Bossa Nova is a great place for affordable authentic Brazilian food for the masses. Perfect for cheap dates and the up and coming Hollywood set. The Sunset Blvd location is always crowded at night and holds the distinction of being the former home of Famous Amos Cookies. The Robertson location has an outdoor patio with a direct view of the über hip Abbey Bar across the street.
A longtime stalwart of DTLA scenesters, this small Vietnamese noodle shop became so popular it busted through the back wall to create a second glass enclosed dining room on the corner. A selection of affordable wines and a range of noodles and soups from PHO to Tom Kai Yum make this a perfect spot after ARTWALK or drinks at the new ACE HOTEL’s rooftop bar.
This restaurant is small. Small enough to see Chef Alicia working it out in the kitchen. Served up by a modelesque wait staff, the Cajun shrimp & grits, turkey meatloaf sandwiches and peach cobbler are among the best you will find north of Atlanta and is the favorite of many Hollywood celebrities. Our staff alone has seen Cedric The Entertainer and Eriq La Salle on our mad dash to get a slice of the peach cobbler!
Eat on the front patio. Winter or summer. With direct views of the Mondrian Hotel across the street, you can’t go wrong with the beef skewers or the fresh, melt in your mouth sushi. Zagat calls it a “super scene for the super hip” – and with great food to boot.
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LA restaurateur Brad Johnson has another hit on his hands. Located on the outskirts of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall – this is not your Aunt Maybelle’s soul food and, it shouldn’t be — what with its extensive wine list for inventive food pairings! We recommend the oven-roasted penne with short rib bolognese, long cooked greens with smoked ham hocks and the Layer Cake Shiraz!
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