Los Angeles: Top 10 Restaurants for Imaginary Globetrotting

ABC Seafood (Downtown) – In spite of the name, order the duck and feel like you’re dining in the Emperor’s own banquet hall. ● Arunee’s House (San Fernando Valley) – Thai dive in Toluca Lake with exquisite yellow curry. ● Cafe Pinot (Downtown) – Tahitian vanilla panna cotta — oo la la.

Casa Vega (San Fernando Valley) – The moody paintings of hombres and bullfights make you feel as if you’re sequestered in a border bar, at least until you see famous regulars like Joni Mitchell or Jennifer Aniston. ● Ike Sushi (Hollywood) – Atmosphere is authentic Japan — small, cramped, and fluorescently lit — but the sushi is superb. ● Casa La Golondrina (Downtown) – Arguably the best margaritas in L.A., and the charm of Olvera Street transports you to another time, not just another place. ● Marrakesh (San Fernando Valley) – Wear your fez, and be prepared to belly dance — best with a large group and lots of Moroccan wine. ● Taste of India (San Fernando Valley) – The small waterfall and impeccable chicken korma will help you forget that this delicious restaurant is located beside a 7-11 (what could be more international?). ● Yamashiro (Hollywood) – Enjoy a selection from the glamorous wine list while gazing down upon a twinkling Japanese valley (or at least Hollywood). You might even spot an actual astral body from this magnificent hilltop restaurant. ● Zankou Chicken (Hollywood) – The famous Mediterranean garlic paste will instantly become your favorite condiment.

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