GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    All About the Bread

    7111 Melrose Ave.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Sandwich

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    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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    Del Rey Deli Co.

    8501 S. Pershing Dr., Ste. 3

    Playa Del Rey

    Cuisine: Deli, Sandwich

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    This neighborhood café—the best place to eat along this strip of Pershing Drive—opened back in 2013, with a menu that focused solely on lunch and brunch offerings. But inspiration has recently struck, and now they have breakfast, too. READ REVIEW

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    Fala Bar

    7751½ Melrose Ave.

    Melrose

    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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    goodboybob

    2058 Broadway

    Santa Monica

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

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    Earlier this year, Tool founder Erich Joiner opened this progressive specialty coffee bar right next to their offices, and named it for his family dog. 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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    Little Next Door

    8142 W. 3rd St.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop, French

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    And who doesn’t want to laze away an afternoon in Paris? Says the Los Angeles Times: “Little Next Door is a favorite among Europeans living in L.A., partly because most of the waitstaff speaks fluent French but mostly because it recalls lazy afternoons sipping cafe au laits in Paris.” READ REVIEW

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    Locali

    701 Lincoln Blvd.

    Venice

    Cuisine: Sandwich, Vegan, Vegetarian

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    Part organic market and part fast-casual gourmet deli, the bright, fresh appearance echoes a menu offering a range of nutritious dishes that will please vegans and omnivores alike. READ REVIEW

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    M Café

    Multiple Locations:
    Hollywood, Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: Vegetarian

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    The enduring popularity of M Café has elevated the macrobiotic diet from a stereotyped fad (one that reeks of patchouli) to a legitimately healthy habit (that smells pretty hip these days). For you meat-loving cynics shaking your heads, you’ll eat your words after biting into a Big Macro, dripping with M Café’s tart-and-savory sauce, smeared over a burger composed of whole grains, brown rice, and vegetables, all stuffed into a toasted whole-wheat bun. READ REVIEW

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    Okipoki

    507 S. Spring

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Seafood

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    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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