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the biggest awards ceremonies in the entertainment industry. And the organizations behind shows such as the Academy Awards know perfectly well the way to a journalist’s heart. The night before last year’s Oscars ceremony, hundreds of hungry folk, including yours truly, showed up to sample the cuisine that Wolfgang Puck would be preparing all over again the following night for the Academy Awards Governors Ball. If you’re envisioning the typical catered-food yawn-fest of rubbery chicken and limp greens, think again. This wasn’t Wolfgang’s first rodeo, and he whipped up more than 50 dishes for the occasion. Yukon Gold baked potatoes with caviar? I took one—then two. Chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles? Keep that tray over here, waiter. Smoked salmon and crème fraîche on an Oscar-shaped flatbread? Had it in 2011, loved it, stood outside the door to the kitchen for it. People say that actors don’t eat. Well,
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FEB. 9 ELLIE GOULDING Over the past three years, Ellie Goulding has topped the British and U.S. charts, performed at the White House, sold millions of albums and serenaded those adorable newlyweds Will and Kate. You may not be royalty, but now you, too, can catch the British pop sensation when her Halcyon Days tour stops at the Wiltern in the Miracle Mile District. p. 85 OPENING FEB. 12 ART OF MOTION PICTURE COSTUME DESIGN If you watch period films to swoon at the extraordinary gowns, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising’s 21st annual exhibition downtown, free and open to the public, was designed just for you. Get an up-close look at the original costumes for films released in 2012, including the Oscar winner for Best Costume Design, The Artist. p. 88 FEB. 14–16 ROMANCE AT THE PHIL Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a performance of Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Young French cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s own violist, Carrie Dennis, portray Quixote and Sancho Panza in a spirited double concerto. Swiss-French guest conductor Charles Dutoit also leads Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Mozart’s Symphony No. 29. p. 85
The Golden Dragon Parade in Chinatown
New Year, Old Traditions Goodbye, Year of the Dragon, and Welcome, Year of the Snake. The Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 10, and L.A.’s vibrant Chinatown ushers it in with a firecracker-laden bang, kicking off festivities that draw more than 125,000 visitors. The centerpiece of the events is the 114th Annual Golden Dragon Parade (Feb. 16), which sends floats, decorated cars, traditional dancers and bands down North Broadway, with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAPD chief Charlie Beck presiding as grand marshals. Following the parade, the Chinese New Year Festival shifts into high gear in the heart of Chinatown. The two-day event features live music, cultural performances in Central Plaza, children’s activities and cultural workshops, plus Chinese cuisine, food trucks and even a craft beer garden curated by Eagle Rock Brewery. p. 85 NEARBY Stroll down Chung King Road to discover Chinatown’s arts scene, with spots such as Charlie James Gallery (213.687.0844) and Jancar Gallery (213.625.2522) showcasing edgy contemporary artists. Tuck into dim sum at Ocean Seafood (p. 72), then duck into Realm (213.628.4663) in the Central Plaza for modern housewares.
FEB. 21 CLIPPERS VS. SPURS The San Antonio Spurs may have swept the Los Angeles Clippers at last year’s Western Conference semifinals, but San Antonio won’t be resting on its laurels during the teams’ third matchup of the season. The Clippers are celebrating a banner season of wins, including two wins over the Spurs. It’s sure to be a don’tmiss smack-down at the Staples Center. p. 85 FEB. 23 DOCUDAY L.A. Didn’t catch that powerful documentary everyone’s buzzing about? Spend a Saturday screening this year’s Oscar-nominated documentary features and shorts and hobnobbing with their filmmakers at the Writers Guild of America Theater in Beverly Hills. This all-day annual event is presented by the International Documentary Association. p. 85 FEB. 23–24 LOS ANGELES TIMES TRAVEL SHOW Indulge your wanderlust at the 15th annual travel extravaganza that touts itself as the West’s “biggest and best.” For two days at the Los Angeles Convention Center downtown, check out more than 400 exhibitors, find show-only travel deals and trip giveaways, and listen to tips and tricks from speakers including The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan and actor/travel writer Andrew McCarthy. p. 85 HERE FOR THE WEEKEND? Go to WhereLA.com for our Weekend Roundup, where you can get the lowdown on the coolest festivals, performing arts events, dining promotions and more.
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ALL IN THE FAMILY Talk about being one’s own tough act to follow: Last year, Bon Appetit named Josef Centeno’s Bäco Mercat one of America’s best new restaurants. Prior to that, the chef’s inventive and flavorful cooking made Lazy Ox Canteen a critical and popular darling, and earned Centeno a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist spot. Saying expectations for his latest venture, Bar Amá, ride high would be an understatement, but Centeno keeps it casual. The downtown eatery serves up some of Centeno’s favorite family recipes and variations on the Tex-Mex dishes he ate growing up, such as his grandmother’s menudo, lengua chile con carne Frito pie, and that Tex-Mex specialty, the “puffy taco.” The full bar is anchored by tequila and mezcal, but also offers California and Mexican beers, plus Centeno’s signature Bäco Pop soda drinks with curious flavor combinations such as root-beer-and-chocolate. Bar Amá should do Centeno’s fans— and his grandma—proud. (Pictured: branzino ceviche with serrano chile, grapefruit and mango.) 118 W. 4th St., downtown, 213.687.8002
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FRENCH REVOLUTION Downtown dwellers have a stylish new haunt: Le Ka, helmed by acclaimed French chef Rémi Lauvand and Wokcano restaurateur Michael Kwan, and housed at the base of the Pacific Financial Center. Lauvand, who honed his skills at such establishments as Le Cirque and Montrachet in New York and Citrus in Hollywood, brings French execution to a globally inspired menu. In addition to crowd pleasers such as roasted Brussels sprouts salad with walnuts, currants, blue cheese and sherry vinegar, and sweetbreads with wild mushrooms, roquette and parmesan, the menu offers house-made charcuterie with specialties including chicken “faux gras.” Accompanying the menu is a seasonally driven cocktail program that highlights classics as well as Le Ka inventions; sip fireside on the expansive outdoor patio. 800 W. 6th St., downtown, 213.688.3000
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Fresh Pick If you’ve heretofore complained that there’s nothing healthy about mall food, prepare to eat your words with the opening of Seasons 52 at Westfield Century City shopping center. This outpost of the national chain has a changing, seasonal menu featuring ingredients from nearby farms and health-conscious menu items (no dish is more than 475 calories), complemented with an international, Wine Spectator award-winning wine list created by master sommelier
George Miliotes. Dishes such as seared Pacific hamachi tataki served with jicama salad and herb salsa verde are accented with spices and herbs from the interior garden, patio planters and 112-square-foot patio “living wall,” giving serious credence to the restaurant’s commitment to staying fresh and local. Unwind after a day of shopping around the piano bar or at a table on the wraparound patio. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.5252
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Natural Beauty Boutique owner, stylist and designer Aries Milan had the childhood dreams are made of, spending days wandering the rural Hawaiian jungle and coast with her sister. That immersion in color-soaked beauty and fanciful fun influenced Milan’s freespirited fashion sense, and ultimately struck a chord in Houston, where Milan’s first boutique is a trend-setting, must-shop stop. Milan brings her bohochic and boldly feminine taste westward with the opening of Coquette on Santa Monica’s upscale Montana Avenue. The boutique carries a mix of 30 well-known and under-the-radar labels, including Sass & Bide, A.L.C, Michelle Mason, Chaser, Calvin Rucker, Camilla and the designer’s own Kate Kills Pretty line, plus jewelry from Lauren Craft. You’ll find just the flirty number to wear roaming L.A.’s urban jungle and coastal wilds. 1230 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.5100
shoe in In 2006, after befriending barefoot, disadvantaged children in Argentina, entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie had a genius idea: Create a shoe company that matches every pair purchased with a new pair given to a needy child. Mycoskie’s seed of an idea grew into Toms, which has donated more than a million pairs of shoes, expanded into chic eyewear, and inspired copycats of his “One for One” model and the supercomfy, simply designed shoes. Toms returns to its Venice roots with a community-oriented flagship on supercool Abbot Kinney Boulevard, where you can find the full variety of Toms merchandise for men, women and kids, plus a cafe featuring drinks and food from L.A.-based companies Cafécito Organico, Valerie Confections and Pressed Juicery. Grab a snack, catch a music performance or movie screening and shop with a clear conscience. 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.314.9700
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Igor Stravinsky’s score and Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography for the 1913 Paris premiere of The Rite of Spring sparked a riot that is said to have given birth to modern music and dance. Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center marks the 100th anniversary of what is considered to be dance’s most influential work, with the Joffrey Ballet’s re-creation of the original Ballets Russes production Feb. 1–3 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown. It took choreographer and dance historian Millicent Hodson more than 15 years to piece together original scores, paintings, reviews and notes for the reconstruction. The opening-night program includes Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, the other two performances William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated. p. 85
FOULKES HERO The Hammer Museum in Westwood presents Llyn Foulkes, an extensive retrospective devoted to the groundbreaking Los Angeles painter and musician. The exhibition, opening Feb. 3, includes 140 works by Foulkes (born in 1934) from collections around the world, arranged chronologically: early cartoons and drawings; his macabre, emotionally charged paintings of the early 1960s; the epic rock and landscape paintings of the late 1960s and early 1970s; his Left: Llyn Foulkes, The Corporate Kiss (2001)
“bloody head” series of mutilated figures from the late 1970s through the present; and his social commentary paintings targeting corporate America (especially Disney). “The work is raw, haunting and, at times, shocking, but deeply moving and personal,” says Hammer director Ann Philbin. The exhibition travels to the New Museum in New York in June and to the Museum Kurhaus Kleve in Germany in November. p. 88
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Angeles Did you always see yourself hosting entertainment news? It crossed my mind, as did morning shows and other hard-news programs. By my final years at Emerson [College, in Boston], I was actually planning on producing films full time, until [my business partner] told me I was crazy and I could do both. Who are your favorite entertainers to interview? I love Ted Danson, William Shatner, the cast of NCIS: Los Angeles and Sandra Bullock!
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Extra host Maria Menounos, 34, might reside in the San Fernando Valley, but during awards season she practically lives on the red carpet. Her favorite event to cover? “The Oscars! The art of filmmaking is such a passion of mine,” she enthuses. It’s that passion that landed Menounos at Entertainment Tonight when she was only 24. Now, she’s not only a host but also an author (The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life); an online TV network creator (AfterBuzzTV.com, which gets almost 20 million weekly downloads all over the world); a producer (the forthcoming movie Adventures of Serial Buddies); and a philanthropist. We caught up with Menounos during a rare quiet moment for her to find out about her favorite interviewees and L.A. eats, plus how she gets red-carpet ready. —Jessica Radloff
comedy, and was a blast to make. I called in all my friends, which made it even more fun. A critic from AMC called it “Dexter meets Dumb and Dumber,” and we are excited for it to finally be released. What is your favorite L.A. spot to see and be seen? The Grove [where Extra tapes] is incredible, day and night. It’s the Mall of America meets Disneyland, yet has a charm and class all its own. I love going to The Fat Cow and La Piazza there.
Who was your most anxietyproducing interview? My first Johnny Depp interview was a tough one because I had a crush on him growing up. I confessed and giggled and scared him. He thought a machine gun went off in the room. It was just my laugh. Ever since, in every interview he asks me to laugh. He’s an incredibly sweet man.
Where do you like to eat? The Great Greek in Sherman Oaks is so much fun and delicious. Also, a hidden gem for good Neapolitan Italian is Lido Pizza in Van Nuys.
What’s it like being in the action at awards shows? It’s always exciting. The gowns, glamour and glitz [are] definitely fun, but the greatest impact still comes from the artists themselves. We’re saluting and coming face-to-face with those who are literally the world’s finest at their craft.
Where do you go to primp before red-carpet events? Dermalogica in Santa Monica is amazing. They have cheap facials and a great, relaxing atmosphere. Anastasia is a must.... She makes sure my crazy eyebrows are just right.
What advice do you wish you could have given yourself just starting out in the business? I think I was always hard-working and humble thanks to how my parents raised me. However, knowing what I know now, I’d work even harder and be even more humble. The older I get, the more I realize what a privilege and blessing it is to work in this business. Tell me about Adventures of Serial Buddies. It’s the first serial-killer buddy
Who styles your gorgeous hair? Olivier Geymann at Serge Normant is [the man responsible] for cutting my hair!
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Fashion is never more important in La-La Land than during the entertainment awards season. Celebrities don their most show-stopping ensembles at this time, each one carefully chosen to capture the spirit of their intended occasion—and, hopefully, land the wearer on best-dressed lists. Read on for the go-to shopping spots of the stars and their stylists for pulling together award-worthy get-ups, whether you’ll be walking a red carpet or just want to look like it. by RILEY CARTER
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The granddaddy of awards shows and the last major event of the season, the Academy Awards ceremony, at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 24 in Hollywood, is a star’s opportunity to wear the haute-est of haute couture. The pressure of dressing to impress is high, with the hits (Gwyneth’s candypink Ralph Lauren gown in 1999, Michelle Williams’ mustard Vera Wang in 2006) as awesome as the misses (Björk's swan tutu in 2001). Floor-sweeping gowns from top-tier designers are de riguer, complemented by exquisite jewels—sometimes purchased, often borrowed. Men play it sophisticated in classic tuxedoes, only a few daring to stray from the traditional black suit and bow tie. In the weeks preceding the ceremony, some actors and actresses visit the designer boutiques on Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive for fittings of their Oscars attire. Names on this storied street that remain popular with A-list ladies and gents alike include Chanel (400 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.5500), Giorgio Armani (436 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.5555), Louis Vuitton (295 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.0457) and Tom Ford (346 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.270.9440), to
name just a few. Another designer-boutique hot spot is Melrose Avenue. If Jessica Chastain chooses to wear another Alexander McQueen (8379 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.782.4983) creation to this year's ceremony, or Gary Oldman another Paul Smith (8221 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.951.4800) tuxedo, they might pop into the designers' respective flagship boutiques here. Nearby Melrose Place is also no stranger to glitzy designer shops such as those of Monique Lhuillier (8485 Melrose Place, L.A., 323.655.1088) and Oscar de la Renta (8446 Melrose Place, L.A., 323.653.0200). Industry folk who don't have the world's top designers on speeddial might go for an off-the-rack find at one of these boutiques or at nearby Neiman Marcus (9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.550.5900) or Saks Fifth Avenue (9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.275.4211), where couture brands on offer include Marchesa and Giambattista Valli, a favorite of Emma Stone. For all the attention paid to the dress or the tux, a red-carpet look is never complete without those glittery finishing touches. Stars looking for some jawbreaker-size gems or eye-catching cufflinks answer to Beverly Hills–area jewelers including Neil Lane (708 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.275.5015) and Harry Winston (310 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.8554).
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ceremony—or go full Lady Gaga in an avant-garde creation from John Paul Gaultier. Fergie went bold with a see-through orange lace gown by Gaultier last year. Lines with an edge can also be found at Maxfield (8825 Melrose Ave., L.A., 310.274.8800), the Melrose Avenue boutique adored by divas such as Christina Aguilera. An edited selection of labels includes Balmain, favored by Beyoncé and rapper Common, who showed off a pair of Balmain kicks at last year's event. As for the guys, a rock star could fill out his wardrobe with a shopping spree at Confederacy (4661 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz, 323.913.3040), the men's boutique co-owned by actor Danny Masterson and celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati. In fact, Albert Hammond, Jr., guitarist and keyboardist for the Strokes, designs a line of slick three-piece suits for this hipster haven.
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There’s no better opportunity for risk-taking than the Grammy Awards, Feb. 10 at Staples Center downtown. The pop chanteuses in attendance may reach for elegant gowns, but the rest go for sexy, funky and wild. A thigh-high slit or navel-skimming cut is standard, and bold color, glitter and sequins have come to be expected. Men choose suits and tuxes in trendy hues or with details that lend a hip, urban edge. Still others may opt for jeans paired with a rock ‘n’ roll blazer or leather jacket. One thing’s for sure: If you're going to the Grammys, the only sartorial sin is playing it safe. Although the Grammys are one of the most informal ceremonies, the biggest divas, such
as Katy Perry and Adele, can't resist a floor-length gown. Look to the names whose designs offer a little sex appeal, such as Giorgio Armani or Versace (248. N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.205.3921). After all, who could forget Jennifer Lopez's cutdown-to-there green silk chiffon Versace dress from the 2000 show? But starlets aren't afraid to choose lesser-known labels for their stroll down the Grammys red carpet. Taylor Swift's golden beaded gown by Zuhair Murad, a line sold at Saks and Neiman Marcus, was a memorable look at the 2012 ceremony. Daring red-carpet veterans enjoy the cutting-edge fashions at Opening Ceremony (451 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.1120). Make like Rihanna by slipping into a kooky design from Jeremy Scott—Paramore's Hayley Williams wore one of his cocktail dresses at the 2011
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Taylor Swift at the 2012 Grammy Awards downtown. Opposite, clockwise from top: Rihanna; Bruno Mars, center, with the Smeezingtons, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine; and Jessie J at the ceremony
THE SPIRIT AWARDS
If you starred in or directed a hit indie film, you may find yourself at Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica on Feb. 23, attended by an artsy group of industry elites. A contrast to the buttoned-up, black-tie formality of the Oscars, the Spirit Awards' dress code is relatively casual, with cocktail dresses and easy suits—with or without ties—dominating on the trademark purple carpet. More unconventional choices can also be seen at this anything-goes beachside event, such as menswear-inspired looks for ladies, and denim and flamboyant accessories for gents. Try mixing it up like Kirsten Dunst, who wore a chic white Chloé (8448 Melrose Place, L.A., 323.602.0000) blazer over a black minidress to the event last year. Minis are always popular here, as actresses such as Zoe Saldana, in floral-print Balmain,
proved. But you might choose to break out of the dress-wearing pack like Michelle Williams, who looked sharp but cute in a Louis Vuitton tuxedo jacket and shorts combo, or Kate Beckinsale in her punchy pink Diane von Furstenberg (8407 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.951.1947) jumpsuit. Since only a few attendees wear long dresses, the Spirit Awards are a rare opportunity during the awards season to show off showstopping footwear. Lucy Liu once modeled a pair of heel-less Giuseppe Zanotti (9536 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.550.5760) wedges. A more comfortable wedge option might be something akin to Dunst's sweet sunflower-printed pair by Dolce & Gabbana (312 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8701). Bolder men might emulate Bryan Cranston, who looked cool and relaxed last year in a blazer, jeans, scarf and Chuck Taylor high-tops by Converse (1437 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.451.0314), airbrushed with the visage of his Breaking Bad alter ego.
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STARS HOLLYWOOD'S FAVORITE POWER-DINING DESTINATIONS ARE PRIMED FOR STAR-SPOTTING OPPORTUNITIES RIGHT NOW.
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L.A., the world epicenter of the entertainment industry and rife with glitterati, gets glitterier as out-of-town celebrities descend upon the City of Angels for the January and February awards shows. Some might come here with hopes of taking home gleaming statuettes, while others come for networking and deal-making purposes, and others to simply enjoy extravagant parties with their fellow Beautiful People. Thus, Hollywood's favorite dining rooms become crowded with industry flacks mixing business with pleasure. Here are the top places to spot a favorite actor or musician, or simply sample the (delicious) lifestyles of the rich and famous.
THE DINING ROOM DOWNSTAIRS Lucky you, because the best place to spot a celebrity may be at the restaurant of your very own hotel. L.A.'s luxury lodgings are packed to the brim with famous faces this time of year, and certain hotel dining rooms, mostly in Beverly Hills, are great places to get a glimpse on the schmoozing that
happens after the red carpet has been rolled up. The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows has long been a top spot for Hollywood power dining, hosting Will Rogers and Charlie Chaplin in Hollywood's Golden Age and stars such as Gwen Stefani more recently. Sitting at its handsome wood bar, reminiscent of a bygone era and framed by black-and-white photographs of polo players, might inspire you to revive the tradition of the three-martini lunch. Studio executives would probably riot if the McCarthy salad (served since 1948) is ever dropped from the menu. Also at the hotel is The Fountain Coffee Room (9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.2251), whose soda fountain counter is an ideal place to enjoy a more casual repast. Entertainment types love a good steakhouse, perhaps none more than Cut at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, enjoyed by stars such as Sofia Vergara. An entree of the superfine Wagyu beef at Wolfgang Puck's sleek eatery may be one of L.A.'s most decadentâ€”and most expen-
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HEAD FOR THE (BEVERLY) HILLS in addition to boasting celebrity-favored hotels, Beverly hills has been home to many stars since douglas fairbanks and mary Pickford moved here in the 1920s. asian-fusion eatery Crustacean (9646 S. Santa monica Blvd., Beverly hills, 310.205.8990) has long been popular with entertainment elite for its Vietnamese fusion dishes such as the trademark garlic noodles—made with a recipe known only to the family who owns the restaurant—and over-the-top interior design, including a clear glass walkway that illuminates a koi-filled stream underneath. Guests at the restaurant's new Year's eve celebration this year were treated to a jazz performance from actor jeff Goldblum. Celebrities looking for press need only dine at Mr. Chow to be photographed by paparazzi. the mr. Chow experience is less about the food than the eye candy—there are always plenty of pretty faces, and chefs make a show of hand-pulling Beijing-style noodles for diners' viewing pleasure. mr. Chow malibu (3835 Cross Creek road, malibu, 310.456.7600) just opened at the celebrity-favored malibu Country mart, so perhaps mr. Chow fans such as ricky Gervais will follow. if you tune into The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, you've probably seen lisa Vanderpump at the Beverly hills restaurant she designed and opened with husband ken todd, the sexy, whitewashed Villa
Blanca (9601 Brighton Way, Beverly hills, 310.859.7600). You might just get to be an extra on the show if you dine on the right evening here or at Sur restaurant and Bar (606 n. robertson Blvd., West hollywood, 310.289.2824), also co-owned by the couple and the setting of Vanderpump's spinoff reality show, Vanderpump Rules. Wolfgang Puck's first restaurant, Spago, was the buzz of the Sunset Strip when it opened 31 years ago, and it has been one of the few eateries to endure in a city whose foodies are fickle with their loyalties. (Spago moved to Beverly hills in 1997.) however, it received a much-welcome facelift last year, and its european- and asian-inflected California menu has been updated to reflect current trends. Small plates have been added, including Brussels sprouts dressed in shiro miso-maple mustard and barbecue skate in an indonesian sambal sauce. this time of year, Spago will no doubt see some big industry parties; in 2011 it hosted the dVd launch of The Social Network, attended by cast members andrew Garfield and jesse eisenberg.
