Best restaurants in Hollywood

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    Luv2eat

    Don't let the odd name and strip-mall location put you off; Luv2eat is something of a temple for LA's Thai foodies. Cordon Bleu–trained, Polo Lounge alumna Chef Fern and Thailand-bred Chef Pla offer generous serves of authentic chefs' specials, dishes you don't normally see even in this town loaded with Thai restaurants. They nail the standards, too.

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    Petit Trois

    Good things come in small packages…like tiny, no-reservations Petit Trois! Owned by acclaimed TV chef Ludovic Lefebvre, its two long counters (the place is too small for tables) are where food-lovers squeeze in for smashing, honest, Gallic-inspired grub, from a ridiculously light Boursin-stuffed omelette to a showstopping 'Big Mec' double cheeseburger served with a standout foie gras–infused red-wine Bordelaise.

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    In & Out Burger

    This LA burger chain is a point of pilgrimage for locals and visitors alike. Yes, this is fast food, but In & Out has been hand-crafting burgers since 1948: fresh (not frozen) beef, hand-cut French fries etc. The basic burger comes piled with lettuce, tomato, secret spread (like Thousand Island dressing) and raw or sautéed onion.

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    Musso & Frank Grill

    Hollywood history hangs in the thick air at Musso & Frank Grill, Tinseltown’s oldest eatery (since 1919). Charlie Chaplin used to knock back vodka gimlets, Raymond Chandler penned scripts in the high-backed booths, and movie deals were made on the old phone at the back (the booth closest to the phone is favored by Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp).

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    Salt's Cure

    Wood-paneled, concrete-floored Salt's Cure is an out, proud locavore. From the in-season vegetables to the house-butchered and cured meats, the menu celebrates all things Californian. Expect sophisticated takes on rustic comfort grub, whether it's capocollo with chili paste or tender duck breast paired with impressively light oatmeal griddle cakes and blackberry compote.

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    Osteria & Pizzeria Mozza

    Osteria Mozza crafts fine cuisine from market-fresh, seasonal ingredients, but being a Nancy Silverton joint, you can expect adventure – think squid-ink chitarra freddi with Dungeness crab, sea urchin and jalapeño – and consistent excellence. Reservations are recommended. Next door, Pizzeria Mozza is more laid-back and cheaper, its gorgeous thin-crust pies topped with combos such as squash blossoms, tomato and creamy burrata.

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    Providence

    Consistently near the top of every list of great LA restaurants, chef Michael Cimarusti's James Beard–winning, two-Michelin-starred darling turns superlative seafood into arresting, nuanced dishes that might see abalone paired with eggplant, turnip and nori, or spiny lobster conspire decadently with macadamia nut and earthy black truffle. À la carte options are available at lunch only.

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    Blue Palms Brewhouse

    For a break from strolling the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or before a show at the Pantages, this unpretentious brew pub is a good choice over the area's chain restaurants. Look for not-your-average pub grub: sausage, burger and sandwich plates, mains from mac 'n' cheese to filet mignon, and plenty of vegan options – all made in-house.

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    The Edmon

    Old Hollywood glamor is back in vogue at this sultry newcomer, where the wallpaper is deco, the bar hand-carved and the waitstaff bow-tied. Part of the 1927 Hollywood Historic Hotel, its menu pulls retro dishes into the present, whether it's brûléed avocado with roasted root vegetables and preserved grapefruit, or potato and black garlic-filled pierogi paired with fried quail egg.

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    Jitlada

    A transporting taste of southern Thailand, friendly Jitlada peddles palate-pleasing crab curry and fried som tum (fried papaya salad). Regulars rave about the Thai-style burger, and the vivacious owner-operator counts Ryan Gosling and Natalie Portman among her loyal, mostly farang (European American) customers. Scan the walls for impromptu illustrations by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, another fan of the place.

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    La Carmencita

    Colorful, affable La Carmencita peddles delicious, made-from-scratch Baja Californian grub. Go easy on the house-made blue-corn tortilla chips as you'll need space for the vibrant ceviche and hearty shrimp cazuela, a creamy, peppery, stew-like dish topped with a cheesy baked crust. Best of the tacos are the rich, succulent lamb and generous battered fish.

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    Square One

    In the shadow of the looming Scientology campus is this homely breakfast and lunch spot, complete with quirky egg-carton ceiling. Indeed, eggs feature prominently on the all-day-breakfast menu, from braised mustard and collard greens served with baked eggs and grits, to tacos filled with scrambled eggs and jalapeños. Check the board for specials such as lemon ricotta pancakes and creative salads.

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    Stout Burgers & Beers

    Cool, casual Stout flips gourmet burgers and pours great craft brews. The beef is ground in-house, the chicken is organic and the veggie patties are made fresh daily. One of our favorites here is the Six Weeker, a beef-patty burger jammed with brie, fig jam, arugula and caramelized onions.

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    Oaks Gourmet

    A hipster deli and wine shop with a devoted following, where you can browse Californian wines, specialty bottled cocktails, artisanal cheeses and other gourmet treats while waiting for your crowd-pleasing BLT (heirloom tomato, creamy Camembert cheese, avocado and black-forest bacon on toasted sourdough). The breakfast burrito is special.

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    Hollywood Farmers Market

    On the shortlist for the city’s best farmers market, this Sunday-morning sprawl offers organic and specialty produce from well over 100 local farmers, producers and artisans. Some of the city's top chefs shop here and the market also peddles decent ready-to-eat bites for the peckish.

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    Yamashiro Farmers Market

    The best farmers market views in LA are yours from Yamashiro’s spectacular perch. In addition to organic produce, expect tasty prepared food and live music. There’s also a wine-tasting bar.

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    Hungry Cat

    This seafood-loving kitty hides out across Sunset Blvd from the ArcLight Cinemas. It makes smashing lobster rolls, though not all the fish on the menu is fresh or local (our barramundi was flown in from Southeast Asia). Opt for an outdoor table; the interior dining area feels more like a noisy cafe than an atmospheric restaurant in the evenings.

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    Loteria Grill

    Spawned from the long-running, widely loved, farmers-market taco stand of the same name, this version offers a casual-smart ambience and a ceviche bar. The kitchen turns out a range of classic Mexican mains and the barmen pour more than 80 premium tequilas.