Clutch
Danny Jensen/Thrillist
Delicious Pizza
Augustine
The District By Hannah An
Kraken Creative Company
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1. Clutch 427 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

This Venice restaurant doles out tasty "Cali-Mex BBQ" including Santa Maria tri-tip, carne asada fries, and smoked-duck tacos. The time-honored tradition of Taco Tuesday is practiced here, and you can indulge in some of the tastiest, cheapest tacos this side of the border.

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2. Sopita Ramen 3087 W. Pico Blvd, Ste. 9, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (Koreatown)

Located in Koreatown, this oddball restaurant/counter-service spot offers both traditional and weirdo noodle dishes (Spam!) at a super-cheap price.

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3. Idle Hour 4824 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601 (East Valley)

Originally built as a tap room in 1941, Idle Hour has been refurbished and reopened into a shining example of what every bar shaped like a giant whiskey barrel should be. Cocktails on tap, a top-notch patio out back, and even a separate private party annex that's shaped like a giant, pipe-smoking bulldog (everything is shaped like something!!) take this Vineland drinking destination to the next level.

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4. Charcoal BBQ 2611 N Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Silverlake)

Charcoal BBQ has a dolled-up interior (nudie wallpaper! Stuffed boar's head!) and a killer menu, including classics like citrus-smoked pork ribs, as well as a bucket of bacon. Which, maybe, we should have told you about first.

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5. Delicious Pizza 5419 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Delicious Pizza in West Adams is a restaurant/coffee shop with a hip-hop theme (its co-owned by Mike Ross, co-founder of LA hip-hop record label Delicious Vinyl). There are unique pizza offerings on the menu, like the Soulflower (eggplant, roasted peppers) and the Yacht Club (anchovy, garlic, shallots, arugula).

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6. ysabel 945 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046 (West Hollywood)

This bar-staurant does away with the gimmicky martinis and brings in a killer food menu, with poblano & oxtail agnolotti and a wood-grilled 24oz ribeye among the highlights.

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7. Augustine Wine Bar 13456 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91423

The Valley's wine bar game is TOTALLY upped with this marble-bar-topped vino paradise. The spot has 75 by-the-glass options (including selections from the 1800s!!!) and food like charcuterie and braised octopus.

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8. The Boiling Crab 3377 Wilshire Blvd #115, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Westwood)

The first-ever Westside outpost of this SGV/K-Town favorite is serving up the same SGV/K-Town goods, with Cajun seasoned crab boils by the pound dropped off at your table. FTW.

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9. The District By Hannah An 8722 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

This Crustacean-legacy opened a (surprise!) Vietnamese restaurant on Third, which, sadly, has no koi-pond walkway but does boast a slew of hard-to-find regional variations on pho, as well as turmeric-crusted Chilean sea bass and lemongrass-grilled beef.

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10. Asa Meza 1718 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

The old Lexington Social House space is now a patio-abetted Asian-Latin hybrid, serving up roasted beef empanadas and pork belly fried rice to hordes of pre-club revelers/hopefully you 'cause, bro, it's delicious.

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11. Ashland Hill 2807 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (Santa Monica)

Ashland Hill opened in the former Wildfire Pizza space in 2015; the beer bar boasts a massive patio -- perfect to camp out on during the summer -- and a strong-to-very-strong draft list and shareable goodness like shishito mac & cheese and lamb and pork meatballs.

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