GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    Seoul Sausage Company

    236 S. Los Angeles St.

    Little Tokyo (Downtown)

    $

    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

    $$$

    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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    Sidecar Doughnuts

    Multiple Locations:
    Costa Mesa, Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Bakery, Dessert

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    This local-grown darling of Costa Mesa and Santa Monica is frying up some of the most farmers market–fresh, eyes-rolled-back-fantastic doughnuts you’ve ever tasted. READ REVIEW

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    simplethings restaurant

    Multiple Locations:
    Beverly Grove, Westwood, Burbank

    Cuisine: American

    $

    Step up to the counter at simplethings, and let your eyes settle on the case filled with pies. Yep, you might just want to have dessert first. READ REVIEW

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    Slaw Dogs

    Multiple Locations:
    Pasadena, Duarte, Woodland Hills

    Cuisine: Sandwich

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    At The Slaw Dogs pony up to a "Slaw Dogs" creation or build your own dog using the 10 sauces and over 25 toppings, including garlic salsa verde, truffle oil, sauteed mushrooms, jalapeno bacon, and kimchi. READ REVIEW

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    Slicetruck

    1523 S Bundy Dr.

    West Los Angeles

    Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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    Toppings are carefully curated and include standouts like crimini mushrooms and perfectly seasoned sausage (made in-house), but what really "ties the room together" is the final dusting of aged Parmigiano Reggiano and julienned basil at the end. READ REVIEW

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    Sotto

    9575 W. Pico Blvd.

    Pico-Robertson

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Like the pizza? You'll love the oven, which was imported brick by brick from Naples, one of only a dozen or so in the U.S. hand-built by the Ferrara company. READ REVIEW

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    South End

    2805 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

    Venice

    Cuisine: Pizza, Wine Bar

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    At this cozy, shoe box–sized new spot in Venice, the set-up is casual and laid-back—perfect for facilitating conversation between groups and wine tasting between friends. READ REVIEW

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    SpireWorks

    Multiple Locations:
    Westwood, Eagle Rock, Upland

    Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish

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    Now with three locations, SpireWorks is filling the LA void for authentic döner kebab with each carving of meat off its rotating spit-roasts. READ REVIEW

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    Spitz

    Multiple Locations:
    Eagle Rock, Little Tokyo (Downtown), Los Feliz, Studio City

    Cuisine: Turkish

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    All hail the döner wrap, a fresh California take on European street food—it’s just the kind of thing that hits the spot at the end of a long day (or, honestly, anytime). READ REVIEW


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