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There's not just a chef, there's a forager, too. The job entails visiting California farms and bringing the goods from their dirt to your mouth. Restaurant is hotel-adjacent and looks like it, too.... read more
In California, exposed-brick walls are shorthand for "New York-style." This bar/restaurant eschews the wicker and windows typical of beachside bars and goes urban, with mirrors and leather accompan... read more
It's a west coaster's understanding that lobster rolls are something ubiquitous and, somehow, cheap in New England. Here we'll make do with a $22 version. The price may not be authentic, but the be... read more
Caramel apple pie waffles. That's pretty much all you need to know, right? And yes, that's considered a well-balanced breakfast. This bright, sugary storefront seems a bit out of place right in the... read more
Concepts just don't work here. Maybe people are trying to hard? Maybe it should've been mashed potatoes all along. Now there are booths, exposed beams, a fireplace, bar food, burgers, upscale twist... read more
It's not that people were hurting for lunch options, but everyone's flocking to Lemonade like the noontime meal was just invented. Get in line: it's old-school cafeteria style in form and decor. Fo... read more
Steak and seafood joint with outdoor tables overlooking Marina. Perfect for a long lunch, but close enough to LAX that it's layover-friendly as well. Big emphasis on sustainability (that cioppino i... read more
These dudes -- that'd be the owners -- do popular Americana. This one brings an Italian twist. Still pleasing to the masses, but with more greens and fish. Wood-burning pizza oven front and center.... read more
LA, as a whole, loves fancy pubs. Kick back, watch some sports, eat some comfort food -- just like mom makes it. That is, if mom serves Niman Ranch meat and Humboldt Fog cheese. Surroundings are ce... read more
When two chefs with serious credentials fall in love, this is the baby they make. Prices are a bit high for sandwiches and cookies, but the idea is that it's super high quality. Niman Ranch everyth... read more
Not sure what Umami means? Think of anything savory and delicious. There, got it. These burgers are setting hearts and arteries aflame, especially the signature. Or go for pork. Or lab, or fancy it... read more
Short menu: everything is focused and made with extra care. Salads, sandwiches, sides, and bowls (California creation, essentially a warm salad). Jidori chicken and Niman Ranch bacon in the BLTs. L... read more
Cedd Moses is pretty much King of Downtown. He refurbs old bars, makes them fabulous. We all love Seven Grand, yes? Cole's was a cafeteria for city workers, became a dive bar type of thing. Moses t... read more
Don't get it twisted. Food is microwaved, out of the vacuum-sealed plastic bag. But gotta order it when a big game's on. No lingering with one beer for four hours. You'd get drunk too, if it weren'... read more
Who knew the wilds could host a celeb-attracting coffee shop? Ah yes, it's Echo Park. Not open even a week and already Natalie Portman was stopping in. Probably for the chai: order it from the box ... read more
We are reminded of the time Annie Hall ordered a sandwich. Why pile on the gunk and the veggies? Maybe this is Cali-New York fusion. The owner calls it Italian. There is sopressata, mortadella, cap... read more
Desert Rose, noted for the huge glowing rose out front. Food is fine; nothing to get overly excited about. Sesame-crusted tuna, etc. Global menu (you know, jack of all trades, master of...yet to be... read more
Sports blare from all the TVs; the overgrown frat guys make noise too, chowing down on turkey burgers and burrata salads. Or tiny hotdogs. Yeah, it's sort of unique. Pour specialty purple ketchup o... read more
Swanky London-bred Cantonese classes up the Hills of Beverly. Glamo...
How do you say "sexified, neck-craning hot spot" in Mandarin? Becau...
Chef Jeff Mahin's Hollywood pizza joint has some fan favorite pies ...
Meant to decisively invoke all the sensual allure of its namesake d...