1802 N Vermont Ave (at Melbourne)
Los Angeles, CA 90027
It's like Montmartre, except in the heart of Los Feliz: fin de siècle décor by way of French antiques (cast-iron chandeliers, impressionistic paintings on the wall, rows of polished glassware glinting off wall-mounted mirrors) and proper sidewalk seating that evokes the streets of Paris. If the ambience alone weren't enough reason to check out Figaro Bistrot, the solid happy hour -- a slew of affordable light bites like $6 escargot and beef carpaccio, $2 oysters, and bar offerings like draft Kronenberg 1664 for a mere $3 and wines for $4 -- certainly is. Hearty omelettes and time-honored plates likes pain perdu make brunch a lively affair, but it's equally formidable as an intimate dinner spot any night of the week.