INTO THE HOLLYWOODS they may be under pressure to fit a designer sample size, but even stars have to eat. as celebs dart around entertainment's home base of hollywood, hitting awards shows and other industry events, you have a shot at spotting them at hollywood's trendier dining spots. Cleo, operated by the taste-making SBe group, sits at the storied intersection of hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. a contemporary mediterranean and middle eastern restaurant with a darkly glamorous flair, Cleo features a giant photo mural of actress theda Bara in costume for the 1917 film version of Cleopatra, but that's not its only connection to the silver screen: Salma hayek and jessica alba are among many stars who have dined here. it's also just blocks from the academy awards ceremony home, the dolby theatre; if you dine here on feb. 24, keep your eyes peeled! another contender for post-oscars dining is nearby Delphine, an innovative dining Group project within the W hollywood. those taking home statuettes can toast their victories at the restaurant's raw bar over oysters mignonette and ahi tuna poke. and Sunday jazz nights in the W's living room, adjacent to the restaurant, are often
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sive—plates, but the unbelievably tender meat is a dish to remember. nonbeef options include big eye tuna tartare atop togarashi crisps. Puck's newest hotel dining room in l.a. is at the renovated hotel Bel-air, one of the celebrity set's favorite hideaways in the ultraposh neighborhood northwest of Beverly hills. at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, the father of California cuisine dabbles in asian and mediterranean flavors and salutes his austrian heritage in dishes such as crispy veal wiener schnitzel. Cocktails at the bar are tops, including monroe's Passion, named for former hotel guest marilyn and with a fiery-sweet combo of passion fruit rum, ginger juice and chili syrup. in Beverly hills' chichi Golden triangle, the montage Beverly hills is an industry favorite, particularly since a chapter of of Scott Conant's Scarpetta opened there. fans such as rihanna enjoy the chef's famous tomato-basil spaghetti and soft polenta with truffled mushrooms. however, the Chateau marmont (8221 Sunset Blvd., l.a., 323.848.5908) might be the ultimate celebrity hotel hang; stars such as lindsay lohan have made homes there, and Sofia Coppola used it as the setting of her film Somewhere. Gossip mags have been known to send their reporters to stake out the hotel's dining room and bar, and chef Carolynn Spence makes them linger with comfort dishes such as lamb shepherd's pie and poached lobster with potato leek ravioli.
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full of music-industry biggies. Chefs nancy Silverton and mario Batali have their fair share of celebrity pals— don't forget that Batali shot a PBS series, Spain ... On the Road Again, with Gwyneth Paltrow—who enjoy stopping in at their venture, mozza, comprising Pizzeria Mozza and the more upscale Osteria Mozza next door. the chefs don't prioritize scene over cuisine, however. Winning pies at Pizzeria mozza include one with squash blossoms, tomato and creamy burrata, and at osteria mozza, the pancettawrapped quail and selections from the mozzarella bar are quite memorable.
GO WEST although Beverly hills attracts moneyed industry folk, and hollywood hosts the flashiest bashes, West hollywood isn't to be underestimated as a celebrity magnet. Weho's excellent upscale shopping and dining opportunities mean that the industry can come here for their two favorite indulgences. not far from the melrose avenue designer-shopping strip is Nobu, where chef nobu matsuhisa dishes his signature mélange of japanese and Peruvian flavors. actor robert de niro is a co-founder in the successful restaurant, and its clientele includes socialite kim kardashian. the menu of fun-to-eat items features Wagyu beef tacos, and yellowtail sashimi topped with slices of jalapeño. matsuhisa's l.a. influence expands to Matsuhisa, also on la Cienega Boulevard, and nobu malibu, which recently relocated to a stunning seaside space. just off the tony robertson Boulevard shopping area is Cecconi's, the italian restaurant that originated in london. the airy patio is ideal for a boozy brunch (Cecconi's is famous for its bellinis), and the interior dining room is classically good-looking with teal tufted booths and black-and-white marble floors. Bono and wife ali hewson have dined here, perhaps on some of the fresh pastas with seasonal vegetables. not far from Cecconi's is the nowfamous celebrity dining destination The Ivy. a rotating band of paparazzi are constantly stationed outside the restaurant's sunlit patio. any remotely savvy actress knows she'll be snapped dining on her not-inexpensive plate of chopped salad, toro tartare or maine lobster ravioli—so go ahead and gawk. For bold items, see listings in the where guide.
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127 E Palm Avenue (on the AMC Walkway) (818) 524-2373 There are only three things you need to know about B-Dubs: Wings, Beer and Sports -- because it’s about hanging out with friends, eating wings, drinking beer, and watching sports. Winner of scores of awards, B-Dubs delivers a sensational environment with wall-to-wall screens for the ultimate in event and sports viewing.
RA Organic Spa
119 N San Fernando Boulevard (818) 848-4772 A Zen sanctuary blending supreme relaxation with eco-friendly design. Enjoy a day of renewal amid falling water and organic scents, and indulge in the massages of your choice: Thai, shiatsu, Swedish, deep tissue or hot stone. Your cares will dissolve inside this tranquil day spa.
Flappers Comedy Club Burbank Bar and Grille
Downtown BurBank Eventful.com recently ranked Burbank as having the top nightlife scene in the country. Experience the buzz firsthand by checking out the city’s endless entertainment options. Whether it’s about dining, cocktail lounges, comedy clubs, theaters, cinemas or star sightings, Downtown Burbank is your destination for an unforgettable night on the town. Check out the wide selection for every taste and budget, and discover for yourself how this Hollywood legend turns up the heat when the sun goes down. 818.238.5180 www.Downtown-BurBank.org
112 N San Fernando Boulevard (818) 848-9611 Enjoy tasty California cuisine with entrees such as sesame ahi tuna and frutti di mare pasta, along with salads, prime steaks, pizzas, sandwiches and much more. It’s all here with great food, amazing entertainment and live sports, along with the best fire-lit rooftop patio in the Valley.
102 E Magnolia Boulevard (818) 845-9721 Laugh with tinsel town’s top talent at Flappers Comedy Club, where they’re still celebrating the repeal of Prohibition. Sizzling cuisine and intense cocktails pair up with first-rate comedic performances in three dining and show areas.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
145 S San Fernando Boulevard (818) 569-5240 Gordon Biersch took home two bronze medals at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival for the flagship dark lager Schwarzbier, and for Goze, a sour beer with Bavarian origins. Now’s your chance to sample these and other award winning beers brewed in-house along with fresh, California-inspired cuisine made-from-scratch.
250 N First Street (818) 524-2912 Famous as “Home of the 2nd Best Chili in Los Angeles,” Barney’s is about pure American comfort food. This legendary watering hole attracts Hollywood celebrities and a glittery cross section of tinsel town life. For sports fans, the bar features stadium seating, 40 beers on draft and 160 bottled beers.
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121 N San Fernando Boulevard (818) 848-4726 This casual gourmet cafe has been picked “Best of Burbank” by the Burbank Leader and been rated as the #2 restaurant in Burbank by Trip Advisor. Granville’s butternut squash soup has made the LA Weekly Top 10 list, and the Uptown Mac and Cheese, Bacon and Blue burger, bloody marys and hotcakes continue to wow customers far and wide.
310 N San Fernando Boulevard (818) 848-8520 For a first-rate dining experience, Chadaka offers modern twists on Thai favorites, such as Crying Tiger Beef and Curry Dumplings. Happy hour in the stylish bar makes for an elegant start to the evening, complete with delicious appetizers, martinis, cocktails, beers, wines and sakes.
Market City Caffe
164 E Palm Avenue (818) 840-7036 Famous for its homemade ravioli, thincrust pizzas and generous antipasto bar, Market City Caffe’s outdoor patio is also the ultimate place to people watch. The restaurant’s cozy bar has achieved the coveted Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for four consecutive years.
PF Chang’s China Bistro
201 E Magnolia Boulevard (at Burbank Town Center) (818) 391-1070 Traditional Chinese cuisine and American hospitality are combined in a high energy contemporary bistro setting. A full service bar offering a wide selection of wines, Asian beers, and sake accompanies memorable culinary creations prepared from the freshest of ingredients.
555 N Third Street (818) 558-7000 A vibrant center of L.A. theater life, the Colony’s current season presents the Los Angeles premiere of I’ll Be Back Before Midnight by Peter Colley and the world premiere of Falling for Make Believe by Rodgers and Hart. Make it a night on the town by visiting www.colonytheatre.org
Don Cuco Mexican Restaurant
218 E Orange Grove (818) 955-8895 Don Cuco delivers a fabulous menu, full service bar, and casual dining in a festive atmosphere. With shrimp tacos, unlimited free corn chips, spicy salsa and Cadillac margaritas with buzz-inducing amounts of liquor, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the best Mexican food this side of the border.
Wokcano Asian Restaurant and Lounge
150 S San Fernando Boulevard (818) 524-2288 Featuring fresh sushi and creative maki rolls as well as modern riffs on traditional fare, Wokcano offers a savory tasting tour of Asian cuisine. Happy hour in the chic and relaxing Lounge is the perfect beginning or end to a fashionable night out.
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Beverly Hills is a luxury lover’s mecca: designer shopping, fine dining, mansions. Century City, Westwood and Culver City are pockets with their own draws.
Few neighborhoods match Beverly Hills’ grip on the popular imagination, thanks to a history studded with more celebrity and excess than an Aaron Spelling TV series. Today, luxury juggernauts lure well-heeled shoppers to Rodeo Drive, while the mansions of famous locals past and present draw busloads of lookyloos. Nearby cities and neighborhoods stake their own claims to L.A.’s affections, including skyscraper-speckled Century City, known for business and high-end shopping; Westwood, home to UCLA; and Culver City, an emerging dining and cultural destination steeped in entertainment-industry history.
The launch of Beverly Hills’ glamorous reputation dates to the early 20th century, when the then-new Beverly Hills Hotel ushered in a frenzy of movie-star mansion-building in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard. Today, the population of 35,000 is more economically diverse than Tinseltown might suggest. Nonetheless, the triumvirate of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air still attracts its share of famous residents, including the Stefani-Rossdale and Beckham families. Hop on the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour or book ahead with Starline Tours to see notable homes in the ‘hood, along with other local landmarks packed into the city’s nearly six square miles. Among the more storied and oft-filmed estates nestled in the hills is the 19th-century English Revival-style Greystone Mansion & Park, whose graceful cityowned grounds are open for strolling.
RODEO DRIVE + GOLDEN TRIANGLE
From Greystone, head west on Sunset Boulevard, then hang on to your wallet as you turn south onto Rodeo Drive. After passing through a tony residential neighborhood, you enter the shopping district known as the Golden Triangle, bounded by Santa Monica and Wilshire
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Chanel on Rodeo Drive
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Stylish women’s clothing and accessories boutique launched by Kyle Richards, a star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. 9647 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.278.6200
Italian sports outerwear-maker offers men’s and women’s collections, Giambattista Valli’s Moncler Gamme Rouge, Thom Brown’s Moncler Gamme Bleu, Moncler S and Moncler Grenoble. 328 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 424.354.4562
Beer-focused, country-hip cocktail bar from Ryan Sweeney, Brandon Bradford and Alan Aivazian of the Surly Goat. 14 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.289.5925
Wolfgang Puck flagship reopens with a new look and a new menu, reinventing the local power spot. 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880
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boulevards and Cañon Drive. David Yurman and Tom Ford each recently opened flagships on Rodeo, reminding retailers that 90210 is still the most prestigious ZIP code in the States. Ascend the Italian-esque side street to Tiffany & Co., perched atop Two Rodeo. Pause for the quintessential Beverly Hills snapshot before continuing on to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (of Pretty Woman fame) at the south end of Rodeo. Continuing west, pass Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York, the reigning luxury retail titans along this stretch of Wilshire. At Santa Monica Boulevard, you hit the Beverly Hilton Hotel, which rolls out 30,000 square feet of red carpet annually to host the Golden Globe Awards.
THE INDUSTRY + THE ARTS
Beverly Hills isn’t all shopping sprees and gated estates: Talent agencies William Morris, Endeavor and United Talent Agency are just three of the entertainment business powerhouses based here. Witness fierce negotiations and wooing over Cobb salads at Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills and newly revamped Spago across the street. The city’s cultural treasure-troves include the Paley Center for Media and the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, both of which hold screenings. Promising even more cultural programming is the forthcoming Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which will transform the historic Beverly Hills Post Office into an entertainment destination.
Heading west from Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, you enter the 0.3-squaremile modern acropolis of Century City. International Creative Management and Creative Artists Association are located here, as is a
Fox Studio lot and countless legal, financial, entertainment and hospitality firms. But those outside the biz won’t be excluded. Just past Avenue of the Stars, you hit the upscale Westfield Century City shopping center, with luxury boutiques and dining venues to rival those of Beverly Hills. Nearby on Constellation Boulevard, Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio draws epicures to his acclaimed restaurant Craft and lower-priced Craftbar. Steps away, The Annenberg Space for Photography displays cutting-edge exhibits of digital and print photography.
A few miles northeast of Century City is the University of California, Los Angeles, one of the top public universities in the country. Visitors are welcome at several university attractions, including the Fowler Museum of Cultural History and the outdoor Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden in the north campus, the planetarium on the south campus and the seven-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens (100 Stein Plaza Driveway). The Hammer Museum is nearby and houses works by Degas and Rembrandt as well as contemporary works and installations. Paid parking is available in UCLA lots and structures throughout the 419-acre campus.
Just south of the campus, the pedestrianfriendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafes among its art deco and Mediterranean Revival buildings, as well as two landmark movie theaters at the intersection of Broxton and Weyburn avenues: the 1936 marquee-wrapped Bruin Theater, and the Village Theater across the street. Built circa 1931, the Village Theater is a favorite for movie premieres and thus prime starspotting territory. Another don’t-miss venue is the award-winning Geffen Playhouse,
located on LeConte Avenue in one of the oldest buildings in Westwood.
Covering five square miles about four miles southeast of Westwood, Culver City has benefited from a polish in the past few years, and now boasts a thriving downtown. The Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Ivy Substation, home to the Actors’ Gang, bookend the downtown area and stage excellent live productions throughout the year. Traveling east on Washington Boulevard, don’t miss the sprawling Helms Bakery complex, which contains dozens of high-end furniture showrooms. Moving along Washington, the scene-y Arts District has more than 30 art galleries and exhibition spaces clustered along Washington and La Cienega boulevards. At the intersection of Washington and National boulevards is one end of the anticipated new Expo Line, a Metro light rail that traverses from Culver City to Exposition Park and the University of Southern California to the heart of downtown. Hollywood gets all the attention, but it’s Culver City that claims the official motto “The Heart of Screenland.” In 1915, Ince/ Triangle Studios, today Sony Pictures Studios, opened at 10202 W. Washington Blvd. Classics including The Wizard of Oz would eventually be filmed on the lots of the pioneering movie studio. The stately Thomas H. Ince Studio opened in 1918. Today, Culver City’s screen culture is still going strong, with the TV series Cougar Town among the productions filming at Culver Studios, and the Spider-Man franchise among the hits produced on the historic lots at Sony. Fully experience Culver City’s screen heritage by taking a studio tour at Sony. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see pages 108–109.
JEAN THERAPY Who says precision tailoring and customized details lie solely within the purview of bespoke-suit-makers? This is L.A., after all, where donning perfectly fitted, high-end denim practically constitutes power dressing. Witness the Raw Tailored Atelier, an inhouse denim customization service available to men and women at the G-Star Raw store on Rodeo Drive. Here, your classic 3301 five-pocket jeans, made of specially woven Red Listing raw denim, can be expertly tailored to your preferred width and length, detailed with the buttons, rivets and back label of your choice, then hand-finished to your specifications. Eat your heart out, Savile Row. 413 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.275.5098, g-star.com
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pubs such as Ye Olde King’s Head that hint at the city’s large population of British expats. Anchoring the promenade at Broadway is Santa Monica Place, a pristine open-air shopping center with Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, 80 boutiques and a top-level Dining Deck with a food court, upscale restaurants and a gourmet marketplace. East on Broadway is the legendary Fred Segal, an emporium of high-end shops on each side of 5th Street. Santa Monica Pier, built in 1909, is at the end of Colorado Avenue and features Pacific Park, a miniamusement park with food stands and rides, including a solar-powered, LED-lit Ferris wheel.
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Northeast of Third Street Promenade, the stretch of tree-lined Montana Avenue between 6th and 17th streets is busy, but still pleasant. Its boutiques, including Anat B., Planet Blue and Roseark, are of a more independent variety than those lining the promenade. Father’s Office,
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In the 1800s, a real estate agent called Santa Monica “the Santa Monica has Zenith City by the Sunset Sea.” The 21st-century version of the approachable vibe of a beach town Santa Monica fulfills its early promise with a bustling downtown and beach that draw millions of visitors per year. By the shore with the benefits are athletic activities and the West Coast’s most famous pier; of a major city— on dry land are shops that suit a variety of tastes and hundreds nightlife, dining, of dining options. Pacific Coast Highway connects SaMo with entertainment and destinations such as Malibu and Topanga. shopping galore. Malibu, Venice tHIRD STREET + THE PIER Third Street Promenade, three pedestrian-only blocks on 3rd Street between Broadway and and Brentwood Wilshire Boulevard, is perpetually teeming with people. Visitors can hit dozens of boutiques, watch movies at three cinemas or gawk at the myriad street artists. are appealing If they don’t refuel at the eateries along 3rd, visitors can venture to the surrounding blocks options nearby. to Blue Plate Oysterette or Sugarfish, and imbibe at the Hotel Shangri-La’s rooftop bar or
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Fresh Mexican fare from the people behind Blue Plate and Blue Plate Oysterette. Shore Hotel, 1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.2985
Brent Bolthouseâ€™s lounge at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows features lush gardens and ocean views.101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.8530
Flagship boutique for this luxury lifestyle brand that promotes an upcycle philosophy. 1627 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.399.1920
Boutique for teens and tweens offers inventory already adored by fashion-forward grown-ups, including Alice + Olivia and Splendid. 1017 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, 310.454.5087
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Visitors can take in plays at Main Street’s Edgemar Center for the Arts, housed in an angular concrete structure designed by Frank Gehry. An even wider variety of entertainment is at the Broad Stage, Santa Monica College’s first-rate, 499-seat performing arts center that hosts pop and classical music concerts, film, dance and theater. As L.A. has emerged as a fine-arts capital, the campuslike Bergamot Station (2525 Michigan Ave.) has become an important destination. It’s home to 30 galleries, the Santa Monica Museum of Art and a cafe.
Twenty miles north of Santa Monica on Pacific Coast Highway is Malibu. Stars have made their homes here since the 1920s when May Rindge, the eccentric wife of an heir who once owned all of Malibu, began inviting celebs to live in Malibu Colony to pay the legal bills she had racked up from fighting developers. Much of Malibu’s best destinations are visible from PCH, such as the many restaurants with ocean views, from the casual (Malibu Seafood) to the upscale (Nobu Malibu).
Adjacent to the Malibu Lagoon and Bird Sanctuary, the Adamson House is filled with historic tile. The celebrity-frequented Malibu Country Mart serves as the area’s town square. Together with adjacent Malibu Village and Malibu Lumber Yard shopping centers, there are enough trendy shops and restaurants to while away an afternoon. Inland, nearing Calabasas, are many wineries such as Malibu Family Wines and Sip Malibu, which offer tastings. Malibu Discovery Tours hosts tours of the region.
TOPANGA + PACIFIC PALISADES
In the counterculture 1960s, hippies and musicians such as Neil Young hid out in idyllic Topanga, accessed by long, winding Topanga Canyon Boulevard from PCH. Removed from urban activity, it retains its bohemian vibe and independently owned businesses. Hiking trails allow visitors to bask in Topanga’s woodsy beauty. Dining is best by the burbling creek at restaurants such as Abuelitas and Inn of the Seventh Ray. Pine Tree Circle has a lovely bistro and a few boutiques and galleries. There’s more than initially meets the eye in seemingly sleepy, family-friendly Pacific Palisades, south of Topanga on PCH and accessed from Temescal Canyon Road. Hikers love the shady trails in Temescal Gateway Park. Cafes such as Maison Giraud and upscale mom-and-pop shops such as Elyse Walker and Madison can be found between Via de la Paz and Monument Street near Sunset Boulevard. One relatively unknown gem is the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine on Sunset, a breathtaking oasis on 10 acres with a lush garden and koi- and swan-filled lake. Also, the resplendent Getty Villa, often mistakenly identified as being in Malibu, is in Pacific Palisades. Styled as a Julius Caesarera villa, it’s filled with Greco-Roman antiquities. Advance timed tickets are required.
Abbot Kinney famously won the land that would become Venice in a coin toss. He sought to develop it as an American version of the Italian city; the canals are still there, today lined with sleek modern homes and milliondollar bungalows. His namesake Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Venice’s coolest section, where The Tasting Kitchen, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and boutiques such as Steven Alan, Linus Bikes, Satine and Jack Spade are the main attractions. Looky-loos love to stroll Ocean Front Walk to ogle the street vendors and performers, or bodybuilders at Muscle Beach.
Reese Witherspoon, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are some of the celebrities who live in this affluent enclave northeast of Santa Monica. San Vicente Boulevard functions as the neighborhood’s main street, with copious independent shops, bakeries, cafes and restaurants between Bundy Drive and where San Vicente becomes Federal Avenue. The petite Brentwood Country Mart, a unique open-air shopping center built in 1948, maintains a retro farmhouse charm but keeps retail offerings contemporary and upscale. The area’s biggest draw is the Getty Center, the hilltop museum that houses J. Paul Getty’s spectacular art collection.
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Marina del Rey’s main attraction is the marina, the largest manmade small-craft harbor in the world. Restaurants in the fisherman’s wharf are positioned to take advantage of the views. You can rent kayaks from UCLA Marina Aquatic Center (14001 Fiji Way), or shop and dine at Waterside at the Marina, located at Lincoln Boulevard and Fiji Way. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 108.
USEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL The folks at General Store in Venice may have had William Morris’ statement—“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”—in mind while stocking their shelves, because here, most items fulfill both categories at once. You’ll find a little bit of everything at this outpost of the beloved San Francisco boutique, from vintage clothes to books to Luke Bartels cutting boards to Doug Johnston rope baskets to Emmy’s Pickles to Lookout & Wonderland indigo textiles. The feel is simple, modern and organic, with a focus on handmade and locally made items. So make that practical, attractive and civic-minded to boot. 1801 Lincoln Blvd., Venice 310.751.6393, visitgeneralstore.com
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known for its stellar burger, Locanda Portofino and R+D Kitchen are tops for dining; dessert lovers might venture to Sweet Lady Jane for its famous cakes, adored by celebs. Just minutes south of downtown Santa Monica, Main Street is a quieter destination that still retains Santa Monica’s beachyupscale vibe. The long stretch between Pico Boulevard and Rose Avenue contains a number of galleries, restaurants, British pubs and boutiques (mostly femme-friendly) such as Mindfulnest, Goga and Hip’tique. The California Heritage Museum is in a transplanted Victorian-era home, as is the Victorian, adjacent to the museum, which features a cool downstairs speak-easy, Basement Tavern.
