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Russian Dacha Cafe

Chrystal Baker & Amir Thomas, The Duo Dishes

Russian Dacha Café, Los Angeles

A dacha is a country house, and indeed this hard-to-find hideaway—with its bougainvillea-lined courtyard, long wooden benches, and Eastern European pop soundtrack—feels like it’s miles from congested L.A. Try Georgian kharcho soup (strips of lamb in a cilantro-tinged broth), crispy fried Cornish game hen, and cabbage-and-beef dumplings.

BYO: Take your cue from the convivial Russians at the next table over and make frequent toasts with that bottle of vodka you brought.

(5338 Laurel Canyon Blvd.; 818-509-5828; dinner for two $40.)

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