GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    TAKE A BAO

    11838 Ventura Blvd.

    Studio City

    Cuisine: Asian

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    At TAKE A BAO, owner Brent Stein and chef Gavin Portsmouth pride themselves on serving up a wide spectrum of global flavors—from Thai meatball lettuce cups to Korean BBQ short ribs. READ REVIEW

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    The Albright

    258 Santa Monica Pier

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Seafood

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    The name may have changed, but the new generation of owners have kept the spirit alive at this family-run institution in Santa Monica with their sustainable seafood and locally sourced ingredients. READ REVIEW

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    The Counter

    Flagship Location: 2901 Ocean Park Blvd.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: American, Sandwich

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    There are thousands of ways (we’re not kidding) to build your own burger but only one Jeffrey Weinstein, who created the whole concept—and then some. Take a seat at the Counter and and dig in. READ REVIEW

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    The District by Hannah An

    8722 W. 3rd St.

    Mid-City

    Cuisine: Vietnamese

    $$$

    Matriarch Helene An and her five daughters run House of An, a modern Vietnamese restaurant empire that spans from San Francisco to Costa Mesa, and Hannah An opened this two-story location in 2015. READ REVIEW

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    The Gourmandise School

    395 Santa Monica Place

    Santa Monica

    At the Gourmandise School, where both amateur and seasoned cooks can learn from LA notables like pastry chef Roxana Jullapat, Pono Burger’s Makani Gerardi, and Michelin-starred chef Stefano DeLorenzo. “Everyone on staff is a working chef,” says co-owner Clemence Gossett. READ REVIEW

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    The Harvest Bar

    15030 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 8

    Sherman Oaks

    Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian

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    Since opening this April, the small but mighty superfood joint has been serving up customizable acai, quinoa, and pitaya bowls that are as toothsome as they are wholesome. READ REVIEW

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    The Independence

    205 Broadway

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: American

    $$

    Owner Jonathan Chu replaced his long-running Buddha’s Belly on the corner with this restaurant and bar, which combines eclectic comfort food with Copa d’Oro partner Vincenzo Marianella’s vaunted cocktails, named for stops along the LA & I train route. READ REVIEW

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    The Morrison

    3179 Los Feliz Blvd.

    Atwater Village

    Cuisine: American, Pub

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    Tapping into the city’s hamburger market is no easy task, but The Morrison is well on their way to curating a burger bible that is all their own. READ REVIEW

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    The Pie Hole Los Angeles

    Multiple Locations:
    Downtown, Pasadena, Hollywood

    Cuisine: Bakery

    The sweet and savory selections at this casual mecca for all things wrapped in pastry prove that "creative" and "inventive" can make sublime partners with "homey" and "familiar." READ REVIEW

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    The Roof on Wilshire

    6317 Wilshire Blvd.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Bar, Fusion, New Mexican

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    Enter the lobby of the Hotel Wilshire and head to the top, where you’ll find a stunning restaurant with panoramic views of the city—and a menu by chef Eric Greenspan to match. READ REVIEW


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