Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena

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Chameau Delibar

Chameau Delibar

WHY A handy place for a quick bite with a dash of modern Moroccan style. WHAT Chameau has been transformed into Chameau Delibar, and though some are mourning the flaky duck b’stilla, Delibar has its own appeal. Gourmet sandwiches and salads bear a hint of the restaurant’s Moroccan past, such as the zingy eggplant purée, [...]

Chego

Chego

WHY Kogi goes stationary. WHAT The thing to get at this simple little café is the rice-bowl version of owner Roy Choi’s infamous short rib and spicy pork tacos, though the grains are somehow not as captivating as the Kogi Truck tortillas. But at these bargain prices, it’s still a fun-to-taste game. The prime rib [...]

Silver Lake Farmers’ Market

Silver Lake Farmers’ Market

WHY For its strong sense of neighborhood—some Silver Lake backyard farmers sell their produce here. It’s a particularly good market for gifts made by local craftspeople. In spring and summer, look for the guy who sells wonderful backyard-grown herbs. If you’re hungry, hit the crèpes booth. WHAT This small morning market sees neighbors catching up [...]

Olio Pizzeria

Olio Pizzeria

WHY Pizzas as good as Mozza’s, only less expensive and with less hoopla surrounding them. WHAT Bradford Kent is an obsessive fellow, prone to toss out dough that he feels isn’t just right, and refusing to serve a pizza that is the slightest bit overcooked. Given the tendency toward overly blackened crusts these days, that [...]

Harold & Belle’s

Harold & Belle’s

WHY New Orleans heaven: gumbo, jambalaya, soft-shell crab, crawfish etouffée and, most of all, the fried chicken. WHAT A landmark on a battered stretch of Jefferson, Harold & Belle’s is home to L.A.’s best Cajun and Creole cooking. This is not the funky dive some people expect given the neighborhood—it’s a nice restaurant with a [...]

Momed

Momed

WHY Vividly colorful modern Mediterranean dishes made from organic, often local ingredients, served on a sunny Beverly Hills sidewalk patio. WHAT South Beverly is full of good places to eat, but few give the value that this order-at-the-counter café does. We dream of the rich duck confit schwarma wrapped in a warm pita with oven-dried [...]

Nelson’s

Nelson’s

WHY Solid pub fare and a good bar with reasonable prices, given the oh-wow oceanfront setting. WHAT You can hardly do better at sunset than to score an outdoor picnic table, with or without your dog, at this casual café-bar on what appears to be the westernmost tip of the United States. Named for the [...]

Rush Street

Rush Street

WHY Food that’s much, much better than it has to be, given that it’s a tribute to Chicago’s Rush Street, a strip known for its bar scene, not fine dining. Order the truffle asiago fries while you peruse the menu. Good happy hour, too. WHAT In an enormous, barn-like room in the heart of Culver [...]

Amir’s Falafel

Amir’s Falafel

WHY For some of the city’s finest Israeli-style falafel, served in an accessible mini-mall spot near Universal City. ; WHAT A good, quick, strip-mall place serving freshly fried, pillowy falafel sandwiches; chicken and beef schwarma; and a good selection of side dishes, including spicy carrot salad, tabbouleh, eggplant and cabbage salads. Be prepared for a [...]

La Mascota Bakery

La Mascota Bakery

WHY The signature bolillos (white rolls) are a must-have for sandwiches, but the quesadilla Salvadoreña (sour cream-parmesan coffee cake sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds) and the house-made tamales are the secret gems here. WHAT This large bakery has been family run for more than 50 years, and it’s still turning out some of the best [...]