Ashland Hill
Bread & Butter PR
Public School 818
William Bradford
Dustin Downing/Thrillist
Ramen Champ
Knuckle & Claw
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1. Ashland Hill 2807 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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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2. ysabel 945 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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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3. SpreadPB 12215 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604

SpreadPB has a Pinkberry-esque menu, which means you can customize sandwiches with everything from green curry to maple-bacon in your peanut butter.

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4. Odys & Penelope 127 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Odys and Penelope, from the married couple behind Hatfield's, is a casual grill named after the protagonists of The Odyssey. The move here: dry-rubbed smoked short ribs and grilled Snake River Wagyu tri-tip.

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5. 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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6. Sweeney's Ale House 17337 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

The guy behind Surly Goat opened this gorgeous beer hall in Encino, which has a massive craft menu, a 7-day-a-week happy hour, and a pastrami burger topped with crispy onion rings.

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7. Public School 818 15300 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Public School 818 wants to school novices and foodies on the art of food and beer. Serving only craft beer and using local produce for dishes like the Colorado Lamb Burger, Public School is sure you give the tastiest lesson ever.

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8. Idle Hour 4824 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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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9. 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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10. Der Wolfskopf 72 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

This German beer hall in Old Town Pasadena has a lot in store for you -- a spacious hall where you can enjoy tons of German brews, from the rare to the regular, plus hearty eats like schnitzel and Bavarian pretzels. Hidden downstairs is a secret bar that you just might be lucky enough to enjoy, filled with specialty beers, secret craft cocktails, and, thankfully, ALSO hearty eats like schnitzel and Bavarian pretzels.

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11. Steak & Whisky 117 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

If you think you know what to expect at Steak & Whisky, here's a surprise-if you purchase of bottle of their whisky, you can keep it on reserve for each time you visit, and if you can afford it, you'll definitely want to return.

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12. Ramen Champ 727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Eggslut guy opened up this ramen restaurant in the same center as Chego! in Chinatown. If you're not excited by that, you 1) are dead, 2) have never been to Eggslut, or 3) don't like ramen. In any of those cases, we are very, very sorry for you.

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13. Birch 1634 N Cahuenga Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

Birch might be the most adventurous restaurant ever to hit the neighborhood, blending together influences and flavors from all over the world (think scallop sashimi and rabbit baklava). As a bonus, you'll find a collection of inspired, market-forward cocktails with ingredient combinations like black lime and white tea rum, frankincense and irish whiskey, or vodka and pinecone.

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14. knuckle & claw 3112 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Knuckle & Claw wants to vindicate all the lobster lovers who've had to comb through layers of mayonnaise and fillers to get to what really matters. They're fighting the good fight by offering grand chunks of lobster (and other seafood) in rolls, bisque, and other seafood dish favorites.

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15. Baltaire 11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Baltaire is the first steakhouse of its kind in Brentwood, with a 35-day dry aged cote-de-beouf and a monstrous shellfish platter that's sure to keep you coming back for more. This spot is great for special occasions, and if the ‘rents are in town, they won’t mind footing the bill at this classy steakhouse. For extra fancy-pants flair, order its incredible Greek salad or Dover sole -- both are proudly prepared tableside.