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Beacon

Beacon

WHY Elegant but unpretentious Cal-Asian food made by the founding chef of Chinois-on-Main—without the scene or the high prices of his former culinary home. The midweek prix-fixe meals are a great value. WHAT Now that Culver City has another dozen or so hot spots for the hordes to hit, Beacon has mellowed into becoming exactly [...]

Animal

Animal

WHY Bacon in your salad, bacon for your main course, bacon in your dessert. WHAT L.A.’s foodie sensation is a bare-bones room roiling with noise and filled with people who aren’t even mad that they had to wait 45 minutes… with a reservation. It helps that the staff is remarkably kind, but really it’s because [...]

Cut

Cut

WHY Bone-marrow flan with parsley salad, dry-aged prime rib-eye steak and possibly the best people-watching in Beverly Hills. WHAT With its sleek Richard Meier-designed interior and menu showcasing the finest beefsteaks and seafood from all over the world, Wolfgang Puck’s Cut has been a runaway success since its 2006 opening. If you’re on an expense [...]

Benley

Benley

WHY Upscaled Vietnamese cuisine with an eye for authenticity. WHAT Stashed in a strip mall that butts up against the Orange County border, Benley is one of Long Beach’s most consistent restaurants. That’s because it has a very clear handle on the kitchen, which turns out refined and thoughtful Vietnamese cuisine: great bowls of pho [...]

Gale’s Restaurant

Gale’s Restaurant

WHY Gorgeous lunch salads and very good dinnertime pastas. WHAT Run by hometown girl Gale Kohl and her husband, Rene Chila, Gale’s features a talented Italian chef, warm atmosphere and professional wait staff. Favorite dishes include mussels with white wine and garlic, caprese salad, Caesar salad and rosemary lamb chops. But for the best eating, [...]

Cook Books by Janet Jarvits

Cook Books by Janet Jarvits

WHY More than 30,000 used cookbooks, cooking magazines, booklets and books on wine, the restaurant business and anything remotely having to do with food. WHAT Cookbooks upon cookbooks upon cookbooks, all used and sometimes rare, are piled all the way up to the 15-foot ceiling and on every available surface. The bulk of the business [...]

Bauducco’s Italian Market

Bauducco’s Italian Market

WHY Housemade Sicilian bread, either to take home or to have the deli make into a chicken-parmesan or sausage sandwich, as well as good pizzas. WHAT Fabulous Sicilian bread and rolls are baked on the premises at this 40-year-old family business, where the deli cases are stocked with house-made sausages and salumi, both imported and [...]

Homegirl Café

Homegirl Café

WHY Fresh, modern Mexican fare with lots of vegetarian choices (tofu chorizo, anyone?)—and eating here supports a fantastic nonprofit. WHAT Homeboy Industries is struggling, despite its spiffy new headquarters on the edge of Chinatown, but at least its café, Homegirl, is hanging in there. The nonprofit venture teaches young women who would otherwise be drawn [...]

Let’s Be Frank

Let’s Be Frank

WHY Because there’s no guilt-well, almost no guilt-involved in enjoying these all-natural, grass-fed beef hot dogs with organic accoutrements. It elevates the hot-dog cart to a haute new level. ; WHAT Even a Prius-driving liberal Democrat can feel good about this swank hot-dog cart parked near the old Helms Bakery building at lunchtime. Not only [...]

Pike, The

Pike, The

WHY A plate of retro charm and a side of rock ‘n roll. WHAT A key in the rise of Retro Row-the vintage-loving stretch of 4th Street famous for its pin-up poses and deadstock designs-the Pike is owned by former Social Distortion drummer Chris Reece. The bar is themed around the (mostly) nautical icons of [...]