Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena

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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 [...]

Huckleberry Bakery & Café

Huckleberry Bakery & Café

WHY Really fantastic café food: sandwiches on fresh bread, homemade soups, a perfect chopped salad, wonderful desserts. WHAT The bakery and café from the husband-and-wife chefs at Rustic Canyon, Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan, is a place of deafening noise and recession-resistant crowds, who line up at breakfast and lunch to order not-inexpensive ciabatta sandwiches [...]

Santa Monica Seafood

Santa Monica Seafood

WHY The great retail fish market Santa Monica has long depended upon, as well as a much-needed casual oyster bar, which was curiously lacking in this oceanside city. WHAT This longstanding market has seafood galore, of course, along with beer, wine and everything you might want to rub beneath gills and between tentacles. Skip the [...]

Woodlands

Woodlands

WHY Go on Dosa Nights (Wednesday and Friday), when you can pick a dosa and gorge yourself at the sumptuous buffet-all for $10. WHAT Who needs meat when you can feast on south Indian vegetarian fare that’s this scrumptious? Go-to dishes include tamarind and lemon rice, coconut chutney and the amazing chana batura-fried bread that’s [...]

Big Sugar Bakeshop

Big Sugar Bakeshop

WHY Heavenly American desserts, from the ubiquitous cupcake (they’re good) to more interesting things, like an astonishing cinnamon cake studded with Red Hots, the Reverse Chocolate Chip Cookie and the rich seven-layer bars topped with coconut. WHAT Lisa Ritter has become a demi-goddess in Studio City for her wonderful desserts, from apple-pie bars to cheesecakes. [...]

Red Corner Asia

Red Corner Asia

WHY RCA’s signature dishes, including flaming whole volcano chicken, crispy catfish with apple salad, fish cakes on lemongrass skewers and spicy shrimp with cashews and fried basil leaves. WHAT This clean, modern addition to the Thai Town dining scene has a user-friendly menu and a devoted clientele, thanks in part to its late hours (until [...]

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