GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    Spring

    257 S. Spring St.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: French

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    To bring you a sampling of Tony Esnault’s refined Mediterranean-inspired dishes, Spring is offering a pair of special prix-fixe menus exclusively for BlackboardEats subscribers, for lunch and dinner. READ REVIEW

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    Sticky Rice

    317 S. Broadway # C-5

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Thai

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    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

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    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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    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

    $$$

    The eldest daughter of the An family, Hannah was involved in the founding and expansion of their considerable restaurant empire—notably Crustacean in Beverly Hills—for many years prior to stepping out on her own. 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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