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Starry Kitchen

Starry Kitchen

WHY Starry Kitchen spices up the Downtown lunch scene with a modern, irreverent approach to Vietnamese-influenced cooking. WHAT California Plaza is a little less corporate with the success of freewheeling Starry Kitchen, which started as an underground restaurant in the owner’s apartment. You pick a protein (free-range lemongrass chicken, the famed crispy tofu balls, spicy [...]

Yaya’s Burgers No. 2

Yaya’s Burgers No. 2

WHY Because there’s so much more to the Mexican sandwich than carne asada—filled rolls. WHAT Seventy variations of the DF-style torta is an idea that might seem as gimmicky as popcorn-flavored ice cream. But each torta here is as precisely constructed as anything from a four-star kitchen. Choosing the best one is impossible, but the [...]

La Cava

La Cava

WHY Terrific, refined Italian fare without having to go over the hill. WHAT Florentine native and sometime actor Armando Pucci has created a delightful spot for fans of light, sophisticated Tuscan food. We are slaves to the chalkboard daily specials (the pappardelle with Dungeness crab and cherry tomatoes is sublime), but the regular menu has [...]

Santa Clarita CFM

Santa Clarita CFM

WHY Live in Granada Hills, Valencia, or Castaic? Get quality close to home and save gas. WHAT Locals love this spacious suburban market so much they bring cookies to their favorite farmers. Among its virtues are easy parking, a relaxed atmosphere and a nice variety, including Harry’s Berries, Canyon Meadow eggs, Bunny Tree veggies, ABC [...]

Go Burger

Go Burger

WHY Quality burgers and good drinks, right next door to the ArcLight. WHAT This isn’t the cheapest burger in town, but as long as you avoid the prime steakhouse burger, it’s a good deal for this happening neighborhood. The meat is a mix of sirloin, short rib, chuck and brisket, and it’s properly cooked and [...]

Cookbook

Cookbook

WHY You’re feeling nostalgic for Drucker’s Store from Green Acres. WHAT A tiny, well-edited neighborhood mercantile selling gourmet pantry items is hard to find outside of Brooklyn or the Bay Area, but now Echo Park has Cookbook. Each week a changing selection of takeout foods centers around a featured cookbook—or buy the book and the [...]

Broome St. General Store

Broome St. General Store

WHY Coffee, sandwiches and desserts to eat in the front yard of this old house, plus simple-chic kitchenware (new and vintage) and that quintessential Silver Lake necessity, Dude No. 1 Beard Oil. WHAT Where Zanzabelle and Freight once cohabitated is now a most fetching food-focused general store and café. You can pick up retro glass [...]

Cheese Store of Silverlake

Cheese Store of Silverlake

WHY The widest selection of cheeses east of the Cheese Shop of Beverly Hills, as well as a well-edited wine department, high-quality charcuterie, olives and other gourmet items. Great for gifts for food lovers. WHAT Owner Chris Pollan is a quiet guy, but his passion for Europe and America’s finest cheeses shines through once he [...]

Natas Pastries

Natas Pastries

WHY For the chance to explore the rich flavors of authentic Portuguese cooking. WHAT Known for its traditional Portuguese pastries, Natas now has a full-on restaurant. You could be in Lisbon—the charming room, entirely lined in crisp blue-and-white tile, is one of the few places in town to sample dishes like caldeirada, a seafood stew, [...]

Village Bakery & Cafe

Village Bakery & Cafe

WHY A non-sceney neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot with fresh baked bread and pastries. WHAT If the expensive, trendy brunches of Silver Lake and Los Feliz are too much to bear, head to neighboring Atwater, where the Village Bakery & Café has a case of homey baked goods and the room to enjoy them. It’s [...]

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