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Guerrilla Tacos [2] – Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)

The best tacos I ate in 2013 were from Wes Aviles' Guerrilla Tacos - one featuring crispy pork belly with pluot and pistachio relish, the other a vegetarian delight of fava beans and sauteed kale topped with a fried egg - that changed my view on the culinary potential of the typically cheap and to-the-point street treats.
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Raku [2] – Las Vegas, NV

At Aburiya Raku, an izakaya-esque Japanese restaurant located in a mini-mall off the strip in Chinatown, a stand out meal is the closest thing there is to a guarantee in Sin City.
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New Dragon Seafood Restaurant – Los Angeles, CA (Chinatown)

New Dragon Seafood Restaurant is a "hole-in-the-wall" in every sense of the term. In order to reach the front door you first walk through a narrow, circular entrance and down a carpeted corridor lined with boxes and banners boasting "Top 100 Speciality."
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The Apple Pan – Los Angeles, CA

You won't find a more old school, no-frills burger joint in the city, where the cash register could pass for an antique (cash only of course) and sodas are served in paper cups filled with ice and placed in a metal holder, somehow making a regular Coke or 7-Up taste that much better, as it must have back in the 50s and 60s when it contained real cane sugar.
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Sushi Gen – Los Angeles, CA

When talking sushi in regards to the "Little Tokyo" section of downtown Los Angeles, there are three big names when it comes to sushi: next-door neighbors Hama Sushi and Restaurant Komasa, and Sushi Gen (Sushi Go 55 is always worth shouting out, although the few times I've eaten there have been very hit-or-miss).
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Los Cinco Puntos – Los Angeles, CA (Boyle Heights)

First and foremost, Los Cinco Puntos is a carniceria, or butcher shop, that has been serving the East Los Angeles community for well over forty years. Once inside, your senses are greeted by the sight of the steamy glass display cases showcasing every imaginable cut of meat, as well as the smell of homemade tortillas being heated to order.
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Mariscos Jalisco – Los Angeles, CA (Boyle Heights)

For the uninitiated, the thought of eating seafood served from a taco truck can be downright frightening. But refer to any list of Los Angeles' best tacos and you are guaranteed to see the name Mariscos Jalisco listed somewhere in the top 10.
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Tacqueria los Anaya – Los Angeles, CA

Every neighborhood seems to have its own family-run Mexican spot like Tacqueria los Anaya, but few that I've come across can match the same familial atmosphere and quality of cooking. Open since March of last year, the three brothers in charge clearly know what they're doing in the kitchen, while the front of the house ensures first-timers become regulars as much for the food as the friendly and attentive service.
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Mirak – Los Angeles, CA

At Mirak, every table will have an electric burner on it with a pot of bubbling, orange-red soup strewn with greens and chunks of meat. Most of the predominantly male customers will be red in the face from the bottles of Soju that line their tables, and frequently step outside to smoke a cigarette. A pair of middle-aged Korean women traverse the tiny restaurant re-filling banchan and checking soup levels.
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