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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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Tacos el Pueblita – Los Angeles, CA

Tacos are easy to come by in Los Angeles, something that I’m reminded of driving around the city on any given night. Everyone has their favorites, but for me, the real fun happens when I discover the places that operate just under the radar, the neighborhood joints that haven’t been overtaken by gringos or discussed and debated on Yelp.
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Asli Cuisine – Inglewood, CA

Chances are if you've ever eaten Ethiopian food in Los Angeles it occurred on the stretch of Fairfax between Pico and Olympic officially known as Little Ethiopia. Restaurants, markets, and colorful shops line both sides of the street as the fragrant aroma of spices seems to follow your car as you pass by.
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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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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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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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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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El Tauro Taco – Los Angeles, CA

When I set out to get some tacos on a Monday night, El Tauro Taco wasn't my first choice. It wasn't my second or third, either. Such is life hunting down taco trucks in Los Angeles. Monday-Wednesday are often slow nights in the LA taco world, with heavy-hitters like El Chato and El Flamin' closed, and Leo's Tacos keeping their trompo, responsible for their ridiculously good al pastor, on the sidelines.
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