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ince 1934, the Original Farmers Market has stood at the crossroads of Los Angeles history and culture. Today, it remains one of the last of the Hollywood legends, attracting people from all over the world to enjoy its eclectic mix of restaurants, grocers, shops and the best people watching the city has to offer. In a world ruled by change, the Original Farmers Market stands as an enduring landmark, steadfast at the junction of then and now, on the corner of Third and Fairfax.
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Trends in fashion, design and food often begin in L.A., and many of those innovations can be traced to the pioneering community of West Hollywood.
For a municipality measuring less than two square miles and with fewer than 35,000 residents, West Hollywood wields enormous influence over the L.A. lifestyle. With a disproportionate number of world-class art galleries, fashion boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters, it’s a frequent destination for locals and tourists alike. The city, often referred to as WeHo, is home to a large and influential gay community, protective of the city’s cultural development and quality of life. West Hollywood and the adjacent Mid-City West area celebrate diversity, as hipsters live in harmony with senior citizens and immigrants.
After dark, this iconic stretch of Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Crescent Heights Avenue becomes the hottest stretch of asphalt in L.A. County. The club scene rocks here with many legendary establishments. The Roxy, Whisky a Go-Go and Rainbow Bar have a long history of hosting performances from rock ‘n’ roll’s finest. Other Sunset Strip nightclubs include the Viper Room and the Key Club. The Comedy Store continues to showcase the leading names in standup as well as emerging stars. During the day, boutiques such as Live! on Sunset and beloved Book Soup draw traffic. Hotels are an integral part of the Sunset Strip scene. Chateau Marmont, a glorious and notorious celebrity hangout throughout the decades, remains a discreet local getaway. Skybar, at the style-conscious Mondrian, retains its aura of exclusivity. At the Sunset Tower Hotel, Bugsy Siegel’s former suite has been converted into the Tower Bar.
Sunset Plaza, between La Cienega and San Vicente Boulevards on Sunset Boulevard, is a collection of tony shops and bistros with an international flavor and free parking, a novelty
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Beloved Abbot Kinney design emporium opens another outpost with a selection of products from around the world. 171 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.692.0086
the Kardashian sisters relocate their womenswear boutique to trendy Melrose Avenue. 8420 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.782.6822
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L.A.-based boutique delivers trendy wardrobe staples and a selection of exclusive pieces for men, women and children. 8432 Melrose place, L.A., 323.944.0656
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in this neighborhood. This is the city’s Euro Zone, where you’re apt to hear more French and Italian than Valley Girl. For up-to-theminute fashion, check out the collections at Oliver Peoples or either of the two H. Lorenzo shops. Pamper yourself with a facial and massage at Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa, a blowout at Drybar or a makeover at Blushington.
Melrose Avenue has become virtually synonymous with trendiness, and new expressions in fashion, art and food continue to percolate up and down this street with multiple personalities. One stretch of Melrose, east of Fairfax Avenue, has an eclectic mix of indie boutiques, cafes and coffeehouses interspersed with tattoo parlors and vintage shops. Stores such as Wasteland and Ed Hardy have wild façades and vibrant signage that add energy to the scene. Farther west, Melrose becomes très sophistiqué, showcasing upscale tastes at Ron Herman, Kelly Wearstler, TenOverSix and Vivienne Westwood. Just off Melrose is the quiet, fashionable three-block street of Melrose Place, where Bentleys line up for chic salons such as Frédéric Fekkai and cutting-edge boutiques such as Zero + Maria Cornejo, Monique Lhuillier or Marni.
Melrose Avenue’s massive Pacific Design Center is the hub of L.A.’s flourishing art, fashion and design district known as the Avenues, which runs along Melrose Avenue and Beverly and Robertson boulevards. The complex itself—monolithic blue, green and red buildings designed by celebrated architect Cesar Pelli—is itself noteworthy (you’ll either love it or hate it), but its 1.2 million square feet houses more than 130 showrooms catering to professional designers and luxury homeowners. PDC is also home to a
satellite of downtown’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a stylish Wolfgang Puck eatery, Red Seven.
BEVERLY + WEST 3rd
Beverly Boulevard and West 3rd Street are major east-west streets running through West Hollywood, filled with trendy restaurants, design showrooms and boutiques from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, whose design is reminiscent of Paris’ Pompidou Center. Bloomingdale’s, Henri Bendel, Fendi, Gucci, Stuart Weitzman and the Capital Grille are among more than 160 establishments drawing consumers. On West 3rd Street east of Beverly Center, you’ll find favorite boutiques such as Shareen, BedHead for chic pajamas and Duncan Quinn for bespoke tailored suits. There are many dining options such as Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s Son of a Gun, plus a branch of Magnolia Bakery. On Beverly Boulevard, you can browse vintage Lanvin at Beige, or score handcrafted shoes at Calleen Cordero. Afterward, you can experience market-fresh American cuisine at Cooks County or hearty Italian on the romantic patio at Dominick’s.
Beverly Hills may be the toniest shopping district in L.A., but West Hollywood’s Robertson Boulevard is not far behind, particularly if you’re young and hot and have your own reality show. The celebutante set hits Curve for designer womenswear, Zimmermann for haute swimwear and Kitson for trendy accessories. A cutting-edge Chanel concept store illustrates the difference between Robertson Boulevard and more staid Rodeo Drive. For a breather between boutique-hopping, consider a cocktail with crab cakes on the picket-
fenced patio of Ivy Restaurant, where famous faces practically outnumber those of civilians.
Technically part of the city of Los Angeles, the Fairfax District is one of the most culturally diverse and artsy neighborhoods in the West Hollywood area. At Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned multifaceted facility with more than 100,000 works from around the world. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum, designed by architect Renzo Piano, showcases art from the contemporary and modern eras, while the latest additions to the LACMA campus include the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion and Ray’s & Stark Bar. Adjacent to LACMA is the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. Additional venues at this formidable Museum Row include the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Architecture and Design Museum. South of the museums is a surprise for curious foodies: a neighborhood known as Little Ethiopia, where acclaimed Ethiopian restaurants are located. Be prepared to eat with your hands! One of the district’s anchors is the historic Farmers Market, with more than 100 open-air produce stalls, shops and eateries. There are spots to satisfy virtually any craving, including a wine bar, taquería and stands with authentic Louisiana gumbo and Korean barbecue. Adjacent and connected by a vintage trolley is The Grove, an outdoor, pedestrian-only shopping center. The Grove has the character of an old-fashioned village square, with stained-glass street lamps and central fountain. Nordstrom, a movie theater and stores such as Athleta and Splendid are joined by eateries and restaurants. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of West Hollywood, see pages 108–109.
DETOX DESTINATION Celebrity nutritionist and The Beauty Detox Solution author Kimberly Snyder helps keep A-listers like Drew Barrymore, Fergie and Hilary Duff feeling and looking in top form. Now, with the opening of her new flagship shop Glow by Kimberly Snyder, she brings her “inner-health equals outer-beauty” recipes to the masses. The yummies include organic, nutritious smoothies and revitalizing cold-pressed juices packed with locally sourced ingredients, plus loose-leaf and fresh teas, shade-grown coffee and boosters. Ecofriendly packaging and decor complement the virtuous menu, and outdoor patio seating is perfect for detoxing al fresco. When friends ask your secret, tell them it’s all in the juice. 7473 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.782.3939, myglowbio.com
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Beverly Hills and the Farmers Market, WEST 3RD STREET is a shopping and dining experience unlike any other in Los Angeles. Each store and restaurant offers an exciting and unique vision, making West 3rd one of the most highquality and well-edited collections of merchandise and fine food anywhere in the city. Whether you are looking for fashion, furniture, gifts or food, chances are you will be inspired by what you find on West 3rd Street.
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From left: The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House; Hollywood Walk of Fame; carousel in Griffith Park in Los Feliz
“Hollywood is a state of mind” was a popular refrain when this part of Los Angeles was in the midst of its decline not long ago. But with hot new boutiques, restaurants, hotels and condos sprouting up, it has reemerged as a bona fide destination. Amid a spirit of transformation, the neon lights on Hollywood Boulevard’s landmark movie palaces are fired up again, as waves of international visitors mingle with colorful locals. This new Golden Age of Hollywood marks the best time to visit in decades.
Hollywood + Highland
The Hollywood & Highland Center has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Hollywood Boulevard. Its Dolby Theatre, formerly the Kodak Theatre, is the home of the Academy Awards and new Cirque du Soleil show Iris, which premiered last year. The center’s shops are varied, including Lucky Brand and Louis Vuitton, and it boasts nightclub Level 3. The central Babylon Court frames views of the iconic Hollywood sign. Built in 1923 to advertise a housing development, the 45-foot-high letters originally read “Hollywoodland.” Next door to Hollywood & Highland is Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, famous for its celebrity handprints embedded in the cement out front.
Just across the street from Hollywood & Highland is the ornate, lavishly illuminated El Capitan Theatre. Masterfully restored by Disney, it offers special presentations of the studio’s animated releases combined with performances using an antique Wurlitzer pipe organ and childrenpleasing stage shows. Jimmy Kimmel Live! tapes in an ABC studio next door. The Egyptian Theatre—built in 1922 around the time that King Tut’s tomb was discovered—screens eclectic artsy fare. The landmark Pantages Theatre has staged megahit musicals including The Book of Mormon, and the Hollywood Palladium has a rich history of showcasing headlining musicians.
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Hollywood is reclaiming its legendary glamour, and once-bohemian Los Feliz and Silver Lake are sharing in Tinseltown’s new Golden Age.
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flagship boutique features the designerâ€™s line of brightly colored, minimalist handbags, accessories and gadget cases. 3339 w. Sunset Blvd., Silver lake, 323.665.2476
designer kathryn Bentley displays her high-end costume jewelry and fine jewelry lines, plus clothing and accessories, at flagship store. 1404 Micheltorena St., Silver lake, 323.660.2000
ginger beer, barrel-aged cocktails, and Southern-inspired libations at Savannah townhouse. 1233 n. Vine St., l.a., 323.467.2800
Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park
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Walk of Fame
The sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard (La Brea Avenue to Gower Street) and three blocks of Vine Street (Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard) are inlaid with the legendary brass-and-terrazzo stars honoring celebrities from the entertainment industry. More than 2,400 stars are enshrined beneath the feet of tourists, but the roster is not without its quirks—Pee-wee Herman has one but Clint Eastwood doesn’t. Marilyn Monroe’s star is steps from Hollywood & Highland, and John Lennon’s is appropriately located in front of the Capitol Records Building, the structure designed to resemble a stack of records.
Hollywood has its museums, but don’t expect to encounter Picasso or Monet, or even a T. rex skeleton. Next to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is Madame Tussauds Hollywood, filled with more than 100 wax figures ranging from legends Clark Gable and Audrey Hepburn to contemporary icons such as Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. You can ponder some zany accomplishments at the Guinness World Records Museum, while the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum offers bizarre exhibitions on double-headed animals and shrunken human heads. Serious movie buffs, however, head to the Hollywood Museum, which occupies four floors of the historic Max Factor Building. Among the 10,000 costumes and artifacts on display are Indiana Jones’ whip, Rocky Balboa’s boxing gloves and W.C. Fields’ top hat.
The storied intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, the epicenter of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, boasted a large concentration of entertainment industry companies in the 1920s. It’s a different Hol-
lywood today, but the magic of this location endures in the soaring W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, which boasts Delphine brasserie and Drai’s rooftop club. A Metro station is integrated into the hotel; Hollywood is particularly well served by mass transit. Across the street is boutique hotel the Redbury and its stylish Middle Eastern restaurant, Cleo. Sunset Boulevard and Vine is in transition, but dance clubs and eateries give this corner plenty of character. Serious cinephiles catch their flicks at ArcLight Cinemas, where it’s easy to spot a celeb. Close by is Amoeba Music, where music fans and collectors browse the aisles through 31,000 square feet of space packed with rare vinyl records, CDs and memorabilia. A couple of blocks west is the stylish minicomplex Space 15 Twenty, catering to shoppers well into the evening. The center is anchored by a supersize Urban Outfitters and complemented by other hip boutiques.
The revival of Hollywood has only enhanced its endless nightlife opportunities, and a lively bar and club scene permeates the district. On Hollywood Boulevard, you can party under the guise of literary advancement at library-themed Hemingway’s, or attempt to get past the velvet rope at Playhouse or Lure on Ivar Avenue. Cahuenga Boulevard also hosts dozens of clubs. Quintessentially L.A. but a galaxy removed from Hollywood Boulevard is the Hollywood Bowl, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the U.S., where the Los Angeles Philharmonic takes up residence from June to October. Picnicking under the stars here is among the most memorable experiences in L.A. Nearby is the Ford Amphitheatre, featuring a more intimate environment for international music, dance and family fare.
LOS FELIZ + SILVER LAKE
These neighborhoods are among the bestkept secrets in the county. Vermont Avenue, the main drag in Los Feliz, presents a collection of shops and restaurants that range from bohemian to chic. Skylight Books and 24/7 diner Fred 62 are popular hangouts. Newer lounges such as Rockwell represent the neighborhood’s increasing sophistication. A once-forgotten stretch of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Feliz now hosts trendy boutiques such as Confederacy and restaurants including cult fave Umami Burger. Fully transformed is Silver Lake Boulevard, now crowded with eateries and upscale retailers. At Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards intersect and the eponymous music festival takes place in summer, is where Los Feliz transitions into Silver Lake. Foodies hang at casual Forage or the Cheese Store of Silverlake, while aspiring screenwriters hammer at their laptops and sip lattes at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea.
The largest urban park in America, this sprawling swath is an ideal place to hike, picnic, golf, ride horses and more. The Charlie Turner Trailhead begins at the Griffith Observatory, one of the great planetariums in the world and a frequent filming location. The hike up Mount Hollywood (three miles round trip) provides views of the Hollywood sign, and the nearby Greek Theatre, a 5,700-seat amphitheater, is a legendary music venue. Also located in Griffith Park is the underrated Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Western heritage-oriented Autry National Center, both accessible from the Ventura (SR 134) or Golden State (I-5) freeways. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see pages 109–110.
PRESCRIPTION FOR STYLE Your eyes are the windows to your soul. So what are you doing surrounding them with bland, logo-emblazoned hunks of plastic and metal that say nothing about your personal style? It’s time to visit Gogosha Optique, where eyewear evangelist Julia Gogosha and her colleagues will help you find the perfect fit for your face and your aesthetic. With high-end, cutting-edge, expertly engineered glasses and sunglasses from lines including Thierry Lasry, Anne et Valentin, Mykita and Oliver Goldsmith, Gogosha ensures those peepers get their proper due. Not near the Eastside? There’s a location on L.A.’s West 3rd Street, too. 32081/2 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.660.1122; 8238 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.1122. gogosha.com
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From left: City Hall; signage in Grand Central Market; the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall
Beverly Hills and Venice Beach may be favorite tourist attractions, but downtown should not be overlooked. Historic art deco structures share the street-scape with glass- or titaniumclad masterpieces, and even movie stars are snapping up hip lofts carved out of turn-of-the-century structures. The city’s arts scene roars to life in downtown, a place where the usual image of L.A. as “laid-back” hardly applies.
The ornate Union Station was the last of the grand railroad terminals built in the U.S. Its importance faded as the automobile began to dominate life in L.A., but Union Station has staged a comeback, thanks to a renovation and downtown’s new energy. From Union Station, the hub of the Metro system, you can board the Red Line to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley or the light rail Gold Line to Pasadena, Blue Line to Long Beach and Expo Line to Culver City. Nonstop bus service to LAX is available 24/7. Metrolink commuter trains connect distant suburbs, and you can jump on an Amtrak train for a scenic journey along the coast.
Grand Avenue + MUSIC CENTER
The heart of L.A.’s performing-arts scene and the site of its most dramatic architecture, Grand Avenue is beginning to live up to its name. On Bunker Hill, once filled with Victorian mansions, four venues make up a formidable collection of stages at The Music Center. The 3,200-seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is home to L.A. Opera, and the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum host theatrical productions. The flashiest venue is architect Frank Gehry’s curvaceous Walt Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Its music director, Gustavo Dudamel, exudes an energy that rivals the building’s audacious design. Also housed at Disney Hall is REDCAT, which offers performance and visual arts productions. After a show, take a stroll through the new 12-acre Grand Park, between Grand Avenue and Hill Street and First and Temple streets.
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L.A.’s urban center reflects the cultural diversity, worldclass architecture and dynamic commerce that make the city a superstar on the global stage.
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Four blocks from the Music Center to City Hall feature terraces, olive trees, a performance lawn/stage and a memorial fountain. Between Grand avenue and Hill Street and First and temple streets, downtown, 213.974.1311
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Sandast High-quality, vintage-inspired bags and belts for men and women from designer Milan Franeta. 1205 S. Hill St., downtown, 213.748.1210
The Bradbury Building is an iconic example of Italian Renaissance Revival architecture.
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Steps from the music Center is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, designed by Spanish architect José Rafael moneo. A short walk south on Grand is the Museum of Contemporary Art (mOCA), Southern California’s premier contemporary art museum. The Omni Hotel and California Plaza are adjacent. Nearby Angels knoll is a welcome patch of greenery amid the concrete jungle. Angels Flight, a vintage funicular that climbs to California Plaza from Hill Street below, is billed as “The Shortest Railway in the world” (just 298 feet!); a ride costs 25 cents. At the foot of the hill, the Bunker Hill Steps rise five stories at the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the mississippi. Across the street is the Los Angeles Public Library, an art deco masterpiece.
The origin of the city of Los Angeles, dating back to 1781, is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a collection of 27 buildings along festive pedestrian concourse Olvera Street. The city’s oldest building, Avila Adobe (circa 1818), is located here, along with mexican restaurants, mariachi bands and merchants offering arts and crafts. A few blocks away is the city’s oldest restaurant, Philippe the Original (1908), where a cup of joe is just 45 cents.
Often overlooked by tourists is the Broadway Theatre District, home to once-opulent movie palaces. A few, such as the Orpheum Theatre, have been restored to their original grandeur. Historic structures are being converted into lofts; Johnny Depp owns a condo in Broadway’s Eastern Columbia Building. The Bradbury Building (304 S. Broadway), built in 1893 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, was featured in the film Blade Runner.
Spring Street from 4th to 7th streets is a rapidly awakening area once referred to as the “wall Street of the west.” Steps from this historic district is a row of hip bars on 6th Street (between main and Los Angeles streets) that includes The Varnish.
Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center can still be experienced in its historic shopping districts, popular with bargain hunters. The Jewelry District draws shoppers to markets such as St. Vincent Jewelry Center (650 S. Hill St.), where 500 merchants offer gold, diamonds and baubles. In the neighboring Fashion District, 115 blocks centered around the California market Center, you can find designer clothing items. At Santee Alley, an open-air bargain bazaar, designer trends breed low-priced knockoffs. The Flower District offers blooms at wholesale prices. And for an awesome array of produce and international foods, Grand Central market, near the foot of Angels Flight, is the place to go. many vendors here deal in cash only.
Chinatown remains a great destination for sampling dim sum or browsing for authentic clothing, tea or home furnishings. Cultural highlights include the ornate Thien Hau Temple (750 yale St.) and the Chinese American museum. Pedestrian-oriented Chung king Road and Gin Ling way are now home to galleries and Mountain Bar, while Broadway boasts cool boutiques. Dodger Stadium is a short drive away, as is San Antonio Winery, which offers tours and tastings.
Little Tokyo is still a proud ethnic enclave, but it, too, is emerging as an up-and-coming hipster ’hood. The dining scene is popping, led by newer restaurants such as The Spice
Table, and you can still nibble on traditional sushi prepared by veteran chefs at Japanese Village Plaza. Just a few steps down 1st Street is the sleek, glass-ensconced Japanese American National Museum. The Geffen Contemporary, a Frank Gehry-renovated branch of mOCA, is next door. At 2nd and main streets is the historic Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, formerly home of the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
The $2.5 billion L.A. Live project has been called the epicenter of the downtown renaissance. Staples Center, home to the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and kings, hosts top pop acts, as does Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, which boasts state-of-the-art acoustics. The adjoining Grammy Museum honors myriad music genres with videos, artifacts and interactive exhibits. A dozen restaurants and nightlife venues—WP24, Trader Vic’s and Lucky Strike Lanes, to name a few—face a massive urban plaza lined with towering LED screens. The Los Angeles Convention Center, encompassing 16-plus acres of exhibition space, is also here.
Just south of downtown is Exposition Park, whose grounds hold major museums and the Los Angeles memorial Coliseum. The sevenacre Exposition Park Rose Garden is legendary, and the Beaux-Arts-style Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County offers insight into prehistoric giants. The California Science Center has a 3-D ImAX theater and is the home of a new exhibit featuring the retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour, which was recently flown to L.A. on the back of a Boeing 747. Farther west of Exposition Park is the jazz and blues capital of Leimert Park; south is watts, home of the watts Towers. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of downtown, see page 109.
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Pasadena, aka the Crown City, brings a blend of small-town charm and cosmopolitan energy. Eagle Rock, Glendale and the San Gabriel Valley are also worth discovering.
Just minutes from downtown via the historic Arroyo Seco Parkway or the Metro Gold Line train, Pasadena is no ordinary bedroom community. The Craftsman-style bungalows in its leafy neighborhoods hint of a world-renowned architectural heritage, and institutions such as the Tournament of Roses, Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, nearby, give the community a gravitas far beyond its size. In neighboring San Gabriel Valley communities, additional treasures await.
A tribute to foresighted urban planning is the 22-square block shopping district known as Old Pasadena, roughly bounded by Walnut Street and Del Mar Boulevard, Arroyo Parkway and Pasadena Avenue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the once-neglected district contains restored buildings and the city’s trendiest boutiques, nightclubs and restaurants such as Cheval Blanc Bistro and Haven Gastropub + Brewery. Pedestrian-only alleys meander through One Colorado, where an eclectic collection of restaurants have alfresco dining overlooking a sculpture-strewn square. A few steps east of Old Pasadena lies Paseo Colorado, an inviting shopping center with ArcLight Cinemas and upscale shops such as Coach and BCBG Max Azria lining garden promenades. A variety of dining options is offered at this mixed-use development, whose open-air design frames views of such historic structures as Pasadena City Hall (100 N. Garfield Ave.).
