GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    EMC Seafood

    3500 W. 6th St., Station #101

    Koreatown

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $$

    It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that seafood is all the rage in LA right now. But whatever pet theories may have to say about the trend, at EMC Seafood—the latest from the Le Ka owners (their initials EMC)—the creative, expansive menu is all the evidence you need. READ REVIEW

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    El Criollo Restaurant

    Multiple Locations:
    Van Nuys, Burbank

    Cuisine: Cuban

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    With more than three decades of restaurant experience, the Sera family clearly has a handle on Cuban cuisine. Most recently, El Criollo Cuban Bar & Grill landed in Burbank, spreading the fun beyond their original Van Nuys location. At night, the sun goes down as the up-tempo music kicks in. READ REVIEW

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    FIG

    101 Wilshire Blvd.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Mediterranean

    $$$

    Seasonally driven menus are not a novelty, but it's not every chef who works with a forager to source ingredients straight from the farm READ REVIEW

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    Fala Bar

    Multiple Locations:
    Melrose, Venice

    Cuisine: Middle Eastern

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    Fala's all-vegan selection of salads, burgers, and plates—using 100 percent organic, locally sourced ingredients—was a hit out of the gate, and now their on a roll with a new outpost on Abbot Kinney in Venice. READ REVIEW

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    fundamental LA

    1303 Westwood Blvd.

    Westwood

    Cuisine: New American, Sandwich

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    Now that owners Woogene Lee and Jeff Faust have chef Nick Erven on board at their Westwood restaurant, the food is as compelling as ever, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients remaining the central theme. READ REVIEW

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    Gasolina Cafe

    21014 Ventura Blvd.

    Woodland Hills

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop, Spanish

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    This hotspot for grateful locals brings to southern California a unique blend of Spain crossed with the best of New California cuisine, in an environment that's ultra-casual and relaxed. READ REVIEW

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    Geoffrey's Malibu

    27400 Pacific Coast Highway

    Malibu

    Cuisine: New American, Seafood

    $$$

    Let the drive along PCH be your amuse-bouche, prepping your palate for Geoffrey's upscale surf and turf touched with Cal, Med, and Asian influences. Knock-out cliff-top Pacific views and formally-attired servers make this the go-to for birthday celebrations, third dates, and the popping of questions over mammoth Maine lobsters.  READ REVIEW

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    Georgie

    225 N. Canon Dr.

    Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: American, Californian, New American

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    The first West Coast restaurant from East Coast restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian—who is also an acclaimed Food Network star, Iron Chef, and best-selling cookbook author—exudes New York sophistication, California whimsy, and European flair. READ REVIEW

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    Gobi Mongolian BBQ House

    2827 W. Sunset Blvd.

    Silver Lake

    Cuisine: Barbeque

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    Stuff your bowl completely full of veggies, meats, and noodles. Not only do these amazing ingredients cook down, but you’re allowed—expected even—to take your leftovers home for a killer lunch the next day. READ REVIEW

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    Good Girl Dinette

    110 N. Ave. 56

    Highland Park

    Cuisine: Vietnamese

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    Fans of “slow-roasted pork banh mi on a crunchy baguette stuffed with fall-apart meat and cool, tangy vegetables” should make tracks to this “tidy, modern gem of a restaurant in a historic Highland Park storefront.”—Los Angeles magazine READ REVIEW


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