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Ino Sushi – San Francisco, CA

There's something very liberating about eating at a sushi bar and leaving everything up to the knife-wielding man behind the counter. I trust that he'll serve me the best of what he has available, and he trusts me to be open-minded about tastes and prices (eating sushi this way is not cheap). No menu, no ordering, no worrying.
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Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant – Rosemead, CA

My early dim sum encounters were limited to a handful of places in LA's Chinatown: Ocean Seafood Restaurant, CBS and ABC seafood restaurants, and the recently-closed Empress Pavillion. They were all solid in their own right, delivering the quintessential experience of organized chaos where uniformed ladies maneuvered carts between tables, aggressively asking, "You want the shrimp dumpling? You want the chicken feet?"
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Ramen Burger Pop-Up at Osawa – Pasadena, CA

At 9:00 am on the first Sunday of the 2013 NFL season I was conspicuously absent from my couch-throne, where normally I would have been simultaneously watching NFL pre-games and checking my laptop for the latest fantasy updates. Instead, I found myself enduring the full force of the sun's mid-morning glare while waiting in line for the latest in food hype - the ramen burger.
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Raku – Las Vegas, NV

It wasn't until my 25th birthday this past May that I finally made it out to Las Vegas. Late according to the standards of most of my friends, but I'm glad that I waited because that first trip (and all the drunken debauchery and regretful decision making that went with it) went about as well as anybody's first time in Sin City could go. However, what stood out the most from that weekend...
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Swan Oyster Depot San Francisco, CA

Watching the Sancimino brothers in action behind the counter at Swan Oyster Depot is one of my favorite food experiences, a must every time I visit San Francisco. I've waited upwards of an hour for a stool along the cramped 18-seat counter, but the instant I slurp down that first oyster none of that matters.
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SPQR – San Francisco, CA

Prior to going on any trip or vacation, I spend some time a week or two before leaving to compile a list of places to eat. Sometimes it's just to try a single item, say a certain sandwich or dessert, and other times I want a full meal that captures the complete experience of a restaurant.
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Fishing With Dynamite – Manhattan Beach, CA

Though the name of David LeFevre's latest addition to the Manhattan Beach dining scene may piss off the folks at PETA, serious seafood seekers should be smiling with yet another top-notch destination to satisfy all of their marine cravings. Housed in a sleek grey building on the corner of Manhattan avenue and 12th street, mere blocks from the beach, Fishing With Dynamite combines the sensibilities of an East Coast...
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Night + Market – West Hollywood, CA // Dine LA 2013

Night+Market is the creation of Chef Kris Yenbamroong, who has seen his name rise in recognition since his restaurant opened at the end of 2010, winding up on seemingly every best new chef or best chefs under 30 list. The food is "street food" inspired and meat-centric, with an emphasis on specialties from the northern region of Thailand.
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Maruhide Uni Club (Torrance, CA)

The gears in my head started turning the instant I heard about Maruhide Uni Club in Torrance. An entire restaurant specializing in all things uni, you say? Sign me up! Fortunately, it's not a real club, so there's no need to be a member or pay dues to eat there.
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