Anchored by the Mission-style Pasadena Playhouse, this district is filled with upscale antique shops, boutiques and dining rooms with ornate façades. Also present is the Le Cordon Bleu-affiliated College of Culinary Arts, with a restaurant open to the public, and the famed Ice House comedy club. The neighboring Boston Court Performing Arts Center presents dramas and musicals. The pagoda-crowned Pacific Asia Museum features exotic
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From left: The streets of Old Pasadena; Pasadena City Hall; Colorado Street Bridge
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new in town Bellacures
chic salon’s newest location beautifies with manicures, pedicures and waxing. 40 Mills Place, Pasadena, 626.264.8616
the iconic brand offers essential products for mealtime, playtime, bathtime and more at its first bricks-and-mortar store. the americana at Brand, 889 americana Way, glendale, 818.638.8016
choose from high-end brands and limitededition frames at this optical shop. the americana at Brand, 889 americana Way, glendale, 818.244.5647
Old town restaurant is inspired by pintxos bars in spain’s san sebastian. 119 W. green st., Pasadena, 626.396.3090
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino
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decorative arts from every corner of Asia, and the Pasadena Museum of California Art celebrates Golden State painters and sculptors from 1850 to the present. Dining choices include Pie ’n Burger, a favorite Caltech dive. Just east of the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue provides a vibrant shopping environment. At the Commons and Burlington Arcade, charming boutiques are set around European-style courtyards. A drive farther south on Lake Avenue reveals the opulent, historic Langham Huntington Hotel.
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This wide boulevard, once called Millionaire’s Row, is still lined with splendid estates, including the former Wrigley Mansion, which now houses the Tournament of Roses Association and is open for tours. The immediate neighborhood features the legacy of architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Wallace Neff and Paul Williams. The genius of Greene & Greene, pioneers of the Arts & Crafts movement, is evident at the Gamble House, also open to the public. Just around the corner on Colorado Boulevard is the Norton Simon Museum, home to one of the finest art collections in America. The galleries at this small museum are filled with masterpieces from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and its repertoire of Impressionist masters (Monet, Cézanne, van Gogh) is impressive. It also features extensive art from India and a tribute to Degas in a lovely sculpture garden.
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In the exclusive residential community of San Marino is the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, one of the most remarkable pieces of real estate in Southern California. Here the beautifully restored Itali-
anate mansion of railroad magnate Henry Huntington is packed with 18th- and 19thcentury art including Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy and Sir Thomas Lawrence’s Pinkie. A library with 600,000 rare books and manuscripts occupies another structure. Throughout the 200-acre property are more than one dozen distinct botanical environments, re-creating native habitats from England, China and elsewhere. Tea service is offered in a cottage amid a formal rose garden. Directly south of Old Pasadena is the independent municipality of South Pasadena, a shady, tranquil community. The Mission West historic district, particularly Mission Street, is packed with antique shops, galleries and cafes. The town is particularly kidfriendly, thanks to adorable shops such as the Dinosaur Farm and Fair Oaks Pharmacy, a 1915 restored drugstore with a soda fountain.
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Just west of Pasadena is Eagle Rock, a quiet college town that is reinventing itself as a hip neighborhood with an understated bohochic vibe. Students from Occidental College, where a young Barack Obama studied, mingle with young couples who have snapped up the hillside real estate. Its main drag of Colorado Boulevard is suddenly lined with one trendy cafe after another, from Vietnamese to French to vegetarian—plus Casa Bianca, a venerable old-school pizza joint. On the other side of Eagle Rock is Glendale. Office workers pour out of high-rises for happy hour at The Americana at Brand, an open-air shopping, residential and entertainment development. Here, find value at H&M or splurge at boutiques such as Kate Spade. It’s a great place for a movie followed by a snack from Crumbs Bake Shop or sushi and cocktails at Katsuya. The trilevel indoor shopping center Glendale Galleria is adjacent. Its
department stores include Nordstrom, Macy’s and Target, and specialty boutiques include Banana Republic, Coach and Tilly’s. Glendale’s diverse population—it’s home to one of the largest Armenian communities in America—provides plenty of flavor, including elaborate restaurants. Marked by a towering neon obelisk is the Alex Theatre (216 N. Brand Blvd.), an art deco masterpiece that hosts concerts and musicals. Just north of downtown Glendale is the delightful community of Montrose, with its homespun shops and all-American diners. Nearby is sprawling Descanso Gardens, home to North America’s largest camellia collection—an awesome sight when fully in bloom during January and February.
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Kissing Pasadena’s eastern border is Sierra Madre, a quaint community that refuses to be paved over. Arcadia is home to Santa Anita Park, one of the most storied thoroughbred horse racing venues in the world. Adjacent to the racetrack is Westfield Santa Anita, an ever-expanding shopping center. Arcadia is also home to the 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, whose natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peafowl; you might see a flock crossing nearby streets. The 1771 San Gabriel Mission is a notable landmark in the neighboring city of San Gabriel. The San Gabriel Valley cities of San Gabriel, Temple City, Alhambra and Monterey Park have drawn large numbers of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants in recent decades, and some of the best Chinese restaurants in America are found here, including Hong Kong-style seafood houses that are great fun for dim sum brunches. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 110.
TEAM CALIFORNIA In swimming-speak, the individual medley is an event in which a single swimmer performs four different strokes to win the race. In retail-speak, Individual Medley is a curated space in which an adorable duo of shopowners (namely, Monica and Justin Boyes) brings together a mix of new and vintage wares and wears to win customers’ hearts. Their new Atwater Village shop reflects the owners’ love of all things California. From kids’ clothing by L.A.-based Boy+Girl to candles and incense by Juniper Ridge to their inspired selection of vintage housewares and men’s and women’s clothing, the vibe is at once modern rustic and casually cool. Based on style points alone, we award Monica and Justin the gold. 3176 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village, 323.665.5344, theindividualmedley.com
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situated along the Metro Gold Line, Old Pasadena is a vibrant hub of world-class shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment. Comprised of 22 blocks of nationally-registered historic architecture, Old Pasadena is widely recognized as a premier destination and one of the few truly
walkable urban districts in California. Come explore more than 300 specialty boutiques, exclusive retailers, sidewalk cafĂŠs, and fine restaurants in this authentic main street experience.
A contemporary cabinet of curiosities with a museum perspective on current artists, jewelers, and designers.
Expert repair on premises and a unique selection of watches. Specialist in buying, selling and trading vintage watches.
The only hotel located within Old Pasadena. Walking distance to 300 shops and restaurants. Full-service accommodations.
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22 E. Union St. 626.744.9963 goldbugpasadena.com
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Famous for their 50% ground bacon and 50% ground beef burger, as well as a passion for gourmet comfort food and craft beer.
The greatest store in the entire world for busty ladies. A stunning collection of bras and matching panties where “The Alphabet starts at D”.
Shopping is fun at this high-end designer resale store, offering the best of recent and vintage Chanel, Vuitton, Prada and more!
60 N. Raymond Ave. 626.765.9700 slaters5050.com
18 E. Holly St. 626.744.9484 jenettebras.com
111 E. Union St. 626.440.0929 clothesheaven.com
Luxurious Eco-Friendly boutique offering modern organic essentials for the style and health conscious consumer.
Award-winning cupcakes made fresh every day! Even Martha Stewart agrees, Violet’s is making the world a better place, one cupcake at a time.
Artful living boutique that mixes new upscale furnishings with vintage and renovated second-hand treasures.
8 E. Holly St. 626.229.9998
21 E. Holly St. 626.395.9821 violetscakes.com
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The San Fernando Valley, aka “the other side of the hill,” celebrates the Hollywood spirit.
The Valley is a sprawling collection of bedroom communities whose population approaches 2 million. Immortalized in movies as diverse as Chinatown and Valley Girl, the area derives its name from Mission San Fernando Rey de España, the historic landmark on the Valley’s northernmost edge. Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk hug a hillside above the Hollywood Freeway, marking the southeastern gateway to the Valley.
Just a couple of Metro stops north of the heart of Hollywood is Universal City, a major entertainment industry outpost. Universal Studios Hollywood offers a behind-the-scenes peek into moviemaking and high-tech action rides such as the new Transformers Ride and King Kong 360 3-D, created by film director Peter Jackson. Guests who splurge for Universal’s VIP Experience are pampered like stars and can cut to the front of the line for every ride. Among the wide-ranging attractions next door at pedestrian-only Universal CityWalk are sky-diving simulations at iFLY Hollywood, an exhilarating wind tunnel, mechanical bull riding at Saddle Ranch Chop House, stand-up performances at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club and rock-and-roll bowling at Jillian’s Hi Life Lanes. Boutiques such as Abercrombie & Fitch and Guess Accessories will loosen your wallet before you take in such diverse acts as Ke$ha and Judas Priest at the neighboring Gibson Amphitheatre.
The “beautiful downtown Burbank” that Johnny Carson used to poke fun at has grown up into a cosmopolitan hub with 80 restaurants, 200 shops and 30 movie screens. Burbank Town Center (201 E. Magnolia Blvd.) offers a major mall shopping experience, but surrounding streets, such as historic San Fernando Boulevard, have a more homegrown feel with hip shops and trendy bistros such as Granville Café. Magnolia Park, a quaint
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From left: The NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood; AMC Walkway in Burbank; Universal CityWalk in Universal City
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commercial district centered at Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way, offers cafes, antique shops and boutiques including Encore Nouveau and Swift. Porto’s Bakery is renowned for its Cuban confections and sandwiches, and the iconic Bob’s Big Boy hosts a classic car show every Friday. DeBell Golf Club is open to the public and offers a challenging 18-hole course and a par-three course. If you’re jetting into or out of L.A., you can escape the hassles of LAX by opting for convenient, uncongested Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. It offers nonstop flights to many cities across the country and reduces stress, especially for visitors to the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena or San Gabriel Valley communities.
While the Valley may be dismissed by Westside hipsters, there’s as much Hollywood going on here as in Hollywood itself, thanks to the presence of several studios in Burbank. Warner Bros. Studios and NBC Studios offer back-lot tours similar to those at Universal, and all of the studios recruit audience members for tapings of sitcoms and talk shows. Audiences Unlimited is among the ticketing agencies offering the best opportunities to score free tickets to tapings. For The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, contact NBC directly.
Petty, the boulevard is an integral part of L.A. culture. As it stretches through Studio City, it’s lined with an eclectic mix of eateries, from entertainment-industry-favored Art’s Deli to elegant Bistro Garden, not to mention a greater concentration of acclaimed sushi bars (Katsu-ya, Asanebo) than Little Tokyo. For shopping, there are hip boutiques including Dari and stylish retreats such as ROB|B by OPI Salon and Belle Visage Day Spa, owned by Kirsten Dunst’s mother. Hip bars and supper clubs including Firefly have helped to launch a nightlife scene. You’ll see plenty of famous faces in the Valley, where celebrities treasure its more family-oriented lifestyle. Farther west, as the boulevard winds its way through Sherman Oaks, you’ll encounter laid-back trattorias and bistros as well as shops such as Abundance, a boutique showcasing plus-size designer fashions. Sherman Oaks is also home to Westfield Fashion Square, anchored by Bloomingdale’s and featuring Betsey Johnson, BCBG Max Azria and Lucky Brand boutiques in a particularly pleasant, upscale environment. Sherman Oaks Galleria is near the junction of the 405 and 101 freeways; draws include ArcLight Cinemas.
DEEP IN THE VALLEY
Warner Center is a high-rise mixed-use development in Woodland Hills with restaurants such as Roy’s. Neighboring Westfield Topanga shopping center is loaded with exclusive designer boutiques, including Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Cartier and Hugo Boss, plus anchoring department stores Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Macy’s. Farther westbound on the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) is Calabasas, where celebrities move for clean air and elbow room. Upscale shopping and casual eateries live at the Commons at Calabasas (4799 Commons Way). A few exits beyond that is Westlake Village, where locals hit the spa or do lunch at the Four Seasons. Air Force One is permanently grounded at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in neighboring Simi Valley. North on the Golden State Freeway (I-5) in Valencia, coaster enthusiasts gather at Six Flags Magic Mountain for rides too wild for Disneyland. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 110.
The Commons at Calabasas
North Hollywood wasn’t much of a tourist destination until the community transformed its commercial core into the NoHo Arts District, now filled with nearly two dozen professional theaters, including the landmark El Portal Theatre. These venues present some of the most innovative stage performances in L.A., as neighboring dance studios and art galleries contribute to the scene. With the addition of new restaurants like the Federal Bar, a lively gastropub with a full calendar of music and comedy, the momentum continues for this transit-linked urban village. From NoHo’s Metro station, you can access central Hollywood and downtown via the Red Line subway, or board the Orange Line, a surprisingly sleek express bus that traverses the entire San Fernando Valley.
Ventura Boulevard This iconic, palm-lined boulevard stretches 20 miles from one end of the San Fernando Valley to the other. Immortalized in music by the Everly Brothers, Frank Zappa and Tom
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The South Bay’s beaches and harbors are actionpacked, but the living is easy. Look for ocean-view dining, mom-andpop shops and seaside attractions.
In the South Bay, the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach occupy an idyllic coastal stretch renowned for surfing, volleyball and expensive real estate. Farther south beckon the rugged bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and beyond them, the bustling waterfronts of San Pedro and Long Beach. Longing for a laid-back vibe? Scenic beaches? Premier shopping and dining? Outdoor adventure? You’ll find all of them—and more—here.
Nineteen miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach boasts two miles of beaches with sand so fine that developers from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu imported it in the 1920s. One of the more affluent cities in the county, Manhattan Beach is home to many professional athletes: You may spot an L.A. Kings player as you walk along the Strand, the pedestrian promenade sandwiched between multimillion-dollar homes and the beachfront bike trail. At the end of the 928-foot-long Manhattan Beach Pier, the Roundhouse Aquarium delights with touch tanks and terrifies with a lifesize replica of a great white shark. The pier features bronze plaques commemorating winners of the Manhattan Beach Open—the South Bay is die-hard beach-volleyball country. It’s also a playground for water-sports enthusiasts, including boogie-boarders and surfers who congregate near the pier. East of the pier, casual cafes, laid-back bars and upscale boutiques radiate from the intersection of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue. Metlox plaza is a popular gathering spot, with such shops as Baby Wright’s and the Beehive and hot spots such as Zinc at the Shade Hotel.
Heading south on Manhattan Avenue brings you to Pier Avenue, the heart of Hermosa Beach. Hermosa shares many characteristics of Manhattan Beach, including a scenic twomile stretch of beachfront punctuated by volleyball nets, fitness buffs weaving along the
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From left: The Korean Bell of Friendship in San Pedro; Shoreline Village in Long Beach; Maison Riz restaurant on Redondo Beach Pier
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Lions Lighthouse for Sight in Long Beach
new in town Catalina Coffee & Cafe
Family-owned extension of catalina coffee company serves coffee, beer, wine and a small selection of lunch and dinner items. 2810 artesia Blvd., redondo Beach, 310.598.3951
20/20 Sports Bar & Grill sporting events on 20 tVs, plus 20 beers on tap, 20 appetizers, 20 ways to make your own pizza, burgers, burritos and more. 2701 190th st., redondo Beach, 310.469.6636
USS Iowa World War ii battleship takes on new mission, docked at the port of los angeles as a floating museum. 250 s. harbor Blvd., san pedro, 877.446.9261
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Strand (here merged with the bike path), and a pier studded with bronze plaques commemorating surfing legends. Come late afternoon, the pedestrian plaza at Pier Avenue west of Hermosa Avenue becomes a different kind of South Bay scene, thanks to spillover from hopping bars and restaurants such as Hennessey’s and Mediterraneo. Beyond Pier Plaza to the south, on Hermosa Avenue, Jay Leno draws crowds to the Comedy & Magic Club with Sunday night shows. To the plaza’s east, the ecofriendly cafe/boutique Gum Tree is a charming standout among the specialty shops and bistros that line Pier Avenue. Across the street, Becker’s carries surfboards and beachwear apropos for the town’s reigning pastimes.
The largest of L.A. County’s beach cities, Redondo Beach is home to the 1,457-seat Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and a recreational waterfront featuring two miles of sandy beaches, the popular Redondo Beach Pier and King Harbor. Sepulveda Boulevard becomes Pacific Coast Highway as it enters town; signs point west to King Harbor’s Redondo Beach Marina, one of four marinas in the harbor. Here, you find businesses such as Redondo Sportfishing offering recreational fishing excursions and whale-watching tours, while other local outfitters rent kayaks, paddle boats, bicycles and wave runners. South of the harbor, the historic Redondo Beach Pier has had its ups and downs, but it keeps rising from the ashes to attract locals and visitors to quick eats, amusements and souvenir shops. South of the pier, the gentle waves and somewhat narrow beach of Redondo State Beach draw crowds during the summer, while the bike path meanders by on its way to its terminus at Torrance State Beach. One block east of the beach, the Riviera Village shopping district has a small-town feel, with restaurants
and specialty boutiques such as Lisa Z. and MPressions covering a six-block radius.
PALOS VERDES PENINSULA
Beyond Redondo Beach rises the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a rugged 26-square-mile area known for majestic bluffs that afford sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island. Hugging the coast on Palos Verdes Drive West brings you to Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Interpretive Center, a marine museum and popular gray-whale-watching site during the annual northbound migration. Eight miles inland on Crenshaw Boulevard sprawls the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden in tony Palos Verdes Estates. Just beyond the interpretive center on Palos Verdes Drive West is the Wayfarers Chapel, designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank. The impressive Swedenborgian “glass church” is a popular wedding venue. Golfers, take note: The Mediterraneanstyle Terranea Resort, just south of the chapel, has a public nine-hole course. A couple of miles south, the 18-hole public golf course at Trump National Golf Club is top-ranked.
The multicultural city of San Pedro, on the southeastern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, was once the largest commercial fishing port in the nation. Today, it’s home to the Port of Los Angeles, a major container port that also serves travelers on the Catalina Express and more than 1 million cruise passengers annually. From the port’s World Cruise Center, a vintage trolley takes visitors downtown to the waterfront restaurants and shops of the New England-style Ports O’ Call Village, and then to the marina, part of the Cabrillo Beach Recreational Complex. The complex includes a historic bathhouse and the Frank Gehry-designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, located next to Cabrillo Beach. Windsurfers
of all abilities congregate here, with outfitters including Captain Kirk’s (525 N. Harbor Blvd.) offering rentals and lessons.
Covering 50 square miles in the southwest corner of L.A. County, Long Beach boasts a busy commercial port, an attraction-packed waterfront and more than five miles of beaches. Among its most popular draws is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted ship-turned-hotel, dining and shopping attraction permanently moored in Long Beach Harbor. Alongside it is the Cold War-era Russian Foxtrot Submarine. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Pike at Rainbow Harbor entertainment complex are nearby, as is the Aquarium of the Pacific and the familyfriendly Shoreline Village. From the village, you can rent bicycles and follow the Shoreline pedestrian bike path 3.1 miles along the water, passing the Long Beach Museum of Art. The path ends at the tony Belmont Shore neighborhood. Here you’ll find restaurants and shops along 2nd street, Bay Shore Beach, the Belmont Pier, windsurfing and kite-surfing lessons, and even gondola rides through the canals of Naples, a neighborhood situated on islands in Alamitos Bay. Downtown, along 4th Street between Junipero and Cherry avenues, vintage furniture and clothing shops such as the Vintage Collective make up funky “Retro Row.” In the emergent East Village Arts District, hip galleries and boutiques are sprouting where Linden Avenue meets Broadway, while farther east, an impressive collection of modern and contemporary works decks the walls of the Museum of Latin American Art. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 109.
great find Fifty-six years ago, Hirota Masazumi’s father opened a cookware store in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, where, through years of collaborating with chefs and craftsmen, Masazumi learned the value of quality materials and time-honed design. Today, Masazumi applies that knowledge to the Japanese cookware and utensils he chooses for Hitachiya, his small but exquisite shop in Torrance’s Rolling Hills Plaza. Serious chefs and lovers of handcrafted Japanese design, be warned: The shop’s selection of traditional iron kettles, hand-forged Japanese knives (which can be expertly sharpened and engraved on-site), metal graters, wooden steamers, horse-hair sieves and more may increase heart rate and loosen purse strings. 2509 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Torrance, 310.534.3136
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COUPLES IN THE KITCHEN IN some L.A. RESTAURANTS, cooking with love is more than just a cliché. By Roger Grody
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rofessional cooking can create considerable stress on a relationship. Chefs are never
home at a decent hour, rarely share holidays with their families and are constantly preoccupied with work. In L.A., a number of chefs appear to be overcoming the profession’s pitfalls by marrying and opening restaurants together. Those couples may face a new set of challenges, but one thing’s for sure: Nobody is ever left alone on Valentine’s Day.
