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Lotus of Siam – Las Vegas, NV

After unsuccessful attempts on previous visits to Las Vegas, I was finally able to land a reservation this time around at the famed Lotus of Siam. There's quite a lot to say about the history and fanfare of the restaurant, a favorite among locals, tourists, celebrities...hell, everyone.
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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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Free Range Does Dinner at Golden State – Los Angeles, CA [3]

Free Range has really been hustling as of late, killing the catering game and landing a residency at Coffee Commissary in Burbank, all while consistently drawing the biggest crowd at the Melrose Place Farmer's Market every Sunday morning. Last night marked another success as Free Range teamed up with Golden State Cafe for the third in a series of pop-up dinners at the Fairfax burger-and-a-beer destination.
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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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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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