GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    Revolutionario North African Tacos

    1436 W. Jefferson Blvd.

    South Los Angeles

    Cuisine: Mexican, Moroccan

    $

    French-Algerian chef Farid Zadi and Susan Park have laid down a manifesto that crosses borders, continents, and oceans to bring the distinctive—radical even—influence of a North African sensibility to one of LA’s most familiar foods. READ REVIEW

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    STK

    755 N. La Cienega Blvd.

    West Hollywood

    Cuisine: Steak

    $$$

    Action! The Hollywood crowd is out to be photographed. The music—Led Zeppelin, Mötley Crüe, Prince, Eric Clapton—is ready to roll. And the bone-in filets and cowboy rib eyes are sizzling on the grill. You will never confuse STK (pronounced ess-tee-kay) with a vegan teahouse. And steak lovers are in their glory here, with juicy meat bursting with flavor and cooked just the way carnivores like them (which ought to be medium rare). READ REVIEW

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    Saddle Peak Lodge

    4149 Cold Canyon Rd.

    Calabasas

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$$

    The mounted animal heads decorating this woodsy Malibu mainstay provide a great preview of what to expect from the menu, which includes highlights such as sumptuous elk tenderloin and chef Christopher Kufek’s carefully curated wild game trio. READ REVIEW

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    Saffron Spot

    18744 Pioneer Blvd.

    Artesia

    Cuisine: Dessert

    $

    The small parlor, in the heart of Artesia’s Little India, offers creamy confections like whimsical faloodas—India’s take on the classic ice cream float. READ REVIEW

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    Sage: A Plant-Based Bistro

    Multiple Locations:
    Echo Park, Culver City

    Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian

    $

    The core belief behind owner-chef Mollie Engelhart’s menu is that vegan food should taste great. Mollie is also the founder of vegan dessert mecca KindKreme and as evident in all of her creations, she believes that vegan foods needn’t be mere imitations of meat products. She doesn’t rule the option out, however. READ REVIEW

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    Samosa House Sunset

    3200 W. Sunset Blvd.

    Silver Lake

    Cuisine: Indian

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    Los Angeles’ first Indian grocery store, Bharat Bazaar, first opened back in 1979; renamed in 2006, Samosa House quickly became the casual vegetarian Indian food bar to beat in LA. The newest location, a colorful restaurant in Silver Lake, is Bhojak’s most polished venture yet. READ REVIEW

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    Sam's by the Beach

    108 W. Channel Rd.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Mediterranean, New American

    $$

    Other hotspots at the base of Channel Road may draw more paparazzi, but Sam’s by the Beach, where a bright yellow awning greets guests (along with a provocative stained-glass door depicting members of a harem), has all the flash when it comes to food. READ REVIEW

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    Say Cheese

    2800 Hyperion Ave.

    Silver Lake

    Cuisine: Deli

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    Long before Trader Joe’s set up shop on Hyperion, Say Cheese—the gourmet market housing cheese, tea, wine, and cookbooks—was already a Silver Lake institution. READ REVIEW

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    Seoul Sausage Company

    236 S. Los Angeles St.

    Little Tokyo (Downtown)

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    No other place in the city does Korean BBQ quite like Seoul Sausage Company, and the gutsy, revamped menu at their sit-down outpost in Little Tokyo takes munchie grub to new heights. READ REVIEW

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    Shiro

    1505 Mission St.

    South Pasadena

    Cuisine: Asian, French

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    Chef Mota, as he is known, continues the tradition of founder Hideo Yamashiro's elegant Continental cuisine with Asian accents at Shiro. READ REVIEW


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