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The locals issue

the guide

4 Editor’s Note

48 Dining Notable restaurants by cuisine and neighborhood

Make yourself at home.

6 Hot Dates

58 Entertainment Special events, performing arts and sports

Rock icons take the stage at L.A.’s concert arenas; Broadway’s Fun Home and Finding Neverland and Las Vegas’ Absinthe visit L.A.; and PPLA Food Fare raises funds for Planned Parenthood.

60 Attractions Theme parks, activities, studio tours, museums and more 66 shopping The county’s major retail destinations

80 30 Things We Love March into spring with floaty dresses, electric art, cool collabs and sweet sips.

where now 8 Arts+Culture L.A.’s museums shine a light on social issues with eye-opening exhibitions.

70 NIGHTLIFE Buzzy bars and cool clubs


72 TOURS + TRANSPORT Getting out, getting around and getting to know Los Angeles

City Tours

L.A.-based labels Aella, Naked Cashmere, Heidi Merrick and Monrow open new boutiques.

12 Q+A


Film and stage actor Demian Bichir talks to Where about his starring turn in Zoot Suit.

Two new downtown drinking dens bow on Broadway.

70 BEACHES Sandy stops along L.A.’s coastline

The Spritz in Nature cocktail at chef Curtis Stone’s Gwen

10 Shopping

13 Nightlife

68 Spas Havens for pampering and beauty

Kerry James Marshall’s 7 am Sunday Morning (2003), at MOCA

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We asked four L.A. tastemakers—hatmaker Nick Fouquet, designer Nicole Miller, wellness guru Shiva Rose and chef Curtis Stone—to take us on a tour of their favorite neighborhoods.  By marina kay












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According to our friends at the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, 47.3 million people traveled to L.A. in 2016. More than 7 million of them were international visitors, including 1.8 million from Mexico and more than 1 million from China. The county attracted more visitors from the Middle East and India than ever before, too.

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All in all, it wasn’t just a record-setting year for L.A. tourism—it was a breathtaking year. Why the growing numbers? A big reason is that L.A. has more and more to offer visitors and residents alike. The new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood was a top draw, for example, and restaurants, shops, salons, arts venues and other businesses are amping up energy in neighborhoods across the city. (Read all about it in the pages that follow.) It’s a self-perpetuating cycle: Tourism is enormously important to L.A., adding $20 billion in direct visitor spending to our economy annually and supporting nearly one of every nine jobs. The more jobs and money, the more L.A. can do to attract visitors. Making it easy and appealing for people from around the world to visit us is in everyone’s best interests. But my personal motivation for promoting tourism is that I genuinely love to meet new people, learn about different cultures and introduce people to the place I call home. In fact, I’d wager that most Angelenos, not just those who work in the travel and tourism industries, share my sentiments. So, from the bottom of my heart, I want to welcome you to Los Angeles and thank you for visiting us. I wish you a wonderful stay and hope that you’ll come back and see us again soon. —Suzanne Ennis


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Where calendar march 2017 Search the full calendar at SoCalPulse.com

March 7-8, 10, 25-26 rock on ... and on ... and on Three of music’s most enduring acts play L.A. this month. First off, Los Angeles funk-rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers (pictured below) headline Staples Center three nights, March 7-8 and 10, promoting their latest album, The Getaway. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi—whose new album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart—takes the stage at the Forum in Inglewood on March 8. And, lastly, legend Eric Clapton plays the Forum on March 25-26 in celebration of 50 years of his music, joined by special guests Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan. p. 60

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march 8-12 REVELATIONS Beloved dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs three electrifying programs at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. p. 60 THROUGH MARCH 12 YOUNG AT HEART Witness the creation of Peter Pan in Finding Neverland, at the Hollywood Pantages. p. 58 OPENING MARCH 12 EXPLORING AVENUES Discover a “secret Los Angeles” with Center Theatre Group during Remote L.A., a live-art theatrical tour. p. 58


fairs, fests and other events

1 PPLA Food Fare > March 2  This annual   culinary fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles offers bites from more than 150 of the city’s best restaurants, breweries and more at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. p. 58

Here for the weekend? Go to SoCalPulse.com for the Weekend Roundup, where you can get the lowdown on the coolest festivals, performingarts events, dining promotions and more.

2 CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL > March   4-5, 11-12  Descanso Gardens welcomes spring with its annual celebration of the pretty pink Japanese blooms. The family-friendly fest features live music, origami and food. p. 60


All-Star Chef Classic > March 8-11

Superstar chefs including Ludo Lefebvre and Curtis Stone cook up dishes for fans inside L.A. Live’s Restaurant Stadium. p. 58

4 ARTNIGHT PASADENA > March 10   During this free evening of art, music and entertainment, travel between 17 of Pasadena’s top cultural venues via shuttle. artnightpasadena.org 5 PALEYFEST > March 17-26  TV lovers   head to the Dolby Theatre each year to take in screenings of the year’s hottest shows, as well as Q&As with their creators and stars. p. 58 6 L.A. marathon > March 19  Each year,   thousands of spectators and participants turn out for a city-spanning race, as well as entertainment and community events (pictured left). p. 58 7 CICLAVIA—Culver city meets venice   > MARCH 26  The popular car-free event returns to the Westside, this time clearing a route from Culver City to the sea for walkers, joggers, skaters and cyclists. p. 58

all month THE WAY WE WORE Admire costumes from last year’s top films (e.g., the Alice Through the Looking Glass outfit below) at the FIDM Museum’s 25th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design. p. 64 ALL MONTH NO PLACE LIKE HOME Tony-winning musical Fun Home, based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, continues its run at the Ahmanson. p. 60

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Hot dates

Opening March 22 DRUNKEN REVELRY Las Vegas’ Absinthe brings its mix of circus, burlesque and vaudeville to L.A. Live. p. 58


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More Than Just a Pretty Picture

Jimmie Durham, Various Elements From the Actual World (2009)

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Throughout history, art has promoted cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, placed a spotlight on injustice and inequality and helped us to visualize both where we’ve been and where we might be headed. Across Los Angeles, arts institutions are engaging visitors with visually exciting exhibitions that feel particularly relevant in this politically and socially fraught age.

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clockwise from top left: Defares Collection, photo courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, London; Japanese american national museum, gift of the yamamoto family; courtesy the artist (Ebrahim Mirmalek); bart bartholomew; © Ted Soqui, 1992

moca grand avenue Kerry James Marshall: Mastry marks the first major U.S. retrospective of Marshall’s work. The artist, who grew up in South Central L.A. and Watts, set out to give African-Americans representation in the art world. His 2003 work Vignette is pictured top left. p. 64

California african american museum Opening March 8, No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992 revisits the L.A. Riots 25 years later and 26 years after Rodney King’s arrest. Powerful images such as Ted Soqui’s photograph of a young boy standing near a firedamaged building on Adams Avenue, taken during the riots on May 2, 1992 (pictured below center), as well as videos, historical documents, posters and fliers, explore the history behind tensions among L.A.’s marginalized groups and communities. p. 64 craft & folk art museum The Craft & Folk Art Museum and Farhang Foundation present Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video, the second biennial exhibition featuring an international roster of artists who explore Iranian culture and heritage in photography and video, such as Ebrahim Mirmalek’s 2014 film A Visual Journey Through Iran: Sistan & Baluchistan, a still from which is pictured at far right. Says CAFAM executive director Suzanne Isken: “[I]n an era where xenophobic rhetoric has taken center stage, we feel that our partnership with the Farhang Foundation has taken on a new urgency.” 5814 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.937.4230

News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media examines how newspapers, magazines and TV news have inspired artists to create works both political and personal. p. 64 Hammer museum The Hammer Museum christened its newly renovated galleries with the opening of Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World, the first North American retrospective of the multifaceted Native American artist. During the 1980s, many of Durham’s New York exhibitions brought visibility to artists of color and tackled political issues of that time. Since Durham’s move to Europe more than 20 years ago,

he has rarely exhibited his art in the U.S., so the Hammer’s exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see his work up close. p. 64 Japanese american national museum Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066 looks back at World War II on the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to remove and incarcerate 120,000 JapaneseAmericans after Pearl Harbor— and explores the act’s relevance today. See historical documents and photographs such as the “No More Japanese Wanted Here” sign in Livingston, Calif., circa 1920, pictured above. p. 64

Museum of Latin American Art Dreamland: A Frank Romero Retrospective, an exhibition of works by the legendary East L.A.-born Chicano artist (the last practicing artist of the groundbreaking Los Four art collective), spans over 50 years of his career, including political art from the ‘80s and ‘90s and recent works in ceramic and neon. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, 562.437.1689 museum of tolerance The museum’s new Appeasement exhibit traces Hitler’s rise to power before WWII and how Allied leaders opted to appease, rather than stop, the dictator. Through interactive exhibits such as the one pictured at bottom right, museumgoers explore historical records and are encouraged to relate the lessons learned to current events. p. 64

Getty center Amid the recent scrutiny placed on the media, the Getty Center’s continuing exhibition Breaking


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Some of our favorite Los Angeles-based fashion labels boast new brick-and-mortars in neighborhoods made for exploring. —Suzanne Ennis

MONROW > 564 Rose Ave., Venice, 424.268.4039, monrowattire.com In 2007, Otis College of Art and Design grads Michelle Wenke and Megan George founded their contemporary

AELLA > 128 ½ N. Larchmont Blvd., L.A., 866.960.1265, aella.co Eunice Cho wanted the perfect pair of black pants. Propelled by that near-universal desire, the Yale and UCLA Business School grad launched Aella in 2014 and set about creating a line of polished separates for stylish women on the go. The travel-friendly, machine-washable clothes, which are crafted in L.A. from European or L.A.-made fabrics, are primarily sold online, or by appointment at the company’s downtown showroom. But for a limited time, a pop-up in quaint

Larchmont Village lets you browse the clothes IRL. our pick The Stretch trouser ($190), pictured below left. Imagine your favorite yoga pants, but boardroom-appropriate. H. Merrick of california > 115 W. 9th St., downtown, 310.424.5520, hmerrickofcalifornia.com Designer Heidi Merrick (pictured right) grew up watching her dad shape boards and her mom sew clothes at Channel Islands Surfboards, the family’s Santa Barbara surf shop. Today, she draws on that heritage at H. Merrick of California, her first retail store/atelier, which brings coastal vibes to downtown’s Broadway Theater District. Here, fans of Merrick’s decade-old eponymous label can find her full collection of easy, Cali-luxe dresses and separates, all of which are designed, made and tailored (by appointment) onsite. Her bohemian-modern home collection is an aesthetic extension of the fashions—you’ll love the sequined pillows and blankets made from repurposed fabric— as is a small selection of lifestyle items, artwork and designer collaborations. our pick An exclusive series of highperformance surfboards ($1,750-$1,850, pictured right), co-created by Merrick and her brother, Britt Merrick (lead shaper and designer for Channel Islands Surfboards). Each season, the boards are crafted in colors that coordinate with the fashion collection.


naked cashmere > 23405 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 424.387.2918, nakedcashmere.com The little sibling to the L.A.-based, familyrun luxury knitwear label 360 Cashmere, Naked Cashmere was conceived as a way to bring its precious yarns “direct from the goats of Mongolia to your closet.” The brand’s first offline retail space, just off PCH, is like a dream closet stuffed with 100 percent cashmere—sold at half the traditional retail price. In addition to supersoft sweaters, jumpsuits, lounge pants and accessories, you’ll find Naked Voyáge by Erica Pelosini, a capsule collection of travel accessories, sweaters and luxury athleisure inspired by the jet-setting stylist (whose pup is named— what else?—Cashmere). our pick The Abbey from the Naked Voyáge collection ($400; pictured on Pelosini, above). Made of 780 grams of pure cashmere in five-gauge knit, this sumptuous blanket will keep you cozy while you fly in first class.

label, Monrow. Hundreds of high-end stockists later, the brand is celebrating the opening of its first stand-alone retail store. Neighboring Lily Ashwell, Parachute and a new outpost of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams on up-and-coming Rose Avenue, the quaint bungalow houses the entire range of the brand’s casualchic wardrobe staples (e.g., cashmere and fleece hoodies, well-cut T-shirts), as well as the men’s and children’s lines. our pick Curve-hugging but comfortable dresses, such as the Cut-Out Cuff Dress ($146), pictured above right. Easy to pack, flattering, wearable day-to-night: What else could a girl want?



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Calm in the Chaos Legendary fashion designer Donna Karan—visionary, activist, philanthropist, yogi—brings her philosophy of “dressing and addressing people” to life at her luxurious lifestyle destination Urban Zen, which works in tandem with her Urban Zen Foundation’s philanthropic initiatives. True to its name, the shop seems miles away from the buzz of nearby Santa Monica Boulevard once you enter through its tranquil courtyard (pictured above) and begin to explore the assortment of women’s ready-to-wear, jewelry, handcrafted leather pieces, furniture and home decor made in partnership with global artisans. One of just five Urban Zen stores in the U.S., this new West Coast location is particularly special to Karan. “My dream was always L.A., because L.A., I thought, got it,” she says. Seems like a perfect fit. 9045 Nemo St., West Hollywood, 424.335.0655, urbanzen.com. > Read the full interview with Donna Karan at SoCalPulse.com.


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What attracted you to playing El Pachuco in Zoot Suit? This is one of the great American plays. Who doesn’t want to play Richard the Third? Who doesn’t want to play Hamlet? [El Pachuco] is a bigger-than-life type of character and a huge challenge for any actor. ... You just want to be a part of great literature and great drama, and Luis Valdez is one of the best playwrights.

ing The Hateful Eight only a block away from there, and I would send my friends, and I remember Kurt Russell saying, “Man, that’s a great chile relleno.” Brad Pitt has his office in the same studio, and he goes there all of the time, too. ... My other favorite place is La Casita Mexicana. ... Those guys are incredible chaps, and they have some of the most wonderful, authentic Mexican cuisine.

Is there a role that you always wanted to play? El Pachuco. Without a doubt.

What are your favorite spots in your neighborhood? We are in the Valley, where you will find some fantastic restaurants. One of my favorites is Little Izaka-ya. It’s pretty much like my house because all of my fellow countrymen are at the sushi bar, [where the chefs are] making fantastic, beautiful dishes and sushi rolls of all kinds. ... They’re all my friends, so all you have to do is go there and be happy.

What was your motivation to write and direct Un Cuento de Circo & a Love Song? I think there is a director in every actor, and some of us are just crazy enough to go ahead and try and actually make it happen!


risks and rewards U.S. audiences know international stage and screen star and ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Immigrants’ Rights Demian Bichir from his roles in Showtime’s Weeds, FX’s The Bridge, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and the 2011 film A Better Life, for which Bichir received an Academy Award best actor nod—only the second Mexican actor to be so honored. Up next on the big screen: Alien: Covenant, Lowriders and Bichir’s directorial debut, Un Cuento de Circo & a Love Song. In the meantime, he’s earning rave reviews as El Pachuco in Center Theatre Group’s revival of Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum, a play that, nearly 40 years ago, put Chicano theater on the map. En route to rehearsal, Bichir talked to Where about coming to L.A., finding fantastic chile rellenos ... and playing the role of a lifetime. —Suzanne Ennis THE DETAILS  La Casita Mexicana 4030 E. Gage Ave., Bell, 323.773.1898, casitamex.com / Dorothy Chandler Pavilion p. 60 / Geffen Playhouse p. 58 / Little Izaka-ya by Katsu-Ya 4517 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks, 818.789.3111, katsu-yagroup.com / Mark Taper Forum p. 58 / Tere’s Mexican Grill 5870 Melrose Ave., Suite 101, L.A., 323.468.9345, teresmexicangrill.com

Where did the idea come from? I think it came from personal experiences of my own journey from Mexico to the U.S. ... This story is about faith and is about redemption and the possibility of love. Those three elements have always been in my life. Why did you move to the U.S.? I was an adventurer ever since I was a kid, and I guess it has to do with that. Also, growing up as a young actor in Mexico, I was a big admirer of the work of Gene Hackman, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Whenever I saw one of their films, I always thought it would be so cool to do that in a different language, to do that with these guys. Then I realized the first thing that I needed to do was learn the language, so that’s when I first moved away. What do you love about L.A.? I would say that food is one of the best things in the city. ... One of my favorite [places] for Mexican food is Tere’s. ... We were shoot-

Where do you like to go to see theater and art in Los Angeles? When I first arrived in Los Angeles, I went to see Hurlyburly at the Geffen Playhouse. ... I thought, “What a beautiful theater, what a beautiful house. I have to work here one day.” Then I had a chance to do that in By the Waters of Babylon. ... I’ve always been a big fan of the Music Center because I’m a big opera fan, and I go to the Dorothy Chandler to [see] the Los Angeles Opera every time I can. Of course, I have been to the Mark Taper Forum. ... I am lucky to say that [at] two of the theater houses I love the most, I have been on the stage already. So have you fulfilled your dream in Los Angeles? I think we are on our way. I say “we” because my team is a key part of [my success]. ... But there is a lot more to do. > Visit SoCalPulse.com for more of this interview.


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Ana Paula Orozco courtesy of Crème magazine. previous spread, from left: courtesy naked cashmere; courtesy aella; courtesy monrow; Nicole LaMotte; courtesy urban zen

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Broadway Buzz A short walk away, Birds & Bees (207 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.537.0510, birdsandbeesla.com), downtown’s hidden new speakeasy, is tucked into the basement of a high-rise office building on Broadway. At the back of a parking lot, enter through a bright yellow door and find a setting that’s a throwback to a midcentury-modern living room, complete with a hanging fireplace (pictured below). You’ll feel like you’re at a cocktail party with friends as you sip on seasonal classics inspired by musicians of the 1950s, including the Desi Arnaz, Ella Fitzgerald and Doris Day—a bourbon-based cocktail made with honey and lemon and topped with matcha-tea foam and a flower. —Christina Xenos

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A dream team of collaborators is behind downtown’s new drinking den Bar Clacson (351 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.265.7477, barclacson.com). Cedd Moses, Eric Needleman and Mark Verge of 213 Hospitality join forces with Eric Alperin (The Varnish) and Richard Boccato (New York’s Dutch Kills) to bring imbibers classic cocktails (including the Prospect Park Swizzle pictured at right, made with silver rum, aquavit, fresh lime juice, sugar, Peychaud’s bitters and mint); beers, ciders and cocktails on tap; and an all-day menu of European fare like bruschetta and paninis. The bar also boasts a Broadway-facing patio and L.A.’s first indoor pétanque court, so guests can sip their drinks while enjoying the classic European game.


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where the locals go Four of the world’s foremost tastemakers share how they spend their days around L.A. Herewith, a series of neighborhood snapshots by a hatmaker to the stars, a fashion designer, a skin care guru and a top chef. B y M A R I N A K AY

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»Raised in France,

designer and former model Nick Fouquet (left) traveled from Australia to Nepal before finding his calling: making hats in California. Since opening his namesake atelier in Venice in 2013, the free spirit has racked up an impressive client base that includes Madonna, Diane Keaton, Justin Bieber and the illustrious Pharrell Williams.

SHOP » Venice holds still some

very cool and obscure stores, if you look hard enough. Tortoise General is an all-time favorite— it’s a Japanese-inspired store that has everything: ceramics, home wares, knives, clothing and kitchen gear. It’s very eclectic, and the attention to detail is amazing. Bazar on Abbot Kinney sells cool clothes like Mister Freedom. My friend Tina owns the store—she has impeccable taste and does a great job curating the space.

EAT » Gjusta has become a

local hangout for a lot of people, and rightfully so. Chef Travis [Lett] and his team have designed and built a really great

place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s always something yummy to pick up from there. I’m still an Abbot’s Habit fan! Not sure how long this Venice establishment will be around, but they have good sandwiches, such as the bobo chicken. For a date, I’d go to Barrique, an Italian spot owned by my friend Tony. It has the best food in Venice—maybe even L.A. I’m gonna go there tonight, I think.

DO » I like to go for bike rides

on the beach up to Santa Monica Pier and back down to Venice Pier, also, Palisades Park to stretch and meditate by the ocean. It’s nice to see the world pass you by.

KEEP FIT » The Now, a new

massage place that opened on Main Street, is really nice. I’m a big fan of Gold’s Gym—it’s not fancy, but has crazy peoplewatching and gets the job done. Also, Love Yoga on Lincoln is such a good place to meditate and do some yoga.

Clockwise from top right: Tortoise General Store; The Now; Gjusta; Bazar. Opposite: The Now

»Abbot’s Habit 1401 Abbot

Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310. 399.1171, abbotshabitvenice.com; Barrique 796 Main St., Venice, 310.399.9010, barriquevenice. com; Bazar 1108C Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310. 314.2101; Gjusta 320 Sunset Ave., Venice, 310.314.0320, gjusta.com; Gold’s Gym 360 Hampton Drive, Venice,

310.392.6004, goldsgym.com; Love Yoga 835 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, loveyogaspace.com; Nick Fouquet 853 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.310.2315, nickfouquet.com; The Now 2407 Main St., Santa Monica, 310. 310.2914, thenowmassage.com; Palisades Park Ocean Avenue between Colorado Avenue and Adelaide Drive; Santa Monica Pier 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica; Tortoise General Store 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.314.8448, tortoisegeneralstore.com; Venice Pier West Washington Boulevard and Ocean Front Walk, Venice


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West hollywood to beverly hills

by Nicole miller

»Nicole Miller’s designs

attract fanfare, especially when worn by Beyoncé. Laverne Cox, Cheryl Hines and Laura Prepon have strutted down the red carpet in her gowns, too. From her boutique in West Hollywood’s Sunset Plaza, the fashion designer (left) shares the ins and outs of her neighborhood, as well as a few favorite spots just beyond its borders in Beverly Hills, Beverly Grove and Fairfax.

