GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse

    1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.

    Pasadena

    Cuisine: Steak

    $$$

    At The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, follow an elegant hallway to reach The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse, where sumptuous seating, views of the impeccable grounds, and an overhead design element resembling the starlit sky above a racetrack all invite you to enjoy a taste of the good life. READ REVIEW

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    The Tam O'Shanter

    2980 Los Feliz Blvd.

    Atwater Village

    $$$

    Behind gigantic, fortress-like wooden doors, this storybook-like place of Scottish themes and comforting meals is rumored to have been a favorite spot for Walt Disney to spend countless hours sketching. But Tam O’ Shanter offers more than just atmosphere. READ REVIEW

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    The Village Bakery and Cafe

    3119 Los Feliz Blvd.

    Atwater Village

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop, Bakery, Sandwich

    $

    The stretch of Los Feliz Boulevard that slices through Atwater Village has been more of a destination for big-box shopping than food, but with spots like this cropping up, the area’s starting to change for the gastronomic good. READ REVIEW

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    The York

    5018 York Blvd.

    Highland Park

    Cuisine: Pub

    $$

    Stepping from forlorn street surroundings through the glass doors of The York is like stumbling into a hipster fantasyland. Inside, Highland Park locals down microbrews READ REVIEW

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    Thyme Café and Market

    1630 Ocean Park Blvd.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Deli, Sandwich

    $

    The longtime caterer, a veteran of prestigious kitchens including Chez Panisse, brought her personal style to Santa Monica’s Sunset Park in fall 2009. In the airy space at Thyme, you’ll find concrete flooring, walls lined with white subway tiles, and an oversize clock near the entrance, a play on the restaurant’s name. Blackboard menus tell part of the story, including breakfast and lunch options, and a marble countertop hosts dozens of irresistible baked goods. READ REVIEW

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    Top Round Roast Beef

    1000 S. La Brea Ave.,

    Mid-City

    Cuisine: Dessert, Sandwich

    $

    This unassuming spot perched on Olympic and La Brea only looks like it’s been there forever. Peddling good food, served quick, casual, and affordable, it’s actually a slice of a bright future. READ REVIEW

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    Tuccio's

    21550 Oxnard St.

    Woodland Hills

    Cuisine: Californian, Italian

    In a refined yet warmly rustic atmosphere, this Woodland Hills destination spins a rich world of flavors infused with imported Italian ingredients and local Californian concepts courtesy of chef Gavin Humes (Cliff’s Edge). READ REVIEW

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    Valentino

    3115 Pico Blvd.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$$

    Piero Selvaggio opened Valentino back in 1972, creating a restaurant that was grand and stylish but never aloof. Over the years, Valentino became Santa Monica’s grand dining room and LA’s veritable wine museum. READ REVIEW

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    Valerie

    Multiple Locations:
    Downtown, Echo Park

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop, Bakery, Sandwich

    $

    Since opening her bakery in 2004, confectioner Valerie Gordon’s recipes have been developing beyond desserts, and in 2013 her full repertoire unfurled into two outposts: The modern tea house of Valerie Echo Park, and the bakery and coffee stop of Valerie Grand Central Market. READ REVIEW

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    Vegetable

    3711 Cahuenga Blvd.

    Studio City

    Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian

    $$

    Not one to rest on his laurels, however, chef Jerry Yuhas branched out—and at the top of his list of new ideas is an innovative yet approachable selection of vegetable-centric sandwiches. READ REVIEW


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