“Working as a couple can be challenging,” Claudio says. “When you for many people, working in close quarters with their spouse would and your spouse have different jobs, you can leave work at work and create anything but matrimonial harmony, but for some chefs it not bring it home.” their demands are mitigated by splitting up ownerappears to work quite well. at critically acclaimed Hatfield’s, known ship responsibilities—Claudio’s specialty is food and wine, and adria for its innovative contemporary american cuisine, chef Quinn hatfield handles social media and public relations—between two restaurants. in orchestrates the savory end of the spectrum while pastry chef/wife 2009, seasoned restaurateur Claudio was anxious to open a restaurant karen handles the sweets. “karen and i spend all day together—and with adria, and debuted their first venue, Barbrix. taking two years to night,” says Quinn. “you would think it’s difficult to spend that much convert an old silver lake bungalow into a wine bar, they supported time with someone, but we completely trust each other with both busieach other on stressful days. “adria taught me never to give up,” says ness decisions and issues that impact our personal lives.” Claudio. his wife adds, “he says i’m the best partner he ever had!” Quinn’s progressive entrees might include date- and mint-crusted Cooks County showcases ingredients from a lengthy roster of lamb with potato-chive puree, or pan-roasted branzino with red onion farms, orchards and ranches printed on the daily-changing menu. soubise, sprinkled with an apricot-almond-crunch. for finales, karen among entrees, you might encounter grilled Columbia river salmon produces seductive desserts such as cinnamon swirl brioche bread with artichoke purée and meyer lemon relish. and sweets from Julpudding with maple syrup ice cream. “Working with your spouse is lapat—like her significant other, she’s an alum of Campanile, lucques always a bit tricky,” karen says. “sometimes, you need a bit of space and ammo—leave diners with a strong final impression. and a good old-fashioned date night far, far away from the restaurant.” brooke Williamson was one of the hottest young chefs in l.a. when the formula seems to be working. the hatfields have been cookshe opened amuse Cafe in Venice in 2003 with partner nick roberts. ing together for 15 years (they met in the kitchen at spago) and have now married, they operate a pair of gastropubs, hudson house (514 opened a breakfast-and-lunch concept, the sycamore kitchen (143 s. n. pacific Coast hwy., redondo beach, 310.798.9183) and the tripel la brea ave., l.a., 323.939.0151). it offers karen’s wide-ranging reper(333 Culver blvd., playa del rey, 310.821.0333). here, they apply toire of sweets, from oatmeal-brown butter scones to salted caramel sophisticated technique to menus devoid of pretension. representapecan babka rolls. you can also score a blt made with a slab of pretive of their playful dishes are spicy chicken drumettes with red curry, mium pork belly and a colorful salad of assorted beets. cauliflower fritters with aïoli, and a beer-battered, deep-fried twinkie. among the most prolific restaurateurs in l.a. are Josh loeb and “most couples struggle to spend time with each other, but we’ve Zoe nathan. they met when loeb, a promising restaurateur launching never had the experience of leaving your spouse for an entire work santa monica’s Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen, needed day or week,” says Williamson. “We understand each other’s crazy a pastry chef. nathan, who had honed her skills at places such as Joe’s lives,” adds her husband. Williamson, a recent Top Chef contestant, and bld in l.a., was certainly qualified. the couple, now married, first believes their healthy sense of competition makes them stronger expanded their burgeoning empire with huckleberry bakery & Cafe chefs. “When one of us is feeling uninspired or lazy, we always know (1014 Wilshire blvd., santa monica, 310.451.2311), followed by sweet there is someone to get the other back on track.” rose Creamery (225 26th st., santa monica, 310.260.2663), one of although they don’t work in the same kitchen, one of the most l.a.’s most acclaimed ice cream shops. at Milo & Olive (milo is the influential culinary couples in l.a. is suzanne goin and david lentz. name of their son), the couple turns out some of the best pizzas in goin is chef/co-owner of eateries including Lucques, the terrific wine town. “the best part of working together is getting to be together bar A.O.C., Tavern, and the larder at maple drive (345 n. maple as much as we do,” says loeb. “We know how to be helpful to each drive, beverly hills, 310.248.3779). husband lentz, meanwhile, is other, but we also know when to stay out of each other’s way.” the chef/owner of The Hungry Cat restaurants in hollywood, santa monicouple admits it can be a challenge to leave their problems at the ca and santa barbara, renowned for their raw bars. goin makes it clear restaurant. “it’s really important to come home and decompress, but that the couple respects each other’s creative space: it’s hard sometimes if one of us is worrying about someClockwise from top left: “We only collaborated at the very beginning of the hunthing at work,” says nathan, who is spending more time Zoe Nathan and Josh gry Cat, and that was just to tell david he should follow at home while writing her first cookbook. Loeb, chef-owners of four his heart and cook the food he wants to cook and eat.” mirroring the hatfield’s model is Cooks County, Santa Monica restaurants including Huckleberry While goin notes that she and her husband advise where chef daniel mattern and his girlfriend/pastry chef Bakery & Cafe; cupcakes each other behind the scenes, she is quick to point out, roxana Jullapat choreograph the farm-to-table experifrom Huckleberry; Nick Roberts and Brooke “i think the secret to the success of our marriage is that ence. this couple values their privacy, but another duo at Williamson of the Tripel in we don’t work together. We can come home to a sympaCooks County—husband-and-wife owners Claudio blotPlaya Del Rey and Hudson House in Redondo Beach; thetic ear that wasn’t involved personally in whatever the ta and adria tennor blotta—are more forthcoming. marbar at the Tripel; Little Gem other person’s drama was that day.” ried for six years, they met in 1999 at Campanile where salad at Suzanne Goin’s Tavern in Brentwood Claudio was managing partner and adria a waitress. For bold items, see listings in the where guide.
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a/k/a an american bistro Menu inspired by California wine country cuisine; 40 wines by the glass. Emphasis on house-made and house-cured ingredients in dishes such as PEI mussels with smoked Manila clams and house-made chorizo. L, D (daily). One Colorado, 24 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.564.8111 $$ Map Q19
ANIMAL Bare-bones eatery, from the guys known as the “Two Dudes” to Food Network fans, is a carnivore’s dream. Think delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig’s ear) and a bacon-chocolate crunch bar for dessert. D (nightly). 435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225 $$$ Map I13 artisan house Restaurant-bar-market-deli under one roof emphasizes products from local farms and artisan producers. Seasonal entrees include egg tartine, crispy grilled saltwater trout, various flatbreads; molecular mixology at the bar. Br (Sa–Su), L, D (M–Sa). 600 S. Main St., downtown, 213.622.6333 $$$ Map I6
Two Italian-cuisine whizzes— Paul Hibler, owner and creator of Pitfire Pizza, and chef Jason Neroni, formerly of Osteria la Buca—have collaborated to present Superba Snack Bar, Venice’s newest community gathering spot. Neroni— acclaimed for his handmade pastas—presents an array of noodles plus house-smoked meats and charcuterie, local cheeses and dishes featuring farmers market produce. “A snack bar is the kind of place you can drop by anytime with friends, or by yourself,” Neroni says. “We are striving for Superba Snack Bar to be that kind of place for locals and visitors; we want to offer something for everyone.” The cutting-edge space is courtesy of design firm Design, Bitches. p. 75
CRAFT New York chef Tom Colicchio of TV’s Top Chef brings his signature concept to L.A. The restaurant delivers an endless, contemporary American à la carte menu, with fun, shareable dishes including roasted octopus with romesco and diver scallops with vermouth butter. L (M–F), D (M–Sa). 10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A., 310.279.4180 $$$$ Map K11 eveleigh With a menu chockablock with farm-fresh veggies and meats and a country-chic space, Eveleigh projects an image of cool rusticity. The kitchen endeavors to use house-made ingredients right down to the apple gomme syrup in your cocktail and the brioche toast slices with your Jidori chicken liver pâté. Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.239.1630 $$ Map H12 Hard Rock Cafe Hard Rock can be counted on for fun, indulgent fare such as pulled pork sandwiches, twisted mac, chicken & cheese and barbecued ribs. Memorabilia, artifacts and souvenirs from the on-site gift shop celebrate rock ‘n’ roll’s legends. L, D (daily). Universal CityWalk, 1000 Universal Studios Blvd., Universal City, 818.622.7625; Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.464.7625 $$ Map U19, H13 ink. L.A.’s culinary darling du jour, Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio, showcases daring, thoughtful molecular gastronomy at his first restaurant. Get a five-course tasting menu or explore à la carte small plates including tuna with dashi “sponge,” poutine with lamb neck gravy and chickpea fries, and brussels sprouts with pig ears and cuttlefish. D (nightly). 8360 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.5866 $$$ Map I12 IVY RESTAURANT This is one of the entertainment industry’s favorite gathering spots; if your face isn’t well known, be prepared for a cool reception. American comfort food is often deconstructed to suit the celebrity clientele. L.A.: L, D (daily). Ivy at the Shore: B, L, D (daily), Br (Su). 113 N. Robertson Blvd., L.A., 310.274.8303; Ivy at the Shore, 1535 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.393.3113 $$$ Map I11, L8 Jar Chef Suzanne Tracht presents an L.A. take on traditional, comforting American fare in a chic interpretation of an old-school chophouse. A meal might begin with crab-deviled eggs before moving on to the signature pot roast. Br (Su), D (nightly). 8225 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.655.6566 $$$ Map I12 m.b. post Small plates of seafood, fresh-baked breads, cured meats and more in the space of a former post office. “Eat Your Vegetables” menu makes green beans, brussels sprouts and cauliflower look tantalizing. Br (Sa– Su), L (F), D (nightly). 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405 $$$ Map L13
Restaurants are listed by city on page 86. Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.
American............................... 68 Breweries/Gastropubs..... 70 British...................................... 70 California................................ 70 Chinese................................... 70 Eclectic/Fusion.....................72 French.......................................72 Italian........................................73
Japanese.................................75 Mediterranean......................76 Mexican/Latin......................77 Pan-Asian...............................78 Seafood....................................78 Spanish....................................78 Steak.........................................78 Thai............................................78
Musso & Frank Grill Hollywood’s oldest (1919). Enjoy flannel cakes, lobster Thermidor and Welsh rarebit with the martini; legend has it that this place invented the drink. B, L, D (Tu–Sa). 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7788 $$ Map H13 Noé Visitors heading to the Museum of Contemporary Art or Walt Disney Concert Hall find Noé a convenient spot for a classy repaste. Noé executive chef Glen Ishii serves “neo-bistro” menu with Mediterranean turbot meunière with sauteed watercress and rigatoni with house-cured sausage. D (nightly). Omni Hotel, 251 S. Olive St., downtown, 213.356.4100 $$ Map H16 the royce Chef David Feau does molecular gastronomy and unconventional flavor combinations: lobster and pomegranate “hot and snow,” venison with plantain confit, porcini casserole with pear. D (Tu–Sa). The Langham Huntington Hotel, 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, 626.585.6410 $$$$ Map S20 Saddle Peak Lodge Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, this hunt-lodge-themed spot is a study in romantic rusticity, with moose heads overlooking candlelit tables. The menu focuses on game dishes such as seared New Zealand elk tenderloin or grilled Texas nilgai antelope. Br (Su), D (W–Su). 419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, 818.222.3888 $$$$ Map northwest of A1 smitty’s Grill Soul-warming American classics round out the menu here. Market-fresh fish, braised short rib and roast chicken are favorites. L (M–F), D (nightly). 110 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.792.9999 $$ Map R21 the strand house This South Bay new-comer with awesome ocean views is sophisticated enough to compete with any restaurant in L.A. County’s hipper parts. House-made charcuterie precedes dishes such as hamachi crudo and lobster cavatelli. Blueberry glazed doughnuts end the meal with a bang. Br (Sa– Su), L (Tu–F), D (Tu–Su). 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470 $$$ Map L13 true food kitchen Restaurant at Santa Monica Place offers health-conscious menu inspired by Dr. Andrew Weil’s diet principles. Several vegan and glutenfree options. Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.593.8300 $ Map M8 umami burger Hot specialty burger joint; try the signature Umami Burger with tempura onion rings. (No alcohol served at La Brea Avenue location.) L, D (daily). 4655 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz, 323.669.3922; 1520 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.469.3100; Fred Segal, 500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.451.1300; 850 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.931.3000; 12159 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.286.9004; additional locations at umami.com $ Map W22, H14, L8, J13, A2
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Rose Tree Cottage Sweet, homey spot for English afternoon tea with gracious service from husband-andwife owners. Seatings at 1, 2:30 and 4 pm. Adjacent gift shop. High tea (Tu–Su). 801 S. Pasadena Ave., Pasadena, 626.793.3337 $$ Map R19 waterloo & City Located on an unremarkable strip in Culver City is this surprisingly hip English gastropub dishing out house-made charcuterie, gourmet pizzas topped with green chorizo and Indian butter chicken, and spot-on cocktails. It’s certainly L.A.’s most sophisticated pub grub. D (nightly). 12517 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.391.4222 $$ Map M10 Ye Olde King’s Head Pub/restaurant with cozy dining rooms, fish and chips, high tea, gift shop. B, L, D (daily), high tea (Sa). 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1402 $ Map L8
California Cuisine vertical wine bistro Seventy wines by the glass, more than 400 on the list. New American menu plus fun small plates, cheeses and charcuterie. D (Tu–Su). 70 N. Raymond Ave. (upstairs), Pasadena, 626.795.3999 $$$ Map Q19 wolfgang puck at the hotel bel-air A favorite hideaway of Hollywood elite, the Hotel Bel-Air offers an indoor-outdoor retreat helmed by the father of California cuisine. Puck’s Cantonese roasted duck gets an L.A. twist with figs and fresh pea tendrils, while his take on wiener schnitzel with a marinated fingerling potato salad reminds diners of his Austrian heritage. B, D (daily), L (M–Sa), Br (Su), tea (F–Sa). 701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel-Air, 310.909.1644 $$$$ Map I10
Breweries/Gastropubs father’s office Microbrew mecca; one of L.A.’s best burgers. Santa Monica: L (Sa–Su), D (nightly). Culver City: L (F–Su), D (nightly). 1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Father’s Office 2, 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City. 310.736.2224 $$ Map L8, L11 haven gastropub + Brewery L.A. importing an Orange County restaurant is rare, and so are the animals and exotic parts on Chef Greg Daniels’ menu, a love letter to meat. Begin with an appetizer of pork rillettes and end with red velvet beet cake. Many ingredients are house-made—even the truffle salt! L, D (daily). 42 S. De Lacey Ave., Pasadena, 626.768.9555 $$ Map Q19 lazy ox canteen With winning dishes such as crispy pig ear chicarrónes and fried Jidori hen, Lazy Ox’s cross-cultural gastropub-style offerings are always interesting. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 241 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo, 213.626.5299 $$ Map H17 public kitchen & Bar Meat-heavy but still refined menu includes chicken liver terrine with strawberry-rhubarb marmalade sweetbreads; bar serves cured meats, cheeses and fresh, hand-crafted cocktails. Br (Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.7000 $$$ Map G13
British the parish New. Chef Casey Lane, the 29-year-old wunderkind of the Tasting Kitchen and James Beard Award nominee, imagines a contemporary English gastropub with quality, seasonal ingredients. Small plates include poutine pigs’ feet, roasted bone marrow, fried frogs legs with jalapeño slaw, and stout grilled sausages with pickled cherries. D (nightly). 840 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.225.2400 $$$ Map I16
AKASHA Chef-owner Akasha Richmond takes ecoconsciousness to new heights with sustainable décor and organic food ingredients “whenever possible.” The menu of comfort food includes humanely raised meats (e.g. Niman Ranch pork chops), but Richmond also does intriguing vegetarian plates. B, L (M–F), D (nightly). 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.845.1700 $$ Map L11 Breeze Creative “grill cuisine,” plus sushi bar. Fabulous desserts; distinctive décor. Reservation recommended. B, L, D (daily). Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.551.3334 $$$ Map J11 cafe 140 South California cuisine gets hearty at the redesigned and renamed Crocodile Cafe. Woodfired oven pizzas, thick hand-formed bugers, oakwoodgrilled meats. L, D (daily). 140 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.449.9900 $$ Map R21 Chaya The original Chaya in Japan remains open after 390 years, and Chaya’s popularity endures in Los Angeles, too. The Japanese-accented French/ Italian menus are accomplished and innovative. L (M–F), D (nightly). 8741 Alden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.8833; 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.236.9577; 110 Navy St., Venice, 310.396.1179 $$ Map I11, H16, M8 cooks county The owners of Silver Lake’s beloved Barbrix open another winner. An edited menu of pastas, seafood, braised and slow-roasted meats, and simple starters lists the dozens of family farms from which the restaurant sources. The kitchen makes many of its own ingredients, down to condiments and cured meats. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 8009 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.653.8009 $$ Map I12 Eva restaurant Patina Group alum Mark Gold graciously serves creative, affordable Cal fare in intimate dining room. Family-style, prix fixe dinner on Sundays. Br (Su), L (F), D (W–Sa). 7458 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.634.0700 $$ Map I13
sashimi, prosciutto and quail egg, or Karen’s heavenly sugar-and-spice beignets. D (nightly). 6703 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.935.2977 $$$ Map I13 mar’sel Sustainable menu with produce and herbs from chef’s on-site garden. Overlooks sparkling peninsula. D (W–Su). Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.265.2836 $$$$ Map O13 milo & Olive The husband-and-wife team behind Rustic Canyon opens a tiny, casual pizzeria and bakery. Expect to make friends with your neighbors; seating is communal tables and bar only. Zoe Nathan’s desserts and pastries shouldn’t be missed. B, L, D (daily). 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776 $$ Map K9 Nic’s Sleek restaurant with glass-walled VodBox kept at 10 degrees for vodka and caviar sampling (furs provided), millions of martinis. D (nightly). 453 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.443.8211 $$ Map I11 Parkway Grill Handsome dining room; one of Pasadena’s best restaurants. Diverse menu includes tiger shrimp corndogs, prosciutto-and-arugula pizza, duck breast with cherry reduction. L (M–F), D (nightly). 510 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, 626.795.1001 $$$ Map N16 Polo Lounge Legendary celeb watering hole. McCarthy salad is a perennial favorite; great people watching. Reservation recommended. B, D (daily), L (M–Sa), Br (Su). Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.887.2777 $$$ Map I11 Spago Beverly Hills Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant is remodeled and reimagined on the heels of its 30th anniversary. Among changes are a refreshingly modern dining room and small-plate offerings of barbecued sting ray with spicy sambal, and Santa Barbara spot prawns with suckling pig and hachiya persimmons. Glimpse some of the 30,000 wine bottles on offer in a glass-ensconced “wine wall.” L (M–Sa), D (nightly). 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880 $$$ Map I11 tar & Roses Ex-Wilshire Restaurant chef Andrew Kirschner’s first restaurant focuses on small, rustic shareable plates cooked in his wood-burning oven, but with a few days’ notice he can also whip up large, lavish familystyle suppers of Moroccan-spiced goat or standing rib rack. D (Tu–Su). 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.587.0700 $$$ Map L8 THE tasting kitchen Hipster foodies come for the daily changing menu of innovative yet unpretentious cuisine from new culinary darling chef Casey Lane: small or large plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, vegetables, seafood and pastas. Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.6644 $$$ Map M9 tavern Chef Suzanne Goin’s third L.A. restaurant explores rustic Cal fare in chic environs, including a popular sunlit indoor patio. The frequently changing menu might include “devil’s chicken” with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs or Arctic char with orange-fennel salad. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.806.6464 $$$ Map J9
farmshop Cheery bakery and restaurant with a killer brunch—try salmon rillettes with caper berries and toasted rye. Three-course family-style dinners are served nightly, with the restaurant’s famous fried chicken the star of the meal on Sundays. B, L (M–F), Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Santa Monica, 310.566.2400 $$ Map K8
208 Rodeo Café spills onto cobblestone via at luxe Two Rodeo. A gem. Pan-Asian, French influences. B, L, D (daily). Two Rodeo, 208 Via Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.275.2428 $$ Map J11
Geoffrey’s Prettiest patio in paradise? Offers 180-degree Pacific views; creative seafood. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.457.1519 $$$ Map northwest of K7
CBS Seafood Fine dim sum in a setting not quite so huge as others in Chinatown or Monterey Park. B, L, D (daily). 700 N. Spring St., Chinatown, 213.617.2323 $$ Map G17
hatfield’s Husband-and-wife chef team Quinn and Karen Hatfield combine their talents in the savory and sweet departments, respectively. Guests might dine on Quinn’s reinvented croque madame with yellowtail
Mr. Chow L.A. edition of sceney restaurants in New York and London. Imperial Beijing cuisine. L (M–F), D (nightly). 344 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.9911 $$$ Map I11
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Dining ocean seaFood Vast and boisterous spot serves amazing array of traditional dishes, superfresh seafood, top-of-the-line dim sum. B, L, D (daily). 750 N. Hill St., Chinatown, 213.687.3088 $$ Map G17
Eclectic/Fusion a-Frame Roy Choi, whose Kogi launched a thousand food trucks, offers a bizarro comfort-food menu (beer-can chicken, furikake kettle corn) with Korean influences. List of craft beers and signature cocktails. L (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 12565 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.398.7700 $$ Map M10 asia de cuba Innovative Pan-Asian/Cuban menu at Mondrian hotel. Beautiful patio outside, chic white-onwhite décor inside. Artisan cocktails, ceviches and other raw bar dishes are new to the menu. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8999 $$$ Map H12 bÄco mercat Sizzling hot chef Josef Centeno has drawn international praise for his uniquely inspired creations. The bäco, a flatbread sandwich filled with ingredients such as oxtail hash or chicken escabeche, is his signature dish. Other selections on the diverse menu include buttermilk-fried quail and spicy hamachi crudo. L, D (daily). 408 S. Main St., downtown, 213.687.8808 $$ Map I16
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caFe sierra Cal–Continental-Chinese menu, Vegasstyle dinner buffet and entertainment. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). Hilton Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, 818.509.2030 $$ Map U19
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the gorbaLs It’s low on ambience, with a shabbyquirky dining room, but the Gorbals’ Scottish/Jewish/ Spanish/American fare—from Top Chef winner Ilan Hall—is supercreative. D (M–Sa). Alexandria Hotel, 501 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.488.3408 $$ Map I16
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maison akira Fine French cuisine with Japanese flair (such as a bento box with Kobe beef, miso sea bass and chawanmushi) in Pasadena’s playhouse district. Tencourse omakase available. Br (Su), L (F), D (Tu–Su). 713 E. Green St., Pasadena, 626.796.9501 $$$ Map Q20 sunnY spot New. Food-truck pioneer Roy Choi interprets Carribbean cuisine with explosive flavors and global influences. Playful small plates include “What a Jerk” chicken wings and the “We Be Yammin’ ” sweet-potato tart plus sweet-and-salty fried plantains and a pineapple pork chop with Red Stripe beer glaze. Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 822 Washington Blvd., Venice, 310.448.8884 $$ Map N9 umamicatessen The minds behind Umami Burger have created a dining-hall-style format with six eateries under one roof. Aside from Umami Burger are the Cure, inspired by kosher deli fare; chef Chris Cosentino’s Pigg, shilling all things pork; Spring for Coffee espresso bar; & a Doughnut, serving made-to-order doughnuts; and the Back Bar, serving cocktails and beers. L, D (daily). 852 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.413.8626 $ Map I16
French bouchon The Bouchon bistros from chef Thomas Keller (the French Laundry, Per Se) have become popular for their authentic good looks and superbly executed cuisine. One might begin with salmon rillettes followed by poulet rôti or a croque madame. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (daily). 235 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9910 $$$ Map J11
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cheval blanc bistro The Smith Brothers (Smitty’s Grill, Arroyo Chophouse) take on the classics of French bistro fare—bouillabaisse, steak frites, coq au vin. Br (Su), D (Wu–Su). 41 S. DeLacey Ave., Pasadena, 626.577.4141 $$$ Map Q19 church & State Located in the historic Biscuit Co. Lofts, this downtown eatery has a hip clientele—downtown residents and commuters waiting out rush hour—who crowd the dining room or linger on the patio to soak up the vibe of an authentic French brasserie. L (M–F), D (nightly). 1850 Industrial St., downtown, 213.405.1434 $$ Map J17 COMME ÇA Chef David Myers has turned his attention to more casual French fare at this inviting brasserie with a sophisticated modern aesthetic. All the classics are here, including tarte flambé, escargot, coq au vin, bouillabaisse and duck confit. Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). 8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.782.1104 $$ Map I12 delphine Just off the soaring lobby of the chic W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, demure Delphine establishes a laid-back ambience with vintage photo murals and wood barreled ceilings. Chef Sascha Lyon’s entrees include braised short ribs with roasted root vegetables. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1355 $$$ Map H13 Kendall’s Brasserie Located at the Music Center, Kendall’s is a convenient spot before or after a performance. In addition to dishes with a contemporary flair, all the brasserie favorites are here: fruits de mer, moules frites and braised lamb shank. L (daily), D (Tu–Su; M varies). 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7322 $$ Map H16 maison giraud Alain Giraud’s simple neighborhood restaurant dishes out classic bistro fare and specialties influenced by Alsace and his native Provence; wife Catherine runs the adjacent home-goods boutique, Lavender Blue. B, L, D (daily). 1032 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, 310.459.7561 $$$ Map K7 Mélisse At Mélisse, consistently among L.A.’s highestrated restaurants, chef-owner Josiah Citrin executes a sophisticated modern French menu filled with luxe ingredients. Start with lobster bolognese with black truffles before superb game dishes and selections from a nonpareil cheese cart. D (Tu–Sa). 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.0881 $$$$ Map M8 Patina The Walt Disney Concert Hall is a winning composition of impressive classical music offerings and fine dining at its in-house restaurant, Patina. Game dishes are a frequent presence on the menu, such as wood pigeon with yams, celeriac and pear. D (Tu–Sa). 141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331 $$$$ Map H17 Petrossian Chef Giselle Wellman works with the brand’s signature caviar in creative ways. Highlights include caviar- and roe-topped blinis, vanilla panna cotta with espresso “caviar” (actually tapioca). B, L (daily), D (M–Sa). 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.271.6300 $$$ Map J12
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Angelini Osteria Hardly elegant or romantic, this is nonetheless one of L.A.’s premier Italian restaurants. Chef-owner Gino Angelini demonstrates remarkable range and finesse, from sea-salt-crusted whole branzino to the heavenly lasagna in herb sauce he inherited from his grandmother. Reservation required for dinner, recommended for lunch. L (Tu–F), D (Tu–Su). 7313 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.297.0070 $$$ Map I13 bottega louie This palatial Italian restaurant, decked out in minimalist white marble, is a hip, noisy hall where young professionals and downtown hipsters convene over brick-oven-cooked pizzas and share small plates of portobello fries and clams casino. There’s a wee gourmet market and patisserie, too. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 700 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.802.1470 $$ Map I16
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Dining buca di beppo Heaping, family-style portions. Call for hours. 80 W. Green St., Pasadena, 626.792.7272; 17500 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 818.995.3288; 1670 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach, 310.540.3246; 1000 Universal Studios Blvd., Universal City, 818.509.9463; bucadibeppo.com for more locations. $$ Map Q21, A1, M14, U20 Capo Restaurateur Bruce Marder’s intimate treasure on the coast, near Santa Monica Pier. Fabulous wine list. D (Tu–Sa). 1810 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.394.5550 $$$$ Map L8 cecconi’s This London-based restaurant caters to a well-heeled clientele who come to schmooze over bellinis and ciccheti (small plates). Pastas including a beautiful artichoke tortelli and seafood such as grilled octopus with capers are well executed. B, L, D (daily), Br (Sa–Su). 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000 $$$ Map I12 Cicada This art deco jewel is a perfect specialoccasion spot. Diners enter through magnificent Lalique doors into a room with gold-leaf ceilings and a grand staircase. The modern Italian cooking includes creations such as grilled lamb with apple tempura and horseradish sauce. D (W–F). 617 S. Olive St., downtown, 213.488.9488 $$$ Map I16 culina A contemporary take on regional Italian cuisine is the theme at Culina, where ample coastal inspirations are evident on the menu. The modern design includes a sleek crudo bar and an impressive 25-foot chandelier. B (daily), L (M–Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000 $$$ Map J12 dominick’s Retro Rat Pack vibe inside, airy brick patio with herb garden outside. Intriguing takes on the old favorites: linguine with lemon and chanterelles, wood-grilled burger with crispy speck and burrata. D (nightly). 8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.2335 $$ Map I12
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drago centro Celestino Drago’s executed Italian fare—garganelli with pork sausage and fennel seeds, truffle-crusted Jidori chicken—and extensive wine list in a contemporary and handsome space. L (M–F), D (nightly). 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998 $$$ Map H16 GUSTO Former Culina chef Vic Casanova opens an intimate neighborhood ristorante with a look and feel remniscent of his native Bronx. Dishes such as polpette (pork meatballs) plated over chilled whipped ricotta, baccalà (salt cod) croquettes and fresh-made pastas deserve praise. D (nightly). 8432 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.1778 $$ Map I12 Il Fornaio Trattoria-style favorites; adjoining bakeries offer pastries, sandwiches to take out. Beverly Hills: B, L, D (daily). Manhattan Beach: Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). Santa Monica: Br (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). Pasadena: Br (Su), L, D (daily). 301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.8330; 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.725.9555; 1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.7800; 1 Colorado, Pasadena, 626.683.9797 $$ Map J11, L13, L8, Q19
British Fare, imported beers and world famous Fish & Chips. Open for breakfast weekends at 8am, Fabulous happy hour Mon–Fri 4-7pm. Traditional Afternoon Tea is served Saturdays 2-5pm. Karaoke Sundays at 9pm. Heated patio. Quiz shows every Wednesday. Call for soccer schedule. Stop by the gift shoppe for food and collectibles from the British Isles, including bone china, teapots, souvenir items, tea, candy, wine, cheese and much more.
