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The Oinkster
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Top Round Roast Beef
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Kabab Mahaleh
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Barrel and Ashes
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1. Bread Lounge 700 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles , CA 90021

Headed up by Ran Zimon, who's been baking his whole life (and you can tell), Bread Lounge is an Arts District hotspot whipping up exceptional loaves of bread, baguettes, ciabatta, European-style pastries, and a ton of other carb-loaded delights. Some must-tries? The oblong-shaped Jerusalem bagel, the almond Danish, and the Balkan-style böreks, which are puff pastries stuffed with savory fillings. You'll want to chow down on the back patio, and then grab a loaf of fig and walnut or potato rosemary bread to take home with you.

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2. Dune 3143 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Don't let Dune's low-key, modest storefront derail you from stepping into this mecca for Mediterranean cuisine. This counter-serve restaurant supplies the area's finest falafel, stacked hummus plates, and speciality sandwiches.

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3. Paninoteca by Scarpetta 225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Located in Montage Beverly Hills, a luxury hotel, this sandwich shop offers grab-and-go offerings loaded with farm-fresh ingredients.

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4. Mariscos Jalisco 3040 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Longtime taco fanatics don’t view the drive to Mariscos Jalisco in East LA as a hassle -- it’s a pilgrimage towards perfection. Frying up massively flavorful shrimp tacos dorados from a truck along Olympic Blvd, Raul Ortega has built a following that often stretches down the block on weekends.

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5. Far East Plaza 727 N Broadway , Los Angeles, CA 90012

A hub of Asian cuisine, Far East Plaza is a two-story supermarket housing The Kogi/Chego Dude, The Pork Dude, Egg Slut, and others.

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6. Tito's Tacos 11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230 (Culver City)

This counter-service, cash only, taco spot is known for their crispy-wrapped tacos piled high with cheddar and jack cheese, iceberg lettuce and seasoned ground beef. The venue itself is pretty no-frills, but it remains a local favorite, and has the lines to prove it; it's open late and consistently serves satisfying and affordable fare (most everything on the menu rings in at under $5)

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7. The Oinkster 2005 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, CA 90041 (Eagle Rock)

This fast-casual burger joint with locations in Eagle Rock and Hollywood reimagines American classics using high-quality ingredients and pricing everything below $10. The one-third pound hamburger, made with Nebraska Angus beef, is a signature, as are sandwiches like the house-cured pastrami and BBQ pulled pork. The space feels like a retro diner with red vinyl booths and an A-frame roof. If you needed further proof that The Oinkster is above and beyond your standard fast-food restaurant, then consider this: it makes its own ketchup and serves a rotating selection of craft beer.

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8. Wah's Golden Hen 709 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 (Hollywood)

Wah's hands down is some of the best Chinese food in all of LA. Whether you get the Wonton Soup or opt for something of the noodle variety you seemingly can't go wrong.

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9. La Caridad 2619 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

No day is the same at La Caridad. Monday through Saturday, the family-owned Cuban restaurant rotates its menu and serves up a variety of traditional dishes: rabo encendido, or spicy beef oxtail stew (a quick Google search will tell you that translates to "tail on fire"), bistec empanizado (breaded steak), ropa vieja (shredded skirt steak marinated in tomato sauce), and, of course, the classic Cuban sandwich.

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10. Prime Pizza 446 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

What if we were to tell you that the guys behind LA's best burger (at Golden State), best BBQ (at Bludso's), and best breakfast burrito (at Cofax) opened a NY-style pizza slice shop? You'd want to go to there, right? Well, that's what we're telling you. Tally ho.

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11. Din Tai Fung 171 Caruso Ave, Glendale, CA 91210 (Glendale)

Din Tai Fung has got it goin' on with their dim sum, pork soup dumplings, and just about every other menu item at this Glendale location.

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12. Mariscos El Faro 6113-6139 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Although raw fish from a truck seems like it would be equivalent to gas station sushi, Mariscos El Faro's ceviche tastes like it came straight from the beaches of Mazatlán. The Sinaloa-inspirited menu brings the best of Mexico to Highland Park.

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13. Murakami Sushi 7160 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (Hollywood)

This chirashi bowl specialist has one of the best lunch deals in town. Build your own or choose one of their pre-made combos -- either way you're not spending more than $20.

