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Fisherman’s Outlet – Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles has never been thought of as a "seafood city" in the same way that a Boston or New Orleans or Seattle is, but in recent years there have been several restaurant openings seeking to change that perception. Proven standby's like Providence and Water Grill remain at the forefront, with more recent additions like Son of a Gun, L&E Oyster Bar, and Connie & Ted's providing a formidable selection of choices...
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El Grullense – Los Angeles, CA

Looking at all of the framed photos that hang on the walls inside El Grullense, it´s obvious that whoever is in charge here is very proud of their Mexican heritage. Old maps, portraits of previous presidents, and celebrated athletes now past their prime look out as reminders of home, of memories and a culture never to be lost or forgotten.
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Sushi Zo – Los Angeles, CA

I imagine that just about everyone who's been fortunate enough to experience Urasawa considers it Los Angeles' best sushi. However, the task of crowning a second-best is much more difficult, leading to much debate amongst the city's sushi snobs. Being that I've yet to make it to Urasawa, I figured I'd have an easier (and less expensive) time navigating through the "best of the rest", which is why I found myself...
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The Bellevue Steakhouse – Los Angeles, CA (Echo Park)

Head east on Bellevue Avenue after 6pm on the weekend, past the recently revitalized Echo Park Lake, past the 101 freeway entrance, and there's a good chance that you´ll see a simple plancha illuminated by the glow of a few well-placed lights. The hum of a nearby generator competes for attention with the roar of the freeway backdrop, but the seductive smell of grilled meat overrides all...
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Brodard Restaurant – Garden Grove, CA

I don’t visit find myself in Garden Grove very often, but when I do it's always centered around a meal at Brodard for an order or two of their trademark nem nuong cuon, Tucked away inside the Mall of Fortune, Brodard has become somewhat of an iconic restaurant for the nation’s second-largest Vietnamese community, evidenced by the throng of people constantly crowded around the entrance waiting to hear their name...
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Paiche – Marina Del Rey, CA

Award-winning Chef Ricardo Zarate continues to take his Peruvian cooking to new heights with his latest undertaking, Paiche. The same Peruvian and Japanese influences that made Picca and Mo-Chica successful ventures are still here, though this time around seafood is the center of attention.
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Cactus #2 – Los Angeles, CA

Prior to Guisados opening their second location mere minutes away from Elysian parkway, Cactus #2 on Beverly used to be my go-to meal for Dodgers games. I'd stop by to pick up a burrito, maybe a couple of tacos, and an horchata and I'd be set for nine innings of baseball.
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Free Range LA X The Golden State Cafe Pop-Up Restaurant – Los Angeles, CA

Over the last year or so Chef Jesse Furman and his team at Free Range LA have quietly been serving up Los Angeles’ best fried chicken sandwich. Now, I realize that’s a bold statement with competitors like Son of a Gun, Plan Check and Ink. Sack all peddling their own worthy versions of crispy, golden fowl on a bun, but trust that Free Range is sitting alone at the top.
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El Chato – Los Angeles, CA

Drive past the corner of La Brea and Olympic on a Tuesday night around ten o'clock and there will invariably be a hungry crowd of likely intoxicated Angelenos lined up for a plate full of tacos from El Chato. Holding down the empty lot at Harry's Collision Center every Tuesday-Saturday night, El Chato is one of the city's most popular taco destinations, and for good reason.
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