EAT » Alfred Coffee on Melrose

Place is the best coffee shop, and their sister Tea Room just opened next door to Frame. Joan’s on Third is the go-to lunch spot. They have a lot of yummy healthy options, as well as a bakery and café. Expect a wait on the tables if you want to eat outside. Make sure to find a seat on the patio at Gracias Madre and order a Purista, or what I call a “Naughty Vegan Delicious Spicy Margarita” (and make it spicy!), as well as the amazing Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. El Carmen is a fun, dimly lit tequila bar on 3rd Street with a great happy hour (but

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order dinner too). Catch LA and Delilah are the new scene-y hot spots in West Hollywood. And if you’re in Beverly Hills, go for the chicken sandwich at The Honor Bar.

on the cheaper side; Face Haus offers a similar concept, but with facials. My favorite studios for a workout include Pop Physique and Cycle House. I’ve heard Shape House is amazing.

DO » Pan Pacific Park is a

»Alfred Coffee 8428 Melrose

nice place to spend a Sunday afternoon relaxing. Shop at Maxfield—it’s an L.A. classic.

PRIMP ’N’ TONE » For hair, I head to Ramirez | Tran, a Beverly Hills salon, then Olive & June, a relaxed manicure and pedicure salon on Cañon. Massages at The Now in West Hollywood are

Place, L.A., 323.944.0811, alfredcoffee.com; Alfred Tea Room 705 N. Alfred St., L.A., 323.592.3465, alfredtea.com; Catch LA 8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.347.6060, catchrestaurants.com; Cycle House 8511 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.358.0888, cyclehousela.com; Delilah 7969

Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.745.0600, delilahla.com; El Carmen 8138 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.852.1552, elcarmenla.com; Face Haus 8377 W. 3rd St., L.A., 855.550.4287, thefacehaus.com; Frame 8467 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.464. 2270, frame-store.com; Gracias Madre 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.978.2170, graciasmadreweho.com; The Honor Bar 122 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.0292, honorbar.com; Joan’s on Third 8350 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323. 655.2285, joansonthird.com; Maxfield 8825 Melrose Ave., L.A., 310.274.8800, maxfieldla.com; Nicole Miller 8633 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.1629, nicolemiller.com; The Now 7611 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5525, thenowmassage.com; Olive & June 430 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.247.0500, olivejune.com; Pan Pacific Park 7600 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323. 939.8874, laparks.org; Pop Physique 7940 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.552.3322, popphysique.com; Ramirez | Tran 8912 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.724.8167, ramireztran.com; Shape House 653 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 855.567.2346, shapehouse.com

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clockwise from top: courtesy elyse walker; courtesy surya spa; kimberly genevieve. opposite, clockwise from top left: courtesy nicole miller; courtesy gracias madre (2); courtesy catch la

Clockwise: Elyse Walker in Pacific Palisades; a detail from Surya Spa. Opposite, clockwise from top center: The Purista and Brussels sprouts from Gracias Madre; Catch LA

westside beaches

by shiva rose


guru Shiva Rose (left) believes in holistic healing with tools like jade eggs and crystals. Such rituals might be considered taboo by some, she says, but they cured her of an autoimmune condition. Now Rose runs a successful toxin-free skin care line (shivarose. com), packed with natural ingredients and ancient wisdom. She reports from her home base in the Santa Monica Mountains.

SHOP » One of the reasons I like

the Pacific Palisades is because it is not really very chic. It’s a sleepy, simple town that feels like “old California.” Sadly, that’s about to change, since there is a big shopping mall being built in the center of town. For now, though, this sleepy town by the sea is charming to me. If I need a fashionable item of clothing, I will go to

Elyse Walker, which has brought modern fashion to the area. I also love The Cottage, a boutique with vintage and resale designer items. Depending on traffic, Venice is only about 15 minutes away, and its Bazar has lovely and imaginative original gifts.

EAT » For a healthy snack or smoothie, I will head over to

Malibu to the SunLife Organics or Erewhon in Venice. Cafe Vida in the Pacific Palisades also has organic and healthy options for lunch. I also will go to the Pacific Palisades Sunday Farmers Market to stock up for the week.

DO » Temescal Canyon is a

beautiful hike, where, depending on the season, you can see the waterfalls flowing.

DETOX » My favorite Ayurvedic spa that also serves delicious, healthy simple meals for the guests is Surya Spa. The Panchakarma treatment is an incredible way to detox and get on a healthy regimen in a powerful and gentle way.

Pacific Palisades, 310.230.8882, elysewalker.com/boutique; Erewhon 585 Venice Blvd., Venice, 310.362.3062, erewhonmarket.com; Pacific Palisades Sunday Farmers Market 15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades, 818.591.8161; SunLife Organics Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, #3, Malibu, 310.457.6161; 29169 Heathercliff Road, #110, Malibu, 310.457.6161, sunlifeorganics.com; Surya Spa 15539 Via de las Olas, Pacific Palisades, 310.459.7715, suryaspa.com (by appointment only); Temescal Gateway Park 15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, 310.454.1395, lamountains.com

»Bazar (see details on p. 15);

Cafe Vida 15317 Antioch St., Pacific Palisades, 310.573.1335, cafevida.net; The Cottage 859 N. Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades, 310.454.5753; Elyse Walker 15306 Antioch St.,


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it reminds me of the things we used to make together. He makes these incredible terrines, and he still has that kind of sense around a piece of meat … if that doesn’t sound too weird.

»Is there anything that Curtis Stone (above) can’t do?

The Aussie expat is a restaurateur, New York Times best-selling author, O, The Oprah Magazine contributor, TV personality and an acclaimed chef. When Stone is not cooking in his Beverly Hills restaurant, Maude, he’s helming Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant in Hollywood, which he opened with his brother, Luke, in 2016. Here are his Hollywood picks.

SHOP » Amoeba is an inde-

pendent music chain with stores in Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood. There aren’t many bricks-and-mortar record stores around these days, so it’s nice to pop in and get lost in the rows upon rows of CDs, vinyl records, audio cassettes, DVDs, video games. … It’s like walking into the set of the film Empire Records. I have never been to a music store quite like it.

EAT » When it comes to Sunday and Monday (my days out of the restaurants), I love being cooked for, and the brekky burrito at The Oaks Gourmet, a local café in the Hollywood Hills, is pretty insane, especially when slathered in hot sauce. I’m a regular at the Hollywood Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. I usually take my two sons and get there as early as possible to beat the crowds and get our pick of the best produce. I love the vibe—it’s full of people

who are excited and passionate about food, who are up early in the morning making the most of their day—and there’s live music. The fresh fish on offer is second to none, so dinner on Sundays is usually fish with a seasonal salad. Brendan Collins, chef/owner of Birch, and I grew up together in the kitchen. We cooked together for seven years at Quo Vadis in London. (I could tell you some funny stories about that guy!) But Birch is great because

DRINK » The historic Hollywood Roosevelt opened in 1927 and is the oldest continually operating hotel in Los Angeles. I’m partial to one of its bars in particular: The Spare Room, a Prohibition-style cocktail bar with a bowling alley and old-school wooden board games. My chefs and I have spent a couple of nights there having a nightcap after an evening in the kitchen at my restaurant Gwen. DO » Lake Hollywood, also

known as Hollywood Reservoir, was designed in the 1920s by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as part of the city’s water storage and supply system. You can walk or bike around the lake along a flat 3.3mile path that has fantastic views of the hills and the Hollywood sign. I highly recommend it. There are a ton of historical theaters and other architectural gems lining Hollywood’s famous boulevards that were built during the Golden Age and now hold restored star appeal. Worth checking out are the Pantages

Theatre, Cinerama Dome, Max Factor Building and Capitol Records Tower—to name just a few.

»Amoeba Music 6400 Sunset

Blvd., L.A., 323.245.6400, amoeba.com; Birch 1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.960.3369, birchlosangeles.com; Capitol Records Tower 1750 Vine St., L.A., capitolrecords.com; Cinerama Dome (ArcLight Cinemas) 6360 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.464.1478, arclightcinemas.com; Gwen 6600 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.946.7500, gwenla.com; Hollywood Farmers Market 1600 Ivar Ave., L.A., 323.463.3171, hfm.la; Hollywood Pantages Theatre 6233 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 800.982.2787, hollywoodpantages.com; The Hollywood Roosevelt 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.856.1970, thehollywoodroosevelt.com; Lake Hollywood 3160 Canyon Lake Drive, L.A., 818.243.1145, laparks.org; Max Factor Building (The Hollywood Museum) 1660 Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776, thehollywoodmuseum.com; The Oaks Gourmet 1915 N. Bronson Ave., L.A., 323.871.8894, theoaksgourmet.com; The Spare Room Hollywood Roosevelt (above), 323.769.7296, spareroomhollywood.com

clockwise from top: clay larsen; courtesy amoeba music; suzanne ennis. opposite, clockwise from top: courtesy the spare room (2); eric waterman; ray kachatorian; liz barclay



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Clockwise from top left: Bowling and dominoes at the Spare Room; Birch; Curtis and Luke Stone; celery sorbet at Gwen. Opposite, bottom, left to right: the Capitol Records Tower; Amoeba Music

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The trend began at performing-arts centers and museums, and now the irresistible combination of food and entertainment has spread to botanical gardens, cultural centers and even sports arenas, where ordinary nachos simply don’t cut it anymore. As L.A. continues to blossom as a creative capital, its diverse, compelling cuisine is appearing at unexpected venues, making any cultural experience all the more appetizing. GASTRONOMIC GARDENS DESCANSO GARDENS, in La Cañada Flintridge, is one of L.A.’s best-kept secrets. Its 160 acres of tranquil gardens are more rustic than the meticulously manicured grounds at the nearby Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.


For years, the only on-site dining at Descanso was the casual Descanso Café, operated by the Patina Restaurant Group—the organization maintains a presence at cultural centers throughout Southern California— where you can grab a sandwich or salad and enjoy outdoor seating. But the group has recently introduced a second dining option, Maple at Descanso Gardens. A sprawling retreat on the northern edge of metropolitan L.A., Descanso is home to North America’s largest collection of camellias, an imposing oak forest and a serene Japanese garden, among other attractions. The new restaurant is housed in a comfortable Craftsman-style building previously used for classes and seminars. The restaurant is only open for dinner during special and private events, so weekend brunch is the main attraction; guests enjoy starters like radishavocado toast or an heirloom beet tostada before moving on to main courses like executive chef Mark Salazar’s signature take on eggs Benedict, fried chicken paired with beignets instead of waffles, or a cast-iron banana-nut muffin. The lodge-like ambiance, in the midst of such beautiful grounds, feels like summer camp for grown-ups.

HUNTINGTON HAPPENINGS THE HUNTINGTON, despite its international reputation and formidable endowment, never offered much in the way of food beyond a

standard café and a traditional rose-garden tearoom. A new food-and-beverage concessions deal was recently struck with Bon Appétit Management Co., which brought in celebrity chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (founders of Border Grill) along with longtime associate and Blue Window co-owner Kajsa Alger. The multivenue package was rolled out in November, delighting visitors to the impressive institution. The former main café has been renamed 1919, transformed into a food-hall concept with several stations to explore, including one identified as Border Grill. Offering everything from pizzas to sushi rolls, the various menus could not be more diverse, extending far beyond Mexican-inspired specialties. In addition to citrus-chicken quesadillas, Peruvian mahimahi ceviche and habaneroapricot wings, available snacks include grilled octopus with watermelon relish, charcuterie and a teriyaki burger with wasabi aioli. Alger oversees the made-to-order sushi, prepared in accordance with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s strict sustainability guidelines. Over at the Chinese Garden, Alger has created a menu at Freshwater Dumpling & Noodle House that includes hand-rolled scallion pancakes, Nepalese vegetarian dumplings, sticky rice with Chinese sausage and mushrooms wrapped in lotus leaves, and tek-tek noodles with stir-fried vegetables and peanut sauce. The setting, at a pagoda with




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Fried quail with watermelon, almonds and lime at Manuela. Opposite, from top: the Janapolitan cocktail at Cleo; Maple's asparagus salad

THE PICKS Descanso Gardens

The Huntington

L.A. Live

/Maple / 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.864.6435

/1919 / 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100

/Cleo / 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 424.888.7818

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

/Freshwater Dumpling & Noodle House / 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100

Staples Center

/Manuela / 907 E. 3rd St., downtown, 323.849.0480

/Rose Garden Tea Room / 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2100

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/Blaze Pizza / Main Concourse across from Section 109, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 /B.S. Taqueria / Main Concourse next to Section 117, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100

/ Dave’s Doghouse / Main Concourse next to Sections 102 and 111, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 / LudoBird / Main Concourse across from Section 119, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100

The Wiltern /Terra Cotta/ 3760 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.365.1077

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ample terraces overlooking tranquil koi ponds, could hardly be more idyllic, enveloped by the splendor of the Huntington’s 120 acres. The Rose Garden Tea Room, surrounded by the 1,200-variety Rose Garden, is still available for a more traditional experience, and the fare includes everything one expects from high tea: crumpets and scones with Devonshire cream, fresh berries, finger sandwiches and pastries, as well as smoked salmon, salads and, for an added tariff, sparkling wine or blinis topped with caviar.

Cleo Goes Live For years, some of the best Mediterranean cuisine—centuries-old traditions from the Middle East and North Africa updated for a hip L.A. crowd—has been found at Hollywood’s Cleo, tucked into an equally cool boutique hotel called the Redbury. After debuting in Las Vegas, Cleo continues to expand, taking over an 8,000-square-foot space at L.A. Live. The new location features the same innovative cuisine from chef Danny Elmaleh, whose father founded a Moroccan restaurant in Japan. That cross-cultural pedigree gives you a feel for the innovative approach that

is truly part of the chef’s DNA. On the other hand, he is relatively restrained when it comes to classic dishes like muhammara, falafel and shawarma. They have a refined quality to them, but he does not alter their essence. The latest Cleo has a sophisticated modern interior with subtle North African elements that suits the downtown location. Guests can load up on lamb sliders, Moroccan fried chicken with harissa aioli and duck bastilla— or choose from a large selection of tapassize meze and signature cocktails—before a Clippers game, pop concert or visit to the Grammy Museum, a relatively undiscovered gem at L.A. Live.

Arts district eats The Arts District is very possibly the most exciting neighborhood in all of downtown L.A. It was only a few years ago that restaurants like Bestia and the Factory Kitchen made tentative moves into the Arts District, an area occupied by crumbling warehouses and factories. Today the momentum seems unstoppable. Massive projects like the 32acre Row DTLA are bringing new shops, galleries and restaurants into an area Angelenos have avoided most of their lives. Art remains a priority, demonstrated by the arrival of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, a gallery with outposts in Zurich, London and New York. The sprawling multidisciplinary art center occupies an old flour mill in the AD, and its interior was designed by noted New Yorkbased museum architect Annabelle Selldorf. In addition to exhibition, education and research components, the 100,000-squarefoot complex includes an intriguing dining opportunity, a restaurant called Manuela.

The vintage, art-filled space is composed largely of materials reclaimed from the 1930s mill or surrounding Arts District buildings, and the result is a homey, approachable vibe. Orchestrating the cuisine is chef Wes Whitsell, a native Texan who previously cooked at Gjelina, Blair’s and Osteria la Buca. At Manuela, he offers a menu that combines Southern charm with European sophistication and a few Latin notes. Diners might begin with smoked jalapeñolaced elk tartare, chickpea-squash soup or grilled lettuce salad before hooking into trout with almond-brown-butter sauce, or smoked chicken with dirty rice. Finales include cobblers and chocolate-banana bread pudding. Manuela is far more interesting than most museum restaurants, which is just what it might take to draw reluctant patrons into the AD to view fine art.

Architectural Treasure There have been a number of restaurants in the space next to the Wiltern, Koreatown’s 1931 art deco landmark and one of L.A.’s truly grand performance venues. Just opened there, with a name that pays tribute to the material composing the theater building’s distinctive blue-green facade, is Terra Cotta. The dining room includes elements that mirror the vintage opulence of its neighbor, namely crystal chandeliers hanging from 20-foot ceilings, gilded detailing and Spanish-style tiles. Executive chef Danny Ye, formerly of Nobu in New York, has created a menu that speaks to the neighborhood yet ventures far beyond it, with influences from around the globe. Starters include grilled octopus with

clockwise from top left: courtesy the huntington (2); courtesy staples center. opposite, from top: courtesy cleo; Ariel ip

Clockwise from left: 1919’s Baja ceviche at the Huntington; a view of the Huntington’s café; Staples Center’s culinary dream team


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Dishes at Cleo L.A. Live. Below: Crystal chandeliers illuminating Terra Cotta’s dining room

kochujang-spiked romesco sauce, crispy tempura smelts and hamachi with jalapeñotarragon emulsion; main dishes include salmon with yuzu kosho, shellfish pasta with uni-butter sauce, and filet mignon with a soy-mirin reduction and pomme puree. A seductively backlit bar dispenses creative cocktails that combine classic concepts with global inspirations.

GROWN-UP B-BALL GRUB LEVY RESTAURANTS, which contracts for food concessions at major-league sports venues around the nation, is pushing the

envelope at Staples Center, recognizing that an L.A. crowd craves more than the ordinary hot dog. Since 2014, Levy’s celebrity-chefs program has elevated the genre of sports grub and, most recently, brought in chef Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish) to open a branch of his hot B.S. Taqueria at Staples Center. Garcia adds to the list of celebrity chefs at Staples Center, which includes fine-dining chef Josiah Citrin (Mélisse, Charcoal), who applies his classic French sensibilities to the all-American hot dog at Dave’s Doghouse on the arena’s Main Concourse. Nearby, Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Trois Familia) introduced his LudoBird gourmet fried chicken (LudoBird recently opened another location at Universal CityWalk, the dining and shopping promenade next to Universal Studios Hollywood.) There is also a Blaze Pizza at Staples, helmed by executive chef Bradford Kent (Olio Wood Fired Pizzeria at Grand Central Market), for those who want to customize their own thin-crusted pizzas, cooked before them in an 800-degree oven. Suddenly, it appears, one does not have to eat poorly at the ball game, even in the cheap seats.

MORE CULTURE + EATS The profiled new restaurants are not the only ones in L.A. that conveniently complement a cultural experience. Here are some of the best places to combine the visual or performing arts with culinary expressions: S Before or after a visit to the Broad, L.A.’s spectacular museum of contemporary art, consider a meal at Otium, right on the museum grounds, where former French Laundry chef de cuisine Timothy Hollingsworth turns out innovative American fare.  222 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.935.8500 S Without leaving Disney Hall, guests can enjoy an elaborate modern French meal at Patina.  Walt Disney Concert Hall, 141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331 S After digesting some Hockney and Picasso, check out the approachable but sophisticated cuisine at indoor-outdoor Ray’s and Stark Bar.  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6180 S There is no better way to enhance a day at L.A.’s largest museum than with refined cuisine and awesome views at The Restaurant at The Getty Center.  1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, 310.440.6810


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Beverly Hills

➺It’s only 5 square miles, but Beverly Hills looms large in pop culture as a posh locale that boasts some

of the priciest mansions in L.A. County, not to mention the world’s most recognizable ZIP code. Rodeo Drive, perhaps the world’s most famous shopping street, offers virtually every luxury fashion brand.

The Mansions

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 mansionbuilding in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard. Today, the population of 35,000 is more diverse than its depiction on TV and in movies might suggest. Nonetheless, the triumvirate of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air still attracts its share of famous residents. 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 5 square miles. Among the more storied and oft-filmed estates nestled in the hills is the 19th-century English Revivalstyle Greystone Mansion, whose graceful city-owned 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 boulevards and Cañon Drive. Burberry, Balenciaga, Fendi and Gucci each recently debuted new or renovated flagships on Rodeo, reminding retailers that 90210 is still the most prestigious ZIP code in the States. Ascend the Italian-esque side street to fine-art destination Galerie Michael and Tiffany & Co., perched atop Two Rodeo. Pause for the quintessential Beverly Hills snapshot before continuing on to the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel (of Pretty Woman fame) at the south end of Rodeo Drive. Continuing west, pass Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and recently revamped 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 two of the entertainment businesses based

here. Rub shoulders with the power-lunchers at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon or Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago on Cañon, or grab dinner and hear live music at Mastro’s Steakhouse just up 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. There is even more cultural programming at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which transformed the historic Beverly Hills Post Office into an entertainment destination.

