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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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Aroma Cafe

Recommended by: Tori Spelling (Actress)

This Los Angeles staple sources local ingredients and is a favorite for everything from coffee, tea and delicious breakfast sandwiches to paninis, wraps, and fresh salads. www.aromacoffeeandtea.com

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Harvard & Stone

Recommended by: Mike Doyle (Actor)

Known for its live music, burlesque shows, and guest mixologists, this funky bar provides an entertaining and lively time. A big front bar serves up deliciously crafted cocktails, whereas the back bar offers a mixologist curated selection of drinks. Adding to the spots quirky, fun atmosphere is the industrial-vintage décor peppered throughout the space. www.harvardandstone.com

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Mother Dough

Recommended by: Elijah Wood (Actor)

Chef Bez Compani takes his pizza very seriously and the result is mouthwatering. Compani personally makes all of the dough by hand, creating a perfect crust that serves as the centerpiece of each pie. No substitutions are allowed, but that’s ok, because there’s something delicious for everyone on the menu. www.motherdoughpizza.com

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Ruen Pair

Recommended by: Jon Shook (Co-Chef/Co-Owner, Son of a Gun)

This cash only, homey Thai restaurant delivers delicious authentic Thai cuisine for a low price. Open till 3am, this is frequent late-night spot for many young Angelenos, but also attracts a wide range of devotees. The service is quick and the food is served promptly, which is perfect since during peak hours there’s usually a [...]

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Sapp Coffee Shop

Recommended by: Lydia Hearst (Model/Actress)

Located in Thai Town, Sapp Coffee serves the most delicious selection of Thai food. The restaurant is open from 7am to 8pm, which means you could get every meal at this homey location. Their Beef Noodle Soup is one of their bestsellers, but any and all of their sweet, sour and spicy dishes is as good [...]

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Speranza

Recommended by: Amanda Crew (Actress)

This cozy and somewhat hidden neighborhood bistro is a favorite among locals in Los Feliz and Silverlake. It’s Italian classics and homemade pastas are said to be some of the best in the area; some favorites are the bolognese and the squid ink.

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The Dresden

Recommended by: Mike Doyle (Actor)

Best known for its appearance in hit film Swingers, this Los Feliz steakhouse is the home of famed lounge acts, and offers a lively, entertaining experience. Hearkening back to years past, the unchanged décor is an ode to its successful film career. www.thedresden.com

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The Trails

Recommended by: Chris & Sarah Rhoads (Photographers)

This gem of a spot in Griffiths Park is perfect for hikers, business passerby’s or just those on their morning walk. Serving up homemade breakfast and lunch delights, with outdoor picnic tables that offer a nostalgic camping vibe, The Trails is definitely worth dropping by even just for an iced latte if you’re in the [...]