There’s a big sign greeting you as you enter this restaurant that says “there’s no place like Home.” We get the sentiment, but it’s also not entirely true: Home looks like pretty much every other nice neighborhood restaurant in LA. There’s a good patio with lots of foliage and twinkly lights, the food is Italian-ish and affordable, and it’s always full of locals. But these are all positive things, and despite the fact that Home is not a totally unique concept, it’s a solid choice for a casual date or dinner with friends. Also, they do a decent brunch.
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You’d think that a place like Bar Covell that so thoroughly holds your hand through the ordering process would feel a bit condescending. But as much as LA pretends not to need it, the crowd at Covell every night proves otherwise.
Messhall Kitchen has all the touchstones of the camp experience: an all wood, cabin-like décor, a menu full of comfort foods, and their logo, a tree, can be found everywhere down to the plates. It also has all the touchstones of a damn good restaurant.
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R+D Kitchen in Santa Monica is perpetually crowded, but the burgers and lively crowd are worth the guaranteed 45 minute wait for dinner.
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Kismet, the Mediterranean-Middle Eastern restaurant in Los Feliz, is the kind of restaurant all of LA wants to be hanging out in.
Kettle Black is a kind-of-casual, kind-of-fancy Italian spot in Silver Lake that knows its way around a wood-fired oven.
Go Get Em Tiger
Go Get Em Tiger is exactly what the rest of the world hates about Los Angeles. And while that pretty clearly may seem like an insult, I’m not sure it actually is.
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