Century City

Heading west from Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, you enter the 0.7-squaremile modern acropolis of Century City. ICM Partners and Creative Artists Agency are located here, as are a Fox Studios lot and countless legal, financial, entertainment and hospitality firms. But those outside the biz won’t be excluded. Past Avenue of the Stars, you hit the upscale Westfield Century City shopping center, which is open for business as it undergoes a dramatic redevelopment.




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new in town

& Other Stories

H&M’s trendy sister brand opens its firstever L.A. boutique in an art-deco inspired space.  370 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, stories.com

American Tea Room

The sleek tearoom reopens its 90210 location with a redesigned store and new café menu.  401 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.7922

Ladurée Storefronts along North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Opposite, from left: Welcome to Beverly Hills; the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Nearby on Constellation Boulevard, epicures are drawn to Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Hinoki & the Bird, inside the towering residential complex the Century. (Candy Spelling claims the top two floors.) 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 at UCLA and the outdoor Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden on the north campus, the planetarium on the south campus and the 7-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens. The free Hammer Museum is nearby and houses impressionist paintings, as well as cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions. Paid parking is available in UCLA lots and structures throughout the 419-acre campus.

Westwood Village

Just south of the campus, the pedestrianfriendly Westwood Village features

independent shops and cafés among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings, as well as two landmark movie theaters at the intersection of Broxton and Weyburn avenues: the 1936 marquee-wrapped Bruin theater and the Fox theater across the street. Built circa 1931, the Fox is a favorite for movie premieres and thus is prime star-spotting territory. Another don’t-miss venue is the award-winning Geffen Playhouse, located on Le Conte Avenue in one of the oldest buildings in Westwood.

Culver City

Covering 5 square miles southeast of Westwood, Culver City boasts a thriving downtown with bars and restaurants including Koreanbarbecue spot Hanjip and seasonal California restaurant the Wallace. The Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Ivy Substation, home to the Actors’ Gang, bookend the downtown area and stage 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

The pretty, pastelcolored Parisian patisserie, which recently debuted at the Grove, now serves its beloved macarons at a second SoCal location.  311 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.623.1100

more than 30 art galleries and exhibition spaces clustered along Washington and La Cienega boulevards. Near the intersection of Washington and National boulevards is the ultra-hip Platform lifestyle complex, plus a stop on the Expo Line, a Metro light rail that, thanks to a recent expansion, connects downtown L.A. and Santa Monica. Hollywood gets all the attention, but it’s Culver City whose seal proclaims it “The Heart of Screenland.” In 1915, Ince/Triangle Studios opened on Washington; in 1924, the site became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Classics including Singin’ in the Rain and The Wizard of Oz would eventually be filmed on its movie lots. (News reports of the time indicate that the “Munchkins” partied hard during their stay at the Culver Hotel.) Today, Culver City’s screen culture is still going strong, and the site is home to Sony Pictures Studios, where such hits as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are taped. Experience Culver City’s screen heritage by taking the Sony Pictures Studio Tour. » For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 76.


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➺In the 1800s, orator Tom Fitch called Santa Monica “the Zenith City by the Sunset Sea.” The 21st-century

version of Santa Monica fulfills its early promise, with a bustling downtown and beach that attract millions of visitors per year. Pacific Coast Highway connects SaMo with draws such as Malibu and Marina del Rey. Third Street Promenade, three pedestrianonly blocks on 3rd Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard, is perpetually teeming with people. Visitors can hit dozens of boutiques, watch movies at three cinemas and gawk at the myriad street artists. If they don’t refuel at the many eateries along the Promenade, visitors can venture to the surrounding blocks to the Independence or the Misfit and enjoy drinks at The Bungalow or the many pubs, such as Ye Olde King’s Head, that hint at Santa Monica’s large population of British expats. Anchoring the promenade at Broadway is Santa Monica Place, a beautiful open-air shopping center with Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, 80 boutiques, ArcLight Cinemas and the top-level Dining Deck. Steps away is the new western terminus of the Metro Expo Line, which connects Santa Monica by light rail to downtown Los Angeles. Santa Monica Pier, built in 1909, is at the end of Colorado Avenue and features Pacific Park, a mini amusement park with food stands and rides, including a solar-powered, LED-lit Ferris wheel.

Main Street + Montana Avenue

Compared with the hustle and bustle of Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue is downright tranquil. Between 6th and 17th streets are plenty of fashionable boutiques and beauty destinations, including Moondance, Clare V., Olive & June nail salon and Malin + Goetz. Father’s Office is known for its burgers, Forma is tops for pasta and cheese, and Sweet Lady Jane is famous for its cakes. Just minutes south of downtown Santa Monica, Main Street exudes a beachy, upscale vibe. The long stretch between Pico Boulevard and Rose Avenue contains a number of galleries, pubs, coffeehouses and restaurants, plus shops such as Lost & Found and Planet Blue. The California Heritage Museum is in a transplanted Victorian-era home, as is the aptly named Victorian, adjacent to the museum, which features a cool downstairs speakeasy, Basement Tavern.

The Arts

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 performingarts, film, dance and theater venue. On Michigan Avenue, the Bergamot Station arts center—now a stop on the Expo Line—has emerged as a hub for L.A.’s creative community. It’s home to some 30 galleries and a café.


A few miles north of Santa Monica on Pacific Coast Highway is Malibu. Formerly known as Rancho Malibu, Malibu’s land was once so coveted that May K. Rindge, who took ownership of it in 1905 after the death of her scion husband, used armed guards to defend it from trespassers. In the 1920s, Rindge’s hefty legal bills, racked up from fighting developers, forced her to invite stars to live in Malibu Colony in the 1920s, and the legacy of Malibu as celebrity-home central continues today. Many of Malibu’s best destinations are visible from PCH, including renowned restaurants with ocean views, from the casual (Malibu Seafood) to the upscale (Nobu Malibu). Adjacent to the Malibu Lagoon and


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new in town Alo Yoga

The L.A.-based activewear brand arrives at the open-air shopping destination with its studio-tostreet designs. 1422 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 424.252.2660


The foodie-favorite Grand Central Market breakfast-sandwich spot has a new outpost on the Westside.  1611 Pacific Ave., Venice, 424.387.8183


Makeup artist Petra Strand’s affordable makeup and skin care line now has a stand-alone U.S. flagship.  1308 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, pixibeauty.com

The Getty Center in Brentwood. Opposite, from left: Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica; Santa Monica State Beach

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 the adjacent Malibu Village and Malibu Lumber Yard, there are plenty of shops and restaurants for whiling away an afternoon. Inland, nearing Calabasas, is wine country, where you can sample the local vino at tasting rooms such as Malibu Wines.

Topanga + Pacific Palisades

In the 1960s, hippies and musicians such as Neil Young hid out in idyllic Topanga, accessible by Topanga Canyon Boulevard from Pacific Coast Highway. Removed from urban activity, it retains its bohemian vibe and independently owned businesses. Hiking trails allow visitors to bask in Topanga’s woodsy beauty, and restaurants such as Inn of the Seventh Ray accommodate creekside dining. 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, and cafés and upscale mom-

and-pop shops can be found between Via de la Paz and Monument Street near Sunset Boulevard. The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine on Sunset is a 10-acre oasis with a lush garden and koi- and swan-filled lake. The crown jewel of the Palisades is the Getty Villa. Styled as a Julius Caesar-era villa, it’s filled with Greco-Roman antiquities.


Abbot Kinney won in a coin toss the land that would become Venice. He sought to develop it as an American version of the Italian city; the canals are still there, lined with multimillion-dollar bungalows. His namesake Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Venice’s coolest section, where Gjelina, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and boutiques such as Bazar, Heist and Huset are the main attractions. Rose Avenue is also coming up, thanks to the emergence of hot restaurants such as reborn Rose CaféRestaurant and Cafe Gratitude, plus a smattering of hip shops including Parachute and new Monrow. Visitors strolling Ocean Front Walk get an eyeful, between the performers, the vendors and the Muscle Beach bodybuilders.


Marilyn Monroe once called this affluent enclave northeast of Santa Monica home; it remains a favorite celebrity stomping ground. San Vicente Boulevard functions as the neighborhood’s main street, with copious independent shops, bakeries, cafés and restaurants. The petite Brentwood Country Mart, a charming open-air shopping center built in 1948, keeps retail offerings upscale. The area’s biggest draw is the Getty Center, the hilltop museum that houses J. Paul Getty’s spectacular art collection.

Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey’s main attraction is the marina, the largest man-made small-craft harbor in the world. Restaurants such as Cast & Plow and Cafe del Rey are positioned to take advantage of the views, and at the New England-style Fisherman’s Village, boat-rental and cruise companies such as Hornblower offer visitors myriad ways to get out on the water. » For bold items, see listings in the where guide.­­For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 76.


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West Hollywood 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 2 square miles and with fewer than 35,000 residents, West

Hollywood wields enormous influence over the L.A. lifestyle. With a number of world-class art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters, it’s a frequent destination for locals and tourists alike. After dark, this iconic stretch of Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Crescent Heights Boulevard becomes one of the hottest stretches of asphalt in L.A. County. The club scene here rocks with legendary establishments like the Roxy, the Whisky a Go Go and the Viper Room, which have a long history of hosting performances by rock ‘n’ roll’s finest. Newer nightclubs include Rock & Reilly’s and 1 OAK. The Comedy Store continues to showcase leading names and emerging stars in stand-up, and restaurants such as Estrella and BOA Steakhouse offer upscale fare. During the day, boutiques such as 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. At the Sunset Tower Hotel, Bugsy Siegel’s former suite has been converted into the Tower Bar. And across the street, the property once known as the “Riot Hyatt” thanks to overzealous guests like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and Guns N’ Roses is now the chic Andaz West Hollywood.

Sunset Plaza

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 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-the-minute fashion, check out Wildfox, Nicole Miller, Zadig & Voltaire or either of the two H. Lorenzo shops. Pamper yourself with a facial at Ole Henriksen Face/ Body Spa, a mani-pedi at Jessica—The Clinic, a blowout at Drybar or a makeover at Blushington. Then, refuel at Obicà Mozzarella Bar or Tocaya Organica.

Melrose Avenue

Melrose Avenue has become virtually synonymous with trendiness, and new expressions in fashion, art and food continue to percolate up and down this street that has multiple personalities. One stretch of Melrose, east of Fairfax Avenue, has a mix of indie boutiques, cafés, tattoo parlors and vintage shops. Stores such as Wasteland have wild facades and vibrant signage that

add energy to the scene. Farther west, Melrose becomes très sophistiqué, showcasing upscale tastes at Ron Herman, Assembly, Kelly Wearstler and Vivienne Westwood. Just off Melrose is the fashionable threeblock stretch of Melrose Place, where Bentleys line up at chic Nine Zero One salon and such cutting-edge boutiques as Irene Neuwirth, Isabel Marant, the Apartment by the Line and Violet Grey.

West Hollywood Design District Melrose Avenue’s flourishing art, fashion and design district runs along the pedestrian-friendly retail corridors of Melrose and Beverly and Robertson boulevards. Among its offerings are a Helmut Lang flagship and RH: the Gallery on Melrose Avenue. The district’s hub is the Pacific Design Center complex—monolithic blue, green and red buildings designed by celebrated architect Cesar Pelli—which houses more than 130 showrooms catering to professional designers and luxury-home owners and is home to a satellite of downtown’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a stylish Wolfgang Puck eatery, Red Seven.

dale berman (2). opposite: dave lauridsen

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new in town

The Peppermint Club The H.Wood Group partnered with Interscope Records for this ’60s-inspired live-music lounge.  8713 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, hwoodgroup.com

Sushi Ginza Onodera

Chef Yohei Matsuki serves up high-end omakase at this exclusive 16-seat restaurant.  609 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.433.4817

Sweaty Betty

Refresh your workout wardrobe at the activewear label’s third L.A. boutique.  8551 Melrose Ave., Unit C, West Hollywood, 310.659.9832

Chris Burden’s installation Urban Light at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Opposite, from left: Farmers Market; Topshop at the Grove


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One of the Fairfax District’s anchors is the Original Farmers Market, established in 1934, with more than 100 produce stalls, shops and eateries.

Beverly + West 3rd

Beverly Boulevard and West 3rd Street, major east-west streets running through West Hollywood, are filled with restaurants, design showrooms and boutiques from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing and accessories designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, which is undergoing a multimilliondollar renovation. Bloomingdale’s, Fendi, Gucci and Jimmy Choo boutiques are among the center’s more than 160 establishments. On West 3rd Street east of Beverly Center, you’ll find favorite boutiques such as OK for design-oriented gifts, Pyrrha for handcrafted jewelry and Wittmore for contemporary menswear. Great dining options include Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s seafood spot, Son of a Gun, and Vic Casanova’s two Italian concepts, Gusto and Pistola. On Beverly Boulevard, you can shop for high-end home decor and accessories at Garde and fragrances at Eric Buterbaugh Florals.


Robertson Boulevard

Robertson Boulevard is no longer a paparazzi magnet, but it’s still home to shops that appeal to the modish set. Hit Chaser for vintage-inspired T-shirts; Reservoir for cool, under-the-radar brands like Suno and PB 0110; and Kitross, from the founder of nowdefunct Kitson, for L.A.-inspired gifts. 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, legendary for its celebrity clientele. Cecconi’s, just off Robertson, is also popular for power lunches.

Fairfax and Mid-Wilshire

L.A.’s Fairfax District and neighboring MidWilshire are among the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the Mid-City/ West Hollywood area. At Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is the Los Angeles

/ in the house

➺ In the storied hills above the Sunset Strip, a midcentury modern home is enjoy-

ing a new lease on life. Casa Perfect, the first SoCal outpost of New York- and San Francisco-based retailer The Future Perfect, doubles as a gallery/showroom where customers shop for art, furniture and accessories in a private, residential setting. Designed by architect David Hyun in 1957, the four-bedroom, openplan home is a stunning backdrop for never-before-seen works by L.A. talent, such as brass hardware designed by Lisa Eisner for Commune, and ceramics by Eric Roinestad; other notable designs include lighting by Lindsey Adelman and vessels by Steven Haulenbeek, including the trio pictured at right. By appointment only; call 323.202.2025 or visit thefutureperfect.com/los_angeles.


The Row on Melrose Place, one of Los Angeles’ most exclusive shopping areas

County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned facility with more than 100,000 works dating from the ancient period to today. Adjacent to LACMA is the famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, where the ice age comes alive. Additional venues on this Museum Row include the newly renovated Petersen Automotive Museum and the Craft & Folk Art Museum. South of the museums is a surprise for curious foodies: a neighborhood known as Little Ethiopia, where acclaimed traditional restaurants are located. To the museums’ east is the burgeoning District La Brea, a walkable stretch filled with hot restaurants like Odys + Penelope and hip boutiques including American Rag Cie and A+R. One of the Fairfax District’s anchors is the Original Farmers Market, established in 1934, with more than 100 produce stalls, shops and eateries. There are spots to satisfy virtually any craving, including a wine bar, a taqueria and a stand with authentic Louisiana gumbo. Adjacent and connected by a vintage trolley is The Grove, an outdoor, pedestrianonly shopping center. The Grove has the character of an old-fashioned village square, with stained-glass streetlamps and a central fountain. Nordstrom, a movie theater and stores such as American Girl Place, Apple, Paige and the first-ever Elizabeth and James boutique are joined by myriad restaurants including Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill. » For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see pages 76-77.


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Every day, The Original Farmers Market delivers exceptional shopping, fresh food and fond memories. Conveniently located in the heart of Los Angeles, this historic landmark features open-air ambiance and an eclectic mix of over 100 specialty shops, artisan grocers, and world-class restaurants—many of which are still owned and operated by generations-old family merchants. We invite you to visit one of the city’s most iconic destinations, re-created daily with the timeless ingredients of family, friends and fun.

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➺“Hollywood is a state of mind” was a popular refrain when this part of Los Angeles was experiencing Hollywood & Highland

Hollywood & Highland has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Hollywood Boulevard. Its Dolby Theatre is the home of the Academy Awards, and 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”). Other draws include Ohm nightclub, dining spots and shops such as Sweet! candy store and Louis Vuitton. Next door to Hollywood & Highland is the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), famous for its celebrity hand- and footprints embedded in the concrete 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 releases, combined with performances using an antique Wurlitzer pipe organ and children-pleasing 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 and classic fare. The landmark Pantages Theatre regularly stages megahit musicals (Hamilton arrives this summer) and the Hollywood Palladium has a rich history of showcasing top-notch musicians.

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 tourists’ feet, 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 in front of the Capitol Records Building, the landmark structure designed to resemble a stack of records.

Museums, Hollywood-style

Hollywood has museums, but don’t expect to encounter Picasso or Monet. Next to TCL Chinese Theatre is Madame Tussauds

Hollywood, filled with more than 100 wax figures ranging from legends like Clark Gable to contemporary stars including Taylor Swift and Jason Derulo. You can ponder some zany accomplishments at the Guinness World Record Museum, while the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium offers bizarre exhibitions. Movie buffs head to the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building, which displays 10,000 artifacts showcasing 100 years of showbiz history, including Indiana Jones’ whip and the honeymoon dress worn by Marilyn Monroe after she married Joe DiMaggio.

Around Vine

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 Hollywood today, but the magic of this location endures in the soaring W Hollywood Hotel & Residences and its Delphine brasserie. A Metro station is integrated into the hotel; Hollywood is particularly well served by mass transit. Across the street is boutique hotel the


a decline not long ago. But with hot new boutiques, restaurants, hotels and condos sprouting up, it has re-emerged as a bona fide destination, and throngs of international visitors mingle with colorful locals.


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George Abou-Daoud’s colorful new Middle Eastern spot serves shareable plates of lavender baghrir crepes and spicy lamb riblets. 6266 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.498.5100

Liaison Restaurant + Lounge

This stylish indoor-outdoor lounge, located in the former Les Deux space, offers seasonal California fare and cocktails.  1638 N. Las Palmas Ave., L.A., 310.984.6666

Ralph Pucci

The design icon— best known for furniture, lighting and mannequins—opens a new L.A. showroom in a 1920s dance studio.  1025 N. McCadden Place, L.A., 310.360.9707

Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Opposite, from left: Eclectic gifts at Soap Plant/ Wacko in Los Feliz; performers and onlookers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


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Among the largest urban parks in America, sprawling Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, picnic, golf, ride horses and more.

Visitors ride a miniature train on the Griffith Park & Southern Railroad.

Redbury and its stylish Middle Eastern restaurant, Cleo, and bar, the Library. 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 cool boutiques.


The revival of Hollywood has only enhanced its nightlife opportunities, and a lively barand-club scene permeates the district. On Hollywood Boulevard, you can party under the guise of literary advancement at library-

Los Feliz + Silver Lake

These neighborhoods are among the hippest 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. Lounges such as Rockwell represent the neighborhood’s

Griffith Park

Among the largest urban parks in America, Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, take a train ride, picnic, golf and more. The Charlie Turner Trailhead begins at Griffith Observatory, one of the great planetariums in the world and a frequent film location. The hike up Mount Hollywood provides views of the Hollywood sign, and the Greek Theatre, a 5,700-seat amphitheater, is a legendary music venue. Also here are the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Western-heritage-oriented Autry Museum of the American West, 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 77-78.

/ fashion forward

➺ When Carol Young opened Undesigned in 2006, locals embraced her futuristic yet feminine collection and its use of sustainable fabrics. Today her Los Feliz boutique/studio attracts chic octogenarians and millennials who love the versatile quality of her pieces. “My customer base is getting older and younger at the same time,” says Young. “I don’t necessarily try to appeal to a certain demographic, but more of a solution to different clothing needs, while being eclectic.” Best-sellers include her permanently pleated, lightweight Moth travel pieces (such as the dress pictured at right), which conveniently fit in drawstring pouches. Plus, Undesigned stocks other must-have accessories, such as laser-cut OROPOPO jewelry and innovative Trippen footwear.  1953½ Hillhurst Ave., L.A., 323.663.0088, carolyoung.com



themed Hemingway’s, drink and dine at Houston Hospitality hot spot No Vacancy, and attempt to get past the velvet ropes at nightclubs like Playhouse and Project Club LA. Cahuenga Boulevard also is home to dozens of clubs and eateries, including chef Brendan Collins’ excellent Birch. 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 September. Picnicking under the stars here is among the most memorable experiences in L.A.

increasing sophistication. Nearby, a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard houses cult-favorite gift shop/gallery Soap Plant/Wacko and Bar Covell, and Barnsdall Art Park offers recreational opportunities including tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s recently restored Hollyhock House. At Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards intersect, 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. Farther east on Sunset Boulevard, cool beach gear at Mollusk Surf Shop and chic handbags at the Clare V. flagship beckon.


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➺Downtown Los Angeles could not be hotter, with new restaurants and shops opening daily. Historic art

deco structures share the streetscape with glass-clad towers, and even movie stars are snapping up lofts in century-old buildings. The arts scene roars to life here, where the laid-back image of L.A. hardly applies. 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 the 77-year-old station has staged a comeback, thanks to a renovation and downtown’s new energy. From the station—the hub of the Metro system—you can board the Red Line to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley or connect to the Blue Line to Long Beach or the Expo Line to Santa Monica. The Gold Line runs to Pasadena. Nonstop bus service to LAX is available 24/7. Metrolink commuter trains connect distant suburbs, and Amtrak trains offer coastal journeys.

