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SPONSORED: The PEPCID® Brand’s Picks for Bold Flavors in LA

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Whether you just landed in a new city, have taken a few weeks off the dining scene or are looking to get a pulse on what's new in foodie culture, the PEPCID® Brand has got you covered. They've mapped out the hottest dining destinations and boldest flavors across the country - this time in LA. Some new, some old favorites with new additions, and some you might have missed along your journey of exploring local eats. From the hole in the wall taco joint to the hip new handmade pasta joint, these are the top spots to eat at right now. Wherever you choose, though, don't let heartburn stop you from your journey of exploring unique ingredients and various flavor combinations.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Chi Spacca

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6610 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 297-1133
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If you are looking for a shrine to all things meat, look no further than Chad Colby’s Chi Spacca. The Bistecca alla Fiorentina is the Tuscan ideal of the dish. The charcuterie is on point. And the bone marrow pie is not for the faint of heart. Restraint is not necessary here.

2. Gjelina

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1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 450-1429
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Ever-imitated yet never duplicated, this Abbot Kinney destination is the OG for market-driven small plates. Don’t get overwhelmed by the menu. Aim for one of the pizzas, any of the vegetables and the rightfully hyped butterscotch pot de creme. But be prepared to wait. It is always packed.

3. Guisados

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2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 264-7201
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Guisados is quickly becoming a taco empire and rightfully so. Their fresh tortillas are outstanding and their certain breed of braises and stews have built a following. Our recommendation is to hit up the new location in WeHo. The reason? Liquor license approved.

4. Maude

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212 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 859-3418
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Don’t let the celebrity guise of Curtis Stone stop you from trying to get a reservation at his 25 seat diminutive spot. Each month, Stone focuses on a different ingredient that is in season, using it as the inspiration for a nine-course menu. June is chili month. Sold.

5. Night + Market Song

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3322 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 849-0223
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This Silver Lake spot is everything you want a Thai restaurant to be. No frills, convivial atmosphere, big plates, and a whole lot of spice. Bring a bevy of your bravest friends; crack open some cold tall boys; order some catfish larb, any curry, and the crispy rice salad for the perfect evening.

6. Petit Trois

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718 Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
If you’re in the mood for French classics, there is no better spot in town to indulge in escargot, omelets, and steak-frites than Petit Trois. Brought to life by Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo, this Parisian-style bistro only has just 21 seats and doesn’t accept reservations. But the unpretentious cooking — that lives up to the hype — is well worth the wait.

7. Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

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1119 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-7050
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When Jeremy Fox took over the kitchen at this Santa Monica favorite, this restaurant went from solid to refined and compelling. There aren’t any fancy tricks or gimmicks here. Just great food made with hyper-local ingredients prepared by a chef at the height of his game. Even the beverage program embraces the ethos of local produce and small batch producers.

8. Sqirl Kitchen

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720 North Virgil Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(213) 394-6526
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When jam-maker Jessica Koslow opened Sqirl on the East Side, it was a revelation. She gave the area a seasonal kitchen that is perfect for a healthy (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free) breakfast or lunch. But it isn’t just good for you food, it is dang delicious. You can’t go wrong with any of the rice bowls. And, of course, toast with jam.

9. Superba Food + Bread

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1900 Lincoln Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 907-5075
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An offshoot of Superba Snack bar, Superba Food & Bread was built to be something more than a restaurant: it was built to be a community. With an all day menu, open kitchen, and sprawling restaurant design, you can see how it becomes more than just a place to grab a bite. Stop in for a delicious brunch — try the toasts — and chances are you will spend half your day hanging out here.

10. The Tasting Kitchen

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1633 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 392-6644
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Casey Lane runs the kitchen at this Venice mainstay. While the menu is updated daily based on what’s at the market, you really can’t go wrong with any of the handmade pastas that are available that day. Tasting Kitchen is one of the places you know you will have a great meal with no fuss.

1. Chi Spacca

6610 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
If you are looking for a shrine to all things meat, look no further than Chad Colby’s Chi Spacca. The Bistecca alla Fiorentina is the Tuscan ideal of the dish. The charcuterie is on point. And the bone marrow pie is not for the faint of heart. Restraint is not necessary here.
6610 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

2. Gjelina

1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
Ever-imitated yet never duplicated, this Abbot Kinney destination is the OG for market-driven small plates. Don’t get overwhelmed by the menu. Aim for one of the pizzas, any of the vegetables and the rightfully hyped butterscotch pot de creme. But be prepared to wait. It is always packed.
1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

3. Guisados

2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Guisados is quickly becoming a taco empire and rightfully so. Their fresh tortillas are outstanding and their certain breed of braises and stews have built a following. Our recommendation is to hit up the new location in WeHo. The reason? Liquor license approved.
2100 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033

4. Maude

212 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Don’t let the celebrity guise of Curtis Stone stop you from trying to get a reservation at his 25 seat diminutive spot. Each month, Stone focuses on a different ingredient that is in season, using it as the inspiration for a nine-course menu. June is chili month. Sold.
212 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

5. Night + Market Song

3322 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
This Silver Lake spot is everything you want a Thai restaurant to be. No frills, convivial atmosphere, big plates, and a whole lot of spice. Bring a bevy of your bravest friends; crack open some cold tall boys; order some catfish larb, any curry, and the crispy rice salad for the perfect evening.
3322 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. Petit Trois

718 Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
If you’re in the mood for French classics, there is no better spot in town to indulge in escargot, omelets, and steak-frites than Petit Trois. Brought to life by Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo, this Parisian-style bistro only has just 21 seats and doesn’t accept reservations. But the unpretentious cooking — that lives up to the hype — is well worth the wait.
718 Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

7. Rustic Canyon Wine Bar

1119 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401
When Jeremy Fox took over the kitchen at this Santa Monica favorite, this restaurant went from solid to refined and compelling. There aren’t any fancy tricks or gimmicks here. Just great food made with hyper-local ingredients prepared by a chef at the height of his game. Even the beverage program embraces the ethos of local produce and small batch producers.
1119 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

8. Sqirl Kitchen

720 North Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029
When jam-maker Jessica Koslow opened Sqirl on the East Side, it was a revelation. She gave the area a seasonal kitchen that is perfect for a healthy (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free) breakfast or lunch. But it isn’t just good for you food, it is dang delicious. You can’t go wrong with any of the rice bowls. And, of course, toast with jam.
720 North Virgil Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029

9. Superba Food + Bread

1900 Lincoln Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
An offshoot of Superba Snack bar, Superba Food & Bread was built to be something more than a restaurant: it was built to be a community. With an all day menu, open kitchen, and sprawling restaurant design, you can see how it becomes more than just a place to grab a bite. Stop in for a delicious brunch — try the toasts — and chances are you will spend half your day hanging out here.
1900 Lincoln Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

10. The Tasting Kitchen

1633 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA 90291
Casey Lane runs the kitchen at this Venice mainstay. While the menu is updated daily based on what’s at the market, you really can’t go wrong with any of the handmade pastas that are available that day. Tasting Kitchen is one of the places you know you will have a great meal with no fuss.
1633 Abbot Kinney Boulevard
Venice, CA 90291

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