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1. The Griddle Cafe
naveen: great spot to sit outside one morning, people watch and eat a great breakfast: mainly pancakes bigger than your face.
2. Doll Factory (L.A. Derby Dolls)
naveen: an experience not to be missed. say hi to my friends micki and cris!
3. The Varnish
naveen: a very new york-like speakeasy feel in the back room here – you know, if you're feeling nostalgic for home. snag a table in one of the booths by the back wall and have them mix up your faves
4. The Standard, Downtown LA
naveen: you could spend hours on the rooftop with a magazine or two (occasionally dips into the pool encouraged)
5. Yard House
naveen: best place for a drink before a game/event – the staples center is literally across the street
6. Bottega Louie
naveen: told it was a must-try in LA, it's massive in every way: the space, the menu, the drinks.
7. Cha Cha Lounge
naveen: a silver lake local: cheap drinks, foosball, a photo booth, a vending machine full of randoms
8. Villains Tavern
naveen: a fav: it feels like two bars in one: in the back, a speakeasy; the front and outside – a place to kick back with beers
9. Sushi Park
Mari Sheibley: Who knew some of the best sushi in North America was in an LA strip mall. Go omakase, order a bottle of sake and casually try and figure out if that person sitting next to you is famous or not.
10. Osteria Mozza
Mari Sheibley: The grilled octopus appetizer is tender, meaty and amazing.
11. Venice Beach
12. The Thirsty Crow
13. Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles
14. Shutters On The Beach
15. Vista Theater
16. Santa Monica Pier
17. Hollywood Sign
18. Playland Arcade
Mari Sheibley: Get your photobooth picture here! Don't fall for the first one you see though, find the one that puts out real prints. Takes $4 in quarters. Totally worth it though.
19. Soho House
20. Warner Bros. Studios
21. Hollywood Sign Vista Point
Nick Bilton: There are power outlets in the corner tables outside. The wifi is free. Great tea selection.
23. Pizzeria Mozza
24. Baxter Finley Barber & Shop
naveen: old-school shop with old-school attention. ask for frank.
25. Château Marmont
naveen: have lunch (and drinks, of course) in the garden. pretend-talk about this new script you've been kicking around.
26. The Hart + The Hunter
27. TCL Chinese Theatre
28. Griffith Observatory
29. Samuel Oschin Planetarium
32. Viceroy Santa Monica
33. The Stahl House (Case Study House #22)
naveen: one of my favorites. if you're doing a tour, be sure to go after 4p as you'll be able to catch light, sunset and night.
34. The Bazaar by José Andrés
naveen: do this: LN2 caipirinha. olives. "Philly cheesesteak". king crab buns. boneless Mary's chicken wings. wagyu flank steak. rossejat. Yukon potato "gnocchi". "your life will change dashi linguini."
35. Son of a Gun
naveen: the shrimp toast sandwich was so good i ate the whole thing with my eyes closed. also: fried chicken sandwich; lobster roll.
36. The Daily Dose
naveen: a great place in the hood to get a coffee and chill outside.
37. Mohawk Bend
39. Labels Table Deli
Mike Onorato: Get the extra lean corned beef on rye and the matzo ball soup. Get a fountain soda too. They have the best ice.
40. The Tasting Kitchen
naveen: The chicken-and-waffles situation: amazing. And ask for the off-menu Braveheart cocktail.
41. Tortoise General Store
42. Lemonade Venice
43. Another Kind Of Sunrise
44. Venice Canals
45. Petit Ermitage
47. Break Room 86
naveen: Walk into the club via a vending machine – and enter the 80s: break dancers, Michael Jackson clone, 80s cover band, &c.
naveen: For breakfast: guadalope & trinity tacos
50. Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
51. Blue Corn Quesadilla Lady
naveen: Echo Park's master at huitlacoche blue corn quesadillas.
52. Orsa & Winston
naveen: The quesadilla & the taco sampler. Skip the Armando Palmero - it was too sugary and just Meh.
54. Night + Market Song
naveen: So very authentic – I felt transported. Try the chicken sandwich, but you'll likely not go wrong with any choice.
55. Pine & Crane
naveen: the dan dan noodles. wait, actually, the mushroom sticky rice.
56. Superba Snack Bar
naveen: the cauliflower "t-bone" steak. yes. do that.
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