matteo’s An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Burrata campana salad, mussels in white wine, ossobuco Milanese. D (Tu–Su). 2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 310.475.4521 $$ Map K10 OSTERIA DRAGO Prolific restaurateur/chef and Sicilian native Celestino Drago opens another outpost serving his reliably delicious and comforting cuisine. Shellfish with a citrus vinaigrette is served atop a smooth sea urchin panna cotta, while a raviolo stuffed with ricotta and egg yolk is topped with truffles. L (M–F), D (nightly). 8741 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310.657.1182 $$$ Map H12
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pizzeria mozza The other half of Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza is a more relaxed dining experience, and it’s far easier to get a table than at its sibling, Osteria Mozza, next door. It features pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, cheeses and salumi plates, and rustic daily specials. L, D (daily). 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101 $$ Map H13 scarpetta Scott Conant’s much-lauded NYC-based concept is replicated at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel. Conant is deservedly famous for dishes such as a simple, unbeatable spaghetti with tomato and basil. Br (Su), D (nightly). 225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7970 $$$ Map I11 soLeto trattoria & pizza bar New. Contemporary Southern Italian in spacious, warehouse-chic environs. Antipasti such as grilled oyster mushrooms sprinkled white with truffle oil precede gourmet pizzas (potatoand-bacon, spicy smoked speck) and pastas accented with house-made sausages. L (M–F), D (M–Sa). 801 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.622.3255 $$ Map I16 sotto Contemporary southern Italian in a subterranean space. Start with the blistered Little Gem lettuce with breadcrumbs and aged caprino sardo; move on to whole grilled orata or house-made casarecce with soft-boiled egg and lamb ragù. A half-dozen pizzas, too. L (W–F), D (Tu–Su). 9575 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., 310.277.0210 $$$ Map J11 superba snack bar New. At Jason Neroni and Paul Hibler’s pastaria, house-made noodles are given the most attention, occasionally smoked and infused for maximum flavor. A short wine list includes only California labels, and a selection of beer- and wine-based cocktails is available. Reservations available for parties of six or more only. Br (Sa–Su), L (F), D (nightly). 533 Rose Ave., Venice, 310.399.6400 $$$ Map M8 tra di noi Mainstay restaurant at the Malibu Country Mart; pastas made in-house daily. L, D (daily). 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.0169 $$$ Map K7 vaLentino For more than 30 years, Piero Selvaggio has maintained his flagship’s status as a preeminent temple of Italian gastronomy. A telephone-book-sized wine list—often cited as America’s best—is supported by a cellar containing more than 100,000 bottles. L (F), D (M–Sa). 3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.829.4313 $$$$ Map L9
Japanese benihana This restaurant sees teppanyaki chefs slicing and dicing at each table and grilling up simple fare such as tender steak and chicken, savory vegetables, and shrimp and lobster, which is delivered sizzling to diners’ plates. Encino: L, D (daily). Beverly Hills: L, D (daily). Torrance: L, D (daily). Santa Monica: L, D (daily). 38 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 323.655.7311; 1447 4th St., Santa Monica, 310.260.1423; Encino, 818.788.7121; Torrance, 310.316.7777 $$ Map I12, L8, G9, M14 katsuYa Sushi chef Katsuya Uechi turns out exotic delicacies in sultry spaces by designer Philippe Starck. From signature cocktails to king crab cooked over the robata grill to exotically flavored crème brûlées, Katsuya is never bor-
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Dining ing. L (varies by location), D (nightly). Downtown: D (nightly). 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.207.8744; 6300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.871.8777; 702 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.244.5900; L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.747.9797 $$$ Map K9, H14, northeast of T23, I15 katsu-Ya Top sushi bar along the Valley’s Sushi Row; no-frills décor. Expect a crowd. Studio City: L (M–Sa), D (nightly). Encino: L (M–Sa), D (nightly). 11680 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.985.6976; 16542 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 818.788.2396 $$ Map U18, A1 matsuhisa Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s more modest original flagship incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. Monkfish liver pâté with caviar and Chilean sea bass with truffles are just a couple of his creations. L (M–F), D (nightly). 129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.9639 $$$$ Map I12 nobu The glitzy flagship of Nobu Matsuhisa attracts celebrities as well as serious foodies. An extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi includes many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. Sakes and omakase feasts result in soaring tabs, but the cuisine measures up. D (nightly). 903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 $$$$ Map H12, east of A1 sugarFish Kazunori Nozawa—aka the “Sushi Nazi,” chef/owner of Studio City’s famed former Sushi Nozawa—opens a cheery, casual spot offering preset menus. Tips are included, but prices are about half those at the original. L, D (daily). 47221/4 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.306.6300; 11640 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.820.4477; 600 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.627.3000; 1345 2nd St., Santa Monica, 310.393.3338 $$ Map N9, K9, I16, L8 sushi roku Nouvelle Japanese, sleek décor. Creative menu includes albacore tacos, salmon sashimi with black truffles shaved tableside. L.A.: L (M–Sa), D (nightly). Santa Monica and Pasadena: L, D (daily). 8445 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.6767; 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771; 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000 $$$ Map I12, L8, Q19 sushi sasabune Don’t ask for a California or spicy tuna roll—you’ll be swiftly denied—but do expect incredibly fresh, authentically prepared sushi. The impressive omakase is recommended. L (M–F), D (M–Sa). 12400 Wilshire Blvd., West L.A., 310.820.3596 $$$$ Map K9 urasawa If you’re serious about sushi, make a date to sit at the maple bar of Urasawa. Here you’ll be treated to an incredible omakase dinner—don’t even ask about price—that features the freshest, most artfully presented sushi, sashimi and shabu-shabu dishes. Reservation required. D (Tu–Sa). 218 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.247.8939 $$$$ Map I11
Mediterranean aoc Explore a Mediterranean-inspired menu at the eatery that pioneered two L.A. culinary trends: the smallplates format and the wine bar. Chef-owner Suzanne Goin offers addictive bacon-wrapped, Parmesan-stuffed dates and an excellent selection of cheeses and cured meats from a charcuterie bar. Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 8022 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.653.6359 $$ Map I12 barbrix Of the small-plate eateries, this restaurant, in a converted schoolhouse, is one of the best. Solo diners eat at the bar while couples relax on a charming patio and revelers toast near an exhibition kitchen. Among the standouts are pappardelle with pork and pancetta ragú. D (nightly). 2442 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake, 323.662.2442 $$$ Map east of W23 ca’brea Chef-owner Antonio Tommasi offers excellent Northern Italian fare. L (M–F), D (M–Sa). 346 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.938.2863 $$$ Map J13
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Dining caFe deL reY Ogle impressive pleasure boats in the marina at this waterfront restaurant with plentiful fresh catch and a raw bar. Br (Su), L (M–Sa), D (nightly). 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.6395 $$$ Map N9 cLeo The SBE group’s noisy mezze bar is an unquestionable high point of the Hollywood dining scene. Chef Daniel Elmaleh’s eastern and southern Mediterranean small plates include kebabs of pork belly and blood sausage and wood-burned flatbreads. Cocktails are expensive but irresistible. D (nightly). The Redbury, 1717 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.962.1711 $$$ Map H14 gJeLina Under the direction of talented young chef Travis Lett, hipster servers in T-shirts and newsboy caps serve seasonal Cal-Med small plates and pizzas to chic Westsiders. It’s one of Venice’s most popular restaurants and the neighborhood’s most lively patio. Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1429 $$ Map N9 LucQues Chef-owner Suzanne Goin delivers the next generation of California cuisine, which includes dishes such as turmeric-spiced root vegetable tagine, and grilled club steak for two with potatoes parisienne. Nowhere do vegetables taste as good! L (Tu–Sa), D (nightly). 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277 $$$ Map I13 petros Fine contemporary Greek fare in a cool white dining room or on the covered patio. Dress code for indoor diners. L, D (daily). 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.4100 $$$ Map L13 raY’s & stark bar Petite, Renzo Piano–designed eatery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Contemporary Med-inspired cuisine including vegetables cooked in wood-burning oven. Adjacent Stark Bar offers designer cocktails on an outdoor patio. L, D (Th–Tu). 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6180 $$ Map J13
Mexican/Latin border griLL At Border Grill, chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger combine their unabashed love for Mexico’s market vendors, home cooks and taco stands. The result: bold, fresh and innovative Mexican cuisine. The downtown location offers a free shuttle to L.A. Live and the Music Center. Santa Monica: Br (Sa– Su), L, D (daily). Downtown: L (M–F), D (nightly). 1445 4th St., Santa Monica, 310.451.1655; 445 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.486.5171 $$ Map L8, H16 1810 An eclectic menu features specialties from the Americas and Italy—everything from Argentine sausage to sauteed zucchini, plus some reasonably priced steaks—in casual, brick-clad environs. L, D (daily). 121 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.795.5658 $$ Map Q20 Frida Stylish alta cocina Mexicana. Highlights include a mole tasting platter, a multitude of tacos and traditional cochinita pibil. L, D (daily). 236 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.7666; 750 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.551.1666 $$$ Map I11, southeast of T23 maLo Más Malo combines architectural splendor—it’s in a restored 1920s building—with 21st-century, Mexico City-meets-L.A. décor and cuisine. The original Malo in Silver Lake is less glam, but also hip. Malo: Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). Más Malo: Br (Sa-Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). 4326 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.664.1011; 515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.985.4332 $$ Map south of W23, I16 mo-chica The Peruvian food-court stand that earned Ricardo Zarate the title of Best New Chef from Food & Wine is reinvented as a fine-dining destination. Comfortfood small plates populate the menu; check out the traditional lomo saltado or the alpaca stew topped with a fried egg. D (M–Sa). Mercado la Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.747.2141 $ Map K15
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bLue pLate oYsterette Oceanfront cafe offers a very respectable lobster roll (served with mayo or butter) and other New England specialties, plus a variety of seasonal oysters. L, D (daily). 1355 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.576.3474 $$ Map L8
bLt steak This winning formula on the Sunset Strip proves that the French bistro and the American steakhouse can be seamlessly blended. After appetizers such as tuna tartare or the complimentary Gruyère cheese popovers, steaks are the main attraction, ranging from ultrapricey Kobe to domestic Angus beef. D (Tu–Sa). 8720 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.360.1950 $$$$ Map H12
gLadstone’s maLibu One of SoCal’s biggest hits with a million visitors each year. Dramatic ocean views. B (Sa–Su), L, D (daily). 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.454.3474 $$ Map west of K7 the hungrY cat East Coast fare in hip little spots. Dungeness crab benedict; you-peel or they-peel shrimp by the half-pound. Hollywood: Br (Sa–Su), L (M–F), D (nightly). Santa Monica: D (nightly). Sunset+Vine, 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.2155; 100 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, 310.459.3337 $$ Map H14, L7 picca Ricardo Zarate’s second Peruvian restaurant has grand ambitions and a Japanese twist, with a more dressed-up dining room and larger menu featuring small plates of ceviches, tiraditos, anticuchos and Peruvian-style sushi. Mezzanine bar serves pisco cocktails. D (M–Su). 9575 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., 310.277.0133 $$ Map J11
the Lobster Enjoy a view of the Pacific while indulging in superlative seafood from this Santa Monica Pieradjacent restaurant. The outdoor patio is most coveted for sampling the eponymous crustacean in various iterations. Chef Collin Crannell does a fine job with other seafood dishes, too. L, D (daily). 1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.9294 $$$ Map L8
pLaYa “Urban Latin” small plates from chef John Sedlar. Tapas include maize cakes with fillings such as shrimp, Napa cabbage and mustard ice cream; flower-inlaid tortillas are a Sedlar signature. Br (Sa–Su), D (nightly). 7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.933.5300 $$ Map I13
mccormick & schmick’s Classy wood, glass and brass space; seafood any way you like it. Happy hour. L (varies by location), D (nightly). 206 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.0434; 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.405.0064; 633 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.629.1929; 2101 Rosecrans Ave., El Segundo, 310.416.1123 $$ Map Q19, I11, H16, L13
red o Rick Bayless, one of the leading authorities on Mexican cuisine in America, is consulting chef at this sexy, transporting Melrose eatery. Many of his thoughtful dishes are grounded in tradition, such as Pacific sole and Mazatlan blue shrimp ceviches and cochinita pibil. Br (Su), D (nightly). 8155 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.5009 $$$ Map I12
parkers’ Lighthouse This casually elegant restaurant’s waterfront location affords 360-degree views of Long Beach Harbor. Menu offerings include a wide selection of seafood—stuffed Atlantic salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, inventive sushi—plus traditional chophouse fare such as USDA Prime steaks. L, D (daily). 435 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, 562.432.6500 $$ Map N16
rivera Chef John Sedlar showcases his flair for pan-Latin flavors and attention to detail; consider the housemade nixtamal tortillas inlaid with edible flowers or plates with designs stenciled in spices. A pioneer of the cocktail movement, Rivera has an unbeatable tequila bar. L (M–F), D (nightly). 1050 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.749.1460 $$$ Map I16
providence Chef-owner Michael Cimarusti transforms seafood from the world’s most pristine waters into inventive dishes such as kampachi with miso, buttermilk and green grapes, and striped bass with bacon and Bordelaise sauce. Outstanding cocktails complement Michelin-recognized cuisine. L (F), D (nightly). 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170 $$$$ Map I14
son oF a gun Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meatloving chefs at Animal, turn to the sea for new inspiration. They cook up small shareable plates such as salmon collar, miniature lobster rolls and shrimp toast sandwiches in a nautically themed space. L (M–F), D (nightly). 8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9033 $$$ Map I12
Lukshon Sang Yoon of Father’s Office opens a slick Southeast Asian eatery with a selection of craft beers and Far East-inspired cocktail program. L (Tu–F), D (M–Sa). 3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.202.6808 $$$ Map K12 red medicine The progressive Vietnamese restaurant doesn’t hew to traditions, but the results are intriguing—and visually delicious—presentations. The menu also includes some Pan-Asian dishes such as chicken dumplings, green papaya salad and lamb belly with hoisin sauce. Open late. D (nightly). 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 323.651.5500 $$$ Map J12
water griLL Downtown’s premier seafood restaurant is famed for its huge platters of fruits de mer from the oyster bar. Low-temperature cooking methods are used in dishes such as sauteed Columbia River sturgeon, yielding sensational results. There’s no corkage fee, so why not BYOB? L (M–F), D (nightly). 544 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.891.0900 $$$$ Map H16
boa Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails. Santa Monica: L, D (daily). West Hollywood: L (M–F), D (nightly). 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050 $$$ Map M8, H11 cut A collaboration between Getty Center architect Richard Meier and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Cut is the place to savor genuine Kobe beef steaks ($120-plus) or dry-aged Nebraska beef. Puck’s menu is short on nostalgia but long on flavor. D (M–Sa). Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500 $$$$ Map J11 the griLL on the aLLeY The Grill is a venerable industry hangout, where the maître d’ juggles Hollywood heavyweights, each demanding his favorite table for dealmaking lunches. Polished waiters deliver steaks, Cobb salads and chicken pot pies in a dining room with classic good looks. Beverly Hills: L (M–Sa), D (nightly). Hollywood: L, D (daily), Br (Su). Thousand Oaks: L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.276.0615; The Grill on Hollywood, Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.856.5530; 120 E. Promenade Way, Thousand Oaks, 805.418.1760 $$$ Map I11, H13, north of A10 mastro’s steakhouse Swanky “steakhouse with personality.” Bone-in-filet reigns; warm butter cake melts in your mouth. New Penthouse at Mastro’s is an upstairs lounge. D (nightly). 246 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8782 $$$ Map J11 nick & steF’s A modern interpretation of the classic American steakhouse, Nick & Stef’s offers architecturally exciting dining rooms and a wraparound patio lounge that’s a favorite of downtown workers waiting out traffic. USDA Prime beef is aged on-site in a glass-encased aging chamber. L (M–F), D (nightly). Wells Fargo Building, 330 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.680.0330 $$$ Map H16 the stinking rose “We season our garlic with food,” from Gartini cocktail to garlic ice cream. 40-Clove Garlic Chicken, Silence of the Lamb Shank, Vladimir’s Garlic “Stakes” menu with six steak options. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.652.7673 $$ Map I12 stk Sultry steakhouse for the young crowd, with fun appetizers such as shrimp “rice krispies” and Wagyu beef sliders. Open-air lounge with DJ. D (nightly). 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.659.3535 $$$$ Map I12
the spice tabLe Dishes inspired by Singaporean and Vietnamese traditions: satays, noodle soups, clay pot catfish, grilled or wood-burned vegetables. L, D (M–Sa). 114 S. Central Ave., Little Tokyo, 213.620.1840 $$ Map H17
bar pintxo Prominent California chef Joe Miller (Joe’s) offers authentic tortilla Española, bacalao and croquetas de jamón and Spanish wines. L, D (daily). 109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.458.2012 $$ Map M8
nataLee thai Traditional Thai dishes are served amid edgy, modern décor. Among entrees are Nutty Chicken (a spicy combo of chicken, onion and dried chili) and a sole filet in red curry sauce. Veggie lovers favor the spicy maha jumlong curry. L, D (daily). 10101 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.202.7003; 998 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.855.9380 $ Map L11, I11
wp24 From its 24th-floor roost, WP24 proves that Wolfgang Puck, who pioneered Asian fusion, has still got the goods. The restaurant might offer downtown’s best skyline views. Highlights include “Not Too Classic” hot and sour soup and steamed bao filled with pork belly. D (nightly). The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824 $$$$ Map I15
the bazaar bY José andrés Star chef José Andrés brings whimsical set of Spanish-style dining experiences to the eminently stylish SLS Hotel. Cuisine ranges from rustic fare to the molecular gastronomy creations that have made Spain a culinary leader. Tasting room Saam offers an unforgettable 22-course prix fixe menu. D (nightly). 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555 $$$ Map H16
paLms thai This spot near the Pantages Theater is more known for its entertainment than its cooking, but both are worth the trip. Kavee Thongprecha, “the Thai Elvis,” does campy interpretations of the King’s repertory. Unusual menu items include frog legs with chili and basil. L, D (daily). 5900 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.462.5073 $ Map H14
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208 RODEO Set atop the stairs on Via Rodeo’s cobblestone street, 208 Rodeo serves up luxury and bistro fare in a unique, romantic setting. Exuding Rodeo Drive elegance, the restaurant’s flagstone patio overlooks the BeverlyWilshire Hotel, setting of the film “Pretty Woman”. 208 Rodeo is a gem among the ritzy shops of Two Rodeo. Whether it is for breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner, for a quick bite or a full meal, 208 Rodeo offers it all amid warm regency decor. The eatery, a California cuisine with panAsian and French influences, is serving dishes that are both beautifully presented and imaginatively prepared with seasonal ingredients. Menu highlights include tomato bisque, spicy tuna tartar, cheese platter, kobe burger, seafood salad, penne arrabbiata, roasted salmon, steak on the grill and more. 208 Rodeo also offers cocktails, wines and beers as well as delectable desserts such as chocolate florentine, tiramisu and illy’s Italian cafe. A children’s menu is available for all meals. B, L, D (daily).
