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Prov­i­dence. What Michael Ci­marusti can do with a pin­cer and a ten­ta­cle will make you wrig­gle with plea­sure. Sink into blue vel­vet at this porce­lain shell-dot­ted lovely. 5955 Mel­rose Ave / WeHo / 323 460 4170 / lunch Fri, din­ner daily / prov­i­dencela.com

Steak Cut. Bend down, daddy’s in town. Puck’s light n’ white siz­zler of stargaz­ers, nu­bile vix­ens and bulging wal­lets (and paunches) also serves mighty fine slabs of beef. The Bev­erly Wil­shire / 9500 Wil­shire Blvd / Bev­erly Hills / 310 276 8500 / din­ner Mon-Sat / wolf­gang­puck.com

Cali/Fu­sion Spago. For­merly the poster child for gar­ish Tin­sel­town ex­cess, Wolf­gang Puck’s flag­ship is now the pic­ture of con­tempo el­e­gance, with a mod­ernised menu to match. 176 N Canon Dr / Bev­erly Hills / 310 385 0880 / lunch Tue-Sat, din­ner daily / wolf­gang­puck.com

Jap/Fu­sion Mat­suhisa. Where Nobu-san first be­came a house­hold name more than 25 years ago, and where he re­mains the sen­sei of choice when it comes to Nip­pon and Nikkei flaves. 129 N La Cienega Blvd / Bev­erly Hills / 310 659 9639 / lunch Mon-Fri, din­ner daily / nobu­mat­suhisa.com Ital­ian II Ris­torante di Gior­gio Baldi. Cosy coastal hide­away and A-list mag­net, with A-list prices. Worth the calo­ries. 114 W Chan­nel Rd / Santa Mon­ica / 310 573 1660 / din­ner Tue-Sun / gior­giobaldi.com

French Mélisse. Dou­ble Michy-starred Santa Mon­ica stal­wart takes Gal­lic très sérieuse­ment, and it shows. Déli­cieux. 1104 Wil­shire Blvd / Santa Mon­ica / 310 395 0881 / din­ner Tue-Sat / no mo­bile phones al­lowed / melisse.com

Bou­chon. Mr Keller’s up­scale Pa­ree in Cali bistro pleases with comely pa­tio, raw bar + Ad Hoc’s fried chicken Mons. 235 N Canon Dr / Bev­erly Hills / 310 271 9910 / lunch Mon-Fri, din­ner daily, w/end brunch / Ad Hoc’s fried chicken on 1st & 3rd Mon of each month / bou­chon­bistro.com Smart/Ca­sual

Steak/Amer­i­can Jar. Invit­ing wood-pan­elled cor­ner abode in rus­sets and browns, mar­vel­lous for a hot date or a carno rampage. 8225 Bev­erly Blvd / WeHo / 323 655 6566 / din­ner Tue-Sun, brunch Sun / the­jar.com Clas­sic Amer­i­can Delilah. Ri­otous, 20s-riff­ing knees-up, where glowy booths, slinky crew n’ live tunes star. Food is sec­ondary. 7969 Santa Mon­ica Blvd / WeHo / 323 745 0600 / din­ner Tue-Sun / delilahla.com New Amer­i­can Otium. French Laun­dry alum Hollingsworth pro­pels archi sal­vage + sus­tain­able in­greds to strato­spheric heights. 222 South Hope St / Down­town / 213 9358500 / lunch Tue-Fri, din­ner TueSun, w/end brunch / otiumla.com An­i­mal. From pig ears to chicken liver and veal tongue; it’s what’s cookin’ at this rammed and rowdy snout-to-tailer. 435 N Fairfax Ave / Hol­ly­wood / 323 782 9225 / din­ner daily / spe­cial ra­men menu from 6-8pm Mon-Tue / an­i­mal­restau­rant.com Cali/Med Ammo. Smooth so­phis­ti­cate serv­ing it sea­sonal and lo­cal to food-lovers and playas alike. Sceney side­walk lunch. 1155 N High­land Ave / Hol­ly­wood / 323 871 2666 / lunch Mon-Fri, din­ner daily, w/end brunch / + branch / am­mo­cafe.com

Amer­i­can Wine Bar A.O.C. A slice of NYC, fault­lessly pair­ing wood oven-fired bites and lips­mack­ing small plates with re­gional wines. 8700 W 3rd St / WeHo / 310 859 9859 / all day daily / aocwinebar.com Mod/Fu­sion ink. Edgy, ex­per­i­men­tal eats from a Top Chef win­ner draw heaps of hip­sters into a noisy, stark and sul­try space.