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 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 lauded Walt Disney Concert Hall, winter home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by its vivacious music director, Gustavo Dudamel. Also housed at Disney Hall is REDCAT, which offers visual, performing and multimedia arts programming. After a show, take a stroll through the 12-acre Grand Park, between Grand Avenue and Hill Street and 1st and Temple streets.

Descending Bunker Hill

Steps from the Ahmanson 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), and across from it is The Broad museum, built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Both sites house premier collections of contemporary art. The Omni Hotel and California Plaza are adjacent to MOCA; nearby Angels Knoll is a welcome patch of greenery. Angels Flight, a vintage funicular (now closed) that climbed to California Plaza from Hill Street below, is billed as “The Shortest Railway in the World.” 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 art deco-style Central Library.

Olvera Street

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 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 49 cents.

Historic Districts

Undergoing a renaissance is the Broadway Theatre District, home to once-opulent movie palaces. Several, such as the United Artists theater (now the stylish Theatre at Ace Hotel), have been revived or restored to their original grandeur. Cool shops such as Acne Studios and BNKR lend cachet to the area. The Bradbury Building, constructed in 1893 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, was featured in the film Blade Runner.


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NEW IN TOWN Bar Clacson

A team of bar-world bigwigs is behind 213 Hospitality’s latest venture, which offers craft beer, cocktails, paninis and an indoor pétanque court.  351 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.265.7477

Brigade LA

The DTLA-based shop carries contemporary, high-end casual and eveningwear designs at its new location in L.A. Live—it’s the complex’s first fashion retailer.  903 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.623.0013

Di Alba

The Smile’s casual, farmers-marketdriven focacceria shares space with Shinola in the hip Arts District.  827 E. 3rd St., downtown, 213.620.6244

K.G. Louie Co.’s storefront in Chinatown. Opposite, from left: Grand Park and City Hall; sweets from Bottega Louie on South Grand Avenue

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Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center is still evident in its historic shopping districts, popular with bargain hunters.

east is the Arts District, which boasts buzzy shops and markets; galleries including Hauser Wirth & Schimmel; a bevy of craft breweries; and such lauded restaurants as The Factory Kitchen, Officine Brera and Bestia.

L.A. Live

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 trendy bars on 6th Street (between Main and Los Angeles streets) that includes the Varnish.

Shopping Districts

Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center is still evident in its historic shopping districts. The Jewelry District draws shoppers looking for deals on diamonds; in the neighboring Fashion District, you can find designer clothing items. At Santee Alley, an open-air bargain bazaar, designer trends breed lowpriced knockoffs. The Flower District offers blooms at wholesale prices. For an awesome mix of old-school produce vendors and lunch counters and new, upscale specialty stalls, Grand Central Market, near the foot of Angels Flight, is the place to go. And the Figat7th shopping center is home to trendy boutiques and eateries.



Chinatown is a great destination for sampling dim sum, dining at new foodie-favorite spots like Pok Pok LA and Howlin’ Ray’s or browsing for clothing, tea or home goods. Cultural highlights include the ornate Thien Hau Temple. Pedestrian-friendly Chung King Road and Gin Ling Way are home to hip galleries; Broadway is lined with boutiques. Dodger Stadium is a short drive away, as is San Antonio Winery, which offers tours and tastings.

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo’s bar scene is popping, and dining options range from traditional sushi at Japanese Village Plaza to seasonal small plates at Baldoria. Just a few steps down 1st Street is the sleek Japanese American National Museum. The Geffen Contemporary, a branch of MOCA, is next door. At 2nd and Main streets is the former St. Vibiana cathedral, now home to stylish Redbird restaurant. To Little Tokyo’s

/ good living

➺ Downtown L.A.’s Arts District abounds with curio-filled boutiques, but The Good Liver is one of the area’s newest—and best. Cartoon Network story artist Bert Youn opened this “modern-day general store” to share his love of highquality, functional products. Thanks to his expert eye, you’ll find a unique selection of hand-hewn and finely crafted wares from around the world: all-American enamel tumblers; chef’s knives from Japan; German-made manual coffee mills; and net shopping bags—wildly popular—all the way from France. As for the meaning behind the shop’s name: “Good liver” is a translation of bon vivant, a French term used to describe those who enjoy the finer things in life. Conceptually, it all makes very good sense.  705 Mateo St., downtown, 213.947.3141, good-liver.com

Exposition Park

Just south of downtown is Exposition Park, whose grounds hold major museums and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, temporary home of the L.A. Rams. The California African American Museum delves into black history, 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 exhibits the retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour. » For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of downtown, see page 77. FROM TOP: DANIEL ENNIS; COURTESY THE GOOD LIVER

A mural in downtown’s burgeoning Arts District—one of Los Angeles’ best places to see street art

The $2.5 billion L.A. Live project is home to Staples Center, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, and it hosts top pop acts, as does Microsoft Theater, which boasts state-of-the-art acoustics. The Grammy Museum honors myriad music genres with videos, artifacts and interactive exhibits. A dozen restaurants and nightlife venues—WP24, new Cleo and Lucky Strike Lanes, to name a few—face a massive urban plaza lined with LED screens. The Los Angeles Convention Center, encompassing 16-plus acres of exhibition space, is also here.


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➺Minutes from downtown L.A. via the Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway) or the Metro Gold Line Old Pasadena

A tribute to foresighted urban planning is the 22-square-block shopping district known as Old Pasadena, roughly bounded by Walnut and Green streets, Arroyo Parkway and Pasadena Avenue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s a collection of restored buildings filled with trendy boutiques, bistros and nightclubs. Merchants range from Tesla Motors to Urban Outfitters, and eateries include Union, a top-rated Italian restaurant. Pedestrian-only alleys meander through the One Colorado project in the heart of Old Pasadena, where restaurants offer alfresco dining overlooking a sculpture-strewn square. Boutiques such as Vince and Cop. Copine draw shoppers, while iPic Theaters reimagines the moviegoing experience with state-of-theart technology, plush seats and a bar/café. Nearby is the Norton Simon Museum, home to one of the finest art collections in the West. The galleries are filled with works dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and the museum’s repertoire of impressionist masters (e.g., Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh) is formidable. A sculpture garden features a major tribute to Degas.

East of Old Pasadena is Paseo Colorado, a shopping center with an ArcLight movie theater, restaurants and shops lining garden promenades. Its open-air design frames views of Pasadena City Hall, a majestic landmark restored to its original beaux-arts grandeur.

Lake Avenue through one of the city’s most opulent residential neighborhoods leads to the Langham Huntington. Consider this grand, historic hotel for high tea, Japanese Kobe beef at its Royce steakhouse or pampering at its award-winning Chuan Spa.

Playhouse District +   South Lake Avenue

San Marino +   San Gabriel Valley

Anchored by the Mission-style Pasadena Playhouse, this district offers art-house cinema, antique shops, boutiques and bookstores, as well as the famed Ice House Comedy Club, whose stage has hosted George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld. Other cultural attractions include the Boston Court Performing Arts Center and the USC Pacific Asia Museum (which is closed through May for a seismic retrofit). The Pasadena Museum of California Art celebrates Golden State painters and sculptors from 1850 to the present. East of the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue provides a vibrant shopping environment. Inviting boutiques are set around European-style courtyards at the Commons and Burlington Arcade. A drive south on

South of the Langham is San Marino and its primary attraction, The Huntington, whose library, art collections, botanical gardens and new education and visitor center occupy one of the most remarkable pieces of real estate in Southern California. Here, the Italianate mansion of railroad magnate Henry Huntington houses an extraordinary collection of 18th- and 19th-century art. A library with nearly 9 million rare books, photographs and manuscripts occupies another structure. Throughout the 200-acre property are more than a dozen distinct botanical environments, the Helen and Peter Bing Children’s Garden and a formal rose garden boasting more than 1,400 varieties of the flower. Sharing Pasadena’s eastern border are the communities of Sierra Madre and Arcadia,


commuter train is Pasadena. Its architectural pedigree is world-class, and renowned institutions including the Tournament of Roses and Caltech lend it cachet. The city’s diverse neighbors are also worth discovering.


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O.C. chef Daniel Godinez brings Mexican fine dining and craft cocktails to Old Pasadena. 110 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.787.1512


Shop “no brand, quality goods” at the cult-favorite Japanese design store’s new outpost in the Westfield Santa Anita mall.  400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.461.0150

The Tsujita

The Westside noodle masters are now dishing up bowls of tsukemen and tonkotsu ramen at the Americana at Brand.  889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.553.3822

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Opposite, from left: Windowshoppers in Old Pasadena; a gallery at the Norton Simon Museum

home to Santa Anita Park, a storied thoroughbred-horse-racing venue. Arcadia is also home to the 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, whose natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peacocks. Farther east, scattered along the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10), are the communities of San Gabriel, Temple City, Monterey Park and Alhambra, which have attracted large numbers of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants, so the opportunity for enjoying Asian cuisine is virtually unrivaled in Southern California. Tourists passionate about history, architecture or faith explore the 1771 San Gabriel Mission, and the San Gabriel Mountains present hiking opportunities for nature lovers.

The Road to South Pasadena

The scenic route to South Pasadena on Orange Grove Boulevard passes through a stretch once known as Millionaire’s Row. Some splendid homes remain, including the former Wrigley Mansion (Tournament House), which now houses the Tournament of Roses Association. North of Old Pasadena, the boulevard leads to the Gamble

House. This, the most famous achievement of architects Greene and Greene, is a classic representation of the Arts and Crafts movement that left its imprint on Pasadena. South Pasadena is a tranquil community whose Craftsman homes range from bungalows to mansions, and its Mission West Historic District is lined with antique shops, art galleries, casual cafés and kid-friendly spots like Fair Oaks Pharmacy, a restored drugstore from 1915 whose vintage soda fountain is straight from a Norman Rockwell painting.

Eagle Rock + Glendale

West of Pasadena is Eagle Rock, a quiet college town reinventing itself as a trendy L.A. neighborhood. Its main drag of Colorado Boulevard is lined with a diverse collection of restaurants including Casa Bianca, a venerable old-school pizza joint. In Eagle Rock, students from highly ranked Occidental College—where a young Barack Obama once studied—mingle with young couples who are snapping up hillside real estate. On the far side of Eagle Rock is Glendale, the third-largest city in Los Angeles County. There, office workers pour out of high-rises

for happy hour at The Americana at Brand, an open-air shopping, residential and entertainment development. Style-savvy shoppers can browse at boutiques, catch a movie or recharge at the Americana’s restaurants, which include the Philippe Starck-designed Katsuya and celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. Home to a large Armenian community, Glendale offers a wealth of ethnic eateries specializing in kebabs, shawarma and belly dancing. Marked by a towering neon obelisk is the Alex Theatre, a restored art deco masterpiece that hosts concerts and musicals. Steps from the Alex is the new Museum of Neon Art, dedicated to showcasing a quintessentially L.A. craft. North of Glendale is Montrose, whose main street of Honolulu Avenue is more Mayberry than L.A. Close by, in La Cañada Flintridge, is sprawling Descanso Gardens, with North America’s largest camellia collection—an awesome sight when in full bloom during January and February. » For bold items, see listings in the where guide.For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 78.


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South Bay

➺In the South Bay, the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach occupy an idyllic

coastal stretch known for surfing and volleyball. To the north is El Segundo; to the south are the beautiful bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the bustling waterfronts of San Pedro and Long Beach.

Manhattan Beach

Nineteen miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach boasts 2 miles of beaches with sand so fine that developers exported it to Waikiki Beach in the 1920s. Laid-back 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 city’s picturesque pier, the Roundhouse Aquarium delights with touch tanks. The pier features 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 bodyboarders and surfers. East of the pier along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue are chic boutiques and a burgeoning dining scene, with restaurants such as Fishing With Dynamite, Love & Salt, Little Sister and The Strand House drawing gourmets from across L.A. The Metlox center is a popular gathering place, with shops such as the Beehive and hot spots including Zinc at Shade hotel.

Hermosa Beach

Head south on Manhattan Avenue to Pier Avenue, the heart of Hermosa Beach. Hermosa shares many characteristics with Manhattan Beach, including a scenic 2mile stretch of beachfront punctuated by volleyball nets, fitness buffs weaving along the Strand (here merged with the bike path) and a pier studded with bronze plaques commemorating surfing legends. Come late afternoon, the pedestrian plaza at the foot of the pier becomes a different kind of South Bay scene, thanks to spillover from bars and restaurants such as Hennessey’s Tavern, Baja Sharkeez and Killer Shrimp at the Mermaid. Beyond Pier Plaza, on Hermosa Avenue, Jay Leno still draws crowds to the Comedy & Magic Club Sunday nights. To the plaza’s east, café/boutique Gum Tree and Steak & Whisky are standouts among the specialty shops and eateries that line Pier Avenue. Farther east, Becker’s carries surfboards and beachwear.

Redondo Beach

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 2 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 fishing excursions and whale-watching tours, while other local outfitters rent out kayaks, paddleboats, 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-andcasual eateries, amusements and souvenir shops. South of the pier, the gentle waves and somewhat narrow strip 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 Cami and the Catalina Cooking Store covering a six-block radius.




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Blue Star Donuts

This Portland, Ore.based gourmetdoughnut import now serves its brioche treats and Verve coffee at a second SoCal location.  451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.2187

Laurel Tavern

The popular Studio City pub branches out into the South Bay.  1220 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, 424.275.9694

Tower 12

With a menu by Birch chef Brendan Collins, this new restaurant and bar offers “delights for the hungry surfer,” plus craft beer and ocean views.  53 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.379.6400

The Queen Mary in Long Beach. Opposite, from left: Hermosa Beach Pier; Fishing With Dynamite in Manhattan Beach

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. Head a few miles inland via Palos Verdes Drive North to the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden, a yearround attraction boasting 200,000 plants. Or hug the coast on Palos Verdes Drive West to Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Interpretive Center, a popular gray-whalewatching site. Just beyond the adjacent Point Vicente lighthouse is the Mediterraneanstyle Terranea Resort, which offers fine dining, a 50,000-square-foot oceanfront spa and a public nine-hole golf course. Farther along is the Wayfarers Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son Lloyd Wright. The impressive Swedenborgian “glass church” is a popular wedding venue.

San Pedro

The multicultural community 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 bustling 7,500-acre Port of Los Angeles, which features passenger and cargo terminals, as well as a crafts marketplace and new brewery Brouwerij West. Catalina Express operates from Berth 95, offering daily boat service to Catalina’s quaint city of Avalon and rustic village of Two Harbors. More than a million travelers pass through the World Cruise Center (Berths 91-93) annually; adjacent to the complex is the battleship-turnedmuseum Battleship Iowa. The New Englandstyle Ports O’ Call Village offers waterfront restaurants and shops, and beyond it is the marina, part of the Cabrillo Beach Recreational Complex. The complex also includes the Frank Gehry-designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Cabrillo Beach—one of the county’s most popular windsurfing spots.

Long Beach

In the county’s southwest corner, Long Beach is home to a busy commercial port, an attraction-packed waterfront and more than 5 miles of beaches. A popular draw 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. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, the Pike Outlets, the Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are nearby. From the village, you can follow the Shoreline pedestrian bike path 3.1 miles, past the Long Beach Museum of Art and into the Belmont Shore neighborhood. Here you’ll find shops and restaurants along 2nd Street, Bay Shore Beach, the Belmont Pier and windsurfing and kite-surfing lessons. Across a small channel is Naples, where you can take gondola rides through the canals and dine at restaurants such as Michael’s on Naples. Downtown, along 4th Street between Junipero and Cherry avenues, vintagefurniture and clothing shops make up funky “Retro Row.” In the emergent East Village Arts District, hip galleries and boutiques are sprouting where Linden Avenue meets Broadway. 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 76.


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the guide MUSEUM S

Hallowed Ground


The idea of visiting a cemetery may sound like a melancholy way to spend a day. Then again, few cemeteries boast a museum with as impressive a collection of religious artwork as Forest Lawn in Glendale—much less one exhibiting photos by renowned Mexican photographer Fernando Aceves that vividly document David Bowie’s only visit to Mexico City, in 1997. See David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters at Forest Lawn Museum (through June 15), then explore the aweinspiring architecture, towering statues, unique churches and sprawling gardens that also lie beyond the cemetery’s wrought-iron gates. 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale, 323.254.3131, forestlawn.com/glendale

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ANIMAL  Bare-bones eatery, from the guys known to Food Network fans as the “Two Dudes,” is a carnivore’s dream. Dishes include delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig ear) and a bacon-chocolate-crunch bar for dessert. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225 $$$  Map I13 BIRCH  Cahuenga Corridor spot from chef Brendan Collins serves a seasonally driven menu in a whitewashed, clean-lined space. Weekday lunch offers pasta, sandwiches and salads by Andare by Cento. D (Tu-Su), Sunday roast noon-4 pm.  1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.960.3369 $$$  Map H13 CLAIM JUMPER  Saloon-style eatery features grill fare and its own label of craft beer. L (varies by location), D (nightly), Br (varies by location).  3500 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.260.0505; 820 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, 626.359.0463; 9429 Tampa Ave., Northridge, 818.718.2882; 25740 The Old Road, Valencia, 661.254.2628; 6501 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, 562.431.1321 $  Map T22, Q23, north of A1 (2), D4

High Q Rating The omakase-only Japanese meals at intimate Q Sushi in downtown L.A. showcase the artistry and discipline of chef Hiroyuki Naruke (pictured above), who takes pride in creating strictly traditional Edostyle sushi. A new premium menu elevates an already extraordinary dining experience. The “Botan” omakase incorporates items from the original menu, which Naruke creates daily based on the availability and quality of seafood, as well as prized items such as hairy crab from the frigid waters of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, and sashimi from lobster caught off the Santa Barbara coast. Diners who wish to order the Botan menu, which starts at $250, must give 48 hours’ notice to allow for the chef’s special preparations and sourcing of exotic ingredients. See listing on p. 52.

