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  • Lucques

    Lucques

    The California-Mediterranean cooking of Suzanne Goin, which is feminine in all the best ways, is profoundly beautiful in its simplicity, and there is satori to be found in every bite of grilled fish, every herb salad, every roasted vegetable.... More on Lucques »

  • Gusto

    Gusto

    Gusto manages to walk a fine line: it's cozy and homey yet still hip. It's a Fairfax neighborhood joint but still special enough for a nice night out. It serves familiar food but chef Vic Casanova pushes the edges, just a bit. Among the... More on Gusto »

  • Chaya Downtown

    Chaya Downtown

    Chaya serves Japanese and French-influenced fare in a chic, modern setting. Intimate booths, dim-lighting, and a large, colorful chandelier-style fixture fill the spacious restaurant. Diners can opt for the garden patio or 12-seat sushi bar.... More on Chaya Downtown »

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Bars & Clubs

  • AOC Winebar

    AOC Winebar

    The cheese-and-charcuterie-intensive inspiration for L.A.'s new generation of wine bars, Suzanne Goin's pan-Mediterranean A.O.C. is a fantasy of a modern small-plates restaurant, the kind of place you drop into for a glass of Friulian Tocai and a... More on AOC Winebar »

  • Club Nokia

    Club Nokia

    Part of downtown's L.A. Live complex, this large club has a capacity of 2,300, with a VIP bar and a balcony overlooking the floor. Compared to the Nokia Theatre, the larger, neighboring venue across the plaza, Club Nokia is relatively intimate,... More on Club Nokia »

  • Beachwood BBQ and Brewing

    Beachwood BBQ and Brewing

    In the age-old debate over dry-vs.-wet rub when barbecuing, Beachwood BBQ and Brewery in Long Beach fiercely makes a strong case for dry - although defiant diners will nonetheless find a variety of sauces on their tables. The younger sister of... More on Beachwood BBQ and Brewing »

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Music Venues

  • Hollywood Bowl

    Hollywood Bowl

    Cradled in the Hollywood Hills, this historic amphitheater opened in 1922 and has been the longtime summertime home of the L.A. Philharmonic and, since 1991, the resident Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. You know you've arrived when you've played the... More on Hollywood Bowl »

  • Club Nokia

    Club Nokia

    Part of downtown's L.A. Live complex, this large club has a capacity of 2,300, with a VIP bar and a balcony overlooking the floor. Compared to the Nokia Theatre, the larger, neighboring venue across the plaza, Club Nokia is relatively intimate,... More on Club Nokia »

  • Grammy Museum

    Grammy Museum

    Housed in downtown's upscale L.A Live mall, this multistory museum doesn't appear to be very rock & roll on the surface, but it does boast a variety of permanent and traveling exhibits. While the focus is largely on mainstream figures in rock,... More on Grammy Museum »

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Movie Theaters

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Food Trucks

  • Ricky's Fish Tacos

    Ricky's Fish Tacos

    Ricky Piña launched his namesake Ricky's Fish Tacos, a small stand located in a Sunset Junction parking lot, in 2009. Unable to find anything in Los Angeles that measured up to the Ensenada-style fish tacos of his youth, Piña, a former florist,... More on Ricky's Fish Tacos »

  • Los Poblanos Cemitas

    Los Poblanos Cemitas

    The owner of the Los Poblanos Cemitas truck, who stands outside chatting with customers, probably will recommend the pierna, quarter-inch-thick slices of roasted pork leg stained deep red by a fiery marinade. If you're a fan of Cuban roast pork,... More on Los Poblanos Cemitas »

  • Pomona Fairplex

    Pomona Fairplex

    For a long time, this expansive place in Pomona was known as the L.A. County Fairgrounds, and it's still the annual home of the L.A. County Fair, and has been ever since 1922. The 500-plus-acre facility includes Fairplex Park, a race track with a... More on Pomona Fairplex »

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Coffee Shops

  • cha FOR TEA

    cha FOR TEA

    Liquid refreshment makes up most of the extensive menu at Cha for Tea, and the high point may be the lilac-hued, creamy taro-milk tea. Even the food at Cha features notes of tea. The subtle tea-flavored minced pork and the tender, stew-like,... More on cha FOR TEA »

  • Polly's Gourmet Coffee

    Polly's Gourmet Coffee

    Polly's Coffee is a slice of Northern Europe plunked down into the set of Prairie Home Companion, by way of Vermont. This place doesn't fool around when it comes to a cuppa java. The woody, homespun interior features an imported German Probat... More on Polly's Gourmet Coffee »

  • LYFE Kitchen

    LYFE Kitchen

    At chefs Art Smith and Tal Ronnen's new Culver City franchise, things that taste good left to their own devices without a lot of manipulation fare well. There's a delicious charred artichoke appetizer served with garlic aioli, which is basically... More on LYFE Kitchen »

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