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Joan’s on Third Studio City

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WHY After years of waiting, Valley folks can wallow in Joan’s wonderful sandwiches (turkey meatloaf, pressed chicken, bacon and brie), prepared salads (the tarragon chicken is particularly good), elegant cheese and charcuterie platters, and legendary desserts. WHAT Originally a caterer, Joan McNamara gradually expanded her business into a café, gourmet market, and upscale takeout operation, and each [...]

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Joan’s on Third

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WHY Wonderful sandwiches (turkey meatloaf, pressed chicken, bacon and brie), lots of prepared salads (the tarragon chicken is particularly good), elegant cheese and charcuterie platters and famed cupcakes. WHAT Originally a caterer, Joan McNamara gradually expanded her business into a café, gourmet market and upscale takeout operation, and each facet has met with tremendous success. [...]

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La Vie

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WHY  Tasty and affordable French cuisine housed in a friendly restaurant run by a Vietnamese family. WHAT  Classics like coq au vin, rabbit cooked in wine, mushroom, and tomato, and veal sautéed with lemon, butter, and capers are well executed; each is accompanied by fresh seasonal vegetables, salad, and the daily soup. Hidden in an unassuming [...]

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New Moon

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WHY The Chinese chicken salad. WHAT It’s not the most authentic Chinese food, not by a long shot, but New Moon makes a damn fine Chinese chicken salad and perfectly acceptable won ton soup, fried rice and stir fries—and the won ton strips with a plum dipping sauce are a tasty variation on chips and [...]

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Cemitas Poblanas Elvirita #1

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WHY The cemitas carnitas and the cemitas with chicken in black mole are two of the best sandwiches in L.A.; the quesadillas filled with such things as squash flowers and mushrooms are also excellent. WHAT This hybrid restaurant-sandwich shop is a sit-down place, but we’re putting it in Food That’s Fast because it’s really a [...]

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Fogo de Cha‹o

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WHY When you’re starving, celebrating and have $55 to blow on a single dinner, not counting drinks, tax and tip (or dessert, but you won’t have room for it anyway). WHAT Of Southern California’s several churrascarias, none has been more successful than this grand temple of meat, where spits of lamb, beef, pork and chicken [...]

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Sushi Ike

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WHY Because the chefs are impeccable, the fish is fresh, and the location is…neither of those. WHAT Smooshed in a sleazy Hollywood strip mall, Sushi Ike is not a place to go for a posh night of extravagant nigiri and imported sake. This place is all about the fish, so if you’re into molecular gastronomy [...]

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Laurel Tavern

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WHY A well-edited lineup of scrumptious bar food, including skewered chunks of pork belly so succulent they’ll make you weak in the knees. WHAT The Valley’s coolest gastropub is a long, streamlined room with exposed brick walls and French doors opening onto the busy boulevard. Some of the nicest barkeeps in town make sure patrons [...]

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Drink: LA Preview: Bar Jackalope

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In the weeks leading up to the publication of Drink: Los Angeles, we’ll be sharing some exclusive previews of the book with our Eat: Los Angeles readers.  Below is an excerpt from the forthcoming book. [Bar Jackalope] Seven Grand, 515 W. 7th St., Downtown, 213.614.0736, sevengrandbars.com. Sun.-Thurs. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Full bar. WHY Bar manager Pedro Shanahan has [...]

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Homegirl Café

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WHY Fresh, modern Mexican fare with lots of vegetarian choices—and eating here supports a fantastic nonprofit. WHAT This nonprofit café and bakery teaches young women who would otherwise be drawn into gang life the restaurant business. It’s a bright space with art-for-sale and an open kitchen, which turns out tasty, healthful salads, tacos and breakfast [...]

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