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Otus is a small, modern cafe in West Hollywood that serves a great Thai-style brunch (and American staples, for your picky friends).
Located in a tiny bungalow just off Santa Monica Blvd., Scrumptious serves a soul-curing breakfast and great house-made pastries.
Norm’s is a divey alehouse with bar food in Fremont that’s perfect for you and your dog.
Madame D is a restaurant in Spitalfields by the team behind Gunpowder, with Himalayan food and little of the trademark Gunpowder innovation.
Fiaschetteria Pistoia is an East Village restaurant from some Italians who have another restaurant in Tuscany. It’s all about the handmade pasta.
Smoke & Salt in Pop Brixton is an experimental pop-up based on chargrilling and lightly grilling fresh British ingredients.
For Korean barbecue in Capitol Hill, Trove is kind of your only choice. Luckily, it’s one of the best spots for DIY meat-grilling in the city.
KauKau BBQ Market is not the prettiest Chinese restaurant, but it’s definitely one of the best in the International District.
Tavolàta is the Italian spot in Belltown perfect for eating homemade pastas and cured meats with a date or friends.
Hazel has an American menu with Japanese and Korean twists, and it’s one of the most exciting places to eat in DC right now.
21 Greenpoint is a great neighborhood spot that’s not just a consolation prize if you can’t get into Paulie Gee’s across the street.
Pace is an LA legend where you go to feel like you’re eating in the Tuscan countryside, even if you’re actually just in Laurel Canyon.
Vespertine is dark, dreary, and lifeless restaurant in Culver City, and you’d be wise to stay far away.
Uogashi is a somewhat affordable omakase sushi place in the East Village. Unfortunately it’s not great though.
Centennial is a laid-back restaurant in River North serving craft beer and pub food with an Indian twist.