CLIFTON’S  This kitschy downtown cafeteria, which dates to the 1930s, recently reopened after a multimillion-dollar renovation. The multiple-story eatery offers old-school cuisine, with a roast-meat-carving station and Jell-O for dessert, as well as a craft-beer bar and the new Pacific Seas Tiki bar. L, D (Tu-Su).  648 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.627.1673 $$  Map I16 CRAFT  New York chef Tom Colicchio of TV’s Top Chef brings his signature concept to L.A. The restaurant delivers an endless, contemporary American à la carte menu, with fun, shareable dishes including roasted octopus and diver scallops with vermouth butter. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A., 310.279.4180 $$$$  Map K11 DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE  This lively restaurant and bar serves creative twists on American comfort classics (think ahi tacos and a Hatch green chile cheeseburger), plus chophouse fare and steaks. Dining room offers views of the Santa Monica Pier. L, D (daily); Br (Sa– Su).  1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.395.7333 $$  Map L8 GWEN  Maude chef Curtis Stone and brother Luke’s new restaurant—named after their maternal grandmother— features meat-centric, five-course tasting menus served in an art deco dining room, plus a European-style butcher shop in the front that offers sandwiches. D (Tu-Sa).  6600 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.946.7513 $$$  Map H14 INK.  Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio recently debuted a new menu at his first restaurant, offering an expanded dry-aged-beef program alongside inventive riffs on steakhouse sides, such as king crab with curry ghee, grilled naan and pickles. D (nightly).  8360 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.5866 $$$  Map I12 JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN  This rusticyet-sophisticated restaurant offers creative takes on American regional classics. Try the Jimmy burger with jalapeno jam, pimento cheese and Applewood smoked bacon, followed by the “Bananageddon” sundae for dessert. The tavern’s newly opened Santa Monica outpost is just a few blocks south of the pier. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 424.292.5222 $$  Map M8 JOAN’S ON THIRD  Celebrity-frequented café on busy West 3rd Street and a newer location in the Valley offer omelets, sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets, plus picnic baskets and gourmet items. B, L, D (daily).  8350 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.2285; 12059 Ventura Place, Studio City, 818.201.3900 $  Map I12, T18


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 American..............................48 Japanese................................ 52 Breweries/Gastropubs....48 Mediterranean.................... 52 British/Irish..........................49 Mexican/Latin.................... 52 California...............................49 Pan-Asian.............................. 53 Chinese..................................50 Seafood.................................. 53 Eclectic/Fusion...................50 Spanish..................................54 French.....................................50 Steak.......................................54 Italian......................................50 Thai..........................................54

LEDLOW/P.Y.T.  At Ledlow, chef Josef Centeno, who rules downtown’s Old Bank District (Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa & Winston), offers twists on classic bistro dishes, American favorites and diverse cultural staples. Half of the space has now been transformed into the vegetable-focused concept P.Y.T. Ledlow: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). P.Y.T.: D (Tu-Sa), Br (Sa-Su).  400 S. Main St., downtown, 213.687.7015 $$  Map I17 M.B. POST  Chef David LeFevre serves small plates of seafood, fresh-baked breads, cured meats and more in the space of a former post office. L (F-Su), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405 $$$  Map L13 ODYS + PENELOPE  Churrasco and grill from Karen and Quinn Hatfield features a live-fire grill and woodfired smoker. Eclectic, flavorful cuisine is accompanied by a menu of craft beer, wine and handcrafted cocktails. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options also available. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  127 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.939.1033 $$$  Map B2 PLAN CHECK KITCHEN + BAR  Minichain offers contemporary takes on American classics, complemented by craft beers and premium whiskeys. Try the acclaimed Plan Check burger. L.A., downtown: L, D (daily); Br (Su). Santa Monica: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su)  1800 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.444.1411; 351 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.591.0094; 1111 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.403.1616; 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.857.1364 $$  Map K9, I12, H16, L8 REDBIRD  Chef Neal Fraser’s contemporary American cuisine is offered in the rectory of the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana. Rack of red wattle pork and chicken potpie are part of an intriguing menu. An updated Spanish Baroque decor and retro-inspired cocktails complete the scene. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  114 E. 2nd St., downtown, 213.788.1191 $$$  Map H17 THE STRAND HOUSE  This beachside restaurant boasts awesome ocean and pier views and a breezy, stylish bar. Executive chef Greg Hozinsky’s menu includes such starters as foie gras and charcuterie, which might be followed by branzino with black-truffle risotto. Don’t miss pastry chef Stephanie Franz’s doughnuts! L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470 $$$  Map L13

Breweries/Gastropubs ABIGAILE  A venture of Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Steak & Whisky, Día de Campo), this funky, graffitimuraled American brasserie with rooftop bar is lots of fun. Executive chef Tin Vuong presents escargot “pop-

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Ye Olde King’s Head

World Famous British Pub, Restaurant, Shoppe & Bakery

pers” washed down with house-brewed beer. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.798.8227 $$  Map L13 SIMMZY’S  Popular pub with locations in Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Burbank and just off the Venice pier serves up hearty burgers, sandwiches, salads and other fresh fare. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  3000 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.962.2500; 5271 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, 562.439.5590; 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.546.1201; 37 Washington Blvd., Venice, 424.835.6580 $ Map T20, O17, L13, N9

British/Irish TEA ROSE GARDEN  This whimsical, English-garden tearoom, an Old Pasadena fixture for 20 years, serves traditional fare including scones, finger sandwiches and salads sprinkled with flower petals. A florist and boutique selling tea trays and loose-leaf teas are also onsite. B, L, Br (daily).  70 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.578.1144 $$  Map Q20

British Fare, imported beers and world famous Fish & Chips. Heated patio. 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, freshly baked goods and much more. Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner Weekdays 9 am | Weekends 8 am Happy Hour Afternoon Tea Karaoke Trivia Live Soccer

M-F 4-7 pm Mon-Sat 11:30 am-4 pm Su 9 pm Every Wed 8 pm Check Schedule

YE OLDE KING’S HEAD  Cozy pub/restaurant with traditional English fare, including acclaimed fish and chips. B, L, D (daily); high tea (M-Sa).  116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1402 $  Map L8

California Cuisine 116 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica (310) 451-1402 www.yeoldekingshead.com

CAST & PLOW  The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey’s restaurant offers a sophisticated dining room and a romantic terrace with fire pits and water views. Its commitment to locally sourced and organic ingredients is evident in enticing entrées such as sustainably farmed salmon and seasonal salads. Enjoy wine flights and creative cocktails, as well as a late-night menu. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su).  The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, 4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.1700 $$$  Map O9 CHAYA  The original Chaya in Japan remains open after nearly 400 years. In L.A., the Japanese-Californian menus feature modern izakaya dishes in addition to fresh seafood from local waters and Kyushu, Japan. Check out the Venice location’s newly updated look and menu. Downtown: L (M-F), D (M-Sa). Venice: L (M-F), D (nightly).  525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.236.9577; 110 Navy St., Venice, 310.396.1179 $$  Map H16, M8 COMMISSARY  Poolside eatery from Roy Choi in a greenhouse-like setting. Emphasis on fruit- and vegetablethemed dishes and drinks. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). The Line Hotel, Second-Floor Greenhouse, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.368.3030 $$  Map J14 THE FRONT YARD  This restaurant at the Garland hotel features fresh farm-to-table cuisine from chef Larry Greenwood. Start your meal with chive flatbread topped with chimichurri butter, then move on to entrées like Mary’s Chicken. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, 818.255.7290 $$  Map U19 HINOKI & THE BIRD  Inside luxury residential tower the Century, taste Japanese and Southeast Asian flavors in such dishes as lobster rolls with green curry and Thai basil, and black cod scented with the smoke of the namesake hinoki wood. L (M-F), D (Tu-Sa).  10 W. Century Drive, Century City, 310.552.1200 $$$  Map J10 LOVE & SALT  Dine on creative Cal-Italian fare (e.g., duck-egg pizza and whole roasted pig head) in this buzzy South Bay spot. Chef de cuisine/pastry chef Rebecca Merhej’s desserts are divine. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5252 $$$  Map L13 MAUDE  Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, an Aussie with a strong classical background, helms this intimate, 24-seat Beverly Hills restaurant named after his paternal grandmother. Every month a different seasonal ingredi-


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Chinese BAO DIM SUM  Enjoy delicious, authentic dim sum in a relaxing, lantern-lit atmosphere. Favorites include juicy pork dumplings and shrimp shumai, followed by bao milk buns for dessert. L, D (daily).  8256 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.655.6556 $$  Map I12

Guanciale at Sotto (p. 52) ent is showcased and artfully presented in a 10-course menu. D (Tu-Sa).  212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.3418 $$$$  Map J11 MILO & OLIVE  The husband-and-wife team from Rustic Canyon is behind this casual pizzeria and bakery. Zoe Nathan’s desserts and pastries shouldn’t be missed. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776 $$  Map K9 PLANT FOOD AND WINE  Restaurant from Matthew Kenney takes a raw, locally sourced and plant-based approach to dining. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from an extensive organic and biodynamic selection. L, D (daily), Br (Sa-Su).  1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1009 $$$  Map N9 PUMP  Enchanted-garden-themed restaurant and bar from restaurateur and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump features a patio with 100-year-old olive trees and a menu created by Food Network Star finalist Penny Davidi. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  8948 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.7867 $$  Map I12 RUSTIC CANYON  Discover boutique wines while sampling small plates of market-driven, Mediterraneaninspired fare. Clam pozole is just one of the winners. Hide in a cozy booth or mingle at the communal table. D (nightly).  1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7050 $$$  Map L8 SPAGO  An L.A. institution, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant features a modern dining room and a daily changing menu that may include dishes like veal “Wiener schnitzel” and spicy tuna tartare. Glimpse some of the 30,000 wine bottles on offer in a glass-ensconced “wine wall.” L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly).  176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880 $$$$  Map I11 TAR & ROSES  Santa Monica Yacht Club chef Andrew Kirschner’s first restaurant focuses on small, rustic shareable plates cooked in his wood-burning oven, but with a week’s notice, he can also whip up large, lavish family-style suppers of Moroccan-spiced goat or standing rib rack. D (nightly).  602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.587.0700 $$$  Map L8 THE TASTING KITCHEN  Foodies come for the daily changing menu of innovative yet unpretentious cuisine from culinary-darling chef Casey Lane: small or large plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, vegetables, seafood and pastas. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.6644 $$$  Map M9 TAVERN  James Beard Award-winning chef Suzanne Goin’s third L.A. restaurant explores rustic Cal-Med fare in chic environs, including a popular sunlit indoor patio. The frequently changing menu might include “devil’s chicken” with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs. The adjacent, more casual Larder offers divine housebaked pastries. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  11648 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310.806.6464 $$$  Map J9

DIN TAI FUNG  At this popular and critically acclaimed dumpling house, founded in Taiwan, foodies line up for soup dumplings with filling combinations such as pork and crab or truffle and pork. Vegetable dishes like cucumber salad and sautéed string beans are also favorites. L, D (daily).  177 Caruso Ave., Glendale, 818.551.5561; 400 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.446.8588 $$  Map U23, R23 MR CHOW  The L.A. County editions of scene-y restaurants in New York and London offer Imperial Beijing cuisine. Beverly Hills: L (M-F), D (nightly). Malibu: D (nightly).  344 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.9911; Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, 18A, Malibu, 310.456.7600 $$$  Map I11, K7 ROC  At this Little Osaka dumpling house, popular menu items include a scallion pancake, three-cup chicken and made-from-scratch soup dumplings stuffed with pork and fresh crab. Additional locations are on West 3rd Street and in Playa Vista, with a Culver City outpost on the way. L, D (daily).  2049 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.235.2089 $$  Map K10 YANG CHOW  Fine Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine and an elegant atmosphere have made this restaurant a Chinatown mainstay since 1977. Don’t miss the worldfamous Slippery Shrimp, which have been featured on Food Network. Additional outposts are in the Valley and Pasadena. L, D (daily).  819 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.625.0811; 6443 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818.347.2610; 3777 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.432.6868 $$  Map G17, west of A1, Q22

Eclectic/Fusion BAROO  Tucked in a homely Hollywood strip mall, this highly acclaimed restaurant from chef Kwang Uh, who was raised in Korea and staged at Noma in Copenhagen, is a celebration of experimentation and fermentation. The concise, oft-changing menu includes bibim salads, rice bowls and handmade pastas. L, D (Tu-Sa).  5706 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.819.4344 $$  Map H14 CASSIA  This bustling Southeast Asian-inspired brasserie, set inside a 1930s art deco building, finds chef Bryant Ng (Spice Table) serving dishes like Vietnamese pot au feu and, on the lunch menu, an updated version of Ng’s celebrated Spice Table burger. L (M-F), D (nightly).  1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.393.6699 $$$ Map L8 ORSA & WINSTON  Chef/owner Josef Centeno draws on Japanese and Italian traditions at his acclaimed third restaurant. Select a vegetable, fish or meat grain bowl for lunch; for dinner, enjoy a daily changing six-course tasting menu with nightly supplements and an optional wine pairing. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa).  122 W. 4th St., downtown, 213.687.0300 $$$$  Map I16 TROIS MEC  The foodie trinity of Ludo Lefebvre, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook is behind this hot restaurant in a 26-seat former pizzeria. Diners must purchase advance tickets via the restaurant’s website to enjoy Lefebvre’s prix-fixe, five-course meal. D (M-F).  716 N. Highland Ave., L.A., troismec.com $$$$  Map H13

FRENCH AVEC NOUS  Contemporary French bistro where chef Olivier Quignon, previously at Bar Boulud in New York City, offers dishes inspired by the French Riviera. B, L, D (daily).  Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.860.8660 $$$  Map J12 BOUCHON  The Bouchon bistros from chef Thomas Keller (the French Laundry, Per Se) have become popular for their authentic good looks and superbly executed cuisine. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  235 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9910 $$$  Map J11 CAFÉ PINOT  This glass box of a restaurant offers romantic outdoor dining, sky­line views—from the bottom up—and contemporary Cal-French cuisine from the Patina Group. L (M-F), D (nightly).  700 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.239.6500 $$$  Map H16 KENDALL’S BRASSERIE AND BAR  Located at the Music Center and fresh from a recent renovation, Kendall’s is a convenient spot for before or after a performance. In addition to dishes with a contemporary flair, all the brasserie favorites are here (e.g., moules frites). L (M-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su).  135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7322 $$  Map H16 THE LITTLE DOOR  For a candlelit dinner in an elegant setting, this is the reservation ne plus ultra. Dine on rustic French-Mediterranean dishes under the stars or by a crackling fireplace. The restaurant’s casual extension, Little Next Door, serves modern French brasserie fare. D (nightly).  8164 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.1210 $$$  Map I12 MÉLISSE  At Mélisse, among L.A.’s highest-rated restaurants, chef/owner Josiah Citrin executes a sophisticated, modern French menu filled with luxe ingredients. Start with lobster bolognese with truffles before superb game dishes. D (Tu-Sa).  1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.0881 $$$$  Map M8 PATINA  The Walt Disney Concert Hall pairs classicalmusic offerings with fine dining, thanks to its fine inhouse restaurant. Game dishes are a frequent presence on the menu. D (Tu-Su).  141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331 $$$$  Map H16 PETIT TROIS  Trois Mec’s French-bar-style spinoff offers an a la carte menu of classic dishes such as confit-fried chicken leg, croque monsieur and a delectable omelet with Boursin cheese. L, D (daily).  718 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.468.8916 $$$  Map H13 RÉPUBLIQUE  In a landmark once occupied by Charlie Chaplin’s studio, fine-dining veteran Walter Manzke and pastry-chef wife Margarita turn out bistro classics (e.g., escargots, duck confit and steak frites) for a trendy clientele huddling at communal tables. Café B, L (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Bistro D (nightly).  624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 310.362.6115 $$$  Map I13

Italian ALIMENTO  Zach Pollack, half of the talent behind acclaimed Sotto, is behind this tiny, hip space in Silver Lake, where a clever menu features addictive chickenliver crostone with quince mostarda, crudo and pastas. The chef’s contrarian take on tortellini in brodo features dumplings filled with a hot broth that explodes in your mouth. D (Tu-Su).  1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.928.2888 $$$  Map east of W23 BESTIA  Multiregional Italian restaurant in the hip Arts District. The former executive chef at Angelini Osteria serves up such “beast”-focused dishes as roasted marrow bone with spinach gnocchetti, breadcrumbs and aged balsamic, and a selection of house-cured meats. D (nightly).  2121 E. 7th Place, downtown, 213.514.5724 $$$  Map east of J17


VIVIANE  The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills’ poolside restaurant features California takes on European and American dishes. 1950s-inspired seasonal cocktails complement the hotel’s midcentury-modern design. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791 $$$  Map J11


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DINING BOTTEGA LOUIE  This palatial Italian restaurant, decked out in white marble, is a hip, noisy hall where young professionals convene over brick-oven-cooked pizzas. There’s a gourmet market and patisserie, too. B, L (M-F), D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  700 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.802.1470 $$  Map I16 CECCONI’S  This London-based restaurant caters to well-heeled clients who schmooze over Bellinis and cicchetti (small plates). Pastas including a beautiful agnolotti del plin and seafood such as grilled octopus are wellexecuted. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000 $$$  Map I12 CULINA  The Four Seasons’ acclaimed Italian restaurant boasts coastal influences and a sleek crudo bar. Adjacent is new Vinoteca, an Italian-inspired wine and espressobar concept. B, L (M-Sa); D (nightly); Br (Su).  Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000 $$$  Map J12 DRAGO CENTRO  Chef Celestino Drago’s well-executed Italian fare and extensive wine list are presented in a contemporary and handsome space. L (M-F), D (nightly).  525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998 $$$  Map H16

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GUSTO  Victor Casanova’s intimate neighborhood ristorante has a look and feel reminiscent of his native Bronx. Dishes such as polpette (pork meatballs) plated over chilled, whipped ricotta and fresh-made pastas deserve praise. D (nightly).  8432 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.1778 $$$  Map I13 IL FORNAIO  Trattoria-style favorite. Beverly Hills: B, L, D (daily). Manhattan Beach: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Pasadena: L, D (daily); Br (Su).  301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.8330; 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.725.9555; 24 W. Union St., Pasadena, 626.683.9797 $$  Map J11, L13, Q19 JON & VINNY’S  Family-friendly diner from chefs/ owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo has it all—pastries, pizza, pasta (made in-house) and meat entrées. Takeout and delivery are also available. B, L, D (daily).  412 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.334.3369 $$  Map B2 MATTEO’S  An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Classic dishes include mussels in white wine and osso buco Milanese. D (Tu-Su).  2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 310.475.4521 $$  Map K10 OFFICINE BRERA  From the team behind the Factory Kitchen, this stylish trattoria serves a daily changing, northern Italy-inspired menu in a rustic-meets-contemporary space. The rice dishes, spit-roasted meats and handmade pastas are superb. L (M-F), D (nightly).  1331 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.553.8006 $$$  Map J17

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OSTERIA MOZZA  Famed L.A.-based bread maker Nancy Silverton teamed up with affable Mario Batali on Mozza’s group of contemporary Italian restaurants. Osteria Mozza is a more sophisticated dining room in which to experience the repertoire of these great transcontinental talents. D (nightly).  6602 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.0100 $$$  Map H13 PIZZERIA MOZZA/MOZZA2GO  The more relaxed sibling of Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza features pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, cheeses and salumi plates and rustic daily specials. Call ahead for delivery or takeout from Mozza2Go. L, D (daily).  Pizzeria Mozza: 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101. Mozza2Go: 6610 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.1130 $$  Map H13


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DINING a couple of his creations. L (M-F), D (nightly).  129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.9639 $$$$  Map I12

B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su).  8555 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.358.3979 $$$  Map I12

N/NAKA  Offerings are crafted in the kaiseki Japanese culinary tradition, with both classic and modern interpretations. The 13-course menus are prepared with produce from N/Naka’s organic garden; there is an extensive sake and wine list as well. Chef/owner Niki Nakayama was one of six chefs featured in the first season of the Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table. D (W-Sa).  3455 S. Overland Ave., L.A., 310.836.6252 $$$$  Map L11

FIG & OLIVE  New York-based restaurant’s cuisine is an ode to olive oil. Don’t miss the paella del mar and the Provence roasted chicken. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (SaSu).  8490 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.360.9100 $$$  Map I12

NOBU  The flagship of chef Nobu Matsuhisa offers an extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi, including many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Malibu: B (Sa-Su); L, D (daily).  903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 $$$$  Map H12, east of A1 SOTTO  This restaurant specializes in regionally inspired Italian cooking, including beautifully executed rustic trattoria dishes; soft, chewy Neapolitan pizzas cooked in an 8-ton wood-burning oven; and intriguing housemade pastas. D (nightly).  9575 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.277.0210 $$$  Map J11 TERRONI  Southern Italian cooking including excellent thin-crust pizza. Downtown: L, D (M-F); Br (SaSu). L.A.: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  802 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.221.7234; 7605 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.954.0300 $$  Map I16, J13 VALENTINO  For more than 40 years, Piero Selvaggio has maintained his flagship’s status as a preeminent temple of Italian gastronomy. A telephone-book-sized wine list—often cited as America’s best—is supported by a cellar containing more than 100,000 bottles. L (F), D (Tu-Sa).  3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.829.4313 $$$$  Map L9 VILLA BLANCA  Stylish white dining room and Asianaccented Italian menu from reality star Lisa Vanderpump. L, D (daily).  9601 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.859.7600 $$$  Map J11


Q SUSHI  The omakase-only experience at this intimate sushi bar showcases the artistry and discipline of chef Hiroyuki Naruke in items like seared toro and monkfish as rich as foie gras. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa).  521 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.225.6285 $$$$ Map I16 ROBATA BAR  Japanese grilling from the Sushi Roku, Katana and Boa team. Striking design by Dodd Mitchell. D (nightly).  1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771 $$$  Map L8 ROKU  Sunset Strip hot spot from the team behind Sushi Roku presents elevated teppanyaki prepared at interactive grill tables, as well as sushi, omakase offerings and an extensive selection of Japanese whiskeys. L (M-F), D (nightly).  9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2060 $$$  Map H12 SUSHI ROKU  Nouvelle Japanese, sleek decor and a creative menu. For foodies 10 and under, Sushi Roku Pasadena offers a fun “okosama” kids’ menu with four bento-box options. L, D (daily).  1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771; 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000 $$$  Map L8, Q19


ASANEBO  Hidden in a strip mall but Michelin-rated, this cozy sushi bar and restaurant offers memorable sushi and inventive fare like seared toro and uni tempura in shiso leaf. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su).  11941 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.760.3348 $$  Map A1

A.O.C.  Mediterranean-inspired pioneer of two L.A. culinary trends: the small-plates 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. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  8700 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.859.9859 $$  Map I12

ISE-SHIMA  Located in the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Old Town Torrance, Ise-Shima provides fresh sushi and other exciting Japanese dishes, recalling the array of seafood and marine delicacies Japan’s Ise Shima region offers. The expansive restaurant consists of a sushi bar, lounge space, large communal table and terrace. B, L, D (daily).  21381 S. Western Ave., Torrance, 310.320.6700 $$  Map M14

THE BELVEDERE  The Peninsula Beverly Hills’ elegant restaurant has a modernized interior, a new terrace and a Mediterranean menu from executive chef David Codney. Menu favorites include Dover sole, taramasalata and beautiful desserts. The extravagant, seafood-centric Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne brunch is a don’t-miss. B, L (M-Sa); D (nightly); Br (Su).  9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.788.2306 $$$$  Map J11

KATANA  Robata-style cuisine: open-flame-grilled meat, vegetables, seafood on skewers. Stylish rooms, patio. D (nightly).  8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585 $$$  Map H12

BOWERY BUNGALOW  Restaurateur George Abou-Daoud honors his Middle Eastern heritage at this Silver Lake restaurant by applying exotic Silk Road flavors to all-American concepts like Southern baby-back ribs. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su).  4156 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.663.1500 $$  Map south of W23

KATSUYA  Sushi chef Katsuya Uechi turns out exotic delicacies in sultry spaces by designer Philippe Starck. L (varies by location), 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 MATSUHISA  Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s more modest original flagship incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. Monkfish liver pâté with caviar, and lamb chops with miso anticucho sauce are just

CROSSROADS KITCHEN  Chef/partner Tal Ronnen creates exclusively plant-based dishes, many based on nonvegan comfort classics. Try the “crab cake” or, for brunch, the “chicken” and waffles. The wine list features organic and biodynamic labels. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  8284 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.782.9245 $$$  Map H12 ESTÉREL  The redesigned restaurant at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills features lovely indoor and outdoor seating areas and farm-to-fork Mediterranean fare.

