We like that this fried chicken stall in Grand Central Market has a row of barstools at the counter, so you can sit and eat your sandwich without having to fight a group of people in suits for a table elsewhere in the market. But easy seating isn’t the only reason to eat here - the fried chicken is also very solid. You can get three or five pieces, but we like the sandwich, which comes with pickles, smoked paprika aioli, and lettuce.
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Holbox is a fantastic Mexican seafood counter and raw bar inside the Mercado La Paloma in South Central, near USC.
Red Herring is a just-OK restaurant in DTLA, where most of the food feels like a misdirection from the real star - their chocolate torte.
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Margo’s is an all-day restaurant on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica that does a low-key brunch with $18 bottomless mimosas.
Taste On Melrose
Taste on Melrose is a West Hollywood brunch standby thanks to its comfort-food menu and sunny porch.
Audrey is the restaurant at the Hammer in Westwood, and a great place for some cocktails and dinner (whether or not you actually visit the museum).
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It's not every day you want to drive down to Grand Central Market, but if it's for Wexler's pastrami you simply make the exception.
Sari Sari Store
A Filipino rice bowl stand in Grand Central Market from the people behind Republique. Sari Sari Store lives up to expectations.
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