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Dining LUCQUES Chef-owner Suzanne Goin delivers the next generation of California cuisine, which includes dishes such as chicken paillard with farro tabouleh, and grilled club steak for two with potatoes parisienne. Nowhere do vegetables taste as good! L (Tu–Sa), D (nightly). 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277 $$$ Map I13 SONOMA WINE GARDEN Brunch and happy hour crowds gather at this alfresco restaurant on the third floor of Santa Monica Place. Wine and cheese plates and pizzas from the wood-burning oven are perfect for grazing over wine from the extensive list. Br (Sa, Su), L (M-F), D (nightly). 395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 300, Santa Monica, 424.214.4560 $$ Map L8

Mexican/Latin MO-CHICA The Peruvian food-court stand that earned Ricardo Zarate the title of Best New Chef from Food & Wine is reinvented as a fine-dining destination. Comfortfood small plates populate the menu; check out the traditional lomo saltado or the alpaca stew topped with a fried egg. L, D (daily). 514 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.622.3744 $$$ Map I16

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PETTY CASH TAQUERÍA Chef Walter Manzke, previously known for his restrained French fare at Bastide and Church & State, delivers in-your-face Mexican street food using local, seasonal ingredients and refined technique. Winning dishes include pig ear nachos with crema poblana topped with a soft egg, and savory churros, oozing cheese and served with a butternut squash mole dip. L (Su), D (nightly). 7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.933.5300 $$ Map I13

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RIVERA Chef John Sedlar showcases his flair for panLatin flavors and attention to detail; consider the housemade nixtamal tortillas inlaid with edible flowers or plates with intricate designs stenciled in spices. A pioneer of the craft cocktail movement, Rivera has an unbeatable menu of tequila tipples. L (M–F), D (nightly). 1050 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.749.1460 $$$ Map I16

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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

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TOP 10 BEST FAMILY RESTAURANTS IN THE U.S. AND BEST AMERICAN CUISINE Be magically transported to colorful Morocco and the beginning of a never ending feast. Babouch serves exquisite, authentic Moroccan cuisine in a tent like atmosphere with belly dancing nightly. Specialties include lamb, brochette of beef, cous cous, seafood and shrimp.

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

Quick Bites BELLA’S GOURMET PIZZA Casual pizzeria in Old Pasadena serves a variety of Italian sandwiches, slices and pies, including deep-dish and gluten-free options. L, D (daily). 16 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.449.3332 $ Map Q19 PINK’S HOT DOGS There’s a perpetual queue in front of this hot dog stand, open since 1939, which serves 30 kinds of dogs and chili cheeseburgers, too. Open late. B, L, D (daily). 709 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.931.4223 $ Map I13

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PITA JUNGLE Light, fast-casual Mediterranean staples such as dolmades and gyros mixed with Mexican, Italian and even Caribbean fare. L, D (daily). 43 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.432.7482 $ Map Q19

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