8360 Mel­rose Ave / Hol­ly­wood / 323 651 5866 / din­ner daily / next door lil’ sib ink.sack serves gourmet sarnies all day / mvink.com

Hi­noki & The Bird. Zen den dish­ing Silk Road spice in C.21st style – dive in with wood-smoked cod and lob­ster rolls.

10 Cen­tury Dr / Cen­tury City / 310 552 1200 / lunch Mon-Fri, din­ner Tue-Sat / hi­nokiandthe­bird.com

Seafood

Catch LA. If you can get past the paps and Oc­to­pussy door gals, this fish-ion hot tank lures all the big swim­mers.

8715 Mel­rose Ave / WeHo / 323 347 6060 / din­ner daily, lunch Sat-Sun / catchrestau­rants.com

Ital­ian

Mozza. Os­te­ria one side, pizze­ria the other, both heave like Sophia’s bo­som and pack ’em in like Kim K’s pants.

6602 Mel­rose Ave / Hol­ly­wood / 323 297 0100 / din­ner daily / Pizze­ria at 641 N High­land Ave / 323 297 0101 / 12pm-12am daily / mozza-la.com / also

try Chi Spacca aka meat­lovers’ par­adise / 6610 Mel­rose Ave / 323 297 1133 / din­ner daily / chis­pacca.com

An­gelini Os­te­ria. Earthy, bustling pasta des­ti­na­tion for amaz­ing al dente treats de­liv­ered by sim­patico wait­ers.

7313 Bev­erly Blvd / Hol­ly­wood / 323 297 0070 / lunch Tue-Fri, din­ner TueSun / an­gelin­ios­te­ria.com

Bes­tia. The in­dus­trial can­teen vibe pairs per­fectly with fuss-free and hearty, hunky fare. Veal tartare, roasted bone mar­row, and house­made spicy ’Nduja sausage, oh my! 2121 E 7th Pl / Down­town / 213 514 5724 / din­ner daily / bes­tiala.com Cal/Ital­ian The Tast­ing Kitchen. Plonk your bot at the com­mu­nal ta­ble for a taste of the Med via top rib­bons + ace vi­nos.

1633 Ab­bot Kin­ney Blvd / Venice / 310 392 6644 / din­ner daily, week­end brunch / thetast­ingk­itchen.com

Mod French

Trois Mec. Jos­tle for a spot at Ludo’s counter un­der the ‘Raf­fallo’s Pizza’ sign to sam­ple the weekly 5-course set.

716 High­land Ave / Hol­ly­wood / din­ner Mon-Fri / book tick­ets two weeks in ad­vance / or take trad brasserie bites at Pe­tit Trois next door at #718 / 323 468 8916 / daily / no res / pe­tit­trois.com

République. So­Cal na­tive and ex-elBulli chef with a farmto-fork ap­proach to clas­sic French cook­ing – no foie here!

624 S La Brea Blvd / Hol­ly­wood / 310 362 6115 / lunch daily, din­ner MonSat / re­publiquela.com

Ja­panese/Sushi

Su­garfish by Sushi Nozawa. Ni­giri dis­ci­ples bow down at Nozawa-san’s teem­ing tem­ple of flip-fresh raw cuts.

Ste 150 / 600 W 7th St / Down­town / 213 627 3000 / lunch & din­ner daily / no res / + branches / sug­arfish­sushi.com

Chi­nese

Mr Chow. Quick, wake Boy Ge­orge, some­one’s sur­vived the 80s sans re­hab. Dated food and decor, snooty ser­vice and crowd, but in the end it’s still a great night out.

344 N Cam­den Dr / Bev­erly Hills / 310 278 9911 / lunch Mon-Fri, din­ner daily / mr­chow.com

Thai

Night + Mar­ket. Chef Kris turns up the heat with tonguesinge­ing Isaan street sta­ples in a buzzy neon-tinged nook.

9043 Sun­set Blvd / WeHo / 310 275 9724 / din­ner Tue-Sun / also at 3322 Sun­set Blvd / Sil­ver Lake / 323 665 5899 / night­mar­ket­song.com

Re­laxed Steak/Amer­i­can Tay­lor’s Steak­house. Dimly lit, retro scar­let-ban­quet­ted red meat par­adise. Ask for the off-menu cot­tage fries.

