The Nice Guy
Meat District Co
Jason Speth
Dirt Dog
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1. The Briks 1111 South Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

This Downtown eatery's got classics like braised lamb shank and steak & potatoes, but its namesake dish's a little more out there: stuffed pastries filled with ingredients like chicken curry or shrimp scampi, then topped with an egg (!) folded like a burrito, and deep-fried.

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2. Brilliantshine 522 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

This is one of those 'two new cocktail meccas', and it's got drinks from the crazy-lauded dude who established the bar program at Picca and Rivera. The food is made to match the booze, which is pretty awesome.

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3. Meat District Co 69 North Raymond, Pasadena, CA 91103 (Pasadena)

This "paddock to plate" (yes, that is apparently a thing) meatery (that too!) is focused on super-clean proteins, which means all the from-animal ingredients used to make their half-pound truffle burger and 12oz flat iron are hormone, steroid, and antibiotic-free.

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4. KazuNori | The Original Handroll Bar 421 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

The Sugarfish guys bring you this insanely casual handroll-only spot, which's great for quick lunches or drive-by dinners.

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5. The Argyle 1600 Argyle Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This spot in Hollywood is actually double-purpose: there's a downstairs cocktail bar with rotating chefs doing small bites seven days a week and upstairs dance club on weekends-only, so, if you want to dance on Tuesday... too bad?

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6. The Nice Guy 401 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

From the people behind Bootsy Bellows and Shore Bar comes The Nice Guy: a hip cocktail lounge on La Cienega, featuring Italian bar food by Chef John Carlos Kuramoto, formerly of Michael's.

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7. Genesis 1231 N Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (Hollywood)

Inspired by the club kids movement of the '80s, Genesis looks more like an attic than a club, decked out in taxidermy, old furniture and vintage art. The vibe is extremely laid-back and unpretentious, and focuses solely on simple drinks and dancing.

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8. Commissary 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Koreatown)

This new Roy Choi restaurant, set in a greenhouse at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, offers an abundance of fruit and vegetable-centered dishes and specialty cocktails. The spot is decked out with communal tables, a bar, and lots of small round tables.

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9. Dirt Dog 2528 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007 (University Park)

This University Park hot dog shack, which pays homage to '90s Downtown LA, features an entire menu of bacon-wrapped hot dogs and aims to offer high quality street food.

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10. Sara The Wine Bar 3936 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230 (Culver City)

Located in Culver City, Sara The Wine Bar is a, um, wine bar (wo)manned by a lady named Sara. Crazy, riiiiight? Oh right: it's also got classic Italian eats like lasagna and Parmesan-topped meatballs to go with the vino.

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11. Wildcraft 9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (Culver City)

Formerly Wildcraft Sourdough Pizza, this spot went through a refurbishment and is now offers a menu of Northern Italian greatness including salumi tastings and hand-rolled short rib pappardelle.