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609 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
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Industriel's French-inspired dishes are prepared from the freshest Farmers Market ingredients and are presented with big-city grit. Distressed wood, colored crates, a dangling installation of Honey Bear bottles and Mason jars accentuate the...
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700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, USA
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My deep love for macarons is no surprise to anyone that knows me, so it's no wonder that after trying perhaps the finest ever in Paris, I'd look for a temporary fix in Los Angeles. This quest led to the discovery of Bottega Louie, one of my...
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3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Cliff's Edge is a trendy, tucked-away restaurant and bar that focuses on simplicity and fresh, seasonal ingredients. The foliage-covered patio and deck feel like a treehouse and are perfect for a romantic rendezvous or a date with friends. The...
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8350 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA
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The bustling Joan’s on Third gourmet marketplace is a staple of the Los Angeles lunch scene. It is a revolving door of characters for which L.A. is known: celebrities, aspiring actresses, power moms, and entertainment industry executives....
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225 26th St #51, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
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A small storefront in the charming Brentwood Country Mart is lit up late after the rest of the village has gone to sleep. Here at Sweet Rose Creamery, organic milk, eggs, cream, and sugar are transformed daily into the purest-tasting ice cream,...
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For those who like to drink their brunch, Franklin & Co on the Franklin Village strip is the place to go. The Bloody Royale ($15) is a full meal packed with a celery stalk, green olive, a pickle spear, bacon-wrapped roasted jalapeno, pickled...
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3515 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90232, USA
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Located in a large renovated warehouse, Bar Nine is a bit off the beaten path. At this unique café, which has a lovely patio, everything is on display. Not only can you see its coffee beans roasting, but the offices are exposed for all to see....
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408 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
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There is a first for everything and prior to dining at Bäco Mercat, I had never had spaghetti squash. Having tried it elsewhere since, I never want to have it anywhere else again. While spaghetti squash may not currently be on their rotating...
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4443, 1760 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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Entering the spacious yet cozy outdoors patio of Home Restaurant is like a warm familial embrace. The lush canopy and central coy pond (and fountain lined with mini plastic dinosaurs) set a tranquil yet playful ambiance. The service is friendly,...
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52 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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Townhouse dates back to 1915 and their basement live music venue and bar was once a secret speakeasy. Time has not withered the energy level as revelers continue dance the night away down below. The main floor can get crowded and chaotic as well...
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720 N Virgil Ave #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
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Since opening as a preserves shop in 2011 (and adding breakfast and lunch service in 2012), Sqirl has become an East Hollywood staple. The tiny space—only 800 square feet—invites crowds of hip Angelenos looking for a bright space for...
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428 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
KTCHN is a hidden cash-only brunch pop-up with a cult foodie following. Chef Felix G. Barron, IV's creative combinations of ingredients invigorate the palette. The menu rotates regularly with the pictured including Carnitas Corn Pancakes and Grits...
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7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
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BLD may be known for its brunch but it's fresh flavorful food delivers any time of day. The deconstructed Eggs Florentine Benedict over fingerling potatoes melts in your mouth and their soup of the day is always distinct and delicious.
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9575 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA
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I'd be hard-pressed to find a rival to what has become not only my favorite neighborhood watering hole but just my plain favorite eatery in LA - not least due to the attention chefs Steve and Zach put into making the space as welcoming as...
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4503, 8009 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA
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Cooks County is a romantic rustic restaurant with an exposed wood-beamed ceiling, wine-lined wall and dangling light bulbs. Their farmers market fresh menu is a favorite for brunch but their dinners with delicious protein dishes like the Wood...
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2011, 1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
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Ingredients are gathered from sustainable sources and prepared for sharing at Rustic Canyon. The farmers market-inspired menu includes small plates like the Roasted broccoli with burrata, chili, garlic, bread crumb and parmesan; big plates like...
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829 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
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Hawaiian chef, Makani Gerardi, brings the aloha spirit to the Los Angeles burger scene with a dedication to local, organic ingredients. From the grass-fed beef of family-owned Eel River Ranch to the organic cream of Straus Family Creamery, Pono...
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2905 Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90292, USA
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The apothecary of alcohol behind the nearly block-long bar of the spacious Scopa Italian Roots restaurant greets its elite clientele with a colorfully illuminated liquor collection and an accompanying menu of tasty cocktails like the mezcal-based...
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1357 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
The mindful-living movement of Wanderlust, best known for its yoga-music-art-food festivals, is manifesting its mission into a physical space in Hollywood. The three-story 10,000 square-feet building includes a yoga studio, DIY space, café,...
