GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    Papa Cristo’s

    2771 W. Pico Blvd.

    South Los Angeles

    Cuisine: Greek

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    The boxy building’s exterior is covered in murals of a Greek village, and inside you’ll find a collage of Chrys family photos and, in the flesh, Chrys himself behind a heraclean mustache. Order in the kitchen from the overhead menu, then take your number to the cavernous dining room decorated with Christmas lights and Greek posters. Papa Cristo’s makes a definitive gyro, but that's just the beginning. READ REVIEW

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    Papilles

    6221 Franklin Ave.

    Hollywood

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    Owner Santos Uy was inspired to open an American version of Papilles (translation: taste buds) after a trip to Paris where he observed the French bistronomique movement while dining at venues such as Frenchie, Le Baratin, Les Papilles, and Le Verre Vole. And here, in a former pizzeria off Franklin, Santos reminds us what it really means to awaken those buds. READ REVIEW

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    Pez Cantina

    401 S. Grand Ave.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Mexican

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    Pez Cantina’s breezy coastal restaurant concept was inspired by a trip to Baja California, where Executive Chef Bret Thompson and his brother-in-law and investor Israel Ramirez went free diving. READ REVIEW

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    Philippe

    8284 Melrose Ave.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Chinese

    $$$

    When most of us crave serious Chinese food, we head for the San Gabriel Valley. But for Chinese with a heaping helping of West Hollywood glamour, not to mention shocking-pink booths and barstools, there’s Philippe, the luxurious Chinese restaurant from a longtime disciple of Michael “Mr.” Chow. At the latest Philippe, the food is as refined as a Beijing banquet, with Chow’s spicy sweet-and-sour sauce spooned over enormous prawns. READ REVIEW

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    Pistola

    8022 W. 3rd St.

    Mid-City

    Cuisine: Italian, Steak

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    When he was at Culina, chef Vic Casanova competed against Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian in Battle Brook Trout. And while it’s possible to order Dover sole or jumbo shrimp scampi here, most guests are coming for the steak. READ REVIEW

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    Plant Food and Wine

    1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

    Venice

    Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian

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    Owner Matthew Kenney's ode to all things vegetable began at M.A.K.E., his raw food outpost in Santa Monica, and eventually morphed into this Mediterranean-inspired gem ensconced in the former Axe space. READ REVIEW

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    Prado Restaurant

    244 N. Larchmont Blvd.

    Mid Wilshire

    Cuisine: Caribbean

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    For more than 35 years, Javier Prado originally from Michoacán, Mexico, has practiced something more like fearless home cooking than innovation for innovation’s sake. READ REVIEW

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    RH at the Andaz West Hollywood

    Andaz West Hollywood, 8401 W. Sunset Blvd.

    West Hollywood

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$

    The days of trashed rooms and Jimmy Page half-naked in the hallways are long gone at the old rock-n-roll Hyatt on the Strip, affectionately known as the Riot House in the 70s. Now part of the luxury Andaz chain, the sleek, upgraded hotel includes an equally sleek (and quite exquisite) restaurant, RH, a nod to the building’s past in name only. READ REVIEW

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    Real Food Daily

    414 N. La Cienega Blvd.

    West Hollywood

    Cuisine: Vegetarian

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    Uniting vegetarians and meat lovers under one menu, Real Food Daily has been a trailblazer in the world of vegan, organic cuisine since 1993 READ REVIEW

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    Redbird

    114 E. 2nd St.

    Downtown

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    Redbird, the long-awaited new restaurant from chef Neal Fraser, co-owner (and wife) Amy Knoll Fraser, and business partner Bill Chait, debuted this month in what was the rectory building next to the Vibiana (formerly a cathedral). While the cocktails served here would make a bishop blush, true believers are flocking in for a taste of Veal Fraser or one of pastry chef Jashmine Corpuz's sinful desserts. READ REVIEW


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