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Talésai

Talésai

WHY A sane and serene retreat in the heart of the Sunset Strip, with beautifully presented and delicious Thai food. WHAT This Thai pioneer has a new lease on life, thanks to a major renovation and the energy and good cooking of young Kris Yenbamroong, grandson of the 27-year-old restaurant’s original chef. In a stylish [...]

Tin Roof Bistro

Tin Roof Bistro

WHY Excellent and affordable cocktails and wine by the glass, a killer burger and farmers’ market produce. WHAT Mike Simms has hit a home run with this new indoor-outdoor bistro that rises above its shopping-mall setting. Skip the undercooked pizzas in favor of the terrific curry spinach dip, thick burgers, salads, roast chicken, fresh fish [...]

Forage

Forage

WHY All things good and local are found at this modestly sized temple to tempting baked goods, bursting-with-flavor vegetables and ever-changing menus. WHAT The quintessential Silver Lake café instantly built a loyal following for some of the area’s best home-style, farmers’ market—sourced cooking, from the pork belly sandwich to superb daily quiches. At dinner, the [...]

Valerie Confections

Valerie Confections

WHY Four words: Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake. WHAT Luxurious truffles, chocolate-dipped toffee squares, square-tiered wedding cakes clad in candied rose petals, exquisite petits fours and house-made preserves are artfully arranged in the small display area at the front of this commercial kitchen space, which offers a few baked goods and, in the See’s tradition, a [...]

Amalia’s Guatemalan

Amalia’s Guatemalan

WHY For an unexpected taste of Latin America. WHAT A graceful dining room inside an old California Bungalow serves Guatemala’s national turkey dish, kakik de pavo, a mole-like thick soup, and pollo en crema, rich and sharp with the tang of buttery cultured cream. Enchiladas topped with a tower of shredded beef, beet salad, and [...]

La Cachette Bistro

La Cachette Bistro

WHY A prime location on Ocean near the hotels, serving a market-based menu of sophisticated Cal-French bistro dishes and stylish mixologist-designed cocktails. WHAT Accomplished French chef Jean François Meteigner left his posh Century City dining room for this more informal beach-adjacent spot with a large patio, comfortable bar and handsome bistro décor. His cooking is [...]

The Oaks Market

The Oaks Market

WHY A very good and surprisingly affordable selection of wine, beer and retro and rare sodas, as well as an extensive gourmet-to-go menu. WHAT The late lamented Victor’s is now the swankier Oaks Market, which doesn’t try to compete with Gelson’s across the street for your upscale-grocery needs. Instead, it competes in just a few [...]

Ireland’s 32

Ireland’s 32

WHY A friendly Irish pub in the heart of the Valley, with fresh beer (Guinness, Harp, Bass, Smithwick’s), well-made burgers and good, crisp fish ‘n chips. WHAT It’s a bit gloomy at first, but once your eyes adjust you’ll find a handsome room, friendly locals and fresh beer. If the bar’s too crowded, grab a [...]

Silverlake Wine

Silverlake Wine

WHY Well-chosen selection at every price point. WHAT This female-friendly, no-attitude wine shop showcases small-production wines from all over the world. And sometimes the best wine for your occasion might be a Pacific Northwest microbrew, or even a handmade sake. Tastings are happening events; Monday brings wines paired with cheeses from the Cheese Store of [...]

The Kettle

The Kettle

WHY A 24/7 godsend for insomniacs, students and night-shifters. WHAT The food’s fine, but the real value of those woodsy-in-a-’70s-way coffee shop is that it’s open 24 hours a day, a rarity for a large, full-service restaurant anywhere in L.A., let alone a beach town. Regulars get the muffins, crabcake Benedict, burgers and egg dishes. [...]