3361 W 8th St / Kore­atown / 213 382 8449 / lunch Mon-Fri, din­ner daily / tay­lorssteak­house.com

New Amer­i­can

Gjelina. A So­Cal in­sti­tu­tion dish­ing del­ish mini cour­ses on pri­vate or shared ta­bles, mere mins from the board­walk.

1429 Ab­bot Kin­ney Blvd / Venice / 310 450 1429 / lunch Mon-Fri, din­ner daily, w/end brunch / try for a ter­race perch / gjelina.com / off­shoot Gjusta cafebak­ery is narby at 320 Sun­set Ave / 310 314 0320 / 7am-7pm daily / gjusta.com

Su­perba Food + Bread. Lofty beach shack + tapas-y plates.

1900 S Lin­coln Blvd / Venice / 310 907 5075 / daily / su­per­bafoodand­bread.com Ital­ian/Amer­i­can Lit­tle Dom’s. Thin crust pizza rules whether in a booth, at the old-skool bar, or on the side­walk with young bucks. 2128 Hill­hurst Ave / Los Feliz / 323 661 0055 / daily / lit­tle­doms.com Pace. Off a wind­ing road lies a rus­tic, hip­pie art-filled ecoeater, packed to the rafters with happy cre­ative, PC types. 2100 Lau­rel Canyon Blvd / Hol­ly­wood / 323 654 8583 / lunch take-out MonFri, din­ner daily / pac­er­estau­rant.com French Bistro Cafe Stella. The tou­sled looks are as stud­ied as the Left Bank at­mos, but the steak frites and pa­tio are win­ning. 3932 W Sun­set Blvd / Sil­ver Lake / 323 666 0265 / 9am-3pm Tue-Sun, 6pm11pm daily / cafestella.com Mediter­ranean Bäco Mer­cat. Yum­some sig­na­ture fat flat­bread sarnies.

408 S Main St / Down­town / 213 687 8808 / lunch & din­ner daily / ba­com­er­cat.com

Mex­i­can Malo. Cool cats cram the crim­son wall­pa­pered bar, or do a bor­der run for the mel­lower sage green din­ing room. 4326 Sun­set Blvd / Sil­ver Lake / 323 664 1011 / all day daily, w/end brunch / + branch / mal­orestau­rant.com Es­cuela Ta­que­ria. Tacos al Pas­tor + agua fresca = mmm.

7615 Bev­erly Blvd / WeHo / 323 932 6178 / 11am-11pm daily / + branch / es­cue­lata­que­ria.com Mex/Fu­sion Gra­cias Madre. Ve­gan Mex­i­can. This is LA, af­ter all. Some­how it works – or con­sole your­self at the mez­cal bar. 8905 Mel­rose Ave / WeHo / 323 978 2170 / 11am-11pm daily / gra­cias madreweho.com Sushi Hama Sushi. Sim­ple n’ fresh in-the-know fave with no menu (or Cali rolls); belly up to the bar and let the chef loose. 347 E 2nd St / Down­town / 213 680 3454 / lunch Mon-Fri, din­ner daily / hama­sushila.com Sushi Park. It’s all shab and no chic in a strip mall, but the amaz­ing, melt-in-your-mouth omakase is so worth it. 8539 W Sun­set Blvd / WeHo / 310 652 0523 / lunch Mon-Fri, din­ner Mon-Sat Mod Korean Pot. OG trend­set­ter Roy Choi fires up Korean-Amer­i­can good­ness, from KBBQ to kim­chi fried rice + killer hot pot. The Line Ho­tel / 3515 Wil­shire Blvd / Kore­atown / 213 368 3030 / din­ner daily / eatat­pot.com Gour­mand Go-To Farm­ers Mar­ket. Lo­cals and visi­tors love this war­ren of semi-al­fresco restau­rant-qual­ity stands. #322 ¡Lo­te­ria! Grill has great Mex­i­can; #312 The Gumbo Pot brings the Mis­sis­sippi to you; and #450 Bob’s Dough­nuts is for, d’oh! 6333 W 3rd St / WeHo / 323 933 9211 / daily / farm­ers­mar­ketla.com

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