GUIDE: Los Angeles

OUTDOOR SEATING GAME STRONG

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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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    Ammo at the Hammer

    Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

    Westwood

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop, Californian

    $$

    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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    Ashland Hill

    2807 Main St.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Bar, New American, Wine Bar

    $$

    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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    Café Pinot

    700 W. 5th St.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Californian, French

    $$$

    With its twinkly patio, dreamy Downtown views, and glass-encased dining room, Café Pinot feels like something out of the pages of one of the storybooks in the adjacent, equally dreamy Central Library building. READ REVIEW

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    Cliff’s Edge

    3626 Sunset Blvd.

    Silver Lake

    Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

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    The phrase “hidden gem,” while now obscenely overused, might have been originally coined for Cliff’s Edge in Silver Lake.  You can spot the place from the street, but once you walk through the door behind the valet lot, the restaurant unfolds like a midcentury fairy tale involving lots of rattan chairs, geometric tapestries and a long and lovely Redwood bar.  Rainbow trout, sea bass, and braised short ribs with honey bourbon barbecue sauce are entrées that will keep you at the table for a while—and maybe let Valentine’s Day come early this year. READ REVIEW

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    Gracias Madre

    8905 Melrose Ave.

    West Hollywood

    Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan

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    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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    Sage: A Plant-Based Bistro

    Multiple Locations:
    Echo Park, Culver City

    Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian

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    The core belief behind owner-chef Mollie Engelhart’s menu is that vegan food should taste great. Mollie is also the founder of vegan dessert mecca KindKreme and as evident in all of her creations, she believes that vegan foods needn’t be mere imitations of meat products. She doesn’t rule the option out, however. READ REVIEW

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    Seoul Sausage Company

    236 S. Los Angeles St.

    Little Tokyo (Downtown)

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    No other place in the city does Korean BBQ quite like Seoul Sausage Company, and the gutsy, revamped menu at their sit-down outpost in Little Tokyo takes munchie grub to new heights. READ REVIEW

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    The Albright

    258 Santa Monica Pier

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Seafood

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    The name may have changed, but the new generation of owners have kept the spirit alive at this family-run institution in Santa Monica with their sustainable seafood and locally sourced ingredients. READ REVIEW

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    The Roof on Wilshire

    6317 Wilshire Blvd.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Bar, Fusion, New Mexican

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    Enter the lobby of the Hotel Wilshire and head to the top, where you’ll find a stunning restaurant with panoramic views of the city—and a menu by chef Eric Greenspan to match. READ REVIEW


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