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14. Coni'Seafood 3544 W Imperial Hwy, Inglewood, CA 90303

Dont expect "Mexican" food like burritos or nachos. Instead, the chef travels regularly South of the Border and brings back ultra-fresh seafood for super-legit ceviches, smoked marlin tacos, and a whole-cooked snook served alongside stewed onions and tortillas.

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15. Kobawoo House 698 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005 (Koreatown)

Open since 1985, this Koreatown strip small spot has a reputation for being one of the oldest and most reputable restaurants in the neighborhood. Its speciality is bossam, a giant platter of boiled and sliced pork belly, served with a few kinds of kimchee, raw oysters, fermented shrimp, and giant pieces of lettuce, which are used to wrap everything up in a tight bundle for eating. You should definitely go to Kobawoo for its bossam, but while you're there, be sure to order the seafood pancakes, cold acorn noodles, and pan-fried squid too.

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16. Sushi Gen 422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)

The insanely thick-cut $15 sashimi platter at this Little Tokyo sushi spot is so legendary, you have to get there before noon if you don't want to wait. It's worth it, though. Just make sure you sit at a table -- the sushi bar is reserved for the high rollers.

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17. Ricky's Fish Tacos 1400 N Virgil Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Downtown)

The menu is simple -- as a taco stand's should be. Try their fish or shrimp tacos which are always, for lack of a better and more accurate word, perfect.

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18. Catch & Release 13488 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 (Marina Del Rey)

This restaurant is "ocean-to-table" and makes you feel like you're in a particularly chic sailor shack. Try the bacon-abetted cod chowder and roasted scallops w/ charred spring onions.

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19. Mitsuwa Marketplace 3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Mitsuwa Marketplace, the mecca for Japanese imported goods in the US, is the country's largest of its kind. Mitsuwa sells everything from Japanese groceries and dry goods to electronics, cosmetics, and more from its various outposts across the country, with a food court chock-full of authentic Japanese counters, because you're sure work up an appetite as you work your way through the market's vast inventory. Stop for a quick bowl of ramen, signature maki, or rice bowl to mull over whether or not you really need that Akiba magazine you spotted at the anime toy store on your way in.

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20. Top Round Roast Beef 1000 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019 (Mid Wilshire)

A surprisingly gourmet sandwich shop that's serving up fancified roast beef eats.

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21. Panda Express Innovation Kitchen 3867 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107 (Pasadena)

This specific Pasadena P.Express is doling out unbelievable orange chicken burritos, as well as build-your-own bowls.

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22. Kabab Mahaleh 8762 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

The kabob at this Pico corridor kosher resto is delicious, but the true prize here is the bread. Mahaleh has a real sangak oven: its floor is covered in hot pebbles, and the dough is stretched across them, giving the chewy, several-feet-long flatbread its bumpy, holey texture and bits of perfect char.

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23. Sweetfin Poke 829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

If you've ever been to Hawaii and come back bummed that you can't get the awesome raw-fish dish known as poke on the mainland, you're in luck: this Westside 'monger is busting out variations including albacore and salmon, all prepared by a chef who did time on Top Chef and at the W. And unlike most poké shops, this 1,000-square-foot space has room for more than you and another, with a spacious, airy, and bright floor ready to accommodate groups.

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24. Night + Market Song 3322 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The second location of Chef Kris Yenbamroong's Night + Market, the cool and casual Song (which means two) continues the original restaurant's ode to Thai street food. The Silverlake spot serves all of Yenbamroong's cult classics, like the sweet and salty party wings, plus a revolving door of dishes exclusive to the location. The far-from-ordinary Northern Thai plates certainly aren't the Americanized cuisine you're used to in LA, so trust your gut and order whatever looks good. FYI: the fried chicken sandwich is a lunchtime hit.

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25. Ichimi Ann Bamboo Garden 1618 Cravens Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

This Torrance spot has the udon answer to a hot LA day: cold kakiage udon. With tons of toppings, because duh.

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26. Carnitas El Momo 6015 S Avalon, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Located in Boyle Heights, Carnitas El Momo offers up some of the city's best tacos, including top-notch, authentic, Mexican pork tacos.

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27. Sapp Coffee Shop 5183 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Hollywood)

If you're a fan of boat noodles and happen to be in Hollywood, you'll wanna check out this Thai-style coffee shop. Don't know what boat noodles are? No, problem. Still pop in for some Thai tea or coffee and some food that's anything but the norm.

