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Lotería Grill Studio City

Lotería Grill Studio City

WHY To feast on our favorite Farmers Market Mexican fare without having to go over the hill—and with margaritas, to boot. WHAT Chef Jimmy Shaw of the original Lotería Grill in the Farmers Market and its successful spinoff in Hollywood has settled on the second floor of the strip mall at the corner of Ventura [...]

Hudson House Bar

Hudson House Bar

WHY A gastropub without inflated prices and a good happy hour weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m. WHAT We come here for the sharable bar bites, especially the crispy beer-batter-fried cauliflower and $4 buckets of the same fantastic sweet potato and French fries served at Beechwood (same chef/owners), as well as heartier fare like the [...]

Warszawa

Warszawa

WHY In winter, sustaining pierogis, stroganoff and heavenly hot dried plums wrapped in bacon; in summer, a table on the pretty patio and a bowl of the best cold borscht you’ve ever had, at least in Southern California. WHAT L.A.’s longstanding center of Polish culinary life continues to thrive in this charming cottage on not-so-charming [...]

At Last Café

At Last Café

WHY Simple Americana with refined flair. WHAT At Last may be tiny, but it has quickly become one of the most popular neighborhood spots in a city full of them. Behind its success is American cooking that capably twists the classics. At lunch, expect good sandwiches headlined by a charred burger and a vegetarian option [...]

City Sip

City Sip

WHY ‘Wine for the people’ (or so says its slogan), in working-people’s Echo Park, with affordable tastings, charcuterie and small plates, as well as fun wine classes. WHAT A groovy wine bar for an increasingly groovy neighborhood, City Sip is part wine bar and part wine school. Six nights a week, owner Nicole Daddio pours [...]

Chaya Downtown

Chaya Downtown

WHY Terrific L.A.-style Euro-Asian fusion food, a swinging happy hour, four hours free parking and a free shuttle to the Music Center. WHAT The latest member of L.A.’s great Chaya family is a hit. The serene, Asian-accented space has an impressive art-glass chandelier in the bar and comfy outdoor booths that, on a warm summer [...]

Ed’s Coffee Shop

Ed’s Coffee Shop

WHY First-rate short-order cooking served in a classic lunch-counter diner that’s been here for 50 years. WHAT With its lunch counter, black-and-white linoleum floor and retro feel, this small coffee shop would seem more suited to the Midwest than West Hollywood. But it’s beloved by locals for just that old-time atmosphere (and service), as well [...]

Time for Dine L.A Once Again

Time for Dine L.A Once Again

It’s time again for Dine LA week (or in this case, weeks–it’s two weeks long, so you can maximize your culinary exploration). Running this week and next—from January 23 to 28th and January 30 to February 4—it will once again organize many of the best restaurants in town into offering good-value fixed-priced meals. Here is [...]

Fisherman’s Outlet

Fisherman’s Outlet

WHY Come for the adjacent seafood café and stay to pick out more fresh fish to cook yourself for dinner. But bring cash. WHAT A good all-around seafood market with a large section devoted to cooked crab and shrimp of every size. Low prices, a respectable selection and counter guys who move fast and know [...]

JiRaffe

JiRaffe

WHY The seafood’s usually outstanding, including pancetta-wrapped tiger shrimp with lemon-harissa nage or crispy salmon with braised fennel and parsnip purée. WHAT JiRaffe epitomizes the California bistro, with its elegant chandeliers hung above cozy tables, first-rate service and the creative market-based California-French cuisine of surfer-chef Raphael Lunetta. Bargain hunters, take note of Lunetta’s fantastic three-course [...]