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8490 Melrose Pl, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
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Fig & Olive doesn't stray far from what L.A. does best: casual gourmet. A place to see and be seen, Fig & Olive delivers on all fronts: delicious olive oil-infused dishes, a stylish crowd, gorgeous staff, impeccable service, and an unbeatable...
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1155 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA
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Only a few tables fit in the unassuming Salt's Cure restaurant on Santa Monica Ave. Their rotating menu of farm fresh dishes is scribbled on a chalkboard each day and meals are are publicly prepared in the open kitchen behind the bar. Their...
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7117, 7950 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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The best steak salad M and I ever experienced. Super rad interior, and attached to the Palihotel. Oh, and they have Handsome coffee. Mais oui.
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3823 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Forage prepares a rotating menu of locally sourced seasonal dishes. The pork belly sandwich is a regular favorite, the vegetable sides are always flavorful and the desserts are a pure-tasting treat.
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2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
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Husband-and-wife team Genevieve Gergis and Ori Menashe are behind Bestia, an Italian haven that consistently ranks high on local "best of" lists. The decor follows the name—which translates to "beast" in Italian—with its wall of...
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500 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA
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Lemonade in the L.A. International Airport offers inexpensive fresh food options. It's is the only place in the airport that gets me to shell out some hard-earned cash on a semi-regular basis (I'm in the airport a lot). It's a bit of a splurge,...
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7617, 7119 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046, USA
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M Cafe's macrobiotic cuisine promotes a nutritious lifestyle and with a variety of dishes ready to be served, time is no longer an excuse for eating healthy. Their juices are as tasty as their seasonal sides!
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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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When I Crave: Brunch I Go To: Gjelina And I Order: Moroccan Baked Eggs So Gjelina recently made it onto my go to list for brunch spots. Since eating there, I haven't been able to get the Moroccan Baked Eggs out of my head. Look at them! These...
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621 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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This lovely little Californian establishment is a local favorite. Everything from the farm-fresh produce to the artisan wines is California grown and carefully prepared. Their Pasadena location has a comfortable neighborhood feel in the lively ...
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267 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
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You can't talk about cafés and coffee shops in Los Angeles without mentioning one of its most popular places: Urth Caffé. For an organic fix, there’s no better place. There are a number of locations throughout the city and...
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1751 Ensley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
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Clementine is a family-owned cafe and bakery that prepares farmers-market-fresh food by hand each day. Their seasonal dishes, soup specials and signature sandwiches will satisfy.
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1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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It's said that the best pizza in the United States is made in Cafe Bianca in Phoenix, AZ and as a pizza aficionado I can stand behind that statement. Enter Local 1205. When asked how Local 1205 created a pizza as good as Bianca they responded, "We...
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801 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
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When thinking of coffee shops in Los Angeles, Intelligentsia likely comes to mind. While they have the corners of creativity covered on opposite sides of town (Venice and Silverlake), Coffee Commissary, in the new 801 North complex on Fairfax...
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5931 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
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This bohemian coffee shop is located in L.A.'s Franklin Village, a tiny line of restaurants and shops located on Franklin Ave. On the outside, it is camouflaged by the vine wrapped building, but on the inside it stands out from any other coffee...
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693 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Jones is well-known as the area's best local coffee. They make an amazing macchiato (Italian-style), their espresso is deluxe, and they do all their roasting on-site. I love the ambiance and the community feel of the cafe and shop, and they host...
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1636 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Living in Los Angeles means that when you have to go on the other side of town, it starts to feel like a roadtrip (if you are not pressed for time). So, anytime I have to leave the Santa Monica Beach and head to Silver Lake, I always stop at LA...
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671 Rose Avenue, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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Coffee is the third most sprayed agricultural crop after tobacco and cotton, so buying organic fair-trade beans was of extreme importance to Groundwork Coffee founder Richard Karno when he first started roasting in the current Rose Avenue...
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534 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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Hoover Street was once known for its set of the Crips gang in South LA but further North near Silverlake, the opening of Cafecito Organico's first location rejuvenated the streets reputation with its friendly atmosphere and locally roasted coffee...
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5772 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019, USA
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Mid-city is thanking their lucky stars that Paper or Plastik has brought stellar coffee in from the edges of LA. But, blissfully, they have gone above and beyond in creating a true melting pot for this vibrant neighborhood and encouraging actual...
