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1. Royal 6541 Hollywood Blvd #102, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

The NOLA-centric Royal replaced the NOLA-centric Five0Four, but it's just as tasty. Take a crack at its po-boy-loaded menu and sample the extensive list of drinks, which are from Scopa Italian Roots' main man Pablo Moix.

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2. Walker Inn 3612 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (Koreatown)

Avoid the crowd at The Normandie Club, hit the buzzer at the back of the bar, and enter The Walker Inn, a speakeasy-style lounge serving unexpected cocktails in a dark, exclusive den. The monthly-rotating menu is based around an elaborate theme -- such as regional climates, with cocktails called Cloud, Rain, and Earth. Accompany your cocktail with the unusual omakase-style pairings at the bar.

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3. B.S. Taqueria 514 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Downtown)

No BS, this place is super-killer: it's the chef from Fig making amazing Mexican food, including lemon-pepper chicken chicharrones and amazing carnitas tacos. It'll probably have you calling BS on all the other Downtown Mexican spots.

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4. Pizza Romana 615 N LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

This Mid-Wilshire pizza place serves up authentic Roman-style pies, which means the dough is fermented for 24 hours then baked in an Italian-imported wood-fire oven. The signature pizzas are near perfect (and since this is LA, they're available with gluten-free crust) and seriously affordable -- most hover around $10. Pizza Romana's menu also includes panini sandwiches and spicy fried chicken. Add affordable bottles of Italian wine and this under-the-radar restaurant is the perfect date spot.

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5. Mare 7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (Hollywood)

Eric Greenspan’s Melrose restaurant isn’t just coastal, it’s European coastal. Home to one of the best g-damn patios in LA, the seafood spot is cleverly tucked behind Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese and is decked out with twinkling lights, candles, and SoCal flora. Maré's focused menu appeals to surf-and-turf lovers, featuring dishes like branzino with fig-pomegranate glaze and skirt steak with oregano and sea urchin butter.

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6. Bar 10 8933 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

Open now where The Horn used to be, this new barstaurant is named after the 10 drinks on the menu created by the 10 bartenders who work there (clever!). Drinks include the Basic Bitch (coconut water, vodka, blueberry), and foodstuffs include bar classics like flatbreads, burgers, and mac & cheese.

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7. Mabel's 314 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

This chicken & waffles spot isn't anywhere near a Roscoe's, which means you're gonna definitely destroy its down-home goodness, including sauces like chipotle BBQ and jalapeño vanilla bean syrup.

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8. Boardwalk Hollywood 6683 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This oontzery looks like the inside of a yacht. The biggest party is Sunday, when XIV Yacht Club takes over with big-time DJs like EC Twins on the ones and twos.

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9. The Independence 205 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

This spot has a tasty lunch menu with blue crab & shrimp ceviche, a smoked pork torta, and a crazy-good pho jammed w/ Wagyu, shortrib, and brisket.

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10. Pitchoun 545 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

A spacious and rustic boulangerie across from Pershing Square, Pitchoun employs traditional techniques and uses fresh ingredients, including plenty of creamy, high-quality butter from France, to create its scrumptious lineup of breads, pastries, and cakes. This French spot has some of the best croissants and baguettes in town, which you'd be remiss not to try, plus a flaky kouign amann and beignets filled with Nutella or raspberry jam. You can also sate your sweet tooth with treats like macarons, tarts, and eclairs.

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11. Sweetgreen 8055 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Sweetgreen is known for its customizable salads and grain bowls topped with locally-sourced ingredients. The fast-casual chain changes its menu seasonally, but signatures like the wild rice- and kale-based Harvest Bowl and mesculin Guacamole Greens are always available, as is the option to create your own bowl from scratch. Your order is prepared assembly line-style behind a glass counter, and you can usually see greens being washed and vegetables being chopped in the open kitchen.

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12. Manhattan House 1019 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

This rust-chic South Bay spot is serving up fresh American fare, and we really mean fresh: the majority of dishes here are made from scratch using plants, veggies, and other ingredients that the team grows in local community gardens. You'll want to start your meal with some scrumptious beignets or grilled lamb meatballs, and then move on to house-made pasta or seafood. Not to mention, Manhattan House bakes its own brioche and sourdough (the result is phenomenal). The menu will likely be different depending on what time of year you stop in, but you can always expect the utmost precision and care.

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