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Venice Beach Wines

Venice Beach Wines

WHY A lovely covered sidewalk patio, worthy wines to drink here or take home, and mighty fine panini. WHAT Part retail wine shop and part outdoor café, this place was cleverly designed to keep the indoors temperature-controlled for the wine while having that indoor-outdoor flow so essential to Venice living. The wine-by-the-glass list is relatively [...]

Recess

Recess

WHY Beautiful salads, sandwiches, pizzas and other goodies to take out or eat here. WHAT A former Patina chef decided he wanted to do his own thing in his own neighborhood, and the result is this popular café and gourmet-to-go spot. Breakfast brings takeout croissants or eat-in eggs; lunch means prosciutto and mozzarella sandwiches, ahi [...]

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 [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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