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Sqirl

Sqirl

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720 North Virgil Avenue #4, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES There are few things in this world that are worth waiting for in a long line, and Sqirl happens to be one of those things. Jessica Koslow’s ricotta toast alone justifies the wait.

A.O.C.

A.O.C.

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8700 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES Under the helm of Suzanne Goin, a.o.c. started doing seasonally-driven small plates before that was a thing (read: 2002). Very good Mediterranean things come out of the restaurant’s wood oven, like clams with sherry, garlic, and toast.

Animal Restaurant

Animal Restaurant

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435 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES If you’re hankering for some pig head terrine, veal tongue, and other odds and ends, Animal is a safe pick. Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s meat-centric New American restaurant is famous for its marrow bones and prolific use of foie gras. WATCH: Chef's Night Out: Animal

Leona

Leona

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123 W Washington Blvd, Venice Map

MUNCHIES The only place in LA—and maybe the world?—where you can get Adult Frosted Flakes, a bowl of sugared corn flakes atop brown rice pudding. While Nyesha Arrington’s dessert is gr-r-reat (sorry), her progressive California cuisine impresses with way more than than nostalgic twists on childhood favorites. WATCH: Chef's Night Out: Tacos Punta Cabras

Night + Market Song

Night + Market Song

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3322 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES Kris Yenbamroong's neon-bathed Thai restaurant serves some of the best fried chicken around. The Northern Thai flavors will set your face on fire in a good way. WATCH: Chef's Night Out: Night + Market Song

Providence

Providence

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5955 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES A seafood-focused fine dining institution built on a dedication to sustainably-sourced ingredients. Providence is one of the most elegant places to ball out in LA.

Broken Spanish

Broken Spanish

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1050 South Flower Street, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES Ray Garcia’s “authentically inauthentic” restaurant takes a shotgun approach to Mexican cuisine, forgoing a regional-specific focus for a unique LA lens. The handmade tortillas go particularly well with a side of Garcia’s whipped carnitas fat.

Fishing With Dynamite

Fishing With Dynamite

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1148 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach Map

MUNCHIES This is a seafood spot in Manhattan Beach offering both new- and old-school takes on the genre. The old school side of the menu will hit you with nostalgic dishes like Maryland Blue Crab Cakes and New England Clam Chowdah’. The new school side features more globally-influenced dishes, like the Rockfish and Shrimp Ceviche.

Kali

Kali

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5722 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES Kali champions the bounty of California in a bright and airy minimalist space. The cocktail list features lots of local touches as well, from LA-made spirits to farmers’ market ingredients.

Osteria Mozza

Osteria Mozza

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6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES Two words: Mozzarella Bar. After indulging in all things burrata, served from said cheese bar, try the restaurant’s handmade pastas like the Garganelli with ragu Bolognese.

n/naka

n/naka

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3455 Overland Avenue, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES One of the most elusive reservations to nab in town. Chef and owner Niki Nakayama serves 13-course menus inspired by modern kaiseki, executed using strictly seasonal ingredients. Both menus are best enjoyed with the wine and sake pairing.

Ink

Ink

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8360 Melrose Avenue #107, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES Michael Voltaggio’s modern American restaurant is now home to an expanded dry-aged beef program. Supplement your New York strip with sides like charred cabbage with buttermilk curds and whey, sauerkraut juice, black olive, and cocoa.

Totoraku

Totoraku

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10610 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES No longer a secret, “Secret Beef” is a bovine-heavy dining experience that’s accessible only by invite. As the name would suggest, beef—like neck sashimi and other prized cuts you grill yourself at the table—is the focus at this husband-and-wife-run BYOB restaurant.

Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

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330 South Hope Street, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES A modern American steakhouse for the modern Angeleno diner. Prized cuts of dry-aged meat are positioned next to foraged greens salads.

Trois Mec

Trois Mec

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716 Highland Avenue, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES A modern French dining experience in a Hollywood strip-mall. Guests must clamor to buy tickets online for tables of two, four, or six, or go wild and buy out the whole restaurant.

Le Comptoir

Le Comptoir

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3606 West 6th Street, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES A tiny 10-seat chef’s counter restaurant inside the Hotel Normandie. Diners get front-row access to watch chef Gary Menes create vegetable-heavy French dishes, or generously shave truffle onto handmade pasta.

Bestia

Bestia

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2121 East 7th Place, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES An Italian-inspired spot in the industrial Arts District. If you don’t get the Spaghetti Rustichella with sea urchin, garlic, Calabrian chilies, squid ink bottarga, and Thai basil, you’re doing it wrong. WATCH: Chef's Night Out: Bestia

Aburiya Raku

Aburiya Raku

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521 North La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood Map

MUNCHIES The Las Vegas izakaya institution has found a second home in West Hollywood. Go for the omakase menu to experience the restaurant’s full range, including highlights like the Kurobuta Pork Cheek from the robata grill.

Picca

Picca

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9575 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES An early pioneer of modern Peruvian dining in LA. At Picca, ceviche is king.

Orsa & Winston

Orsa & Winston

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90055, 122 West 4th Street, Los Angeles Map

MUNCHIES Chef Josef Centeno brings together Japanese and Italian cuisine into one beautiful hybrid. You’ll leave wondering why misostroni (minestrone with miso) hasn’t been a thing all along.