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1. Ocean Prime 9595 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 (Beverly Hills)

The next time you're debating where those rich people who like to pay for your stuff should take you, end the debate at this schmancy Beverly Hills surf-and-turf-ery. They've got thank-God-you're-not-paying white truffle caviar deviled eggs, sea scallops w/ parmesan risotto, and a 1200-degree-broiled 16oz ribeye.

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2. Bowery Bungalow 4156 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Silverlake)

The dude behind Mercantile, Twins Sliders, and the Bowery (but NOT the Bungalow! Confusing!) opened this restaurant that looks more "cool parlor rich people have" than "white-tablecloth eatery". Get the "shishkatori" -- skewered meats with Middle Eastern spices, cooked over Japanese coals.

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3. Prime Pizza 446 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

What if we were to tell you that the guys behind LA's best burger (at Golden State), best BBQ (at Bludso's), and best breakfast burrito (at Cofax) opened a NY-style pizza slice shop? You'd want to go to there, right? Well, that's what we're telling you. Tally ho.

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4. Blue Collar 361 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

In the old wine-and-beer-only Sheddy's space (RIP, old friend) is this glossier, not just wine-and-beer-only boozery -- a comfortable, classed up space with wall-length banquettes and a menu-less cocktail program from an A-Frame vet.

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5. Mangia 30745 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265 (Malibu)

Naturally, this Malibu Italian joint has an excellent sea-adjacent patio, and naturally they've also got you covered in the fritto misto/spaghetti carbonara/chicken Milanese front as well. Naturally.

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6. Necco Japanese tapas restaurant 1929 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

This Japanese tapas spot has you covered for Eastern deliciousness on the Westside. Think: koji-marinated lamb chops and spicy octopus with cucumber.

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7. Mercado Hollywood 3413 Cahuenga Blvd W, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Hollywood)

Another Mexican restaurant on Cahuenga? Yep, and this one's killer. Mercado is a mini-chain that already proved itself mid-city and in Santa Monica. Look forward to killer guac, slow-cooked carnitas, and a monstrous tequila list in Hollywood.

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8. Plan Check 1111 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

This sophisticated gastropub -- with a few locations across Los Angeles -- is acclaimed for its burgers, whiskey, and craft beer. The namesake Plan Check burger, topped with pickles, onions, and Americanized dashi cheese, is famous for its layer of Ketchup Leather, which is a square of dehydrated tomato paste that melts over the patty like a layer of cheese. Plan Check’s comfort food vibe makes for a hip and social ambience, complemented by tall communal tables and plenty of bar seating.

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9. Yellowtail 8768 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

Stop by to stuff your face with bigeye tuna pizza and rock shrimp hand rolls on a sweet patio without having to fly all the way to Vegas.

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10. The Springs 608 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (Downtown)

Okay, stick with us here: this yoga studio/juicery/vegan eatery/wine and beer bar (this place is straight outta Portlandia) appeals to health-conscious winos who 1) apparently exist?, and 2) also like craft IPAs as well as actually tasty-sounding, plant-based foods like mushroom-miso pho. You might want hit this spot up for brunch, too, when it offers both egg-loaded and eggless options, depending on how hardcore you are. Know what's even better than dessert? Topping off your meal with a deep-tissue massage.

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11. Magnolia House 492 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 (Pasadena)

Hit this cocktail bar/small-bites joint for a drink menu that includes the Lumberjack's Breakfast (Scotch, Applejack, and maple syrup) and a sesame ginger aioli-boosted shrimp toast.

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12. Project Taco 6325 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

This fast-casual concept's Mid-City location features a myriad of crazy-creative tacos, including breakfast handhelds tossed with goat cheese crema and bacon. For lunch, go big ona Thai peanut chicken taco with a honey and chile-based sauce. Taco Tuesdays are a steal here; save a buck on each taco, or get three for $9.

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