GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    Baby Blues BBQ

    Multiple Locations:
    West Hollywood, Venice

    Cuisine: Barbeque

    $$

    Meat up at this Weho take on a down-south smokehouse—Baby Blues fires up savory by the pound, serving quality ‘que to LA’s throngs of Dixie transplants. READ REVIEW

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    Cacao Mexicatessen

    1576 Colorado Blvd.

    Eagle Rock

    Cuisine: Mexican

    $

    The hearty platillos are what really shine, and each dish comes with a tiny pot of queso-dusted pinto beans and an Aztec pyramid of rice planted with a tiny Mexican flag. READ REVIEW

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    Caffe Roma

    350 N. Canon Dr.

    Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$

    Where in LA can you go out for authentic Italian pastas and perfect Dover sole, and continue your night in a lounge watching live music? Caffe Roma. This Beverly Hills mainstay—owned by Agostino Sciandri, the man behind Ago, Sor Tino, and Toscanova—is celebrating its 35th anniversary this March. Can you say “staying power?” Try the delicate handmade tortellini, stuffed with ricotta and spinach and set off with a tangy marinara. READ REVIEW

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    Del Rey Deli Co.

    8501 S. Pershing Dr., Ste. 3

    Playa Del Rey

    Cuisine: Deli, Sandwich

    $

    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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    EMC Seafood

    3500 W. 6th St., Station #101

    Koreatown

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $$

    It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that seafood is all the rage in LA right now. But whatever pet theories may have to say about the trend, at EMC Seafood—the latest from the Le Ka owners (their initials EMC)—the creative, expansive menu is all the evidence you need. READ REVIEW

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    El Criollo Restaurant

    Multiple Locations:
    Van Nuys, Burbank

    Cuisine: Cuban

    $

    With more than three decades of restaurant experience, the Sera family clearly has a handle on Cuban cuisine. Most recently, El Criollo Cuban Bar & Grill landed in Burbank, spreading the fun beyond their original Van Nuys location. At night, the sun goes down as the up-tempo music kicks in. READ REVIEW

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    Fleishik's

    7563 Beverly Blvd.

    Mid-City

    Cuisine: Deli, Sandwich

    $

    Chef Eric Greenspan isn’t exactly known to stick to scripts. That adage holds true at Fleishik’s, a modern Mid-City sandwich shop that takes Jewish tradition seriously, but also strays from classic recipes in key ways—and serves whiskey. READ REVIEW

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    Gasolina Cafe

    21014 Ventura Blvd.

    Woodland Hills

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop, Spanish

    $

    This hotspot for grateful locals brings to southern California a unique blend of Spain crossed with the best of New California cuisine, in an environment that's ultra-casual and relaxed. READ REVIEW

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    Gobi Mongolian BBQ House

    2827 W. Sunset Blvd.

    Silver Lake

    Cuisine: Barbeque

    $

    Stuff your bowl completely full of veggies, meats, and noodles. Not only do these amazing ingredients cook down, but you’re allowed—expected even—to take your leftovers home for a killer lunch the next day. READ REVIEW

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    Good Girl Dinette

    110 N. Ave. 56

    Highland Park

    Cuisine: Vietnamese

    $$

    Fans of “slow-roasted pork banh mi on a crunchy baguette stuffed with fall-apart meat and cool, tangy vegetables” should make tracks to this “tidy, modern gem of a restaurant in a historic Highland Park storefront.”—Los Angeles magazine READ REVIEW


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