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260 Allen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91107, USA
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If high-quality, small-batch, locally roasted coffee is your thing, then make yourself at home at Jameson Brown. They're perfectionists when it comes to anything coffee related, and their black coffees and specialty drinks are to die for. If...
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70 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Copa Vida is the newest of Pasadena’s gourmet coffee shops, and the unique tastes and aromas of their coffees are surprising (and impressive). They have three primary menus: “steep” is a menu of specialty teas; “pressure” includes coffee-house...
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345 E Colorado Blvd #101, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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Start your morning at this local bakery (and then come back for lunch). They have a great wake-me-up environment, with lots of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the aroma of coffee and fresh breads is heavenly. For lunch, try...
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55 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
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Amara's is a cozy cafe, perfect for a chocolate-lover's outing, or a romantic date night. Amara offers a bakery-style breakfast, fondue, a lovely assortment of chocolate truffles, and, my personal favorite, churros with dark dipping chocolate. The...
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336 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
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Trattoria Neapolis is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Pasadena, with high ceilings over the bar, deep booths with mirrors and tile-work adorning the walls, a decorative wrought-iron railing along the balcony overlooking the bar, and a...
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102 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA
I love this cheese store. They have great customer service and a large counter space where you can sample their selection of cheeses, as well as a small cafe area if you want to have a sandwich or something from their coffee bar. For shoppers,...
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42 S De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Haven features unique craft cocktails, and full beer and wine menus. Try a few of Haven's own brews, such as "Disco Pants" (a light and flavorful black ale), "Performance Enhancing Drink" (a coffee brown ale), or "Glass Elevator" (a nitro...
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10 S De Lacey Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105, USA
Bird Pick is my favorite place for tea. They have a lovely tea bar with specialty teas and creative drink options, and they have beautiful hardwood tables in their cafe. The shelves are lined with loose-leaf teas, and the windows display colorful...
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2939 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
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The Thirsty Crow is a dimly-lit high-end dive with over 100 whiskies and 60 small batch bourbons that skilled bartenders serve neat, on ice, or crafted into seasonal cocktails. The circular bar is lined with ingredients like homemade shrubs,...
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2838 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039, USA
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Once serving the community as a Fire Station, Edendale now serves its residents with space for socializing. No frills on the drink menu here, just a great space to grab a normal-priced drink and enjoy the atmosphere and company.
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210 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802, USA
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Be forewarned, this isn’t your typical BBQ joint. All the meat is slow-smoked and dry-rubbed, and it’s well worth the extra wait. Enjoy the freedom of choice, and pick your own sauces to pour over your flavor-infused meal. Have you tried the Long...
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8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
In a city built on dreams, Chateau Marmont is the place where imaginations run wild. Opened in 1929 as luxury apartments in the style of a French château, the building became a hotel in 1930 and, over the decades, has hosted an exhaustive...
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8465 Holloway Dr, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
Imagine having your own pied-à-terre within walking distance of the Sunset Strip, Melrose’s best shopping, and West Hollywood’s hip bars and eateries. The pad itself would feel like a loft from some cross between London and New...
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929 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
Somewhere between a hip designer’s loft and a rock star’s party pad, the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles is unlike anywhere else and the logical progression in the boutique hotel brand’s expansion. It’s also exactly what...
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465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA
Beautiful and dramatic, the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills is a fantasy of design, set right in the heart of Los Angeles’ most decadent neighborhoods. Decorated by the inimitable Philippe Starck in a style that blends ornate wingback chairs with...
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900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
This hotel has views, and not just any views. Occupying the top four floors of a 26-story, LEED-certified tower in downtown L.A., every room, restaurant, fitness machine, and rooftop poolside lounger has unparalleled, panoramic views of the Los...
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3926 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
You wouldn’t know there was a store there unless you lived in the neighborhood, but the owner, Chris, has an amazing list of cheeses. I love his shop because he sells what he likes, not what people tell him is good. He’s also got an...
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Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Our neighbors Peter Bahlawanian and his wife, Bronwen Tawse, import exotic ingredients and the freshest spices I’ve ever tasted: paprika, flavored salts, and black limes. They have an amazing store, and I see top chefs shopping here. We get...
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3910 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
Rare, vintage and boutique brands of bitters and spirits line the shelves of Bar Keeper with a rolling ladder to help reach the top. There also stock useful bar necessities like glassware and shakers as well as fun accessories like coasters and...
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2003, 2117 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
I go to Nathan McCall and Karen Yoo’s great market in neighboring Los Feliz to get the freshest meat and fish to cook at home. They make their sausages in-house, and a blackboard lists daily specials such as squab.