Miro

Mediterranean in Downtown Los Angeles & Boyle Heights
Andy Bender / Lonely Planet
Andy Bender / Lonely Planet

Chef Gavin Mills' perfectionism shows in Miro’s pan-Mediterranean, North African–influenced menu, a regularly changing selection of house-made charcuterie (from heritage-bred pigs), pastas, pizzas and plates, including wood-grilled octopus, bacalao croquetas (cod croquettes), lamb kofta tagine, grilled pork chop and squid ink corzetti (black pasta medallions) stamped with the restaurant’s logo and topped with lobster in saffron sauce.

Plenty of windows in the nattily modern, high-ceilinged dining room make for a front row seat for DTLA street life on the busy corner of Wilshire Blvd and Figueroa St. The bar downstairs has a postmodern mood and 500 varieties of whiskey, many in a detached, clubby yet unpretentious whisky room.