Hermanito is a new Mexican cantina on Sawtelle and an excellent spot to post up after work and wait for the always-horrifying West LA traffic to die down. The large indoor/outdoor space works well for either a solo drink and some snacks at the bar, or a big group situation on the front patio. As far as the food goes, we like the chorizo smashburger and the chicharron appetizer, but wish the tacos had more of a punch. That said, the thick, pita-like shells are good enough to warrant an order or two. Then wash it all down with their spicy house-made margaritas.
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Daikokuya’s Sawtelle location pretty much always has a line, but the wait for their excellent ramen is worth it.
Coffee Tomo on Sawtelle is a tiny coffee shop serving excellent drip coffee. Don’t leave without one of their pretzels.
Hide Sushi on Sawtelle is a great spot for affordable sashimi platters at lunch and dinner.
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Hachi is an all-purpose party izakaya in Torrance where you and your friends can drink rare sakes and eat one of the best $40 omakases around.
FishBar is a bar/seafood shack on the Northern edge of Manhattan Beach and one of the last truly local spots in the area.
The Black Cat
The Black Cat is a bar and restaurant in Silver Lake that’s great for dinner, drinks, or any combination thereof.
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La Cabaña Restaurant
Mexican restaurant La Cabaña is a Venice landmark with huge burritos and a killer back patio.
When it comes to old standbys, El Coyote is about as accurate as that term gets. Come here for the drinks, the history, the atmosphere, the conversation, and inevitably, the sloppy walk home.
Gilbert’s El Indio
A classic spot that’s perfect for giving out of towners an LA Mexican food experience.
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