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Best Local Cuisine in Los Angeles

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Cliff's Edge

Cliff's Edge is a beautiful restaurant that is popular with the locals. It boasts a spectacular patio that consists of a well-decorated giant tree and fairy lights that provide a feeling of dining in wonderland. It makes for a great place to enjoy a romantic date. The food consists of seasonal, local ingredient-driven dishes that are well complemented with the house cocktails.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Sqirl

While the charming and hipster-chic decor of Sqirl is sure to catch your eye, the serpentine line of enthusiastic patrons spilling through the door, and on to the side-walk, is simply impossible to miss. The cafe is best known for its delectable organic jams, prepared using fresh fruits sourced from small, local farms. While waiting in line may be frustrating, especially when you can smell the delicious aromas wafting from inside, the wait is certainly worth it and gives you a chance to examine the chalkboard menu. The brown rice bowl, quiche and brioche sandwiches are especially popular, however a meal here is simply incomplete without a pastry and some of their amazing jam.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Square One Dining

Sitting pretty in an artsy neighborhood, Square One Dining provides gourmet breakfasts and lunches in a bright, cheery ambiance. Soft, yellow interiors are dotted with art works, while low strains of folk-rock stray into the breezy patio. Patrons feast on hearty breakfasts of oatmeal, pancakes, fruit, eggs Benedict, omelets and smoked meats on whole grain toast. The health kick goes on into lunch, where one will find the likes of club sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads and Cobbs. The wait staff is good with kids, and each table comes equipped with crayons to keep the little ones busy till the food arrives, which is quite soon anyway.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Kogi

Popular LA food truck Kogi, has gained much famed since it rolled out its very first truck. There are five Kogi trucks that drive around the city of LA. This fusion food truck expertly blends Korean and Mexican flavors. Famous for their tacos and the popular kimchi quesadilla, the chefs keep serving delicious food that makes you want to come back. Co-owned by Mark Manguera and Caroline Shin, this food truck is one of LA's favorites.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Off-Vine Restaurant

One of Hollywood best-kept secrets, Off-Vine is nestled in an endearing yellow house, reminiscent of quaint eateries from Europe. Distinctive from the urban restaurants of Los Angeles, Off Vine exudes a spectacular countryside charm, unlike its counterparts. Very much in keeping with the ambiance, the menu here is comprised of straightforward home-style recipes made from the freshest local market ingredients. Salads, sandwiches, and steaks are some of the delicious American staples to try from the menu. An extensive wine menu offers a wide assortment of wines to select from. From enjoying brunches in the sun-bleached patio or a cozy dinner in the comely interiors, the restaurant is an ideal spot to enjoy any meal.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Ivy

This celebrity hangout has been visited by beautiful people for years and shows no signs of slowing down. If you don't have a reservation or a studio deal, however, don't even try it. The decor is simple and focuses your attention on the crowd and the menu, which are both out of this world. The crab cakes are a favorite, and the fried chicken is also excellent. If you can afford it, The Ivy is a great place to hobnob with the movers and shakers. If not, you can always order a drink at the bar. Be sure to make a reservation.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Eveleigh

Located on West Sunset Boulevard, Eveleigh is a flamboyantly rustic yet comfortable eatery that features sumptuous American and European dishes. Eveleigh gets its name from a suburb in Sydney, where Eveleigh was first started. Feel laid back with their wooden furniture and enjoy the amazing Old European style dishes and American delicacies and pair them with a wine from their extensive list, which will take you through the evening.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Spago Beverly Hills

Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills institution is the place to be. Like all of the celebrity chef's ventures, the atmosphere at Spago Beverly Hills emphasizes that delicious food can be fun. The luxurious and intimate setting at this restaurant makes it perfect for an intimate meal and especially for special occasions. The wine and cocktail lists are comprehensive and provide the perfect accompaniments to your rich food.

Beverly Hills, CA, United States
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26 Beach

26 Beach offers a variety of different cuisines for lunch and dinner as well as an enormous breakfast menu. For starters, 26 Beach serves exceptional Nu'Awlins Chicken Gumbo and Coctel de Ceviche. There is an entire menu page dedicated to "Marvelous Main Course Salads," ranging from an Oriental noodle salad to a garlic shrimp Caesar. For dinner, enjoy a N.Y. Strip Steak or Mary's Rack of lamb. 26 Beach is also known for its huge selection of "giant" hamburgers served on freshly baked buns; wheat or brioche. Sit outside on the patio to bask in the California sun and mingle with the locals.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Gjelina

Opt for a seat in the pleasant outdoor patio of Gjelina to understand why locals love this eatery. Be it the plates of charcuterie, oysters or entrees, each dish on the menu is bursting with flavor, ready to be savored by hungry diners. The pleasant sun, lush greenery and fresh breeze at lunchtime add to the experience of relishing contemporary specialties. There is a fire pit too for warming up the cool nights. Do have a look at the comprehensive wine list to sample some interesting varieties.

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