We love Eastside Market because even after more than five years, this Italian deli on the outskirts of Downtown still feels like a secret. Their sandwiches are the messy, red sauce-covered variety that are hard to find anywhere else in LA. The #7 (roast beef, pastrami, and cheese) is probably our favorite, but if you’re feeling ambitious, the D.A. Special (sausage, meatball, roast beef, and pastrami) is your one-way ticket to an all-day nap.
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Mexicali Taco & Co.
Home to the legendary Vampiro Taco, a meal at Mexicali Taco & Co is one of the best ways you can spend $12 in this town.
For great, interesting wine, and excellent classic French food, Oriel in Chinatown is the place to be.
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Spartina, a casual Italian restaurant on Melrose, is one of West Hollywood’s better backup restaurants.
Eatalian Cafe is a huge food emporium in Gardena, with fantastic pizzas and baked goods.
Kettle Black is a kind-of-casual, kind-of-fancy Italian spot in Silver Lake that knows its way around a wood-fired oven.
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Rossoblu is a fancy Italian restaurant in the Fashion District, and one of the best restaurants to open in LA in a long time.
Majordomo in Chinatown is one of the rare LA restaurants you’ll walk out of genuinely surprised.
Cento Pasta Bar
Cento, a lunch-only spot inside Mignon Wine Bar in DTLA, serves some of the best pasta in the city.
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