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Amalia’s Guatemalan

Amalia’s Guatemalan
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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. […]

Itzik Hagadol Grill

Itzik Hagadol Grill

WHY For the dazzingly colorful appetizer of 20 Israeli salads, the homemade flatbread and the array of grilled things on skewers. WHAT Come hungry to this upscale shipudia (Israeli skewer house), because regardless of your intentions, you’ll eat too much. Pretty much every table orders the signature appetizer of 20 salads (carrots, eggplant, tabbouleh, mushrooms, […]

Kogi BBQ

Kogi BBQ

WHY Taco trucks hit the big time when this Korean/Mexican fusion coach arrived on the scene. WHAT Spicy pork and beef short-rib tacos along with kim chee quesadillas are undoubtedly delicious Asian twists on Mexican favorites—but whether the wait time is worth it depends on the length of the line and your patience. The pioneer […]

Sauce on Hampton

Sauce on Hampton

WHY Shiraz frittata, a scramble with grilled onions, roma tomatoes and turmeric; luscious breakfast sandwiches; the chopped baby spinach salad; and a turkey burger that is juicier and more flavorful than most, topped with baby spinach, sliced tomato, red onion, applewood-smoked bacon and cheddar. WHAT A teeny café with teeny tables, this spot is the […]

Santa Monica Farmers’ Market: Main Street

Santa Monica Farmers’ Market: Main Street

WHY Kids’ amusements, live music, great people-watching and very good produce. WHAT This sibling of the famous Arizona Avenue farmers’ market is the social event of the week on Main Street, where neighbors meet and families shop. It may seem to be more about the face-painting and music, but there’s also some terrific food from […]