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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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Café Gratitude

Recommended by: Darby Stanchfield (Actress), Bellamy Young (Actress), Tony Goldwyn (Actor), Eva Chen (Editor-in-Chief, Lucky Magazine), Josie Maran (Josie Maran Cosmetics), Alicia Silverstone (Actress, Writer), Gabrielle Bernstein (Writer, Motivational Speaker), Kristin Bauer (Actress), Karla Souza (Actress), Eli Lieb (Musician), Joy Bauer (TV Personality), Olivia Kim (Director of Creative Projects, Nordstrom), Liz Goldwyn (Writer), Lindsey Stirling (Musician), Danielle Walker (Against All Grain), Amanda Crew (Actress), Lorenza Izzo (Actress), JJ Totah (Actor)

Café Gratitude is the kind of Vegan restaurant that could turn even the most devout meat-eater. With a mouth-watering menu of healthy takes on some classic favorites (like cashew crepes filled with coconut yogurt and cornmeal crusted eggplant parmesan), it’s no wonder this café is a go-to spot for actors, models and entertainment industry insiders. [...]

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Cofax

Recommended by: Shannon Leto (Musician)

Stumptown coffee, kombucha on tap, house-made donuts, and a breakfast burrito that might convert you to a morning person. Cofax brings a nostalgic vibe to Fairfax Avenue, livening up the neighborhood one latte at a time. www.cofaxcoffee.com

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Nong-La

Recommended by: David X Prutting (BFA)

Nong-La Cafe is a family run yet modern spot that serves incredibly fresh and authentic Vietnamese food. The focus is on their family recipes made with the freshest ingredients around. Homestyle dishes like pho, bun, and banh mi should not be missed. Another bonus? Nong-La doesn’t use any MSG so dishes will taste lighter and [...]

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Plan Check

Recommended by: Eden Grinshpan (Host, Eden Eats)

This retro-futurist gastropub serves up modern American comfort food with a twist. Famous for his no-mess “ketchup leather,” Chef Ernesto Uchimura elevates typical bar food with the use of inventive ingredients and well-executed cooking techniques. His menu, along with his unique cocktails, can be found on a large reclaimed wood and chalkboard menu that hangs [...]