Modern American in Culver City & Mar Vista

Once Michael Jackson's chef, Akasha Richmond helms her eponymous eatery, a lofty, timber-meets-concrete space where seasonal, sustainable produce meets global flavors. Options span creative salads and burgers, to tandoori-spiced wings with tamarind-date chutney and knockout, melt-in-your-mouth star-anise short ribs. The cocktails are notable and the place includes a cheaper cafe peddling fresh pastries, breakfast grub and lunchtime sandwiches and salads.