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Paul Scheer

As long as there is an internet there will always be “Best Places to Eat” lists. I know because I feel like I read every one of them. I’m a huge fan of The Infatuation (I even have the app) and I’m honored to do my Top 5, but I’m going to make mine a little different. These are some of my favorite places, these are places that might not be on everyone’s “Must List” or “Hot List” instead these are gems that people sometimes have never heard of and that are my personal faves… the go-to’s in my hood that I eat at a lot.”

paul's "perfect for" picks

Saito Sushi Perfect For: 4339 W Sunset Blvd

“There is a Jiro in Silverlake and his name is Saito. This master resides in a non descript, covered window, storefront next to an abandoned donut shop in a strip mall. Almost everything about the exterior says, “Get Out!” and that’s good because Saito doesn’t suffer fools. Omakase is the ONLY way to go with some of the freshest fish prepared in the simplest of ways. The place is full of regulars, so much so that we know each other as much as we know the Saito. If you start coming in enough, he’ll even give you your own wooden sake cup that you can decorate in whatever way you please and that they’ll present to you upon each arrival. I love this place, it’s my version of Cheers but with Sushi. One of the best nights of the year is going on Saito’s birthday where he concocts his regulars an amazing meal unlike anything you can get the rest of the year. It’s mind-blowing and ridiculous but you won’t get it unless he knows you! ”

Jitlada Perfect For: 5233 Sunset Blvd.

“There are many places in Thai town for Thai, but only one that will make you go, “Damn! That’s delicious!” time and time again. The one and only Jitlada (don’t be fooled by impostors). This place also resides in a strip mall. The food is unique Thai so don’t go thinking you are going to get the pad thai and be done with it, No! Just like Saito, the owner Jazz is an unstoppable force serving up traditional dishes some which are even off the menu. The Must Trys include Crying Tiger Beef, The New Zealand Mussels, The Morning Glory Salad and the Coco Mango Salad will blow you away and oh yeah, it’s SPICY! very spicy.”

Badmaash Perfect For: 108 W 2nd St Apt 104

“I feel like the cry heard in LA all the time is, “There is no good indian food” well BadMaash has helped me get over this complaint because it does Indian food but differently and maybe that’s why it works. Hidden downtown this place is less serves up a “gastropub” version of Indian food with amazing results. First of all, you are greeted with these Chai starters that just start everything off right and then the Chicken Tikka Poutine is an amazing combo I never knew I needed as well as the Chili Cheese Naan. I love the 2 bite fish fry as well as Dal Makhani. Basically the menu plays with your expectations while giving you the Indian taste that you desire. Go and try it. That’s my impassioned plea.”

Lou Wine & Provisions Perfect For: 720 N Virgil Ave

“Is it technically a bar? No. It’s a wine shop but it is a great place for unique wine tastings and food pairings thoughtfully curated by Lou, the owner and LA Magazine’s Wine Guru. I know what you are thinking, “Really, a wine store?” But this isn’t your typical wine shop you aren’t going to be overwhelmed by hundreds of bottles of wine. This is a boutique establishment where the owner and handful of workers really try to match the person with their drink. Every week they have small batch wine tastings and often times food pairings that make you feel like you’ve gone to some exotic region far away from the ugly strip mall it’s located in. (I guess I’m a big strip mall eater). His guest sommeliers are interesting and the wines are so eclectic that you don’t even have to be a “wine person” to enjoy them. It’s a great place to start your night with a tasting and bring a bottle home for afterwards.”

iPic Perfect For: 42 Miller Alley

“Okay, I’m a parent and yeah big deal, who cares but the thing I realized when I became a parent is that it’s almost impossible to do Dinner & A Movie. By the time you get the kid asleep and leave you really can only pick one. So the iPic is a new way to do dinner and a movie. It’s a movie theater that serves artisanal food and plenty of delicious drinks. Think of it like this. If an AMC Movie Theater is a Prius and the Arclight is a Lexus than the iPic is the Mercedes of the movie theater experience. Each theater is only equipped with 40 seats and you have artfully crafted cocktails and food served directly to your Lazy Boy-esque seat. The Dirty Salty Martini is a must as well as the broccolini pizza. I guarantee every movie is better when you are stuffing your face the spicy tuna on crispy rice and nacho plate (which is presented in bite sized proportions). And the menu is seasonal so specials keep everything changing. Sometimes I forget the movie I saw and just remember the food.”

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