Gardner Junction

This heart-of-Hollywood restaurant/drinking spot has a bar topped with subway tile (creative!) and a shared-plates menu that goes from light (heirloom tomato w/ cashew bisque and tomato tartar) to heavy (short rib w/ yukon puree, carrot, charred broccoli, puffed tendon, and bordelaise).

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Petty Cash Arts District

The second location of the upscale Mexican mini-chain is giving even more great food to the rapidly gentrifying Arts District, with a sea urchin and chicharrones guacamole and pork belly carnitas.

Osso

The old Bordello and One Eyed Gypsy room's been revamped again, this time as a barstaurant with Momofuku vets serving up smoked yellowtail toast and cocktails like the East 180 with (mezcal, honey, mandarin, lime, and... bee pollen?!?).

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Maple Block Meat Co.

So this BBQ writer from Texas -- who's considered, like, THE authority on BBQ in the country -- just called this new Culver City spot the best BBQ in LA, and the only one that can compete nationally. Meaning... you've gotta get there, like, now.

BierBeisl Imbiss

If you're taller than the chef at this relocated Austrian bistro, you eat for free. You won't be, but you won't mind paying for his incredible schnitzel, either.

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Dudley Market

Adding to the slew of legit Westside restos, this new marketstaurant is hooking up lox Benedict and banh mi, as well as artisanal grab-and-go shop items.

RiceBar

There are fewer than 10 seats at this fast-casual Downtown Filipino spot, and anyone sitting in them will get to enjoy a former Patina guy's carefully thought out takes on cultural faves like longanisa sausage atop artisanal imported rice.

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Leona

OK, so the brunch-only Korean latke (yes, you read that right) at this beautiful right-by-the-beach multicultural spot from a Top Chef alum has become the go-to dish, but it's worth a dinner stop, too, for equally creative dishes like bulgogi-braised short rib and lamb belly wontons.

Aburiya Raku

The original Vegas location of this late-night ('til last call on weekends!) izakaya has been called one of the best restaurants in the country. This under-the-radar opening of the LA location is getting the same buzz. Get there before ASAP.

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The Arthur J

Steak from the Fishing With Dynamite guy? Yeah, you're in.

Everson Royce Bar

Not just the academic test you took for no reason in elementary school, E.R.B is also an Arts District gastropub from a Silverlake Wine guy, with a carefully curated list of beers and prime cheddar burgers from the former chef at Mozza.

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Le Petit Paris

WHOA, this bistro is a stunner: 10,000+ square feet of murals, chandeliers, and grand stairways in the lobby of a 100-year-old hotel, with food like cognac-flambeed, whole-roasted lobster and duck foie gras.

Tenants of the Trees

Haters are already hating on the velvet-rope door policy at this multifaceted bar, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't clamor to try to get in anyways -- it's got a tiny music room, the main wood-laden cocktail bar, and an outdoor patio for movies and pop-ups.

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Avenue 31

Not only can you get lamb shank tagine at this Cali bistro on the strip, but it's also the latest place to get cocktails from drink scientist Matt Biancaniello, like a white peach balsamic-laced... Negroni? Nice work, Matt.

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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill

This NY expat's sushi spot at The Grove will blow you away. And it's also known for its killer fried chicken, so you can finally invite your sushi-hating friend for sushi.

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Herringbone Santa Monica

The second local location of Brian Malarkey's San Diego-based mini-chain of upscale seafood restaurants has two (!) big patios, plus a "Salt & Brine" bar -- essentially, a raw bar with charcuterie, too.