The name sounds like a trendy new Paleo restaurant, but Caveman Kitchen doesn’t care about your fad diet. This casual Peruvian/American/whatever-it-wants-to-be spot near USC is serving huge, meat-heavy dishes that in no way accommodate any dietary restrictions, but definitely taste good. The space is usually filled with students eating rotisserie chicken (which is always roasting in the back, so the place smells great), burgers, and lomo saltado. Come here once for a hungover breakfast or a quick dinner and you’ll probably become a regular.
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23rd Street Cafe
23rd Street Cafe is a bare-bones spot serving Mexican-Indian fusion food that is a proven cure for most emotional and physical ailments.
Sticky Rice is a stall inside Grand Central Market and home to the best panang curry in the city.
Bernadette’s is a cool, casual, 1970′s-themed bar in downtown without any of the shtick you’re probably picturing in your mind.
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Eszett is an Austrian-ish spot on Sunset in Silver Lake, and an ideal place when you want to do date night a little differently.
Duke’s is a bit of a tourist trap, but its beachside location in Malibu can make the crowds worth it.
The Whisper Restaurant & Lounge
The Whisper looks like another mediocre mall restaurant, but the food and drinks at this spot inside The Grove are surprisingly not-awful.
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