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Down the Road: The Best L.A. Restaurants Not in L.A.

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Surrounded by some of the country's most renowned restaurants, Angelenos might forget that some of the area's finest culinary destinations lie on the outskirts of the city—or, dare we say, in the suburbs. Eater and the new 2014 Lexus GX have collected eight of the best Los Angeles-area restaurants that aren't, well, in Los Angeles—or Beverly Hills or Santa Monica or any of the usual local dining hotspots. From Julia Child's favorite Santa Barbara taco stand, La Super-Rica Tacqueria, to the sophisticated fine dining and spectacular views at Palos Verdes' mar'cel, find the perfect destination for your next culinary adventure.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Workshop Kitchen And Bar

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800 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 459-3451
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Chef Michael Beckman—formerly of renowned Berlin restaurant Vitrum—serves up hip farm-to-table cuisine amid austere concrete environs. Best of all, the kitchen stays open after midnight, perfect for late arrivals.

2. La Super-Rica Taqueria

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622 N Milpas St
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 963-4940

A favorite of late great master of French cooking Julia Child, this unassuming taco stand is casual to a fault and inspires hour-long lines at peak hours. Don't miss the Super-Rica Especial, a combination of seasoned pork and roasted Pasilla chilies.

3. Cold Spring Tavern

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5995 Stagecoach Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 967-0066
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Set inside a stagecoach post that dates to 1865, this rustic restaurant serves historic American dishes in the heart of the Santa Barbara forest. Operated for more than 100 years as a tavern, the Cold Spring Tavern is a step back in time.

4. mar'sel

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100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 265-2836
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The flagship restaurant at the luxe seaside resort Terranea, mar'sel enjoys spectacular views of the Pacific from atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The food matches the views, with a hyper-seasonal menu fit for special occasions.

5. The Lark

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131 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 284-0370
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With a menu built around sharable platters like pastrami crusted beef ribeye and whole grilled branzino, The Lark is perfect for large groups. Feel like sharing the fun with the kitchen staff? The menu includes an option to purchase a six-pack for the chefs.

6. Pizzeria Ortica

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650 Anton Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 445-4900
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Tucked away in what feels like an office park is one of Southern California's finest pizzerias. Made with handmade ingredients and an 800-degree wood-fired oven, Pizzeria Ortica's pies are the brainchild of chef David Myers, who previously spent years working for legendary chefs Charlie Trotter and Daniel Boulud.

7. Taco Maria

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1010 N Batavia St
Orange, CA 92867

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, chef Carlos Salgado was able to move his "chicano cuisine" out of a food truck and into this modern brick-and-mortar space. Better yet, Taco Maria is more than just a taco stand, with a four-course prix fixe and wine pairings.

8. Malibu Farm Cafe

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23000 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, California 90265
(310) 456-1112
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Originally intended as a six-month pop-up, it seems that the Malibu Farm Cafe is here to stay, occupying the former Ruby's space at the end of Malibu Pier. Opened by organic farmer Helene Henderson, the cafe currently serves breakfast and lunch, but plans to expand to dinner soon.

1. Workshop Kitchen And Bar

800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Chef Michael Beckman—formerly of renowned Berlin restaurant Vitrum—serves up hip farm-to-table cuisine amid austere concrete environs. Best of all, the kitchen stays open after midnight, perfect for late arrivals.

800 N Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

2. La Super-Rica Taqueria

622 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

A favorite of late great master of French cooking Julia Child, this unassuming taco stand is casual to a fault and inspires hour-long lines at peak hours. Don't miss the Super-Rica Especial, a combination of seasoned pork and roasted Pasilla chilies.

622 N Milpas St
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

3. Cold Spring Tavern

5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Set inside a stagecoach post that dates to 1865, this rustic restaurant serves historic American dishes in the heart of the Santa Barbara forest. Operated for more than 100 years as a tavern, the Cold Spring Tavern is a step back in time.

5995 Stagecoach Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

4. mar'sel

100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

The flagship restaurant at the luxe seaside resort Terranea, mar'sel enjoys spectacular views of the Pacific from atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The food matches the views, with a hyper-seasonal menu fit for special occasions.

100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

5. The Lark

131 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

With a menu built around sharable platters like pastrami crusted beef ribeye and whole grilled branzino, The Lark is perfect for large groups. Feel like sharing the fun with the kitchen staff? The menu includes an option to purchase a six-pack for the chefs.

131 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

6. Pizzeria Ortica

650 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Tucked away in what feels like an office park is one of Southern California's finest pizzerias. Made with handmade ingredients and an 800-degree wood-fired oven, Pizzeria Ortica's pies are the brainchild of chef David Myers, who previously spent years working for legendary chefs Charlie Trotter and Daniel Boulud.

650 Anton Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

7. Taco Maria

1010 N Batavia St, Orange, CA 92867

Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, chef Carlos Salgado was able to move his "chicano cuisine" out of a food truck and into this modern brick-and-mortar space. Better yet, Taco Maria is more than just a taco stand, with a four-course prix fixe and wine pairings.

1010 N Batavia St
Orange, CA 92867

8. Malibu Farm Cafe

23000 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, California 90265

Originally intended as a six-month pop-up, it seems that the Malibu Farm Cafe is here to stay, occupying the former Ruby's space at the end of Malibu Pier. Opened by organic farmer Helene Henderson, the cafe currently serves breakfast and lunch, but plans to expand to dinner soon.

23000 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, California 90265

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