There’ll come a point at Drago Ristorante when you wonder why you’re eating a plate of pasta inside a car museum full of middle school field trips happening in full view, but then you figure said pasta is good enough that it doesn’t matter. Inside the Petersen Auto Museum, Drago certainly has a somewhat awkward location, but if want good pasta in an upscale-ish atmosphere, this is your spot.
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Tacos Leo might be a taco truck in a gas station parking lot, but you aren’t going to find a better al pastor taco than right here.
Messob Ethiopian Restaurant
Messob is a Little Ethiopia staple where the art of hand-feeding your date is encouraged, not cause for expulsion.
Sky’s Gourmet Tacos
Sky’s Gourmet Tacos is a 20-year-old, order-at-the-counter spot on Pico in Mid-Wilshire the combines soul food and tacos.
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Roberta’s has very good pizzas, but hasn’t realized that pizzas are the thing this Culver City spot should stick to.
Local Kitchen + Wine Bar
Local Kitchen + Wine Bar is the neighborhood spot in Santa Monica the rest of the city is jealous of.
Colori is a solid, family-run Italian spot downtown, and one of the last of its kind.
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