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28. Joe's Falafel 3535 Cahuenga Blvd W, Ste 105, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Hollywood)

For those unable to afford a trip overseas, Joe's Falafel's got your bite, offering a variety of tastes from the Middle East to Greece and Turkey. Watch via the open kitchen as Joe's prepares the aforementioned falafel (a favorite among locals and tourists, alike), plus your always reliable shwarma, kabobs, and yummy hummus.

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29. Bill & Hiroko's Hamburgers 14742 Oxnard St, Van Nuys, CA 91411

Also known as Bill's Burgers, this unassuming, 10-by-20-foot burger stand has been dishing out patties for about 50 years. The owner has been behind the counter since day one, making burgers the way the food gods intended: classic white bun, lettuce, pickles, onions, and mayo. No bells, no whistles.

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30. Gjusta 320 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

An artisanal bakery-deli hybrid, Gjusta is a takeaway-centric spot from the Gjelina owners that mixes up American, European, and Middle Eastern flavors. It’s a mecca for all your breakfast and lunch cravings -- think everything from baklava croissants and lox to porchetta melts and tuna conserva. While the interior is industrial and sprawling, the counter-serve interior is standing room-only, but there is a sprawling back patio.

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31. Alexander's Greek Kitchen 3632 S Soto St, Vernon, CA 90058

Only a year old, Alexander's Greek Kitchen has become a Mediterranean monster in the food community. Loaded plates (chicken, beef, and lamb) and traditional small bites (spanakopita, tzatziki, and fasolia) have put this restaurant on the map.

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32. Guisados 2100 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033

One of the city's true taco prides, Guisados has done much to move the city away from bland, overpriced carne asada tacos. Their stewed creations, served on thick, pliant tortillas, have expanded the city's taco lexicon.

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33. Tsujita Annex 2014 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA (West La)

A small noodle house known for their extra-thick broth.

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34. Hummus Bar & Grill 18743 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Hummus Bar & Grill is so much better than the pita chips and hummus you had planned for dinner tonight. This large, high-ceilinged authentic Tel Aviv-inspired menu offers delicious Middle Eastern options like 8 types of hummus (you can't find at Trader Joe's), fried cauliflower bites, Lacheme Bajeen (flat bread with steak), and tender Kabab Halabi (lamb, beef, and tomatoes). Whether you order vegetarian or not, every dish is best eaten with the piping-hot homemade bread, an outstanding mix between lavash and pita. They have some great wine, like the Gamla Chardonnay from Israel, and a standard list of draft beer. It's worth the drive to this strip mall in Tarzana for the all-you-can-eat side salads alone, but thankfully they also deliver.

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35. 800 Degrees Pizza 1146 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Westwood)

The restaurant group that brought us Umami Burger is behind this fast-casual pizza chain with locations all around the world. 800 Degrees is kind of like the Chipotle for pizza -- you choose the ingredients for your pizza at an assembly-line counter, then the pie is cooked under two minutes in an insanely hot (800 degrees!) oven. The pies are satisfying, the service fast, and the ingredients top-notch. Speciality pies and gluten-free crust is also available, so really, the choice is yours.

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36. Barrel and Ashes 11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

For the best barbecue in Studio City, look no further than Barrel and Ashes. The family-style menu includes out-of-this-world Texas-style brisket, wings, and tri-tip, plus a gooey, buttery, hoecake for dessert. Add a friendly staff, communal tables, and boozy cocktails, and this spot is a go-to for a casual and beyond-satisfying dinner.

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37. Playa Provisions 119 Culver Blvd, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Brooke Williamson may have been a runner-up on Top Chef, but her beachfront Playa Provisions, which is really four venues in one, is a winner. The food hall-like concept includes Small Batch, a frozen treat stand that sells ice cream by the scoop as well as in sandwiches, popsicles, and floats; King Beach, a quick-serve spot for breakfast, lunch, and dessert; a whiskey bar called Grain; and Dockside, a full-service seafood restaurant that serves a mix of classic and seasonal plates. The complex's dining areas, which include bright blue picnic tables, fire pits, and of course, Pacific views, make the ambience feel as effortlessly laid-back as the food.