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Restaurants in Los Angeles

Located in Koreatown just two miles from the University of Southern California, this casual Mexican café often has visitors lining up outside the door for signature dishes like the burrito de carne asada, stuffed with tender grilled steak, and the tacos al pastor featuring marin

Frequented by Hollywood power players, this fine-dining landmark is housed inside the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel. The dining room is classically designed with bronze wall sconces, oversize flower arrangements, white tablecloths, and sage-green banquettes facing the adjacent garden patio.

Jar

Centrally located near Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, Jar is a modern chophouse that draws inspiration from supper clubs of the 1940's. The dining room has brown banquettes surrounded by wood-paneled walls covered with old black-and-white photographs.

After training at San Francisco’s renowned Tartine Bakery, pastry chef Zoe Nathan teamed up with husband Josh Loeb to open this popular café, known for its use of local, organic ingredients.

By no means pretentious, Carnitas Michoacán #3 attracts customers with its bright yellow and red sign reading “Tacos + Over 5 Zillion Sold.” The sign says it all, and Los Angeles natives know that Carnitas Michoacán #3 serves flavorful, affordable Mexican cuisine any hour of the day.

Caterers Bill Dertouzo and partner Susan McAlindon sell cupcakes in striped boxes with inner rings to hold the confections in place. You can even get a box for one. But unless it's a gift, a single rarely makes it out the door.

This dockside restaurant on manmade Lake Arrowhead dates to 1982 and specializes in sweet and savory Belgian waffles, including a play on Benedict, with a waffle replacing the classic English muffin, and Hot Apple Annie with cinnamon ice cream, apples, raisins, walnuts, and whipped cream.

Located in Hollywood on Laurel Canyon Blvd., this deli and market serves up custom-made sandwiches and wine. Once a favorite hang-out for Jim Morrison, Canyon Country Store has a front patio that’s seen more than its share of celebrities.

This atmospheric neighborhood bistro serves hearty French and Italian classics like beef bourguignon and sausage rigatoni paired with an excellent variety of imported wines (check the chalkboard).

Housed inside a 1929 Los Angeles building constructed by legendary Hollywood architect Roy Sheldon, famous for his opulent, Italian villa-inspired designs throughout Beverly Hills.

Established in 1986, this West L.A. restaurant specialized in authentic Persian cuisine. The dining room, designed with polished granite and etched glass, is brightened by an abundance of potted plants as well as unobtrusive live music.

Brews and brauts are the main attraction at this downtown version of a German biergarten. Wurstküche’s brauts range from traditional Kielbasas to exotic specialty sausages, such as an alligator and pork combination, rattlesnake and rabbit mix, and duck and bacon option.