GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    Gracias Madre

    8905 Melrose Ave.

    West Hollywood

    Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan

    $$

    The roots of Gracias Madre reach far up the California coast to owners Terces and Michael Engelhart’s Be Love Farm in Vacaville. The duo opened their first Mexican restaurant in San Francisco in 2009, and then began sowing their organic seeds in West Hollywood. READ REVIEW

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    Gratitude Beverly Hills

    419 N. Canon Dr.

    Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: Vegetarian

    $$

    Café Gratitude goes haute for their newest location, decked out in a pristine palette of white and wood, with a long white marble bar and tasteful accents of greenery. READ REVIEW

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    Guelaguetza

    3014 W. Olympic Blvd.

    Koreatown

    Cuisine: Mexican

    $$

    Fernando and Maria Lopez opened their new flagship on Olympic about 12 years and have been serving the same great cuisine of their home state of Oaxaca ever since. READ REVIEW

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    Gusto

    8432 W. 3rd S.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    While it's often said that a chef's personality is reflected in his or her creations, never has this been more true than for Vic Casanova, whom you might catch bouncing from table to table—on a Sunday evening, no less—greeting guests at Gusto. It's not difficult to draw a parallel between the animated Casanova and the robust flavors on your plate, such as in the plush, oversized meatballs, an appetizer described by the chef as “flavor bombs.” READ REVIEW

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    Hamasaku

    11043 Santa Monica Blvd.

    West Los Angeles

    Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

    $$$

    Run by former mega-agent Michael Ovitz, this West LA mainstay has been catering to food lovers in general—and entertainment industry power brokers in particular—since 2000. READ REVIEW

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    Holbox

    3655 S. Grand Ave.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Mexican, Seafood

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    Gilberto Cetina—of Chichen Itza fame—has opened up this new counter-order spot, also at the Mercado la Poloma. The focus is on delivering simple yet super-fresh seafood inspired by his childhood on the coast of the Yucatán, with dishes like conch ceviche tostadas and chiles x’catic rellenos. READ REVIEW

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    Jar

    8225 Beverly Blvd.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: New American, Steak

    $$$

    “Jar may stand for ‘just another restaurant,’ but in the eight years since it opened, Suzanne Tracht's modern chophouse has garnered much acclaim for its laidback setting and ludicrously good steaks and sides, not to mention its near-legendary pot roast.”—LA Weekly READ REVIEW

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    Katsuya

    Multiple Locations:
    Brentwood, Glendale, Hollywood, Downtown

    Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

    $$$

    Right smack in the middle of Glendale’s majestic Americana shopping center sits SBE’s Katsuya restaurant, best known for its signature dishes like crispy rice on spicy tuna and a scene-y atmosphere. READ REVIEW

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    LAMILL

    1636 Silver Lake Blvd.

    Silver Lake

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

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    Don’t let the smell of freshly brewed coffee and shots of espresso fool you. They mean business (and dinner) at Silverlake’s most coveted coffee shop. READ REVIEW

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    L'Assiette Steak Frites

    7166 Melrose Ave.

    West Hollywood

    Cuisine: French, Steak

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    Jacques Fiorentino opened his Melrose restaurant two years ago with the intention of featuring the namesake steak, a beloved Parisian dish, but in this case made with the masterful twist of sous vide technique. READ REVIEW


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