While Los Angeles is known for chichi, high-end restaurants run by celeb chefs, you don't have to drop a Benjamin just to eat well, especially with Little Tokyo and Thai Town just around the edible corner. Southern California's culinary scene is one of America's most diverse and cutting-edge. Many foodie trends have started in LA's kitchens, from fusion sushi to Nuevo Latino fare. Best of all, the region's cuisine keeps redefining and refining itself - and the way the rest of America eats. Apart from LA's mobile food truck revolution and hipster underground supper clubs, one of the hottest and most accessible trends these days is 'small plate' dining. It's not unlike Spanish tapas, but in LA you're just as likely to find small-plate menus in French, Middle Eastern, Japanese and Chinese restaurants. Reservations are recommended for dinner, especially at high-end places.