GUIDE: Los Angeles

Culinary Debauchery

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    Bourbon Steak

    The Americana at Brand, 237 S. Brand Blvd.

    Glendale

    Cuisine: Steak

    $$$$

    Illustrious restaurateur Michael Mina has executed a unique spin on the traditional steakhouse concept, featuring a tantalizing menu highlighting a fusion of global flavors, a distinctive bar program, and playful trolley carts filled with confections, canapés, and fine liquors. READ REVIEW

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    chi SPACCA

    6610 Melrose Ave,

    Hancock Park

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    With a name that means “he who cleaves,” this celebrated casual spot from the Mozza masterminds fits neatly between the their other two destinations on Melrose, delivering everything from lighter, wine-led bites to meat-centric meals anchored by house-made salumi. READ REVIEW

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    Holbox

    3655 S. Grand Ave.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Mexican, Seafood

    $

    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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    Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

    330 S. Hope St.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: American, Steak

    $$$$

    This DTLA steakhouse is passionate and persistent in its pursuit of excellence, as is 36-year-old executive chef Megan Logan, who moved up through the ranks of the Patina Group to helm one of the finest places in town. READ REVIEW

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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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    Saddle Peak Lodge

    4149 Cold Canyon Rd.

    Calabasas

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$$

    The mounted animal heads decorating this woodsy Malibu mainstay provide a great preview of what to expect from the menu, which includes highlights such as sumptuous elk tenderloin and chef Christopher Kufek’s carefully curated wild game trio. READ REVIEW

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    Sidecar Doughnuts

    Multiple Locations:
    Costa Mesa, Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Bakery, Dessert

    $

    This local-grown darling of Costa Mesa and Santa Monica is frying up some of the most farmers market–fresh, eyes-rolled-back-fantastic doughnuts you’ve ever tasted. READ REVIEW

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    The Pie Hole Los Angeles

    Multiple Locations:
    Arts District, Pasadena, Hollywood

    Cuisine: Bakery

    $

    Behind this slice of heavenly bliss is a family with a long lineage of exceptional pie makers. And that authentic familial spirit runs deep in the service—it’s the kind of place you’d bring your grandmother for a slice a happiness. READ REVIEW

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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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