GJELINA  Under the direction of talented young chef Travis Lett, Cal-Med small plates and pizzas are served to chic Westsiders. It’s one of Venice’s most popular restaurants and the neighborhood’s liveliest patio. B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su).  1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1429 $$  Map N9 LUCQUES  Chef/owner Suzanne Goin delivers the next generation of Cal-Med cuisine, which includes dishes such as grilled club steak for two with potatoes parisienne. Nowhere do vegetables taste as good! L (TuSa), D (nightly).  8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277 $$$  Map I13 MAMA SHELTER  Mediterranean menus at this hip hotel’s dining venues are helmed by chef Gerard Sampson, formerly of Laurel Hardware. The rooftop menu features such shareable plates as falafel and shawarma platters. Restaurant B, D (daily); L (M-F); Br (Sa-Su). Rooftop D (nightly).  6500 Selma Ave., Hollywood, 323.785.6600 $$$  Map H14 PETROS  Fine contemporary Greek-California fare in a cool white dining room or on the covered patio overlooking the bustling plaza at Metlox. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.4100 $$$  Map L13

Mexican/Latin BROKEN SPANISH  The upscale sister of B.S. Taqueria, this “modern Mexican” restaurant near L.A. Live serves classically trained chef Ray Garcia’s innovative twists on traditional dishes. D (nightly).  1050 S. Flower St., Suite 102, downtown, 213.749.1460 $$$  Map I15 B.S. TAQUERIA  The colorful setting at this Ray Garcia-helmed spot—a casual sibling of Broken Spanish, above—offers the right vibe for lemon-pepper chicken chicharrones or clam-and-lardo tacos. A B.S. Taqueria concession stand serving tacos and churros recently debuted at Staples Center. L (M-F), D (nightly).  514 W. 7th St., L.A., 213.622.3744 $$  Map H15 DÍA DE CAMPO  Part of Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Abigaile, Steak & Whisky), this restaurant offers innovative Mexican dishes like chocolate-duck quesadillas, chorizo-stuffed dates and wood-grilled lobster with chili butter in a sexy surf-lodge setting. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  1238 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.379.1829 $$  Map L13 GRACIAS MADRE  Organic, plant-based Mexican fare is served at this beautiful restaurant (the patio’s ambiance can’t be beat) from the team behind Café Gratitude. Inventive dishes like coconut ceviche tostadas and flautas de papas please vegans and omnivores alike. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.978.2170 $$  Map I12 PETTY CASH TAQUERIA  Chef Walter Manzke’s “semi-authentic taqueria” serves Mexican street food (e.g., tacos, ceviche) featuring local, seasonal ingredients and refined technique. L (F-Su), D (nightly).  7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.933.5300 $$  Map I13 RED O  Rick Bayless, one of America’s leading authorities on Mexican cuisine, is culinary director of these sexy eateries, where creative dishes are grounded in tradition. WeHo: D (nightly). Santa Monica: L (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  8155 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.5009; 1541 Ocean Ave., Suite 120, Santa Monica, 310.458.1600 $$$  Map I12, L8


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TORTILLA REPUBLIC  This casual-chic WeHo restaurant serves modern Mexican cuisine made with unusual ingredients. Sidle up to the white onyx bar or enjoy alfresco dining on the large patio. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.9888 $$  Map I12

Pan-Asian CRUSTACEAN  A glass-covered koi-filled stream meanders under the bar at this Cal-Vietnamese eatery, and diners indulge in items from a “secret kitchen” in which only the owners’ family members and select longtime staff members are allowed. The garlic noodles are a signature. L (M-F), D (nightly).  9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.205.8990 $$$  Map I11 THE DISTRICT BY HANNAH AN  One of the celebrated An sisters—her family introduced Crustacean, above—celebrates her Vietnamese heritage with a cuisine that reflects authenticity while incorporating California sensibilities. Dishes like lobster with handmade noodles and Vietnamese chicken curry are enjoyed with cocktails infused with Southeast Asian flavors. L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su).  8722 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.278.2345 $$$  Map I12 LITTLE SISTER  At these trendy spots from young chef Tin Vuong, sophisticated accents are added to panAsian cuisine, as evidenced in signatures like deep-fried Balinese meatballs with banana ketchup, Myanmar okra curry and salt-and-pepper lobster. M.B.: L (F-Su), D (nightly). Downtown: B, L, D (daily).  1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.2096; 523 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.628.3146 $$  Map L13, I16 LUKSHON  Sang Yoon of Father’s Office is behind this Southeast Asian eatery with a selection of craft beers and a Far East-inspired cocktail program. The crispy whole market fish is not to be missed. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa).  3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.202.6808 $$$  Map K12


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WP24  From its 24th-floor roost, WP24 proves that Wolfgang Puck, who pioneered Asian fusion, has still got the goods. Highlights include XO seafood dumplings and steamed bao filled with pork belly. Restaurant/ lounge concept Nest at WP24 is adjacent. Dining room D (Tu-Sa). Nest D (nightly).  The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824 $$$$  Map I15

Seafood BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE  Putting a “California twist on East Hampton summer lobster bakes,” this restaurant near the Santa Monica Pier specializes in dishes such as oysters on the half shell, New England clam chowder and lobster rolls. L, D (daily).  355 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.576.3474 $$$  Map L8 CAFE DEL REY  Ogle impressive pleasure boats in the marina at this waterfront restaurant with plentiful fresh catch, a raw bar and prime cuts of steak. Stop in for its great nightly happy hour, too. L (M–F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.6395 $$$  Map N9 DUKE’S MALIBU  Named after the father of international surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, this oceanfront restaurant captures the spirit of aloha. Not to be outshone by the spectacular views is the cuisine, which features a daily selection of fresh fish and tropical cocktails. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  21150 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.0777 $$  Map west of K7 FISHING WITH DYNAMITE  Chef David LeFevre (the Arthur J, M.B. Post) loads his menu with East Coast inspirations. Among the old-school small plates in this tiny, charming restaurant are New England-style clam


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ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE  This ultraluxurious interpretation of the classic American steakhouse incorporates Asian influences. Certified Angus beef and domestic and imported wagyu star on the menu. New Bull & Barrel bar concept offers the menu and a whiskey-forward cocktail menu. D (nightly).  111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.486.1111 $$$  Map Q20

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THE ARTHUR J  This swanky Manhattan Beach steakhouse, helmed by chef David LeFevre (M.B. Post, Fishing With Dynamite), offers a classic menu that will delight any carnivore, but the seafood dishes and sides-with-a-twist are excellent as well. D (nightly).  903 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.878.9620 $$$$  Map C2

chowder with Nueske’s bacon and Maryland blue-crab cakes with housemade pickles and remoulade. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.893.6299 $$$  Map L13

BALTAIRE  Helmed by executive chef Travis Strickland, this sophisticated Brentwood restaurant offers prime steaks, wines by the glass, old-school charm and sun-orstars dining on its 2,500-square-foot terrace. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660 $$$$  Map J12

THE HUNGRY CAT  East Coast fare in a hip little spot. Dine on dishes such as crab cakes or chilled crab legs and you-peel or they-peel shrimp by the half-pound. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  Sunset + Vine, 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.2155 $$  Map H14

BOA  Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails. 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, H12

THE LOBSTER  Enjoy a view of the Pacific while indulging in seafood from this Santa Monica Pier-adjacent restaurant with a newly remodeled interior. The outdoor patio is most coveted for sampling the eponymous crustacean in various iterations. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.9294 $$$  Map L8

CUT  A collaboration between Getty Center architect Richard Meier and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Cut is the place to savor genuine wagyu beef steaks or dryaged Nebraska beef. D (M-Sa).  Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.276.8500 $$$  Map J11

MARÉ  Chef Eric Greenspan’s charming patio-only, seafood-focused restaurant on Melrose (accessed through the kitchen of Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese) recently extended its concept to Santa Monica and Silver Lake. Mix and match your shellfish and broth (try the shrimp with vadouvan curry and green apple). D (nightly).  7465 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.592.3226; 502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.917.6671; 2609 Hyperion Ave., L.A., 323.522.6656 $$$  Map I13, L8, east of W23

THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY  The Grill is a venerable industry hangout, where polished waiters deliver steaks, Cobb salads and other old-school fare to Hollywood heavyweights. Beverly Hills: L (M-Sa), D (nightly). Westlake Village: L, D (daily); Br (SaSu).  9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.276.0615; 120 E. Promenade Way, Westlake Village, 805.418.1760 $$$  Map I11, west of A1

PROVIDENCE  Michael Cimarusti (who’s also behind Connie and Ted’s and fish shop Cape Seafood and Provisions) transforms sustainable seafood from the world’s most pristine waters into oft-changing dishes at this refined restaurant, which the Los Angeles Times rates the best in the city. Outstanding cocktails complement Michelin-recognized cuisine. L (F), D (nightly).  5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170 $$$$  Map I14 SANTA MONICA YACHT CLUB  Nautically stylish, seafood-centric restaurant from chef/owner Andrew Kirschner (Tar & Roses) offers a globally inspired menu, raw bar and market-driven craft-cocktail program. D (Tu-Su).  620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.587.3330 $$$  Map L8 SON OF A GUN  Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meat-loving chefs at Animal, turn to the sea for new inspiration. They cook up small shareable plates, such as miniature lobster rolls and shrimp-toast sandwiches, in a nautically themed space. L, D (daily).  8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9033 $$$  Map I12

SPANISH THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS  Star chef José Andrés brings a whimsical set of Spanish-style dining experiences to the SLS Hotel. Cuisine ranges from rustic fare to the cutting-edge creations that have made Spain a culinary leader. Tasting room Saam offers an unforgettable 20-plus-course prix-fixe menu. Dining room D (nightly). Saam D (Th-Sa).  465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555 $$$  Map H16

MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB  At this on-the-waterfront eatery—the views are pure Malibu—starters like ahi tartare, lobster cocktail and caviar are followed by fresh fish, whole Maine lobster and expertly prepared steaks. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.454.4357 $$$$  Map west of K7 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE  Swanky “steakhouse with personality.” Bone-in filet reigns; warm butter cake melts in your mouth. Penthouse at Mastro’s is an upstairs lounge. D (nightly).  246 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8782 $$$  Map J11 MORTON’S  Clubby ambiance, show-and-tell menu, huge portions. Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills: D (nightly). Downtown, Burbank: L (M-F), D (nightly).  435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.1501; 6250 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, 818.703.7272; 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.553.4566; The Pinnacle, 3400 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.238.0424 $$$  Map I11, west of A1, I16, T20 MUSSO & FRANK GRILL  Hollywood’s oldest restaurant (1919). Enjoy flannel cakes, lobster Thermidor and Welsh rarebit with the martini; legend has it that this place invented the drink. B, L (Tu-Sa); D (Tu-Su).  6667 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7788 $$  Map H13 NICK + STEF’S  Bunker Hill institution Nick + Stef’s is a midcentury-modern vision whose menu includes showstopping meat dishes, as well as an expanded seafood menu. 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

PISTOLA  The sister restaurant to Victor Casanova’s Gusto gives classic Italian steakhouse fare a modern twist. Enjoy classic dishes such as shrimp scampi, dry-aged Delmonico steak and bone-in veal chop in an elegant space with a sleek, 1950s New York feel. D (nightly).  8022 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.9800 $$$  Map I13 STEAK & WHISKY  Rustic meets modern at this South Bay spot from chef/partner Tin Vuong and partner Jed Sanford of Blackhouse Hospitality Management (also behind Little Sister). A blend of cultural influences updates American classics like traditional porterhouse and dry-aged beef. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su).  117 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.318.5555 $$$$  Map L13 THE STINKING ROSE  True to its motto, “We season our garlic with food,” this Restaurant Row mainstay offers eclectic, garlicky menu options and premium steaks. Pianist Gary Sherer performs Th-Sa evenings in the Gar Bar. L, D (daily).  55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.652.7673 $$  Map I12 STK  The One Group’s renowned steakhouse has a sleek and sultry new L.A. home inside the W hotel in Westwood. Expect signature steaks, shellfish platters and jalapeño-cheddar grits, as well as new dishes such as seared foie gras with spiced rum, and crispy lobster tails. D (nightly).  W Los Angeles—West Beverly Hills, 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.659.3535 $$$  Map J10

Thai JITLADA THAI  The wait for a table is long at this toprated restaurant in East Hollywood’s Thai Town, but the southern Thai specialties, such as moo mae chan, are authentic and exceptional. L, D (Tu-Su).  5233 1/2 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.667.9809 $$  Map W22 NATALEE THAI  Traditional Thai dishes are served amid edgy, modern decor. Popular entrées include Nutty Chicken and a sole filet in red curry sauce. Veggie lovers favor the spicy maha jumlong curry. L, D (daily).  10101 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.202.7003; 998 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.855.9380 $  Map L11, I11 NIGHT + MARKET  For authentic Thai food, head to either the WeHo or Silver Lake location (the latter is Night + Market Song) of this hip spot from L.A.-born chef Kris Yenbamroong, who was named one of 2016’s best new chefs by Food & Wine. A Venice location, Night + Market Sahm, is due open at 2533 Lincoln Blvd. any day now. WeHo: L (Tu-Th), D (Tu-Su). Silver Lake: L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  9043 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.275.9724; 3322 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.665.5899 $$  Map I12, south of W23 PALMS THAI  At this spot near the Pantages theater, Kavee Thongpreecha, “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 POK POK LA  The menu at this 200-seat Mandarin Plaza restaurant from chef Andy Ricker is divided into five categories that include drinking food, grilled things and sweet things. Standouts include Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings. Ricker also works wonders with duck, ribs and vegetables. L (Sa-Su), D (nightly).  978 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.613.1831 $$  Map G17





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RESTAURANTS City Index Our superguide by area, with cross reference to listings by cuisine.



ODYS + PENELOPE  (American)...................48


AVEC NOUS  (French)..........................................50

LUKSHON  (Pan-Asian)........................................... 53

PLAN CHECK  (American).................................48

ABIGAILE  (Brew/Pub).................................................48

THE BELVEDERE  (Mediterranean)............... 52

NATALEE THAI  (Thai).........................................54

RÉPUBLIQUE  (French).......................................50

BOUCHON  (French)..............................................50



CRUSTACEAN  (Pan-Asian)............................... 53

BESTIA  (Italian)......................................................... 50


CULINA  (Italian)...................................................... 51

BOTTEGA LOUIE  (Italian)............................... 51

THE BAZAAR  (Spanish).................................... 54

CUT  (Steak)....................................................................54

BROKEN SPANISH  (Mexican)......................... 52

FIG & OLIVE  (Mediterranean)........................... 52

IL FORNAIO  (Italian)........................................... 51

B.S. TAQUERIA  (Mexican)................................. 52

MATSUHISA  (Japanese)..................................... 52

THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY  (Steak)....... 54

CAFÉ PINOT  (French).......................................... 50

MORTON’S  (Steak).............................................. 54

MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE  (Steak).......... 54

CHAYA  (California)................................................. 49

NOBU  (Japanese)..................................................... 52

MAUDE   (California)............................................... 49

CLIFTON’S  (American)......................................... 48

THE STINKING ROSE  (Steak)...................... 54

MORTON’S  (Steak).............................................. 54

COMMISSARY  (California)................................. 49


DRAGO CENTRO  (Italian).................................. 51

DUKE’S MALIBU  (Seafood)............................. 53

FACTORY KITCHEN  (Italian)........................... 51

MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB  (Steak)........... 54

KATSUYA  (Japanese).............................................. 52

MR CHOW  (Chinese)............................................50

KENDALL’S BRASSERIE  (French)............. 50

NOBU MALIBU  (Japanese)............................... 52

LEDLOW/P.Y.T.  (American).............................. 48



LITTLE SISTER  (Pan-Asian)............................. 53

CAFE DEL REY  (Seafood)................................ 53


MORTON’S  (Steak).................................................54

CAST & PLOW  (California)............................... 49

CLAIM JUMPER  (American)............................48


NICK + STEF’S  (Steak)............................................54


THE FRONT YARD  (California)..................... 49

MR CHOW  (Chinese)............................................50 NATALEE THAI  (Thai)...................................... 54 SPAGO  (California).................................................50 VILLA BLANCA  (Italian).................................. 52 VIVIANE  (California).............................................50

A.O.C.  (Mediterranean).......................................... 52 BAO DIM SUM  (Chinese)...................................50 CROSSROADS KITCHEN  (Mediterranean).52 THE DISTRICT  (Pan-Asian)................................. 53 ESTÉREL  (Mediterranean)................................... 52

OFFICINE BRERA  (Italian)............................. 51 ORSA & WINSTON  (Eclectic)........................50 PATINA  (French)....................................................... 50 PLAN CHECK  (American)................................... 48 POK POK LA  (Thai)............................................ 54 Q SUSHI  (Japanese).................................................. 52

GRACIAS MADRE  (Mexican)......................... 52 GUSTO  (Italian)........................................................ 51 INK.  (American)........................................................48 JOAN’S ON THIRD  (American)....................48 THE LITTLE DOOR  (French)..........................50 LUCQUES  (Mediterranean)................................. 52 MARÉ  (Seafood)....................................................... 54 OSTERIA MOZZA  (Italian).............................. 51 PETTY CASH TAQUERIA  (Mexican)........ 52 PISTOLA  (Steak).................................................... 54

REDBIRD  (American)............................................. 48 TERRONI  (Italian)..................................................... 52 WP24  (Pan-Asian)...................................................... 53 YANG CHOW  (Chinese)....................................... 50


BIRCH  (American)..................................................... 48 BOWERY BUNGALOW  (Mediterranean)... 52 GWEN  (American)..................................................... 48

DÍA DE CAMPO  (Mexican).................................... 52 FISHING WITH DYNAMITE  (Seafood).... 53 IL FORNAIO  (Italian)........................................... 51 ISE-SHIMA  (Japanese)......................................... 52 LITTLE SISTER  (Pan-Asian)............................. 53 LOVE & SALT  (California).................................. 49 M.B. POST  (American).........................................48 PETROS  (Mediterranean)............................................ 52 SIMMZY’S  (Brew/Pub)......................................... 49 STEAK & WHISKY  (Steak)...................................54 THE STRAND HOUSE  (American)..............48

VALLEY ASANEBO  (Japanese).......................................... 52


THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY  (Steak)....... 54

DIN TAI FUNG  (Chinese)...................................50

JOAN’S ON THIRD  (American)....................48

IL FORNAIO  (Italian)........................................... 51

MORTON’S  (Steak).............................................. 54

KATSUYA  (Japanese)........................................... 52

SIMMZY’S  (Brew/Pub)......................................... 49

SUSHI ROKU  (Japanese).................................... 52

YANG CHOW  (Chinese)....................................... 50

TEA ROSE GARDEN  (British)...................... 49


YANG CHOW  (Chinese)....................................... 50

CHAYA  (California)................................................. 49

SANTA MONICA BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE  (Seafood).. 53 BOA  (Steak)............................................................... 54 CASSIA  (Eclectic)...................................................50

ALIMENTO  (Italian)................................................ 50 BAROO  (Eclectic)...................................................... 50

THE ARTHUR J  (Steak)...........................................54 CLAIM JUMPER  (American)............................48


GJELINA  (Mediterranean)................................... 52 PLANT FOOD AND WINE  (California)...50 SIMMZY’S  (Brew/Pub)......................................... 49 THE TASTING KITCHEN  (California)........50

WEST HOLLYWOOD BOA  (Steak)............................................................... 54

TAVERN  (American)..............................................48 CECCONI’S  (Italian)............................................. 51 THE LOBSTER  (Seafood).....................................54 MARÉ  (Seafood)....................................................... 54

KATANA  (Japanese).............................................. 52

PIZZERIA MOZZA  (Italian)............................. 51

THE HUNGRY CAT  (Seafood).......................... 53

PROVIDENCE  (Seafood)................................... 54

JITLADA THAI  (Thai)...........................................54

RED O  (Mexican)..................................................... 52

KATSUYA  (Japanese).............................................. 52

SON OF A GUN  (Seafood)............................... 54

MAMA SHELTER  (Mediterranean)................... 52

TERRONI  (Italian).................................................. 52

MUSSO & FRANK GRILL  (Steak).............. 54

RED O  (Mexican)..................................................... 52


NIGHT + MARKET SONG  (Thai).................54

ROBATA BAR  (Japanese).................................. 52

BALTAIRE  (Steak)........................................................54

PALMS THAI  (Thai)................................................54

RUSTIC CANYON  (California)........................50

MATTEO’S  (Italian)................................................ 51

KATSUYA  (Japanese)........................................... 52

PETIT TROIS  (French)........................................50


N/NAKA  (Japanese)................................................. 52

TAVERN  (California)..............................................50

TROIS MEC  (Eclectic)............................................ 50

SUSHI ROKU  (Japanese).................................... 52

PLAN CHECK  (American).................................48



TAR & ROSES  (California).................................50

ROC  (Chinese).............................................................. 50

CRAFT  (American)..................................................48

ANIMAL  (American)..............................................48

VALENTINO  (Italian)........................................... 52

SOTTO  (Italian)....................................................... 52

HINOKI & THE BIRD  (California)................. 49

JON & VINNY’S  (Italian)................................... 51

YE OLDE KING’S HEAD  (British).............. 49

STK  (Steak).........................................................................54

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MÉLISSE  (French)..................................................50 MILO & OLIVE  (California)...............................50 PLAN CHECK  (American).................................48

NIGHT + MARKET  (Thai)................................ 54 PUMP  (California).....................................................50 ROKU  (Japanese)..................................................... 52 TORTILLA REPUBLIC  (Mexican)............... 53


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LADINING JIMMY’S FAMOUS AMERICAN TAVERN The JFAT family of restaurants is known for its artisanal approach to popular dishes from around the country. Certified green by the Green Restaurants Association, Jimmy’s strives to use locally raised, organic and sustainable ingredients and has partnered with the Long Beach Aquarium-based “Seafood for the Future” program. Enjoy brews, cocktails and wines at the bar before indulging in menu highlights such as buttermilk fried chicken with thyme gravy or spicy tequila shrimp pasta with green chili pesto cream, charred corn and pepitas, inside or on the covered patio. Jimmy’s also offers a weekday happy hour and weekend Champagne brunch. The new Santa Monica location is located just a few blocks from the pier. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 424.292.5222 • j-fat.com

THE STINKING ROSE— A GARLIC RESTAURANT The Stinking Rose has been a mainstay on the dining scene since 1996. The restaurant’s latest addition is a supplemental Garlic Stake menu, which includes such premium beef specialties as the Little Devil petite filet mignon, Dracula’s Porterhouse (a carnivore’s dream of the perfectly prepared cut, with New York and filet mignon cooked separately), a bone-in filet mignon and the newest addition, a ribeye steak. The Gar Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of standards and pop songs performed by piano man Gary Sherer, who tickles the ivories Thursday through Saturday nights. Settle into a cozy booth or find a seat at the bar and enjoy an evening of fine food and pure entertainment. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills 310.652.7673 • thestinkingrose.com

DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE At this modern interpretation of the classic American bar and grill, executive chef Daniel Tiger cooks up creative twists on comfort-food classics using bold flavors and local, marketfresh ingredients. Dine on shareable favorites like cheesesteak egg rolls, wood-oven-baked flatbreads and ahi tacos before tucking into burgers, salads and steaks. For weekend brunch, try the Grille’s signature red-velvet Belgian waffles and crab cake benedict. The inviting restaurant’s unique dining environment lets guests enjoy a view of the bustling exhibition kitchen or the nearby Santa Monica Pier, and also features a stunning private dining room for parties and special events. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).

