GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    AMMO to go

    6909 Melrose Ave.

    Melrose

    Cuisine: American, Bakery, Californian, Sandwich

    $$

    Best known for offering a cornucopia of reasons to wake up in the morning—from scones and muffins, to breakfasts fueled by the local bounty, to a multitude of caffeinated daydreams—the to-go oriented Melrose location of AMMO is expanding it’s reach with a novel step: a dinner menu. READ REVIEW

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    Abigaile

    1301 Manhattan Ave.

    Hermosa Beach

    Cuisine: Bar, Californian, New American, Pub, Tapas

    $$

    What do you get when you cross a Baptist church with punk rock royalty? A hip farm-to-table haunt in Hermosa Beach, of course. READ REVIEW

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    Akasha

    9543 Culver Blvd.

    Culver City

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$

    Akasha Richmond traveled the globe as Michael Jackson's tour chef for over a dozen years, shopping at local farmers' markets and crafting healthy, international cuisine fit for a king (of pop). Now she brings her passion for local, organic and fair-trade fare to the rest of us. READ REVIEW

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    Alexander's Steakhouse

    111 N. Los Robles Ave.

    Pasadena

    Cuisine: Fusion, Japanese, Steak

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    Set in the foreground of Pasadena’s historic City Hall stands Alexander’s Steakhouse, a much-lauded recent arrival that traces its roots back to an original Michelin-starred location in the Bay Area. READ REVIEW

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    All About the Bread

    7111 Melrose Ave.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Sandwich

    $

    Soft, crisp-crusted loaves at the eastern end of Melrose's trendy shopping corridor have ensured that a certain Santa Monica sub shop (that’s right, Bay City) doesn’t dominate the entire LA sandwich scene. Here, the Signature option comes stacked with juicy roasted turkey, provolone, and “the works” (a.k.a. lightly-dressed lettuce, tomatoes, and onions), plus condiments and hot, Chicago-style peppers. READ REVIEW

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    American Tea Room

    909 S. Santa Fe Ave.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop, Bakery

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    Inside this trussed and skylighted space, you'll find house-made raw tea blends and delicious, sophisticated beverages, but one need not be a tea expert to navigate the world of choices at the American Tea Room. READ REVIEW

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    Ammo at the Hammer

    Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

    Westwood

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop, Californian

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    In keeping with the recent LA fashion of world-class museums offering food to match the masterpieces they showcase, Ammo has arrived at The Hammer Museum—in the space of the former Wolfgang Puck Café—making for a new Westside destination dining spot. The beloved LaBrea eatery brought along favorite staples dishes such as Alexander’s brown rice, with veggies, red onion, jalapeño and chicken or organic tofu. READ REVIEW

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    Angelini Osteria

    7313 Beverly Blvd.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Italian

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    For almost a decade, Angelini Osteria has been a huge draw, especially for Italian expats hungry for the hearty cooking they miss paired with some fine boutique wines from back home. READ REVIEW

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    Ashland Hill

    2807 Main St.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Bar, New American, Wine Bar

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    Upon entering Ashland Hill's airy, bright outdoor beer garden, it's hard not to notice the giant wall sign featuring this Raymond Chandler quote: "It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in." Indeed, this Main Street favorite can be habit-forming. Whether it's the signature shawarma wrap, made with chicken or falafel, or the "OG Burger," topped with bacon onion jam, watercress, and salmoriglio sauce, this restaurant's take on "New California" cuisine keeps foodies coming back fo READ REVIEW

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    Ayara Thai Cuisine

    6245 W. 87th St.

    Westchester

    Cuisine: Thai

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    Staying true to the theme of family, Ayara promises home-cooked Thai at its best, starting with the owner Vanda Asapahu family’s go-to Thanksgiving dish, while the rest of the menu follows suit with plenty of regional Thai favorites. READ REVIEW


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