Dustin Downing
Steve Miller
Fifty Seven
Faith & Flower
Beelman's Pub
Barton G
Danny Jensen
Pine & Crane
Night and Market Song
Tipple and Brine
Superba Food and Bread
Jeff Miller
William Bradford
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1. ChocoChicken 403 W 12th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

ChocoChicken in DTLA doles out chocolate-stuffed meatballs, chocolate-dipped fried chicken, and seriously unique 'tails. From the mastermind behind Umami, there's really no reason you shouldn't give this chocolateria a chance.

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2. Wexler's Deli 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This Grand Central Market deli features traditional Jewish deli eats like house-cured beef and pastrami on plush rye bread and house-made pickles as well as black/white cookies.

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3. Faith & Flower 705 West 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

A beautiful Downtown restaurant -- from a Michelin-award winning chef and the guys who founded the Pebble Beach Food & Wine fest -- Faith and Flower serves up a menu of seasonal dishes, classic staples, and a raw bar. The aphrodisiac seafood, vintage touches, and romantic décor, including hand mirrors and candles throughout the eating area, establish this as a prime date night spot.

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4. Fifty Seven 712 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021

What makes this Downtown spot unique? How about the fact that their line-up of chefs rotates (along with their seasonal menu), so that you get treated to a wide array of culinary styles from some of the best food minds in the country. The menu changes all the time, but highlights include the diver scallops with wild rice, fennel, and feta.

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5. Beelman's Pub 600 S Spring, Los Angeles, CA 90014

A Downtown watering hole from the ACME group -- also of Library Bar, Sixth Street Tavern, and others -- Beelman’s Pub is a street-side, European-style bar with Czech pilsners and Italian lagers on draft, as well as craft cocktails, reasonably priced wine, and elevated pub fare. We suggest trying the pub burger -- because it’s bursting with bacon -- and the tarte flambee. For the vegetable-loving, health food inclined, edamame and grilled broccolini are also on offer. Stop by the neighborhood bar to find out its nightly specials and rotating draft list, written on the chalkboards behind the bar.

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6. Barton G 861 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Best known for some of its sweet treats, Barton G. delivers a miniature cart of churros to your table -- teamed with spicy hot chocolate and rolled in sugar and spice (Szechuan pepper, star anise, cloves, cinnamon) these fried fritters pack some serious heat. As a whole, the spot specializes in all that is whimsical. From the magical realism of their decor to their use of each plate as a canvas, time spent at Barton G is as full of satiation as is it inspiration.

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7. Paninoteca 225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

From the dude behind Scarpetta comes Paninoteca, which is tucked in back of the resto and serves up wild, three-day roasted porchetta and pastrami sandwiches in Beverly Hills.

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8. Greenspan's Grilled Cheese 7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Iron Chef contestant Eric Greenspan is behind this counter-serve grilled cheese temple on Melrose. With options that range from speciality sandwiches like the blue cheese and fried chicken Buffalo Blue to make-your-own-creations, Greenspan's menu is stacked with crazy inventive cheese-and-bread combos. The bright yellow space is relatively small and narrow, but there are a few tables inside and out.

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9. Pine & Crane 1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

This ultra-casual, ultra-affordable Taiwanese cafe in Silverlake is the kind of restaurant you eat at once and crave forever. A solid player in LA's fast-casual scene, P&C offers up airy wontons, beef rolls, and noodle and vegetable dishes in a homey and modern space. The counter-service restaurant also features a wide variety of teas sourced from Taiwan, and a rotating list of craft beers and wine.

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10. Tipple & Brine 14633 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91403

This Sherman Oaks seafoodery not only doles out quality fare from the sea (oyster bar!), but they also mix up tasty 'tails in a sophisticated and comfy ambiance.

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11. Superba Food + Bread 1900 S Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Spearheaded by Bread and Pastry Director Carlos Enriquez, Superba is a bright and spacious spot offering up treats from an everything croissant (!) to kouign amann to avocado toast on house-baked bread. Don't roll your eyes just yet -- the avocado toast here is actually some of the best in the city. No matter what you put on Superba's bread, you'll find yourself craving more after each bite, so be sure to take some home with you. And don't forget to pick up a Nutella banana pop tart and a bag of bombolini, too.

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12. Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Right on the pier in Malibu with to-die-for ocean views, this resto is serving up local, sustainable seafood eats like baked stuffed crab and artichoke-abetted sole.

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13. Good Times at Davey Wayne's 1611 N El Centro Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028

Straight out of The Brady Bunch set, this 70's living room-themed Hollywood bar is decked out with hammocks, an Airstream Trailer, and a DJ spinning Bee Gees-esque beats. It's hard to tell what's cooler: the epic secret entrance through a refrigerator door or the no-cover. Weekend nights usually draw the biggest lines, but Good Times is open on weekend afternoons, aka the perfect time to kick back on the patio and order up some Tex-Mex street food and craft cocktails.

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14. Ball and Chain 1643 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This beer/meatballery features -- you guessed it! -- gourmet meatballs and has more than 20 selected craft beers on tap and more than 300 unique beers by the bottle!

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15. Harlowe 7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

This WeHo haunt sports a sophisticated interior with antique decor, brown banquettes, and an intricate, handmade tile floor, plus a killer cocktail program designed by beloved NY bartender Dushan Zaric. Sip on innovative cocktails like the Aye Poppy (Uncle Val's Botanical Gin, Grand Poppy, house-made strawberry basil syrup, lemon, and egg white), alongside a cheese & charcuterie board, while you salute Hollywood's Golden Age -- the theme of this classy spot.

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16. Night + Market Song 3322 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The second location of Chef Kris Yenbamroong's Night + Market, the cool and casual Song (which means two) continues the original restaurant's ode to Thai street food. The Silverlake spot serves all of Yenbamroong's cult classics, like the sweet and salty party wings, plus a revolving door of dishes exclusive to the location. The far-from-ordinary Northern Thai plates certainly aren't the Americanized cuisine you're used to in LA, so trust your gut and order whatever looks good. FYI: the fried chicken sandwich is a lunchtime hit.

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17. Terrazza 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Terrazza sits inside the Hotel Casa del Mar and has unparalleled ocean views to go along with seafood standouts like Santa Barbara spot prawns and steamed clams with Calabrian sausage.

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18. POT 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

POT is a group-meal spot for sure. Try as many of the pots as you can but the dirty secret of Roy Choi's excellent Korean menu is that the best stuff is actually NOT in the pots -- rather its side dishes like this gooey, savory, creamy uni-and-rice dish.