1551 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica 310.395.7333 • delfriscosgrille.com/santa-monica


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LADINING IL FORNAIO Il Fornaio’s award-winning authentic Italian cuisine is a favorite in Los Angeles. Specialties include housemade pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto and rotisserie meats. Fresh pastas are made 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. Repeat recipient of The Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.”

301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills • 310.550.8330 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach • 310.725.9555 24 West Union St., Pasadena • 626.683.9797 6320 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills • 818.297.1700 ilfornaio.com

208 RODEO Set atop the “Spanish steps” of Beverly Hills’ Via Rodeo, 208 Rodeo serves seasonal cuisine with California, pan-Asian and French flair. The restaurant’s proximity to such luxury retailers as Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel makes it a celebrity hot spot as well as convenient stop for a post-shopping repast. Share a meal in its warm and modern Hollywood Regency-style dining room, or take a seat on the romantic patio overlooking the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (setting of the film Pretty Woman). Beautifully presented and imaginatively prepared dishes include a signature 28-ounce tomahawk rib-eye steak and a 1.5-pound lobster tail, and a children’s menu, a full bar and tempting desserts such as gelato round out the offerings. B, L, D (daily).

208 Via Rodeo, Beverly Hills 310.275.2428 • 208rodeo.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 its status as the epitome of classic cool. Now in its 50th year, Matteo’s continues to offer unique seasonal fare in a homey and hip setting. Executive chef Antonio Orlando’s menu features 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. Gluten-free and vegetarian options also available. For lunch, visit adjacent cafe Hoboken, open weekdays. D (Tu-Su).

2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A. 310.475.4521 • matteosla.com


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PPLA FOOD FARE  March 2 Thirty-eighth annual food event—it started as a cooking demonstration with Julia Child—features tastings from more than 150 of the city’s best restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries. Taste offerings from venues including 71Above, AR Cucina, Baldoria, Lucques and Miro. Clementine’s Annie Miler is being recognized as chef of the year. Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Daytime session 11 am-2 pm; evening session 6:30-9:30 pm. $150-$250.  Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 213.284.3300  Map L9 ALL-STAR CHEF CLASSIC  March 8-11 This four-day culinary experience showcases some of the world’s best chefs, including Curtis Stone (Maude, Gwen), Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish, B.S. Taqueria) and Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois and Trois Familia). See them cook in the venue’s Restaurant Stadium, then taste the delicious results in the Chefs’ Tasting Arena. See website for event information and ticket prices.  L.A. Live Event Deck, 1005 W. Chick Hearn Court, downtown, allstarchefclassic.com  Map I15

New Brews Drinking destinations that both brew and serve their own beer are popping up all over L.A. In downtown, Danish brewing company Mikkeller (330 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.596.9005) has opened in a 100-year-old auto-repair shop with more than 60 taps and craft cocktails, and San Diegobased Karl Strauss Brewing Co. just debuted a 12,000-squarefoot brewpub (600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, downtown, 213.228.2739). In the Valley, lively pub Simmzy’s is adding a brewery to its Burbank location, churning out house beers in the upstairs lounge area (p. 49). And industrial-cool new Verdugo West Brewing Co. brews its beer behind its tasting room, producing a lineup of core brews that includes an oatmeal stout and a sour brown ale with cherries (156 W. Verdugo Ave., Burbank, 818.841.5040).

REMOTE L.A.  Opening March 12 In celebration of the Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season, this guided audio tour reveals a “secret Los Angeles” as you travel through the city in a group of 50 people. Headphones provide a soundtrack to the streets, sights and rooftops of L.A. Check website for schedule. $39.  213.628.2772, centertheatregroup.org CASEY’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY STREET FESTIVAL  March 17 This annual all-day street festival enlivens downtown Los Angeles with Irish food, drink specials (green beer, anyone?) and sets by a live DJ. Headquartered at Casey’s Irish Pub, the street festival takes place in front of the pub. 6 am-10 pm; festival 11 am. Free general admission before 3:30 pm. 21+.  613 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.629.2353, caseysirishpub.com  Map I16 PALEYFEST  March 17-26 The Paley Center for Media hosts this annual event with screenings and interactive panels featuring creators and stars from top TV shows. This year’s lineup includes The Walking Dead, This Is Us, The Late Late Show With James Corden, Bob’s Burgers and Westworld. Visit paleyfest.org for schedule and tickets.  Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 310.786.1000  Map H13 L.A. MARATHON  March 19 Established in 1986, the city’s famed marathon is still going strong, attracting thousands of runners from around the world who take on the “Stadium to the Sea” course. 6:30 am. Registration $205.  Starting point: Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 213.542.3000  Map G17 WESTWEEK 2017  March 22-23 The West Coast’s definitive showcase for global design debuts an array of luxury furnishings and interiors resources crafted by today’s foremost design innovators. A series of programs and events featuring the nation’s leading shelter publications, editors and tastemakers provide information and education about design. 9 am-6 pm.  Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.657.0800  Map I12 ABSINTHE  Opening March 22 The wild Las Vegas show—in its sixth sold-out year at Caesars Palace— arrives in L.A. for a limited engagement. Inspired by the absinthe-drenched cabarets of late 19th-century Europe, this adult-themed cocktail of circus, burlesque and vaudeville stars performers who mix comedy with strength, balance and danger. Ages 18 and above. Check website for schedule. $49-$129.  L.A. Live Event Deck, 1005 Chick Hearn Court, downtown, absinthela.com  Map I15

guidelines 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....................58 Museums............................64 Theater.................................58 Shopping Destinations....66 Music + Dance..................60 Spas.......................................68 Sports....................................60 Nightlife................................70 Attractions..........................60 Beaches................................70 Studio Tours........................ 62 Tours + Transport.............. 72 Studio Tapings...................64

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CICLAVIA—CULVER CITY MEETS VENICE  March 26 Several miles of L.A.’s normally congested streets turn into a car-free park for a walk and bike tour of the city. For the first CicLAvia of 2017, the event returns to its fan-favorite route through Culver City, Mar Vista and Venice. See website for additional route details. 9 am-4 pm. Free.  213.355.8500, ciclavia.org YOUNGARTS LOS ANGELES  March 28-April 2 Enjoy multidisciplinary artistic performances by rising stars who were selected by the YoungArts Foundation to receive mentoring and national awards (Viola Davis, Nicki Minaj and director Jenji Kohan are among the program’s esteemed alumni). Performances are part of the 2017 YoungArts Los Angeles regional program. See website for public performance schedule, tickets and more information.  UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 800.970.2787, youngarts.org/youngarts-la  Map J10

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Theater FINDING NEVERLAND  Through March 12 This popular musical follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he is inspired by four young brothers and their mother to dream up the magical world of Peter Pan.  Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770  Map H13 PLASTICITY  Through March 13 This oft-comical multimedia play from Ovation Award-winning writers Alex Lyras and Robert McCaskill, Grammy-nominated composer Ken Rich, visual artist Corwin Evans and Emmywinning editor/producer Peter Chakos features Lyras as a comatose man who re-creates his identity by delving deeply into his memories while hovering loved ones, also played by Lyras, debate his fate.  Hudson Guild Theatre, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 323.960.7787  Map H13

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LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT  Through March 18 Eugene O’Neill’s semiautobiographical masterpiece won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1957. Jane Kaczmarek and Alfred Molina star in this powerful portrait of a single day.  Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454  Map J10


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GOD LOOKED AWAY  Through March 19 Al Pacino and Judith Light (Transparent) star in this drama by Dotson Rader. Pacino portrays playwright/screenwriter/ novelist Tennessee Williams during a turbulent period in Williams’ life and career.  Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, 626.356.7529  Map Q20 ZOOT SUIT  Through March 26 Demian Bichir (A Better Life, The Hateful Eight) stars in this muchanticipated revival of Luis Valdez’s landmark 1978 play, created and set in L.A., about the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder.  Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772  Map H16

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FUN HOME  All month This groundbreaking Broadway show and Tony winner for best musical is based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel about her childhood.  Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772  Map H16

Music + Dance DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION  March 2, 5, 16, 19 L.A. Opera, Salome, by Richard Strauss, conductor James Conlon (in German with projected English translations). March 8-12 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. March 25, 30 L.A. Opera, The Tales of Hoffmann, by Jacques Offenbach, conductor Plácido Domingo (in French with projected English translations).  135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711  Map H16 THE FORUM  March 5 iHeartRadio Music Awards. March 8 Bon Jovi. March 17 Flogging Molly, with special guests the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Mariachi El Bronx. March 23 Game of Thrones: Live Concert Experience. March 25-26 Eric Clapton. March 28 Panic! at the Disco, with special guests MisterWives and Saint Motel. March 31 Ariana Grande, with special guests Little Mix and Victoria Monet.  3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300  Map O12 STAPLES CENTER  March 7-8, 10 Red Hot Chili Peppers. March 31 Eric Church.  1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100  Map I15 WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL  March 3, 5 Adams @ 70: Nixon in China, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor John Adams, director Elkhanah Pulitzer, Los Angeles Master Chorale. March 8 L.A. Phil Music 101, with Classical KUSC’s Alan Chapman. March 10-12 Beethoven & Shostakovich, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Jaap van Zweden. March 10 Aaron Diehl Trio; Cécile McLorin Salvant; Jason Moran. March 11 American Youth Symphony, music director/conductor Carlos Izcaray, electric guitar Steve Vai. March 15 Fretwork: In Nomine. March 17-18 L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Stéphane Denève, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. March 21 Night and Dreams: A Schubert & Beckett Recital, featuring tenor Ian Bostridge, director Yuval Sharon. March 24-26 Tetzlaff Plays Dvorák, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Christoph Eschenbach, violinist Christian Tetzlaff. March 28 Chamber Music: Dvorák & Brahms. March 31 Mirga Conducts Mozart & Haydn, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla, pianist Stephen Kovacevich.  111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000  Map H16

Sports STAPLES CENTER  March 1 L.A. Clippers vs. Houston Rockets. March 2 L.A. Kings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs. March 3 L.A. Lakers vs. Boston Celtics. March 4 Kings vs. Vancouver Canucks. March 5 Lakers vs. New Orleans Pelicans. March 6 Clippers vs. Boston Celtics. March 9 Kings vs. Nashville Predators. March 11 Clippers vs. Philadelphia 76ers; Kings vs. Washington Capitals. March 12 Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers. March 13 Kings vs. St. Louis Blues. March 14 Kings vs. Arizona Coyotes. March 15 Clippers vs. Milwaukee Bucks. March 16 Kings vs. Buffalo Sabres. March 17 Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks. March 18 Clippers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers. March 19 Lakers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers. March 20 Clippers vs. New York Knicks. March 21 Lakers vs. Clippers. March 23 Kings vs. Winnipeg Jets. March 24 Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves. March 25 Clippers vs. Utah Jazz; Kings vs. New York Rangers. March 26 Clippers vs. Sacramento Kings; Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers. March 28 Lakers vs. Washington Wizards. March 29 Clippers vs. Washington Wizards.  1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100  Map I15

SAJE ADVICE Are you feeling jet-lagged or in need of a lift? Saje Natural Wellness to the rescue. The Canadian retailer recently opened a beautiful, bright storefront in Malibu Village (next to Malibu Country Mart, p. 66), offering customers plantbased essential oils, diffuser oil blends (pictured right) and other products that address wellness needs 100 percent naturally. 3872 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.317.0421; more locations at saje.com

Attractions AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC  Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Touch the ocean’s predators in Shark Lagoon and jellies in the Wonders of the Deep gallery, and meet penguins, sea otters, sea lions and 11,000 other animals. Daily 9 am-6 pm. $17.95-$29.95, under 3 free.  100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100  Map O16 ARTISTS & FLEAS  Hip artist, designer and vintage market—an import from Brooklyn and Chelsea, New York—also offers food trucks, workshops and DJs. Sa 11 am-5 pm. Free.  740 E. 3rd St., downtown; 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.900.9987  Map J17, N9 BARNSDALL ART PARK  Park features Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Center, Junior Art Center and Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Park: daily 6 am-10 pm; Municipal Art Gallery: Th-Su noon-5 pm; Hollyhock House tours: Th-Su 11 am-4 pm. Hollyhock House tours $3-$7.  4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.913.4031  Map W22 BATTLESHIP IOWA  Former battleship is permanently docked as a floating museum. Daily 10 am-5 pm; last ticket sold at 4 pm. $11.95-$19.95, under 5 free.  Pacific Battleship Center, USS Iowa BB-61, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 877.446.9261  Map O15 DESCANSO GARDENS  Collections include the Ancient Forest, the Japanese Garden and an awardwinning camellia garden. New restaurant Maple is open for weekend brunch. Daily 9 am-5 pm. $4-$9, under 5 free.  1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200  Map Q19 DISNEYLAND  Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and updated Star Tours. Disney California Adventure is adjacent. Call for hours. $95-$119, under 3 free.  1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565  Map D6

IFLY HOLLYWOOD  “Indoor skydiving” via a vertical wind tunnel. Two to four flights per session. M-Th, Su 11 am-9 pm; F-Sa 11 am-11 pm. $59.95-$99.95.  Universal CityWalk, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.985.4359  Map G13 L.A. LIVE  Bustling entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Microsoft Theater and the Novo by Microsoft (formerly Club Nokia), restaurants including new Cleo, 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  Home to more than 250 animal species, many of them endangered, living among immersive habitats and lush gardens. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Ticket sales cease one hour before closing. $15-$20, under 2 free.  5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200  Map T23 LEGOLAND  Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Water Park and Legoland Hotel. See legoland.com for hours, ticket packages. Parking $15-$25.  1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346 MADAME TUSSAUDS HOLLYWOOD  Re-create favorite film and musical moments at the world-famous museum of wax figures. Hours vary. $22.95-$29.95, under 3 free.  6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670  Map H13 ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET  Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. Adjacent to the Grove shopping center.  6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211  Map I13 OUE SKYSPACE L.A.  California’s tallest open-air observation deck, at nearly 1,000 feet above the city, boasts 360-degree views and a 45-foot-long glass “Skyslide” from the 70th to the 69th floor.  633 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.894.9000  Map I16

DOLBY THEATRE  Tour the home of the Academy Awards, formerly named the Kodak Theatre. Daily 10:30 am-4 pm. $18-$23, under 3 free.  6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300  Map H13

PACIFIC PARK  Amusement park at the end of the famous Santa Monica Pier offers games, food and rides, including a Ferris wheel. See pacpark.com for hours and ticket prices.  380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.260.8744  Map M8

EL PUEBLO DE LOS ANGELES  Birthplace of Los Angeles; the site of this historical monument dates to 1781. Historic buildings, 11 of which are open to the public, include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest.  125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274  Map H17

POINT VICENTE INTERPRETIVE CENTER  Small park adjacent to the Point Vicente Lighthouse offers a whalewatching deck and an interpretive center featuring exhibits about local history and ecology.  31501 Palos Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.377.5370  Map O13

GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY  Iconic attraction with spectacular views of L.A. and the Hollywood sign. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu-F noon-10 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-10 pm. Admission free; planetarium shows $3-$7, under 5 free.  2800 E. Observatory Road, Griffith Park, L.A., 213.473.0800  Map U23

QUEEN MARY  Historic ocean liner permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, hotel, art deco lounge, a 4-D theater and restaurants. Daily self-guided and guided tours; night tours available. Check queenmary.com for hours and prices.  1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738  Map O16


AN AMERICAN IN PARIS  Opening March 22 Based on the 1951 Oscar-winning film of the same name, this Broadway musical earned four Tonys. Follow Jerry and Lise’s post-WWII love story, set to songs by George and Ira Gershwin.  Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770  Map H13


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SEAWORLD  The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals including killer whales, fish, reptiles and birds. Open daily; call for hours, ticket packages and discounts. $73-$93, under 3 free. Parking $17-$30.  500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, 800.257.4268  Map I8

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SMORGASBURG  This popular Brooklyn transplant is a “market for food, design, vintage and events,” set on the 5-acre site of the weekday Alameda Produce Market, in downtown’s hip Row DTLA redevelopment complex. Choose from dozens of local-favorite vendors, including Amazebowls, Donut Friend, Cheezus, Locol and Wanderlust Creamery. Su 10 am-4 pm. Free.  746 Market Court, downtown, la.smorgasburg.com  Map J17 TCL CHINESE THEATRE  Historic, meticulously restored Hollywood movie palace (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) with Imax screen and walkway of stars’ handprints and footprints in the forecourt. Visit tclchinesetheatres.com or call for movie schedule.  6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3331  Map H13  UNIVERSAL CITYWALK  Dining, shopping and entertainment promenade includes new restaurants such as Dongpo Kitchen and LudoBird, a state-of-the-art cinema and Imax theater and simulated skydiving wind tunnel iFly Hollywood. Call for hours.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455  Map U20
 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD  Movie-based theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Walking Dead Attraction are popular recent additions. Tram studio tour includes Peter Jackson’s King Kong 360 3-D, film and TV sets and the Fast & Furious—Supercharged hydraulic motion-based thrill ride. Call or check universalstudioshollywood.com for hours and prices.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377  Map U20

Studio Tours PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIO TOUR  Two-hour group tour of Hollywood’s longest-operating and only remaining major studio. Reservations recommended. Tours daily (except some holidays) every half-hour 9:30 am-3 pm. $55; VIP tour $178, under 10 not admitted. 2.5-hour After Dark Tour every 15 minutes Sa 7:30-8 pm. $78, under 12 not admitted.  5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777  Map I14 SONY PICTURES STUDIO TOUR  Two-hour walking tour of working motion-picture studio includes stages where television shows and movies including The Wizard of Oz and Spider-Man were filmed. Reservations, photo ID required. M-F 9:30 am-2:30 pm. $45, under 12 not admitted. Parking free.  10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687  Map L11 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD  Legendary studio tour (also see listing under “Attractions”). VIP Experience includes front-of-line privileges, gourmet lunch and other perks. Check universalstudioshollywood.com or call for hours and prices.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801  Map U20
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Studio Tapings AUDIENCES UNLIMITED  Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows on CBS, Fox, NBC and the CW that are produced in the L.A. area, such as The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls. Minimum age 10-18, varies by show.  818.260.0041, ext. 1, tvtickets.com THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW  Free tickets to taping of comedian’s daytime talk show. Minimum age 14; minors must show photo ID and be accompanied by a parent. Day-of tickets, call before noon; advance tickets, go to ellen.warnerbros.com/tickets.  Warner Bros. Studios, 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.954.5929  Map U20 JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!  Free tickets to live tapings of late-night ABC show. Minimum age 18.  El Capitan Entertainment Centre, 6840 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 1iota.com  Map H13 ON-CAMERA AUDIENCES  Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including Hell’s Kitchen, Family Feud, So You Think You Can Dance and The Price Is Right. Minimum age 12-18, varies by show.  818.295.2700, mytvtickets.com

