Slater's 50/50
Salt's Cure
Love & Salt
Petty Cash LA
Faith & Flower
Little Sister
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1. Chi Spacca 6610 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

From the people behind Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, Chi Spacca is the meat restaurant in the Mozza Group's Italian empire. Essentially an Italian steakhouse, the West Hollywood spot serves up top-notch charcuterie, juicy and tender steaks (the tomahawk is the best in town), and vegetable sides. The steaks are pricey but worth it.

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2. Salt's Cure 1155 Highland Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

New space, new look: the revamped Salt's Cure 2.0 continues to make good on their promise to source all of their ingredients from California, but their new digs on Highland Ave have allowed them to take the next step from quaint farm to table cooking to brighter, more inventive fare.

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3. Phillips Bar-B-Que 1523 Centinela Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302

When you realize that this BBQ joint doesn't allow you to get the side order of mac-and-cheese as a side for your spare ribs, but requires you to order them as an additional side, you might be put off. But when your teeth sink in to either those ribs or one of your choices in the three meat combo, you'll forget all about your gripes.

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4. Saint Martha 740 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005

The guys from TART and Farmer’s Daughter opened up this resto in Koreatown. It's got a great wine selection, seasonal brews, and awesome eats.

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5. Love & Salt 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Love & Salt is an Italian restaurant with a California soul. Try its breakfast-meets-lunch options, which include Nutella toast with strawberries & sea salt, a smoked fish board with housemade bagels (the chef is from New York, so you know these will be good), and wood oven-baked eggs with grilled bread.

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6. Sotto 9575 W Pico, Los Angeles, CA 90035

This West LA restaurant serves Southern Italian food in an upscale and hip basement space. The menu is always changing but remains consistent for its emphasis on comfort and creativity. Expect small, medium, and large plates of meat and seafood, plus simply refined pasta dishes (like spaghetti with clams) and knock-out Neapolitan pizzas. The dimly-lit interior is outfitted with rustic communal tables and an open kitchen.

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7. Belly & Snout 974 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006

This Filipino joint in K-town has plenty in store for you. The sisig hot dog is topped with a blend of -- you guessed it -- pork snout and belly, fried and chopped, and topped with chicharrón (porky bonus!). Be brave. It’s worth it.

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8. Terrine 8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Nostalgic French fare is given the expansive brasserie and a fairytale garden it deserves in Terrine, with chef Kris Morningstar masterminding elegant chicken confit salad, garlic-butter bathed escargots and a steak frites with smoked bone marrow that can be paired with an impressive French wine list. The namesake terrine, made with foie gras and served with apricot compote, proves worthy of the honor. Yet, a visit is utterly incomplete without sampling the charcuterie boards: with truffled chicken liver, terrine de campaign, liverwurst, andouille sausage and smoked beef deckle arranged with pickled morsels on a sturdy wooden disc. Dreamy and casual, the dining room is filled with bistro chairs, distressed brick and umber-hued leather banquettes with ornate mirrors propped behind them. The best part awaits behind an archway in the back, revealing an outdoor lounge with a giant illuminated tree as the centerpiece. The spot is more than an ideal perch for star-gazing, a well-balanced classic cocktail by Ryan Wainwright making you question your balance.

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10. Cadet 2518 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Cadet brings a wood-fire grill concept to Wilshire and has a dark, date-friendly interior, and a long, date-friendly craft cocktail list.

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11. 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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12. Faith & Flower 705 West 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

A beautiful Downtown restaurant -- from a Michelin-award winning chef and the guys who founded the Pebble Beach Food & Wine fest -- Faith and Flower serves up a menu of seasonal dishes, classic staples, and a raw bar. The aphrodisiac seafood, vintage touches, and romantic décor, including hand mirrors and candles throughout the eating area, establish this as a prime date night spot.

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13. Bar Pintxo 109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

A huge wine list, tons of great tapas (grilled octopus! Pork belly & lamb croquets!), and a sweet happy hour, Bar Pintxo makes for a great spot to hit up after work or with a date.

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14. Little Sister 1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Combining Euro styles and Southeast Asian spices, this Manhattan Beach staple turns out some serious shanks -- all of which are caramelized, red vinegar glazed, and peanut-scallion topped with a persimmon side. There’s never a quiet moment at this upscale spot, meaning zero awkward silences for you and your date. Go here for the stellar food (like pork belly crepes and lemongrass beef noodles) as much as for the relaxed-yet-hip vibe.

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15. Rustic Canyon 1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Though you may have to spend a few extra dollars, the inventive small plates, superior wine list, and unusual and well-curated beer collection at Rustic Canyon are worth shelling out for.

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16. Stir Market 7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

A market-slash-restaurant-slash-great-to-go-spot! Stir Market's kitchen is run by our homeboy/that guy on Cutthroat Kitchen Jet Tila, who's overseeing a killer rotisserie and brunchy goodness like Moroccan baked eggs w/ merguez sausage, as well as gift-y artisanal of marinades, salts, and jellies.

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17. Cliff's Edge 3626 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Cliff's Edge is a Silver Lake mainstay with towering wood doors, a seasonal, New American menu, craft cocktails, and an eccentric -- but more importantly, reasonably priced -- wine list. While this is all well and good (and it is... really, really good), the real draw is the almost enchanting, vaguely woodsy, foliage-lined patio with lights strung among the treetops and one large, protruding tree trunk to anchor the outdoor space. Sit here, slurp oysters in red wine mignonette, sip grower Champagne, and you might just be able to tune out the traffic sounds blaring from Sunset Boulevard.

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18. Hong Kong Fish Ball House 18414 Colima Rd, Rowland Heights, CA 91748

Hong Kong Fish Ball House is your destination for warming noodle soups, authentic street foods, and sometimes adventurous, but always cheap fare.

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19. Eveleigh 8752 W Sunset, Hollywood, CA 90028

The rustic space that houses Eveleigh has a reclaimed, wood-laden indoor-outdoor dining room with a communal table and sofa-like seating. Their outdoor patio is the real draw, where you'll feel as though you've entered a gorgeous garden party, surrounded by homegrown herbs and vegetables. From land (lamb meatballs) to sea (wild Pacific yellowtail), every dish on Eveleigh's menu is market-fresh and crafted with care.