GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    Sidecar Doughnuts

    Multiple Locations:
    Costa Mesa, Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Bakery, Dessert

    $

    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

    $

    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

    $

    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

    $

    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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    Spring

    257 S. Spring St.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: French

    $$

    The creation of Michelin-starred and James Beard award–winning French chef Tony Esnault and partner Yassmin Sarmadi—the husband-and-wife team behind the highly regarded Church & State—here the pair explore lighter Mediterranean influences driven by olive oil, vegetables, seafood, and select meat and poultry. READ REVIEW

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    Sticky Rice

    317 S. Broadway # C-5

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Thai

    $

    What happens when fine dining refugees just want to have fun? They set up an imaginative Thai street food stop in the heart of Grand Central Market. READ REVIEW

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    Sushi Akatora

    302 Rosecrans Ave.

    Manhattan Beach

    Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

    $$

    Manhattan Beach’s Sushi Akatora stands out from the crowd of sushi spots in the South Bay with its beautifully modern Tokyo cuisine that emphasizes fresh ingredients and innovative dishes. READ REVIEW

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    Tagine

    132 N. Robertson Blvd.

    Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: Moroccan

    $$$

    When you're feeling Moroccan on pillows, hit Ryan Gosling’s intimate Tagine, where Chef Benameur pours romance right into the food. The dynamic duo have cracked the code for approachable yet exotic Moroccan cuisine, welcoming you with pillowed couches and a complimentary amuse-bouche. READ REVIEW


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