit with plenty of regional Thai favorites.

  • Baby Blues BBQ $$

    Cuisine: Barbeque

    Neighborhood: West Hollywood, Venice

    7953 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046   323-656-1277

    444 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA 90291   310-396-7675

    www.babyblueswh.com

    Meat up at this Weho take on a down-south smokehouse—Baby Blues fires up savory by the pound, serving quality ‘que to LA’s throngs of Dixie transplants.


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