Starters Dungeness crab cake Crispy calamari French onion soup Spicy tuna tartar Roasted baby beet Truffled French & sweet fries Tomato bisque Sesame prawns Cheese platter Entrees Penne arrabbiata Filet mignon on the grill Mushroom & salmon pasta Diver scallops Roasted miso salmon Grilled striped bass Pork chop Chicken schnitzel Desserts Chocolate Florentine cannoli Mixed berry rolada Caramel Napoleon tiramisu Triple-layer chocolate mousse White chocolate cheese cake Fruit tart
208 Via Rodeo, Beverly Hills
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BENIHANA At the heart of the Benihana experience lies the teppanyaki table, where masterful chefs expertly prepare fine Japanese cuisine on hibachi grills. Favorites such as filet mignon, New York strip steak, colossal shrimp with butter and lemon, cold-water lobster and the signature hibachi chicken fried rice are cooked to order right in front of guests. Patrons are sure to enjoy the show by Benihana chefs, who are as well known for their culinary theatrics as they are for their outstanding cooking. The appetizer menu includes sushi and tempura selections. Interesting wines, premium imported sake, colorful cocktails and deliciously flavored iced teas are featured on the beverage menu as well as non-alcoholic frozen specialties. Children 12 and under can choose from the Kabuki Kids menu. L, D (daily).
Starters Assorted maki (sushi rolls) Hand roll combination Sushi sampler Sashimi sampler Calamari, shrimp or scallop tempura Beef sashimi Shrimp, scallop or calamari sautĂŠ Edamame Miso soup Hibachi chicken rice Spicy seafood soup Entrees Filet mignon Hibachi steak Hibachi lemon chicken Colossal mango shrimp Spicy hibachi chicken Hibachi Chateaubriand Salmon tsutsumiyaki Hibachi tuna steak Hibachi scallops Hibachi shrimp Twin lobster tails Spicy tofu steak Seafood Diablo with udon noodles Yakisoba Emperors salad Desserts HĂ¤agen-Dazs ice cream Green tea ice cream Fresh pineapple boat Banana tempura
38 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills
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paparazzI rISToraNTE Paparazzi Ristorante in the Sheraton Gateway Hotel near LAX delights diners with fresh pasta in authentic sauces as well as artistically prepared seafood, poultry and steaks. Start with a tasty salad such as the Little Gem Caesar, or choose from appetizers including eggplant parmigiana or tuna tartar with blood orange vinaigrette and an artichoke puree. The house specialty is il cioppino dei Paparazzi. an enticing combination of seafood in a fennel pomodoro broth served with a classic garlic ciabatta. Or try the terra e mare, an Angus filet mignon served alongside wild Pacific prawns, asparagus and gorgonzola mashed potatoes. Pasta lovers can also find comfort with the robust flavorings of the garganelli alla salsiccia, lasagna al brasato or spaghetti alla chitarra. Dine in crisp, clean and classy dĂŠcor. An elegant private dining room accommodates 40 guests and is equipped for entertainment and audio-visual needs. Ranked as one of the top 10 Italian restaurants in Los Angeles by gayot.com. Chef Orazio Parisi has been awarded the Chef of the Year 2011 by Southern California Food Writer Association while inspiring the senses with his simple, classic Italian cuisine with a gentle nod to southern Italy. D (Mâ€“Sa).
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6101 W. Century Blvd., Westchester
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Within walking distance of Universal Studios Entertainment Center, Café Sierra offers an extravagant, Vegasstyle seafood, lobster and prime rib dinner buffet with entertainment. On the weekend, they feature a delectable champagne brunch, voted best in Los Angeles. Signature American international breakfast buffet is perfect for early morning power meetings with Wi-Fi capabilities. A la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner menus offer a wide selection of continental cuisine with an array of award winning wines. The Atrium Lounge features great appetizers and happy hour special cocktails. Alfresco dining is available at pool and cabanas (weather permitting). 10% discount on dinner buffet with hotel key. B, L, D (daily).
555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City 818.509.2030 cafesierrahilton.com
Matteo’s Restaurant Frequented in its early days by celebs including Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, Matteo’s Restaurant has redefined its look and cuisine while maintaining status as the epitome of classic cool. A unique menu that changes with the seasons and an upscale supper club atmosphere form a winning combination of homey and hip. Executive chef Antonio Orlando’s menu feature sumptuous, cosmopolitan Italian fare like veal tartufato, lamb and weekly game specials. Happy hour specials Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday include half-off drinks and a $7 and under bar menu. For lunch, visit adjacent cafe Hoboken, open weekdays. D (Tu-Su).
2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A. 310.475.4521 matteosla.com
Musha tokyo cuisine
Musha Tokyo Cuisine serves unique culinary creations and the freshest fish to delight your palate. The traditional izakaya-style restaurant offers eclectic dishes of the highest quality, including many rarely found outside of Tokyo. The modern décor provides an inviting atmosphere for both couples and groups. Specialties include tempura shrimp glazed with spicy mayonnaise, fresh mackerel seared tableside, an Okonomiyaki-style octopus omelet with yakisoba noodles and wasabi-flavored lobster rolls. Enjoy dinner with some wine, shochu, sake or beer—and, most importantly, with all your friends. At Musha, eating, drinking and laughing are “the greatest joys in life”. D (nightly). 424 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica 310.576.6330 1725 W. Carson St., Torrance 310.787.7344 58 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena 626.405.1518 musha.us special advertising section
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Il Fornaio’s award-winning authentic Italian cuisine is a favorite in Los Angeles. Specialties include house-made pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto, and rotisserie meats. Artisan breads and pasta are made fresh daily. Each month a special menu from a different region of Italy is featured. With an event coordinator on-site to handle all of your needs, Il Fornaio is the perfect location for special events and business functions. Winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2008.
301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.8330 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.725.9555 1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.7800 1 Colorado, Pasadena, 626.683.9797 ilfornaio.com
The Stinking Rose Located on Beverly Hills’ famed Restaurant Row, The Stinking Rose has made a name for itself, and its popularity is evident—people fill the unique dining rooms to partake of the tasty food enhanced by the fragrant bulb. Specialties include two pounds of whole, garlic-roasted Dungeness crab in a secret garlic sauce and the ever-popular forty-clove garlic chicken. “The Best Steak I Ever Tasted was in a Garlic Restaurant—The Stinking Rose in Beverly Hills”—Vladimir. L, D (daily).
55 N. La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire Blvd.), Beverly Hills 310.652.7673 thestinkingrose.com
Noé Restaurant & Bar
Located in the heart of the downtown theater district, minutes from Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Ahmanson Theatre, Noé Restaurant and Bar at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza features executive chef Glen Ishii’s frequently changing, market-driven menu. His contemporary American cuisine emphasizes fresh seasonal ingredients and an exciting selection including seafood and farm-raised meats and poultry. Popular with downtown residents and visitors alike, Noé features both indoor dining and an outdoor patio with intimate fire pits that showcases the stunning downtown skyline. Look for an extensive beverage list with wines and hand-crafted cocktails, pre-theater menus, happy hour specials and seasonal chef-driven events. D (nightly).
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Restaurants City Index Our superguide by area, with cross reference to listings by cuisine. BEVERLY HILLS THE BAZAAR (Spanish).............................................. 78 bouchon (French)....................................................... 72 chaya (California)............................................................ 70
TAR & ROSES (California)........................................... 70
lukshon (Pan-Asian)................................................... 78
LA CIENEGA boulevard RESTAURANT ROW
NATALEE THAI (Thai)................................................ 78
MATSUHISA (Japanese)............................................... 76
VALENTIno (Italian)..................................................... 75
Waterloo & City (British)..............................70
NOBU (Japanese)............................................................... 76
YE OLDE KING’S HEAD (British)....................... 70
father’s office 2 (Brew/Pub)......................70
Culina (Italian)............................................................... 74 CUT (Steak).......................................................................... 78 FRIDA (Mexican)................................................................ 77 the grill on the alley (Steak)................ 78 il fornaio (Italian).................................................... 74 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE (Steak)................... 78 McCORMICK & SCHMICK’S (Seafood)............ 78
THE STINKING ROSE (Steak)............................... 78
downtown artisan house (American)................................. 68
LONG BEACH PARKERs’ LIGHTHOUSE (Seafood).................. 78
bÄco mercat (Eclectic).......................................... 72 cbs seafood (Chinese).......................................... 70 chaya (California)............................................................ 70
MALIBU geoffrey’s (California)............................................ 70
MR. CHOW (Chinese).................................................... 70
church & State (French)..................................... 73
gladstone’s malibu (Seafood).................... 78
NATALEE THAI (Thai)................................................ 78
cicada (Italian)............................................................... 74
maison giraud (French)...................................... 73
nic’s (California)................................................................ 70
drago centro (Italian)........................................ 74
NOBU MALIBU (Japanese)........................................ 76
POLO LOUNGE (California)....................................... 70
the gorbals (Eclectic)........................................... 72
saddle peak lodge (American)................... 68
red medicine (Pan-Asian)...................................... 78
katsuya (Japanese)...................................................... 75
tra di noi (Italian)...................................................... 75
Scarpetta (Italian).................................................... 75
kendall’s brasserie (French)..................... 73
SPAGO (California)............................................................ 70 208 Rodeo (California).............................................. 70 URasawa (Japanese)................................................... 76 wolfgang puck (American)............................. 70
lazy ox canteen (Brew/Pub)......................... 70 más malo (Mexican)................................................... 77 McCORMICK & SCHMICK’S (Seafood)............ 78 mo-chica (Latin).......................................................... 77
MArina del rey
1810 (Latin)........................................................................... 77
buca di beppo (Italian)......................................... 74
Comme çA (French)..................................................... 73
rivera (Latin).................................................................. 78
FRIDA (Mexican)................................................................ 77
COOKS COUNTY (California).................................. 70
soleto trattoria (Italian).............................. 75
haven gastropub (Brew/Pub)....................... 70
eva restaurant (California)................................... 70
the spice table (Pan-Asian).............................. 78
il fornaio (Italian).................................................... 74
Gusto (Italian)................................................................. 74
SUGARFISH (Japanese)................................................ 76
KATSUYA (Japanese)...................................................... 75
Pizzeria Mozza (Italian)..................................... 75 playa (Latin)..................................................................... 78
HOLLYWOOD/EASTSIDE barbrix (Mediterranean)............................................ 76
maison akira (Eclectic)......................................... 72
smitty’s grill (American).................................... 68
ASIA DE CUBA (Eclectic)........................................... 72
sushi roku (Japanese)............................................. 76
BLT STEAK (Steak)........................................................ 78
vertical wine bistro (American)............. 70
BOA (Steak).......................................................................... 78
dominick’s (Italian).................................................... 74
CENTURY CITY BREEZE (California)......................................................... 70
cecconi’s (Italian)....................................................... 74
HARD ROCK CAFE (American)............................. 68
bar pintxo (Spanish)................................................ 78
the HUNGRY CAT (Seafood)................................. 78
blue plate oysterette (Seafood)............ 78
KATSUYA (Japanese)...................................................... 75
boa (Steak).......................................................................... 78
PaLMS THAI (Thai)..................................................... 78 public kitchen + Bar (Brew/Pub).............. 70 umami burger (American)................................... 68
CRAFT (American)............................................................ 68
GJELINA (Mediterranean)............................................. 77 sunny spot (Eclectic)............................................... 72
the royce (American)............................................... 68
the grill on hollywood (Steak)......... 78
MUSSO & FRANK (American)................................. 68
chaya (California)............................................................ 70
rose tree cottage (British).......................... 70
son of a gun (Seafood)........................................ 78
malo (Mexican)................................................................ 77
the tasting kitchen (California)................. 70
delphine (French)........................................................ 73
sugarfish (Japanese)................................................ 76
umami burger (American)................................... 68
parkway grill (California).................................. 70
red o (Mexican)............................................................... 78
KATSUYA (Japanese)...................................................... 75
KATSU-YA (Japanese).................................................... 76
superba snack bar (Italian)......................... 75
cleo (Mediterranean)...................................................... 77
buca di beppo (Italian)......................................... 74
mccormick & schmick’s (Seafood)............ 78
providence (Seafood)............................................. 78
sushi roku (Japanese)............................................. 76
buca di beppo (Italian)......................................... 74
BENIHANA (Japanese).................................................. 75
patina (French)................................................................ 73
lucques (Mediterranean)........................................... 77
PETROS (Mediterranean)............................................... 77 the strand house (American)....................... 68
aoc (Mediterranean).................................................... 76
OSTERIA MOZZA (Italian)....................................... 75
mccormick & schmick’s (Seafood)............ 78
a/k/a bistro (American)........................................ 68
cheval blanc bistro (French)................... 73
WP24 (Pan-Asian)............................................................. 78
m.b. post (American)................................................... 68
The parish (British).................................................... 70
jar (American).................................................................... 68
MAR’SEL (California)....................................................... 70
CAFE SIERRA (Eclectic)............................................. 72
Angelini osteria (Italian). ............................. 73
water grill (Seafood)............................................ 78
il fornaio (Italian).................................................... 74
HARD ROCK CAFE (American)............................. 68
cafe 140 south (California)................................ 70
UMAMICATESSEN (Eclectic)................................... 72
buca di beppo (Italian)......................................... 74
SUGARFISH (Japanese)................................................ 76
OCEAN SEAFOOD (Chinese)................................. 72
ink. (American)................................................................... 68
BENIHANA (Japanese).................................................. 75
cafe del rey (Mediterranean)............................. 77
BEVERLY Boulevard 3RD street MELROSE avenue
NOÉ (American).................................................................. 68
nick and stef’s (Steak)...................................... 78
true food kitchen (American).................... 68
Border Grill (Mexican)........................................ 77 capo (Italian).................................................................... 74 farmshop (California)................................................ 70 father’s office (Brew/Pub)...........................70 the hungry cat (Seafood)................................. 78 il fornaio (Italian).................................................... 74 ivy at the shore (American).........................68
EVELEIGH (American)................................................... 68 Gordon Ramsay (Eclectic)................................. 72 the ivy (American)............................................. ..........68 osteria drago (Italian)....................................... 74 petrossian (French)............................................... 73 STK (Steak)........................................................................... 78
WESTSIDE matteo’s (Italian)....................................................... 74
THE LOBSTER (Seafood)............................................ 78
paparazzi (Italian)..................................................... 75
ANIMAL (American)........................................................ 68
MÉLISSE (French)............................................................. 73
picca (Latin)...................................................................... 78
a-Frame (Eclectic)......................................................... 72
ca’brea (Mediterranean)............................................. 76
MILO & OLIVE (California)......................................... 70
sotto (Italian).................................................................. 75
akasha (California)....................................................... 70
ray’s & stark bar (Mediterranean)............... 77
sushi roku (Japanese)............................................. 76
sushi sasabune (Japanese)............................. 76
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Entertainment staPles Center Feb. 16 Pink, the Hives. L.A. Live, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000 Map I15
Map locators at the end of each listing (map a3; map h10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.
Index Special Events ...................85 Theater ................................85 Music + Dance...................85 Sports...................................85 Attractions .........................85 Studio Tours .......................86
Studio Tapings...................88 Museums ...........................88 Shopping..............................89 Spas .......................................91 Nightlife...............................92 Tours + Transport.............95
Special Events Chinese new year festival Feb. 16–17. Golden Dragon Parade (Feb. 16 1–3 pm) plus cultural performances (Feb. 16 noon–8 pm, Feb 17 noon–5 pm) and festival (Feb. 16–17 10 am–9 pm) with craft beer garden, food trucks and more. Admission free. Parade: From Hill and Ord streets to Broadway and Cesar Chavez, Chinatown. Performance site: Central Plaza and West Plaza, 943–951 N. Broadway, Chinatown. Chinese New Year Festival: PAMC Lot, 715 N. Hill St., Chinatown. 213.680.0243 Map G17 lOs anGeles times travel shOw Feb. 23–24. Fifteenth annual travel convention hosted by the Los Angeles Times. Celebrity speakers, themed stages and areas, cooking demonstrations and more. 10 am–5 pm. $10; tickets at lattravelshow2013.eventbrite.com. Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, events.latimes.com/travelshow Map I15 DOCUDay la Feb. 23. Back-to-back screenings of this year’s Academy Award-nominated documentary films hosted by the International Documentary Association. $45–$60; tickets at documentary.org/docuday2013. Call for hours. Writers Guild of America Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, 323.782.4525 Map H12
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nOthinG tO hiDe Through Feb. 3. Neil Patrick Harris directs sleight-of-hand artists Derek DelGaudio and Helder Guimarães. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10 triBes Opening Feb. 27. When a deaf man, Billy, falls in love with Sylvia, a woman who is going deaf, the couple conflicts with Billy’s family, who never learned sign language. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 BaCkBeat Continuing. Musical about the Beatles’ early days in Liverpool (with former members Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe) features the band’s classic songs. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16 the Gift Continuing. Playwright Joanna Murray Smith’s comedy is about two couples vacationing at a ritzy resort who bond despite their differences. Then a seemingly inconsequential event presents them with a moral issue. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10
Music + Dance DOrOthy ChanDler PaviliOn Feb. 1–3 Joffrey Ballet. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7211 Map H16
walt Disney COnCert hall Feb. 1–2 Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Gianandrea Noseda, pianist Lise de la Salle. Feb. 5 Kodo. Feb. 9 Wayne Shorter Quartet, Esperanza Spalding, L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Vince Mendoza. Feb. 10 Ann Hampton Callaway, Alan Bergman. Feb. 12 Violinist Itzhak Perlman. Feb. 14–16 L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Charles Dutoit, cellist Gautier Capuçon, violist Carrie Dennis. Feb. 17 The Chieftains. Feb. 19 The Colburn Orchestra, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Dietrich Paredes, clarinetist Sang Yoon Kim. Feb. 20 Members of the L.A. Philharmonic. Feb. 21–24 L.A. Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, violinist Gil Shaham. Feb. 26 L.A. Phil New Music Group, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, conductor John Adams, percussionist Joseph Pereira. Feb. 28 L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel. 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000 Map H16 the wiltern Feb. 1 Brian Regan. Feb. 7 Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves. Feb. 9 Ellie Goulding. Feb. 15–17 Soundgarden. Feb. 22 Coheed and Cambria. 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 877.598.8698 Map J13
Sports staPles Center Feb. 12 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns. Feb. 13 Los Angeles Clippers vs. Houston Rockets. Feb. 14 Lakers vs. Clippers. Feb. 15 Los Angeles Kings vs. Washington Capitals. Feb. 17 Harlem Globetrotters. Feb. 20 Lakers vs. Boston Celtics. Feb. 21 Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs. Feb. 22 Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers. Feb. 23 Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets; Clippers vs. Utah Jazz. Feb. 25 Kings vs. Detroit Red Wings. Feb. 26 Clippers vs. Charlotte Bobcats. Feb. 28 Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.745.3000 Map I15
Attractions aDamsOn hOUse 1930s home filled with famed Malibu Potteries tile. Grounds open daily; house W–Sa 11 am–3 pm. $2–$7, under 6 free. No credit cards. 23200 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.8432 Map west of K7 aqUariUm Of the PaCifiC Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Pet the sharks at Shark Lagoon; Lorikeet Forest, Turtle Vision 4-D. The June Keyes Penguin Habitat is new. Daily 9 am–6 pm. $13.95–$24.95, under 3 free. 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100 Map O16 Catalina exPress Year-round boat service to Catalina Island; daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservation recommended. Call for hours. San Pedro, Long Beach: $27.50–$35.25 one-way, $55–$70.50 round-trip; Dana Point: $28.50–$35.25 one-way, $57–$72.50 round-trip; under 2 $2.50–$5. 800.995.4386, catalinaexpress.com CatheDral Of OUr laDy Of the anGels Stunning contemporary cathedral opposite Music Center. M–F 6:30 am–6 pm; Sa 9 am–6 pm; Su 7 am–6 pm. 555 W. Temple St., downtown, 213.680.5200 Map H17 ChinatOwn Ornate architecture, dim sum, shops with Eastern wares. Art and antiques on Chung King Road. Between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Bernard Street, Yale and Spring streets, downtown Map G17 DisneylanD Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Recent additions include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Updated Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain. Fireworks, fantastic Fantasmic! continues. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions):
One for the Books
Medieval manuscripts have been bought and sold, gifted and stolen, hidden and displayed, preserved and re-arranged. They have survived wars, political and religious conflict, natural disasters, the invention of printing and changes in taste. Untold Stories: Collecting and Transforming Medieval Manuscripts, opening Feb. 26 at the Getty Center in Brentwood, features works from the permanent collection, Hearst Castle and other outside loans, and includes books, leaves, cuttings and a variety of rich stories to be told. Getty Museum director Timothy Potts explains, “J. Paul Getty once referred to the ‘eventful lives’ led by art objects before they entered a museum’s collection.” p. 88
“The academy” that those Oscar winners are referring to is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and its Beverly Hills headquarters offers free exhibitions. 310.247.3600
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Attractions + Museums Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue and Vine Street from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, 323.469.8311 Map H13
White House. Daily 10 am–5 pm. $9–$15, under 11 free. 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800.410.8354 Map northwest of A1
KNOTT’S BERRY FARM More than 165 rides and attractions. Roller coasters include Silver Bullet, GhostRider and Xcelerator. Call for hours. $28.99–$57.99, under 3 free. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 714.220.5200 Map D5
RUSSIAN FOXTROT SUBMARINE Tour the Scorpion, moored next to historic Queen Mary ocean liner. Daily 10 am–6 pm. $9.95–$10.95, under 5 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.432.0424 Map O16
Andrew Knott (left) and Daniel Healy in Backbeat at the Ahmanson Theatre
$74–$80, under 2 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map I10 DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK Soarin’ Over California, A Bug’s Land, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania!. Ariel’s Undersea Adventure is newest attraction. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $74–$80, under 2 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map I10 DOLBY THEATRE Tour the home of the Academy Awards formerly named the Kodak Theatre. M–F 10:30 am–4 pm; Sa–Su 8:30–10:30 am. $10–$15, under 4 free. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300 Map H13 EGYPTIAN THEATRE Restored 1922 Hollywood landmark screens classics, cult favorites, indie films. Excellent Forever Hollywood screens daily. Call for schedule. $7–$11. 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.3456 Map H13 EL CAPITAN THEATRE 1926 Spanish-style movie palace screens Disney films new and old. Musical accompaniment to many shows. Call for schedule. $13–$16. VIP admission with reserved seat $26. 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7674 Map H13 EL PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES Birthplace of Los Angeles. Twenty-seven buildings include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest. 130 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274 Map H17 EXPOSITION ROSE GARDEN Grassy pathways bisect 20,000 rose bushes of nearly 200 varieties. Daily 9 am to sunset. Free. 701 State Drive, downtown, 213.763.0114 Map K15 FARMERS MARKET Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. M–F 9 am–9 pm; Sa 9 am–8 pm; Su 10 am–7 pm. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211 Map I13 GAMBLE HOUSE Landmark Arts & Crafts–style home. First come, first served; reservations for daily 2 pm tour one week in advance. Th–Su noon–3 pm. $7–$12.50, under 12 free. 4 Westmoreland Place, Pasadena, 626.793.3334 Map Q19 GREYSTONE MANSION AND PARK Gardens and park grounds open daily. Tours on Saturdays. 10 am–6 pm most days. Free. 905 Loma Vista Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.285.6830 Map I11
L.A. LIVE Burgeoning entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Nokia Theatre and Club Nokia; restaurants, high-tech bowling lanes and nightspots such as the Conga Room. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483 Map I15 L.A. ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS Wildlife in parklike setting. Daily 10 am–5 pm. $9–$14, under 2 free. Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) freeways, 5333 Zoo Drive, L.A., 323.644.4200 Map T23 LOS ANGELES COUNTY ARBORETUM & BOTANIC GARDEN Peafowl roam the grounds and roost overhead at 127-acre garden. Make your own idyllic route or take the tram tour. Daily 9 am–5 pm (last admission 4:30 pm). Free third Tuesday of the month. $3–$8, under 5 free. 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.821.3222 Map Q22 MADAME TUSSAUDS HOLLYWOOD Wax museum with some 115 likenesses of celebrities in music, film, sports and more. Costumes provided for photo ops with figures. Call for hours. $18–$25, under 4 free. 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670 Map H13 THE MUSIC CENTER The 90-minute Symphonian Music Center Tour includes history, architecture. Also see listing for Walt Disney Concert Hall. First come, first served. Tu–Sa 10:30 am–12:30 pm. Free. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399 Map H16 OCEAN FRONT WALK Boardwalk with street performers, souvenir vendors. Muscle Beach–adjacent. Along beach between Marine Street and Grand Boulevard, Venice Map N9 OLVERA STREET Festive open-air Mexican marketplace with restaurants, shops at historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Alameda Street between Main and Los Angeles streets, downtown, 213.628.1274 Map H17 PACIFIC PARK Amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier with rides including a solar-powered Ferris wheel, plus midway games, food vendors, specialty shops. Su–Th 11 am–11 pm, F–Sa 11 am–12:30 am. Admission free; rides $3–$5, unlimited pass $15.95–$21.95. 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.260.8744 Map L8 PORTS O’ CALL VILLAGE Fifty stores and restaurants. Harbor cruises, helicopter tours, boat tours of Port of Los Angeles. 77 Nagoya Way (off Harbor Boulevard), San Pedro Map O15
GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY Iconic attraction overlooking Hollywood. Hourly shows at planetarium. W–F noon–10 pm; Sa–Su 10 am–10 pm. Free; donations accepted. 2800 E. Observatory Road, L.A., 213.473.0800 Map U23
QUEEN MARY SHIP AND SEAPORT Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, dining, art deco lounge and restaurant Sir Winston’s. The Russian Foxtrot Submarine is adjacent. Through Jan. 6 Chill. Continuing Diana: Legacy of a Princess. Su–Th 10 am–6 pm, F–Sa 10 am–7 pm for self-guided and guided tours. $13.95– $24.95, under 5 free. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 562.435.3511 Map O16
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME Celebs’ names are enshrined in bronze-and-terrazzo stars. Free.
RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Air Force One Pavilion houses the Flying
SAN ANTONIO WINERY Complimentary tastings and tour of the only producing winery in L.A., which celebrates its 95th anniversary this year. Restaurant and wine shop on site. Daily 9 am–7 pm. 737 Lamar St., downtown, 323.223.1401 Map G17 SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATIONAL AREA Hiking, horseback riding, bird-watching on 150,000 acres. National Park Service Visitor Center open daily 9 am–5 pm (holidays exempt). 26976 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas, 805.370.2301 Map west of B1 SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN Theme park has 17 coasters; dozens of attractions; rides including world’s tallest, fastest and longest flying coaster, Tatsu, and the world’s tallest vertical drop, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom. Call for hours. $36.99–$61.99, under 3 free. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia, 661.255.4111 Map A2 TCL CHINESE THEATRE Historic Hollywood venue with walkway of stars’ hand- and footprints in the forecourt. Call for movie schedule. 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.464.8111 Map H13 TOURNAMENT HOUSE Tours of Rose Parade headquarters in Wrigley Mansion, Italian Renaissance-style home featuring Centennial Rose Garden and Wrigley Gardens. Th 2 and 3 pm. Free. 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.4100 Map R19 UNIVERSAL CITYWALK Eye-popping dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes boutiques such as Fossil, Guess? and Abercrombie & Fitch, novelty stores and state-of-the-art cinema and IMAX theater. iFLY Hollywood is a simulated sky-diving wind tunnel. Call for hours. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455 Map U20 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD World’s biggest motion picture/TV studio. Rides include new Transformers: The Ride 3-D, Jurassic Park, the Simpsons Ride and Revenge of the Mummy—the Ride. Tram studio tour includes King Kong 360 3-D and film and TV sets. VIP Experience is private guided tour through prop warehouse, working movie sets, soundstages. Call for hours. $72–$80, under 3 free. Front-of-line pass, $139–$149. VIP Experience $269. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377 Map U20 WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL Frank Gehry-designed architectural landmark at the Music Center. Tour options include 45-minute self-guided audio tour narrated by John Lithgow; guided tours at noon and 1 pm; pre-matinee guided tours. Guided tours for 15 or more by reservation. 10 am–2 pm most days. Free. 151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399 Map H16
Studio Tours NBC STUDIOS Seventy-five-minute walking tour; see sets of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Days of Our Lives; wardrobe, makeup, special effects, sound effects. M–F 9 am–3 pm. $5–$8.50, under 5 free. 3000 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, 818.840.3538 Map T21 SONY PICTURES STUDIOS TOUR Two-hour walking tour of working motion picture studio includes sets of television shows and films including Spider-Man. Reservation, photo ID required. M–F 9:30 am–2:30 pm. $33; under 12 not admitted. Parking free. 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687 Map L11
K1 SPEED Indoor electric go-kart racing with snack bars and an arcade. M–Th noon–10 pm, F 11 am–11 pm, Sa 10 am–11 pm, Su 10 am–7 pm. $20 per race. 19038 S. Vermont Ave., Gardena, 310.532.2478 Map L15
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Attractions + Museums PARAMOUNT STUDIOS Tickets to tapings to show tapings offered first come, first served five days in advance and via website. Minimum age 12–18, varies by show. (Dr. Phil tickets, 323.461.7445, Audience@ CBSParamount.com.) 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777, paramount.com Map I14
Museums THE ANNENBERG SPAcE fOR PHOTOGRAPHy Ten thousand square feet with digital projection gallery, print exhibit area. Through Feb. 24 No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World. W–F 11 am–6 pm, Sa 11 am–9 pm, Su 11 am–6 pm. Parking $3.50, $1 after 4:30 pm and all day Sa–Su. Admission free. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 310.209.4560 Map J11
THE STUDIOS AT PARAMOUNT Two-hour group tour of the longest-operating and only remaining major studio in Hollywood. Reservation required. Tours M–F (holidays exempt) at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 2 pm. $45. 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.4848 Map I14 UNIvERSAl STUDIOS HOllywOOD See listing under Attractions. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801 Map U20 wARNER BROS. STUDIOS Two-hour VIP tour of working movie and TV studio includes backlots, enormous soundstages and costume department, memorabilia museum and observation of filming when possible. VIP tours available. Reservation recommended; photo ID required. M–F 8:20 am–4 pm, limited availability Sa–Su. $49, under 8 not admitted. 3400 Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.972.8087 Map U20
Studio Tapings AUDIENcES UNlIMITED Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows on CBS, FOX, NBC and CW. Minimum age 10–18, varies by show. Satellite TV Ticket Booth, Universal Studios Hollywood, 818.260.0041, Ext. 1. tvtickets.com cBS STUDIO cENTER Reserve seats in the studio audience for tapings of prime-time television and game shows. Minimum age 12–18, varies by show. 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City, 818.655.5000 Map U18 cBS TElEvISION cITy Reserve seats for tapings of game shows such as The Price Is Right. Minimum age 12–18, varies by show. 7800 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.575.2345 Map J13 THE EllEN DEGENERES SHOw Free tickets for taping of comedienne’s daytime talk show. Minimum age 14; minors must show photo ID and be accompanied by a parent. Advance tickets, go to ellen.warnerbros.com/tickets; day-of tickets, call before noon. Warner Bros. Studios, 3400 Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.954.5929 Map U20 JIMMy KIMMEl lIvE Free tickets for live tapings of late-night ABC show. Minimum age 18. Phone line open M–F 1–4 pm. El Capitan Entertainment Center, 6840 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 866.546.6984 Map H13 NBc TElEvISION Reserve seats for sitcoms and The Jay Leno Show day of show only at NBC Ticket Box. Two tickets per person, first come, first served. Advance tickets except The Tonight Show through Audiences Unlimited. Minimum age 16. 3000 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, 818.840.3537 Map T21 ON-cAMERA AUDIENcES Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including American Idol, Family Feud, The X Factor, Chelsea Lately. Minimum age 12–18, varies by show. 818.295.2700, ocatv.com
cAlIfORNIA AfRIcAN AMERIcAN MUSEUM History, culture, art. Through Feb. 28 Common Ground II: Shared Experiences. Continuing Sampling the Microscopic Artwork of Willard Wigan; The Legacy of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company: More Than a Business; Go Tell It On the Mountain. Ongoing Gallery of Discovery. Tu– Sa 10 am–5 pm; Su 11 am–5 pm. Free. Parking $10. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, 213.744.7432 Map M8 cAlIfORNIA ScIENcE cENTER Interactive exhibits for budding scientists. Continuing Wild Minds. Ongoing Endeavour: The California Story. Daily 10 am–5 pm. Permanent exhibition gallery, free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $8. 700 State Drive, Exposition Park, downtown, 323.724.3623 Map K15 fASHION INSTITUTE Of DESIGN AND MERcHANDISING (fIDM) Museum & Galleries on fashion school campus. Opening Feb. 12 21st Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design; Accessories From the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. Ongoing Selections From the Annette Green Fragrance Archive. W–Su 10 am–5 pm. Free. 919 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.624.1200 Map I16 GETTy cENTER Beautiful travertine-clad hilltop facility houses stunning collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Fabulous Central Garden and city views. Through Feb. 3 Disegno: Drawing in Europe, 1520–1600; The Art of Devotion in the Middle Ages. Opening Feb. 7 The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display. Through Feb. 10 Florence at the Dawn of the Renaisance: Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350. Opening Feb. 16 Johannes Vermeer’s Woman in Blue Reading a Letter. Through Feb. 17 Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico. Through Feb. 24 The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design. Opening Feb. 26 Untold Stories: Collecting and Transforming Medieval Manuscripts. Continuing In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe. Ongoing The Life of Art: Context, Collecting and Display. Tu–Th, Su 10 am–5:30 pm; F–Sa 10 am–9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 F–Sa after 5 pm. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map K7 GETTy vIllA Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart features Roman and Greek antiquities. Through Feb. 4 Lion Attacking a Horse From the Capitoline Museums, Rome. Ongoing Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity; Roman Ephebe From Naples. Th–M 10 am–5 pm. Free. Parking $15. Advance timed tickets required. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300 Map K7 GRAMMy MUSEUM Museum on L.A. Live campus explores music, the creative and recording processes, and Grammy Award history. Continuing 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story; Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal; Herman Leonard: Documenting the Giants of Jazz; Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston; Good Vibrations: 50 Years of the Beach Boys. Ongoing Michael Jackson. M–F 11:30 am–7:30 pm; Sa–Su 10 am–7:30 pm. $10.95–$12.95, under 6 free. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800 Map I15
HAMMER MUSEUM Traveling shows and installations and permanent collection. Opening Feb. 3 Llyn Foulkes. Through Feb. 7 Meg Cranston. Through Feb. 17 Game Room. Opening Feb. 23 Latifa Echakhch. Continuing Selections From the Grunwald Center and the Hammer Contemporary Collection; Dara Friedman; Enrico David. Tu–F 11 am–8 pm, Sa–Su 11 am–5 pm. $5–$10, free on Thursdays. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000 Map J10 HOllywOOD MUSEUM Ten thousand artifacts on four floors: costumes such as Robert Pattinson’s and Taylor Lautner’s in Twilight; sets including Hannibal Lecter’s cell, props, photos, movie posters, scripts; and Max Factor’s makeup rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball a redhead. In restored Max Factor Building. Continuing Loretta Young: Hollywood Legend. W–Su 10 am–5 pm. $12–$15. 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776 Map H13 HUNTINGTON lIBRARy, ART cOllEcTIONS, AND BOTANIcAl GARDENS Stellar art, buildings and grounds, with more than a dozen themed gardens. Gallery includes Pinkie and The Blue Boy. Opening Feb. 16 Cultivating California: Founding Families of the San Marino Ranch. Through Feb. 18 Britain and the Sea: Maritime Drawings and Watercolors From the Huntington’s Art Collections. Continuing Lesley Vance & Ricky Swallow; Maurice Merlin and the American Scene, 1930–1947. W–M 10:30 am–4:30 pm. $8–$23, under 5 free. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2141 Map R21 JAPANESE AMERIcAN NATIONAl MUSEUM Promotes understanding of ethnic diversity with a focus on the Japanese American experience. Opening Feb. 9 Supernatural. Opening Feb. 16 Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country. Ongoing Common Ground: The Heart of the Community. Tu–W, F–Su 11 am–5 pm; Th noon–8 pm. $5–$9, under 6 free. 369 E. 1st St., downtown, 213.625.0414 Map H17 lOS ANGElES cOUNTy MUSEUM Of ART Diverse premier collections; Broad Contemporary Art Museum and Resnick Pavilion are latest additions. LACMA West nearby. Opening Feb. 2 Jack Stauffacher: Typographic Experiments. Opening Feb. 8 Shinique Smith: Firsthand. Through Feb. 10 Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy. Through Feb. 24 Lost Line: Contemporary Art From the Collections. Opening Feb. 23 Ends and Exits: Picturing Art From the Collections of LACMA and the Broad Art Foundation. Continuing Stanley Kubrick; Masterworks of Expressionist Cinema: Caligari and Metropolis; Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics From the MaryLou Boone Collection; Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ; Walter De Maria: The 2000 Sculpture. Ongoing Levitated Mass; Metropolis II, 1962–2012. M–Tu, Th 11 am–5 pm, F until 8 pm; Sa–Su 10 am–7 pm. $10– $15, under 18 free. LACMA West free. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.; LACMA West, 6067 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000 Map J13 MUSEUM Of cONTEMPORARy ART Premier contemporary art venue. Opening Feb. 10 Fifty Works for Fifty States (GA). Through Feb. 24 Ben Jones: The Video (PDC). Continuing Jason Schmidt: Some Los Angeles Artists (GA); The Panza Collection and Selections From Major Gifts of Beatrice and Philip Gersh, Rita and Taft Schreiber, and Marcia Simon Weisman (GA). Ongoing MOCA Permanent Collection Masterworks 1945–1975 (GA). GA and GC: M, F 11 am–5 pm; Th 11 am–8 pm; Sa–Su 11 am–6 pm. PDC: Tu–F 11 am–5 pm, Sa–Su until 6 pm. $7–$12, under 12 free, Th 5–8 pm free; free at PDC. MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Geffen Contemporary (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA Gallery at Pacific Design Center (PDC), 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 213.626.6222 Map H16, H17, I12 MUSEUM Of TOlERANcE Exhibits examine prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust and human-rights issues. Continuing Para Todos Los Niños: For All the Children. M–F 10 am–5 pm; Su 11 am–5 pm. $11.50–$15.50, under 5 free. 9786 W. Pico Blvd., West L.A., 310.553.8403 Map J11
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CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM 600 State Drive Exposition Park Los Angeles, CA 90037 www.caamuseum.org 213-744-7432
nOrtOn simOn mUseUm Stellar collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks and sculpture garden. Through Feb. 11 Studies in Desperation: A Suite by Connor Everts. Continuing Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, 1889, on Loan From the National Gallery of Art, Washington. W–M noon–6 pm, F until 9 pm. $7–$10; students with photo ID, under 18 free. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840 Map Q19
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Common Ground II: Shared Experiences (at Mercado La Paloma) through February 28, 2013 Sampling the Microscopic Artwork of Willard Wigan through March 17, 2013 Coloring America: Selections from the California African American Museum’s Permanent History Collection through March 24, 2013 Go Tell it on the Mountain through April 7, 2013 African American Military Portraits from the American Civil War: Selected Images from the Library of Congress Collections through April 14, 2013 Legacy of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company: More Than a Business through June 23, 2013 Photo courtesy of Liljenquist Family Collection/Library of Congress
Petersen aUtOmOtive mUseUm Through Feb. 3 Sculpture in Motion: Masterpieces of Italian Design. Continuing Art Wall: Theodore W. Pietsch II; Aerodynamics: From Art to Science. Ongoing Bruce Meyer Gallery: Hot Rods; Otis Chandler Gallery: Motorcycles; The Streetscape: The Car and the City in Southern California; Hollywood Gallery: Cars of Film & Television; Alternative Power; Hot Wheels; Discovery Center. Tu–Su 10 am–6 pm. $3–$10, under 5 free. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277 Map J13 skirBall CUltUral Center The American Jewish experience. Through Feb. 17 Creating the United States; Decades of Dissent: Democracy in Action, 1960–1980; Free to Be U.S.—A First Amendment Experience; Visions and Values: Jewish Life From Antiquity to America. Continuing Voices & Visions. Ongoing Noah’s Ark at the Skirball. Tu–F noon–5 pm; Sa–Su 10 am–5 pm. $5–10, children under 2 free. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500 Map G9
Shopping Destinations the ameriCana at BranD Huge downtown Glendale hot spot with Main Street, U.S.A., atmosphere and trolley from the creators of the Grove. Ninety stores and dining options. Boutiques include a Tiffany & Co. concept store, Kate Spade and Kiehl’s; other draws include H&M, Barneys CO-OP and Pacific Theatre cinema. Brand Boulevard and Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8900 Map southeast of T23 Beverly Center Trend-setting mall near West Hollywood has 160 boutiques (Tiffany & Co., Versace Collection, Fendi, Henri Bendel, Prada) and restaurants including the Capital Grille. Anchors include Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. La Cienega and Beverly boulevards, L.A., 310.854.0070 Map I12 fashiOn DistriCt This downtown neighborhood is a bargain hunter’s paradise. More than 1,000 stores sell to the public at 30%–70% discounts on apparel, accessories, textiles and flowers. Between Main and San Pedro streets; Olympic Boulevard and 7th Street, downtown, 213.488.1153 Map J16 freD seGal A multitude of international trends since 1968 began in what may be L.A.’s most famous store, an emporium of individually owned boutiques. Cafe and salon are popular for shoppers and drop-ins. 8100 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.394.1271; 420 and 500 Broadway, Santa Monica, 323.651.1935 Map I13, L8
MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE www.museumoftolerance.com
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GlenDale Galleria Family-oriented mall with department stores and boutiques including Nordstrom, Crabtree & Evelyn and Vans. Colorado Boulevard and Central Avenue, Glendale, 818.240.9481 Map U23 the GrOve Popular outdoor center has more than 50 shops, a Barneys CO-OP, Nordstrom and nine restaurants in a setting that suggests a grand old
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Shopping downtown. Movie theater, trolley and dancing fountain are draws. The Wall Street Journal rates concierge services No. 1 in the nation. Adjacent to Farmers Market. 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue, L.A., 323.900.8080 Map I13
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Hollywood & Highland CENTER Home of the Academy Awards’ Dolby Theatre. Tinseltown-themed retail, dining and entertainment center features several restaurants, cinema, high-tech bowling lanes and stores such as Louis Vuitton and Lucky Brand Jeans. Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Hollywood, 323.467.6412 Map H13 Jewelry District Retailers offer 50%–70% savings on gems, watches and fine jewelry. At the St. Vincent’s Jewelry Center (645–650 S. Hill St.), you’ll find 500 jewelry merchants. Between Olive Street and Broadway, from 6th to 8th streets, downtown Map I16 malibu country mart Outdoor center tucked away in beach town with upscale boutiques such as Ron Herman, James Perse, Madison; galleries, spas, children’s play area. Restaurants include Tra di Noi. 3835 and 3900 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300 Map northwest of K7 One COlorado Outdoor plaza with boutiques such as Gold Bug, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Papyrus, Armani A/X and deluxe movie theater Ipic Theaters. Refuel after retail therapy at Italian restaurant Il Fornaio or Sushi Roku. 41 Hugus Alley, Old Pasadena, 626.564.1066 Map Q19 ontario mills outlets California’s largest outlet shopping destination. Among 200 stores are Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss Factory Store, DKNY, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom Rack. Thirty-screen cineplex. 1 Mills Circle, Ontario, 909.484.8300 Map east of B6
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