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1. Tropicana Pool Cafe 7000 Hollywood Blvd , Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

At Tropicana Pool Cafe, you can get brunch by the pool at the Roosevelt, because obviously... Get the cinnamon French toast and short rib grilled cheese.

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2. Herringbone 1755 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

This is the second LA location of the La Jolla favorite, helmed by Top Chef contestant Brian Malarkey. Its seafood-centered menu includes pan-roasted Ivory King salmon and a "salt and brine" raw bar flush, as well as a a slew of oyster, uni, octopus and bay scallops dishes.

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3. Hopdoddy Burger Bar 850 S Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo, CA 90245

This Austin-based burger chain serves up hormone- and antibiotic-free beef ground in-house daily, hand-cut fries, and scratch-made buns. The varied burger options range from a classic lettuce, onion, tomato version to amped up ones, like the habanero-topped El Diablo. As for beverages, there are plenty of craft beers, unique cocktails, and solid milkshakes. The El Segundo location -- one of a few Hopdoddys in Southern California -- is airy and casual with sleek black booths, a center bar, and ample patio seating.

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4. Atticus Creamery and Pie 6015 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (West La)

This is the second outpost of this kick-ass dessert-ery, complete with it's classic chilled pies like a salted caramel and chocolate ganache monster, plus some new items like s'mores toast and Vietnamese lattes.

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5. FOH 615 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Downtown)

FOH (an industry term for "front of house") is serving up modern Mexican cuisine in DTLA, with items like Peruvian ceviche and pork chop with cranberry chipotle sauce.

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6. The Window at Moruno 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (West La)

The Original Farmers Market is serving up a unique blend of upscale-casual dining. A Spanish wine list complements the Spanish-inspired food, much of which is cooked over coals. The menu also includes African, Middle Eastern, and Moroccan cuisine. Reservations and gift cards are available.

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7. Marlin & Ono Grille 13730 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

This global Valley eatery has a fantastic menu that ranges from seared pomegranate yellowtail to espresso-rubbed NY steak, plus a massive selection of grilled seafood.

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8. Dudley Market 9 Dudley Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

Brought to you by the lauded Barnyard guy, this killer farm-to-table Westside spot has a weekend menu that includes a crab-heavy French omelette and pancakes with lemon curd. Oh yeah.

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9. Maple Block Meat Co. 3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230 (Culver City)

This Culver City BBQ spot is lead by a Southern-born chef who seriously knows how to work a grill and smoker. The seasonal menu at Maple Block Meat Co. serves traditional American BBQ dedicated to brisket and pork ribs, craft beers, and house-made soda. For lunch, you can order a sandwich and BBQ combo plate while dinner gets a bit fancier with small plates and Scottish ocean trout.

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10. Petty Cash Arts District 712 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (Downtown)

This acclaimed taco shop serves up classics like pig ear nachos and adobe-chili pork leg with pineapple and avocado.

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11. Leona 123 Washington, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

This hip, California-style restaurant is hitting all the spots. Come by at dinner for lamb belly wontons and meatballs de Corazon, or on the weekends for Korean latkes with creme fraiche and brown-butter pancakes with whipped coconut & sea-salt vanilla butter.

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