GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    Nickel Diner

    524 S. Main St.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Eclectic, New American

    $$

    You've got to see it—and taste the food: “Inside you're greeted with a picture-perfect model of a pre-WWII-era diner.”—Los Angeles Times READ REVIEW

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    Night + Market Weho

    9043 W. Sunset Blvd.

    West Hollywood

    Cuisine: Thai

    $$

    Talésai, the Thai restaurant next door, was opened in 1982 by chef Kris Yenbamroong’s parents. Now, the son, born the same year, has taken over the family business. READ REVIEW

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    Nobu West Hollywood

    903 N. La Cienega Blvd.

    West Hollywood

    Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

    $$$

    Matsuhisa’s cooking can now be found at nearly 30 outlets around the world, including Nobu Los Angeles, the fashionable spot just up the street from where the party started. READ REVIEW

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    Nook Bistro

    11628 Santa Monica Blvd. #9

    West Los Angeles

    Cuisine: New American

    $$

    James Richardson’s Southern heritage comes through in a dish of boiled peanuts or a plate of Gulf shrimp and grits. But—P.S.—he really grew up in Florida, so relax and have another piece of Key lime pie. READ REVIEW

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    Obicà

    Multiple Locations:
    West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Century City

    Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

    $$

    You may have noticed that there aren’t many water buffalo ambling around the plains of America, but as luck would have it, Raimondo Boggia and his partners brought Obicà to Los Angeles in 2010. READ REVIEW

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    Ohana Poké Co.

    Multiple Locations:
    Silver Lake, Downtown

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $

    After the success of the Downtown location of Ohana Poké Co., Eric and Miriam Park closed their restaurant Black Hogg in Silver Lake to open a new outpost of the Hawaiian seafood joint, right next to their sandwich shop, Soppressata. READ REVIEW

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    Okipoki

    507 S. Spring

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $

    A bright spot amid the recent explosion of poke joints in LA, this Downtown destination takes the traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad and dresses it up. Unlike other poke bars, where you pick through fish and toppings to put together a bowl for yourself, Okipoki has drawn up a menu of refined, beautiful dishes. READ REVIEW

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    One Pico

    Shutters on the Beach, 1 Pico Blvd.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$

    You enter One Pico through the lobby of Santa Monica’s posh Shutters hotel, where a jazz trio greets you with a tasty selection of tunes by Bird, Monk and other chefs de bebop. Once inside the restaurant, though, the mood shifts from pleasingly hip to pleasantly calm, serene even. Sublime scallops, line-caught sea bass, and an Atlantic cod, garnished with Little Neck clams and Serrano ham, give new meaning to “fresh.” READ REVIEW

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    Osteria Mamma

    5732 Melrose Ave.

    Mid Wilshire

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    Mamma’s back. Loredana Cecchinato—Mamma to family and fans—is cooking for the bambino in all of us at Osteria Mamma, in Hancock Park. That means simple rustic dishes that taste of the passion with which they are prepared. Filippo, Mamma’s son and the restaurant’s owner and maître d’, runs the dining room as if it were the family home back in Padua. READ REVIEW

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    Ozu East Kitchen

    3224 Glendale Blvd.

    Atwater Village

    Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Korean

    $

    The brainchild of film producer turned restaurateur Paul Ti, this small neighborhood spot serving pan-Asian dishes has quickly made a name for itself in Atwater Village. While the menu keeps Japanese at it’s core, it also incorporates the undeniable influence of Yi’s Korean-American background, along with the occasional injection of flavors from much further west. READ REVIEW


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