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Issue 1: Hollywood

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    • Issue 1: Hollywood

      Mexican food is ubiquitous in Los Angeles. While the city has some great taco trucks—perfect for after-hours when trying to locate a taxi at 3:00 am—when you want to enjoy the cuisine in a relaxed, fun setting, this is the place to go. Sit on the patio, catch glimpses of celebrities wandering by, drink strong margaritas, and order the pork chop with grilled asparagus or the lobster enchiladas in a dreamy truffled tomatillo sauce. For something lighter and brighter, order the jicama tacos—chipotle-spiced shrimp wrapped in paper-thin wrappers made from the vegetable itself.

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      Co-owner and chef de cuisine Kajsa Alger.
      Photographs by Anne Fishbein
       
      Vietnamese corn.
       
      Malaysian black pepper clams.
       
      Paani puri (filled puffed bread).
    • A cocktail, a book and a typewriter at Hemingway's Lounge.
      Photograph by Anne Fishbein
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        Ignore all the rail-thin model types with their quinoa, salads and green juices wandering listlessly around town. If you’re a carnivore and you’re craving steak, this is the place to go. It’s glitzy and scene-y—celebrities often wander in and get snapped by paparazzi—and the food is marvelous. We like the tender bone-in ribeye and the crisp, satisfying Parmesan fries drizzled with a touch of truffle oil. Wrap up your evening with a nightcap at the bar (or start round two)!)

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        Night + Market restaurant.
        Photographs by Anne Fishbein
         
        Kaffir limes
         
        Som tum (papaya salad)
         
        Chef Kris Yenbamroong
      • Rosewater sorbet and pistachio, lavender and strawberry cheesecake ice cream cones.
        Rosewater sorbet and pistachio, lavender and strawberry cheesecake ice cream cones.
        Photograph by Anne Fishbein

        Issue 1: Hollywood

        Strolling about in the perfect Los Angeles weather is that much better with an ice cream cone in hand. Here’s where the locals go. In the 1980s this bare-bones ice cream parlor was called Mugsy Malone’s, but the two Iranian brothers who bought it could only afford to replace half the sign. Thus, Mashti Malone’s was born. Look for rosewater sorbet—a Persian delicacy—and unique flavors like orange blossom and lavender ice creams. These treats are as aromatic as they are delicious; there’s a reason local restaurants stock Mashti’s.

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        Musso & Frank Waiters.
        Photographs by Anne Fishbein
         
        Cocktail at Musso and Frank Grill.
         
        The famous martini.
         
        Bread and butter.
      • Photograph by Anne Fishbein
        Photograph by Anne Fishbein

        Issue 1: Hollywood

        Sometimes the tastiest food is found in the most unexpected places. And although Il Piccolino isn’t trendy or buzzy, it has some of the best Italian cuisine around. So sidle up next to the older Hollywood folks in their pearls and sweater sets, look at what they’re eating—it’s probably loaded with super-fresh seafood, which is fantastic here—and order the burrata, a round shell of mozzarella containing shredded mozzarella soaked in cream (exactly as delicious as it sounds). Make a reservation here; this place is a hit among locals.

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        Fried chicken sandwich.
        Photographs by Anne Fishbein
         
        Smoked mahi fish dip.
         
        Flourless chocolate cake with bananas, peanuts and coconut ice cream.
         
        Mini lobster roll.