Museums AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST  Museum explores the art, history and cultures of the American West and houses one of the top U.S. collections of Native American materials. Tu-F 10 am-4 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $6-$14, under 3 free.  4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000  Map H14 THE BROAD  Museum built by philanthropists and art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad contains more than 2,000 works of contemporary art. Tu-W 11 am-5 pm; Th-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa 10 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-6 pm. Free. Online reservations encouraged.  221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200  Map H16 CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM  Exhibits showcasing the history, culture and art of African-Americans, with an emphasis on California and the western United States. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $12, $15 after 5 pm.  600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.744.7432  Map M8 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER  Interactive exhibits for budding scientists; Imax theater. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Permanent gallery, free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $12.  700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 323.724.3623  Map K15 FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING (FIDM)  Museum and galleries on fashion-school campus. Tu–Sa 10 am–5 pm. Free.  919 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.623.5821  Map I16 GETTY CENTER  Hilltop facility houses collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Fabulous Central Garden and city views. Tu-F, Su 10 am-5:30 pm; Sa 10 am-9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 pm.  1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300  Map H9 GETTY VILLA  Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart features Etruscan, Roman and Greek antiquities. W-M 10 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 3 pm. Advance timed tickets required for entry.  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 Awards history. M-F 10:30 am-6:30 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6:30 pm. $10.95-$12.95, under 6 free.  800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800  Map I15 HAMMER MUSEUM  UCLA-affiliated museum presents influential traveling shows and installations along-

side its permanent collection. Tu-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. Free.  10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000  Map J10 HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM  In the historic Max Factor Building, steps from the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum houses 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures that showcase 100 years of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $5-$15.  1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776  Map H13 HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS  Art, buildings and grounds, with a dozen themed gardens and new dining concepts. W-M 10 am-5 pm. $10-$25, under 4 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. Tu-W, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $6-$10, under 5 free, Th 5-8 pm and third Thursday of the month free.  100 N. Central Ave., downtown, 213.625.0414  Map H17 LA BREA TAR PITS AND MUSEUM  Watch paleontologists at work uncovering ice age L.A. Among the main attractions are the ever-bubbling tar pits, which make up the world’s most famous fossil-excavation site. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free.  5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243  Map J13 LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART  The largest art museum in the western U.S., with diverse, superb collections housed on a 20-acre campus. MTu, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10-$15, under 18 free.   5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000  Map J13 LOS ANGELES MUSEUM OF THE HOLOCAUST  The West Coast’s largest archive of Holocaust-era documents, relics and other primary source materials. Interactive and audiovisual exhibits include “The World That Was” touchscreen table. Sa–Th 10 am–5 pm; F 10 am–2 pm. Free.  Pan Pacific Park, 100 S. The Grove Drive, L.A., 323.651.3704  Map I12 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART  Premier contemporary-art museum housed in three facilities. GA and GC: M, W, F 11 am-6 pm; Th 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. PDC: Tu-F 11 am-5 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-6 pm. GA and GC: $8-$15, under 12 free; free at PDC.  MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA Pacific Design Center (PDC), 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 213.626.6222  Map H16, H17, I12 MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE  Exhibits on prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust, humanrights issues and Anne Frank’s life and legacy. Su-W, F 10 am-5 pm; Th 10 am-9:30 pm (extended hours for Anne only). $11.50-$15.50, under 5 free.  9786 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403  Map J11 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY  Thirty-three million objects, from dinosaur fossils to fish. The 3.5-acre Nature Gardens, interactive Nature Lab and Tyrannosaurus rex growth series exhibit are highlights. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free.  900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466  Map K15 NORTON SIMON MUSEUM  Stellar collection of Renaissance to 20th-century masterworks and sculpture garden. M, W-Th noon-5 pm; F-Sa 11 am-8 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. $9-$12; students with photo ID, under 19 free.  411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.449.6840  Map Q19 PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART  California art, architecture, design. $5-$7, under 13 free, first Friday and third Thursday of the month free.  490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.568.3665  Map Q20


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SHOPPING PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM  Recently renovated museum displays about 135 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles in permanent and rotating exhibits. Daily 10 am-6 pm. $7-$15, under 3 free. Vault tours $20, under 10 not admitted.  6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277  Map J13 SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER  Cultural venue highlights the American Jewish experience through engaging exhibitions and programs. Tu-F noon-5 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $7-$12, under 2 free, free Thursdays.  2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500  Map G9

Shopping Destinations THE AMERICANA AT BRAND  Downtown Glendale hot spot from the creators of the Grove with Main Street, U.S.A., atmosphere and trolley. Some 90 stores such as Kate Spade and Toms. Dining options include Din Tai Fung and Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina. 889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8900  Map U23 BEVERLY CENTER  Trendsetting mall near West Hollywood is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. It has more than 100 boutiques (Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, True Religion concept store, Uniqlo, Cos) and is anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.  8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.854.0070  Map I12 CITADEL OUTLETS  Assyrian architecture south of downtown stands out along the Golden State (5) Freeway; the center offers discounted clothes from Coach, Guess, H&M, Banana Republic, Levi’s and Converse, to name just a few.  100 Citadel Drive, L.A., 323.888.1724  Map B4


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THE GROVE  Popular outdoor center is home to 40 shops and restaurants including Apple and Elizabeth and James, all in a setting that suggests a grand old downtown. Movie theater, trolley and dancing fountain are draws. Adjacent to Original Farmers Market.  189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 888.315.8883  Map I13 MALIBU COUNTRY MART  Outdoor center with upscale boutiques, plus Cie Sparks salon and restaurants such as Taverna Tony and Mr Chow. Malibu Lumber Yard and Malibu Village are adjacent.  3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300  Map northwest of K7 ONE COLORADO  Quaint outdoor plaza with upscale boutiques such as OSKA, Cop. Copine, Mohawk General Store and Sugarfina, plus iPic Theaters and restaurants including Sushi Roku.  41 Hugus Alley, Old Pasadena, 626.564.1066  Map Q19 SANTA MONICA PLACE  Sleek outdoor mall at south end of Third Street Promenade anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. More than 80 boutiques, plus a rooftop Dining Deck and new ArcLight Cinemas.  395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.394.1049  Map L8 SOUTH COAST PLAZA  High-end center in Orange County boasts nearly 300 boutiques (Chanel, Céline, Gucci, Chloé, Bottega Veneta) and 40 restaurants, including new Water Grill. Concierge at four locations.  3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888  Map E6

THIRD STREET PROMENADE  Pedestrian-only shopping zone includes trendy shops, kiosks and an array of entertaining street performers.  1351 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.393.8355  Map L8 TWO RODEO  Center with cobblestones in the heart of Beverly Hills features luxury boutiques including Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co., plus restaurant 208 Rodeo and fine-art gallery Galerie Michael.  9478 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.247.7040  Map J11 WESTFIELD AT LAX  Retail and dining options curated by Westfield (Fred Segal, MAC Cosmetics, Wolfgang

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MELROSE UMBRELLA CO.  Rustic-chic space with creative cocktails and inventive fare.  7465 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.951.0709  Map I12

SPA MONTAGE  The last word in luxury spas, with deluxe services including L.Raphael facials and facilities including dry redwood saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, showers and a coed mineral pool. Also on-site are Kim Vo Salon, Gornik & Drucker barbershop and fitness facilities.  225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7840  Map J11

THE NICE GUY  H.Wood Group’s reservations-only, Italian-inspired restaurant and mixology lounge.  401 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.360.9500  Map I12

Nightlife 1 OAK  Strikingly seductive, art-filled club from New York.  9039 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.2326  Map H12 THE ABBEY  David Cooley’s world-famous gay bar and nightclub serves flavored mules, mojitos and martinis galore. A new concept, the Chapel at the Abbey, is adjacent.  692 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.289.8410  Map H12 ARTS DISTRICT BREWING CO.  213 Hospitality’s Arts District brewery and tasting room.  828 Traction Ave., downtown, 213.519.5887  Map I17 AVALON HOLLYWOOD  Storied, recently renovated dance club and concert venue. More intimate club Bardot is upstairs.  1735 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.8900  Map H14 BAR MARMONT  Dreamy bar just down the hill from the historic Chateau Marmont.  8171 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.650.0575  Map H12 BASEMENT TAVERN  Underground speakeasy in a Victorian abode; live music.  The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.396.2469  Map M8

NIGHTINGALE PLAZA  SBE’s exclusive new nightclub has a main club room, two bars/lounges and an outdoor garden “oasis.”  643 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 323.457.2211  Map I12 NO VACANCY  Gin cocktails and live entertainment in a Victorian boutique hotel.  1727 N. Hudson Ave., Hollywood, 323.465.1902  Map H14 PERCH  Open-air roost in a historic building; indoor cabaret lounge Bar Thirteen is underneath.  448 S. Hill St., downtown, 213.802.1770  Map I16 POUR VOUS  Parisian-inspired Champagne and cocktail salon. Upscale dress code.  5574 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.871.8699  Map I14 SASSAFRAS  Lounge styled as a (stylishly) decaying Savannah town house specializes in barrel-aged cocktails.  1233 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.467.2800  Map H14 SEVEN GRAND  Whiskey bar with tongue-in-cheek hunt-club decor. Intimate Bar Jackalope hidden in the back features more than 120 premium whiskeys.  515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.614.0737  Map I16 THE SPARE ROOM  Gaming parlor and cocktail lounge with bowling lanes and fancy drinks.  Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.769.7296  Map H13

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THE STANDARD DOWNTOWN  Rooftop bar with panoramic city views and a pool, plus a rooftop beer garden and pingpong club Spin.  550 S. Flower St.,Abundance_1216_outline.indd 3 downtown, 213.892.8080  Map I16

BOOTSY BELLOWS  Nightclub with burlesque shows and other live entertainment.  9229 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.7500  Map H12

THE STANDARD HOLLYWOOD  Lounge with swinging seats, glowing purple walls.  8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.9090  Map H12

BRACK SHOP TAVERN  Cozy new cocktail pub from the team behind Silver Lake’s Same Same.  525 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.232.8657  Map I16

STARK BAR  Alfresco bar at LACMA with handcrafted cocktails and great small plates. Globally inspired restaurant Ray’s is adjacent.  5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6180  Map J13

BREAK ROOM 86  1980s-style bar inside the Line Hotel with karaoke suites and live entertainment.  630 S. Ardmore Ave., L.A., 213.368.3056  Map west of H15 THE BUNGALOW  Seaside cottage-style nightspot with gourmet bites by Fig Restaurant.  The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.8530  Map L8

COVELL  Intimate Los Feliz neighborhood wine bar from Dustin Lancaster, who’s also behind Silver Lake’s L&E Oyster Bar and El Condor.  4628 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.660.4400  Map W23 DOHENY ROOM  Stylish art deco-style bar and lounge from the SBE Group offers a diverse menu by Cleo chef Danny Elmaleh.  9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.777.0266  Map H12 GRANDPA JOHNSON’S  Sophisticated art deco lounge.  1638 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.467.7300  Map H14

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Beaches CABRILLO BEACH  Inside the breakwater it’s a stillwater beach, and on the ocean it’s a surf beach. Public boat-launching ramp on harbor side. 40th Street and Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro  Map O15

HARLOWE  Spacious, vintage-glam restaurant and bar.  721 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.876.5839  Map H13

EL MATADOR STATE BEACH  Steep stairs lead to 18 acres of narrow, sandy beach with scenic rock formations.  32350 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu  Map northwest of K9

HYDE  SBE lounge with offshoots around the country. Reservations recommended; open during arena concerts and games.  Hyde at Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 323.330.8018  Map I15

HERMOSA BEACH  Two-mile stretch of beach along Santa Monica Bay with combination bike path/ boardwalk and pier. Metered street parking.  Hermosa Avenue and 33rd Street, Hermosa Beach  Map L13

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POINT DUME BEACH  Cliffs border the beach, one of the most beautiful along the L.A. coastline.  7103 Westward Beach Road, Malibu  Map northwest of K9 REDONDO BEACH  A 1.5-mile beach that runs south of the pier to Torrance Beach.  400-1700 Esplanade, Redondo Beach  Map M13

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TOPANGA BEACH  Rocky and narrow Malibu beach is a popular surfing spot but unsafe for swimming. Beach wheelchairs available.  18700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Topanga  Map northwest of K9 VENICE BEACH  Famous boardwalk with street performers and shops is one of SoCal’s biggest attractions. The north end is home to “Muscle Beach.” Beach wheelchairs available.  2700-3100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice  Map N9 WHITE POINT BEACH/ROYAL PALMS  Rugged, rocky shoreline is popular with divers, shell collectors and surf casters. Tide pools.  1799 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro  Map O14 WILL ROGERS STATE BEACH  Sandy 3-mile beach is starting point for the Marvin Braude Bike Trail. Popular for swimming and skin diving; volleyball courts. Beach wheelchairs available.  17700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades  Map K7 ZUMA BEACH  The ultimate SoCal beach. Food stands at each end of its 4-mile expanse along PCH. Beach wheelchairs available.  30000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu  Map northwest of K7

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TO U R S + T R A N S P O RT CATALINA EXPRESS  Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Up to 30 daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservations recommended. Ride Free on Your Birthday program. Call or check website for hours and prices.  800.481.3470, catalinaexpress.com

® The country’s premier Western art show—through March 26 at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park.

DELISH TOURS  Culinary tour of “hidden gem” restaurants in Venice Beach. Reservations required. Private tours available. F-Su 11 am-2 pm; private tours offered daily. $65.  Westminster Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, Venice, 323.412.9077, delishtours.com  Map N9 DODGER STADIUM TOUR  Behind-the-scenes tour allows guests to visit the field and the dugout, walk through the Vin Scully Press Box and more. $15$20, under 4 free.  1000 Vin Scully Ave., L.A., 866.363.4377  Map G17 DOWNTOWN ART WALK  Self-guided gallery tour/ party centered on Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets. Second Thursday of every month, noon10 pm; lounge open from 6-10 pm. Free.  213.617.4929, ext. 206, downtownartwalk.org  Map I16 HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS  Dine, dance and take in beautiful harbor views aboard one of Hornblower’s cruises. Choose from dinner and Champagne brunch options.  Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 888.467.6256, hornblower.com  Map O9

4700 Western Heritage Way · Los Angeles, CA 90027 Across from the L.A. Zoo · Free Parking · TheAutry.org Logan Maxwell Hagege, Where Land Meets Sky (detail), oil, 44 x 54 in.

METRO  City bus, light rail and subway. Rail lines connect downtown, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach; underground Red Line from Union Station through Hollywood to San Fernando Valley; Gold Line from Union Station to East L.A. and through Pasadena to Azusa; Blue Line from downtown to Long Beach; Green Line from Norwalk to Redondo Beach; Expo Line from Santa Monica to downtown.  323.466.3876, metro.net METROLINK  Regional train system connects Los Angeles County with Ventura, Orange and San Diego counties. Six of seven Metrolink rail lines (including the Orange County lines, San Bernardino lines and Ventura County lines) begin at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.  800.371.5465, metrolinktrains.com

STAR TRACK TOURS  Star Track Tours’ video star tours take you by celebrities’ glamorous mansions and estates, while TVs in each new vehicle show you inside the homes of the rich and famous. See the homes of stars like Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian. Enjoy a two-hour day or night tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. See website for schedule and prices.  6739 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 310.905.7145, startracktours.com  Map H13

50 YEARS OF NURTURING WILDLIFE & ENRICHING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE Help us mark our 50th year as L.A.’s landmark zoo! Discover our commitment to making this world a better place for animals and the best place in town for you, family, and friends to connect with wildlife. It’s a yearlong celebration that’ll have you roaring with satisfaction — and migrating back for more! Open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free parking.


STARLINE TOURS  Celebrity-tour company offers Movie Stars’ Homes tour plus tours to beaches, theme parks, San Diego and more. The CitySightseeing double-decker hop-on, hop-off tour makes more than 70 stops around L.A. Prices vary.  Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.959.3131, starlinetours.com  Map H13

TMZ CELEBRITY TOUR, HOLLYWOOD  Two-hour bus tour highlights celebrity hot spots in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and on the Sunset Strip, brought to life with videos from TMZ’s on-air stories and the occasional star sighting. See website for pickup locations, hours and prices.  844.TMZ.TOUR (869.8687), tmztour.com


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GO METRO Despite what you may have heard, you can get to many Los Angeles attractions without a car. Metro is the nation’s third-largest public transportation agency, operating 2,200 buses and six rail lines, including a subway that can take you from downtown to Hollywood in about 15 minutes. Whether you’re interested in seeing stars along the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, catching rays at Santa Monica Beach or touring any number of L.A. landmarks, Metro can take you there.

Where to Start

Use the Trip Planner at metro.net or call 323.GO.METRO for customized travel itineraries. Note that some popular attractions served by Metro Rail are listed to the right.


Metro’s base fare is $1.75. It’s best to pay using a TAP card, a reloadable plastic card that can store Metro passes or individual rides. TAP cards cost $1 and are available from self-service vending machines at Metro Rail stations, or onboard buses with the purchase of a 1-Day Pass. For complete information, check metro.net/fares.

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Here’s a sampling of attractions that are within easy walking distance of Metro Rail stations: METRO RED/PURPLE LINE Union Station • Olvera Street

Civic Center/Grand Park • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels • Museum of Contemporary Art • Music Center • Walt Disney Concert Hall • Grand Park 7th Street/Metro Center • Macy’s Plaza (dining, shops) • FIGat7th (dining, shops) Hollywood/Vine • Capitol Records Tower • Hollywood Walk of Fame • Pantages Theatre Hollywood/Highland • TCL Chinese Theatre • Hollywood & Highland (dining, shops) Universal City/Studio City • Universal CityWalk (dining, shops) • Universal Studios Hollywood

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North Hollywood • El Portal Theatre • NoHo Arts District (dining, shops, theatres)



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Yuzu clams at Terra Cotta, next to the Wiltern. p. 21

Seasonal fare at Culver City’s The Wallace. 310.202.6400

Nontoxic nail care at Tenoverten, new to Platform in Culver City. 310.878.9903

Springtime weddings in the City of Angels (just ask Jason and Stevie).

Mariposa’s famous Monkey Bread, at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. 310.975.4350

Elemis facials and body treatments at the Spa at Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. p. 68

The luxurious Retrouvé skin care line, available at Ron Robinson. 310.458.1160

Grooving to indie rockers the Shins, playing the Fox Theater March 4. 909.784.3677

The juxtaposition of greats at LACMA’s Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time. p. 64

Baby beets with whipped goat cheese at Margo’s in Santa Monica. 310.829.3990

Tata Harper Love Potion, available at L.A.’s first Credo, on West 3rd Street. 323.272.3195

Angelini Alimentari’s creamy, housemade gelatos. 323.297.0070   Late artist Jason Rhoades’ transgressive installations, on display at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. 213.943.1620

Corned beef and green beer at Casey’s St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival at Casey’s Irish Pub. p. 58

Getting sorted by the sorting hat at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood’s new Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts Exhibit. p. 62

Vintage Chanel bags at the new What Goes Around Comes Around in Beverly Hills. 310.858.0250

Enjoying a slice of apple pie at The Apple Pan on Pi Day, March 14. 310.475.3585

The “forgotten classic” El Diablo cocktail at Birds & Bees, downtown. p. 13

Feminine, floaty, made-inL.A. dresses at H. Merrick of California, downtown. p. 10

Mystifying magic shows at new Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood. 323.461.1464

Warby Parker x Amanda de Cadenet eyewear, in support of Cadenet’s #girlgaze initiative. 310.280.2055

Surya Spa’s pop-up at Four Seasons Los Angeles, March 20-April 2. 310.273.4444

Celebrity-beloved shades at Destination: Sama in Beverly Hills. 310.271.1734

The new shoe collab from George Esquivel and Nick Fouquet. 310.310.2315

Feeling the literary love at Downtown Bookfest, March 11 at Grand Park. grandparkla.org

Celebrating Women’s History Month on March 3 at The Skirball’s annual celebration of women, March Forth. p. 66

Seeing indie films at The Landmark in the Westside Pavilion. 310.470.0492

Getting design inspiration at Pacific Design Center’s Westweek, March 22-23. p. 58

Tony winner An American in Paris, opening March 22 at the Pantages. p. 60

California spirits at Culver City’s new neighborhood liquor market, Hi-Lo. 424.298.8443

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