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The GP 13

Our obsession with 'best of' lists comes home to roost this week as we initiate our own, with more to come.

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The GP 13The Tasting Kitchen Sushi Park Son of a Gun Republique Reddi Chick Providence Night + Market Madeo Gjelina Giorgio Baldi Chinois Bestia Bar Amá

Bar Amá

Downtown
118 W. 4th St. | 213.687.8002

Bar Amá

Photo: Dylan + Jeni

Puffy tacos, frito pie, queso, and other evolved Tex-Mex dishes are mainstays at chef Josef Centeno's latest operation. Do not miss the perfectly caramelized sweet potatoes, the fried brussels sprouts, and the guacomole, which just might be the best in the city. The '50s hall-like space also offers its fair share of tequila and mescal drinks, along with homemade fruit mashes and Bäco-Pops.

Bestia

Downtown
2121 7th Place | 213.514.5724

Bestia

In an industrial-inflected, warehouse-like space in Downtown L.A.'s Arts District, you'll find Bestia, a relative newcomer helmed by husband-and-wife duo, Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis. While the scope of the menu is ambitious (and innovative, as Ori hates to waste meat, meaning you'll find the occasional beef and lamb heart or chicken gizzard dotting the offerings), you should really go for the pizza: Ori gives his dough a good 24-hours to rise and fall before it heads into the wood-burning oven, and you can tell. A trip here requires Uber, as this place draws huge crowds—the bar is a fun place to wait, and the cocktails are delicious.

Chinois

Santa Monica
2709 Main St. | 310.392.9025

Chinois

Chinois has been around since the '80s (it was one of Wolfgang Puck's first restaurants), but in the intervening years, it's lost none of its appeal. As a pioneer in the Asian-fusion space, Chinois—which marries French and Chinese cuisine—totally revolutionized the L.A. food scene. Now, the food feels wonderfully familiar in a space that looks straight out of Ruthless People. The curried oysters, duck pancakes, and spicy miso black cod are classics. A trip here always brings a real sense of nostalgia, as this was one of the first foodie destinations in California.

Cover Songs

While we love the originals, these reinterpreted songs are pretty great, too.

Mr. Little Jeans "The Suburbs" (Arcade Fire cover)

Mr. Little Jeans "The Suburbs" (Arcade Fire cover)

CEO "Halo" (Beyoncé cover)

CEO "Halo" (Beyoncé cover)

Miley Cyrus "Summertime Sadness" (Lana Del Rey cover)

Miley Cyrus "Summertime Sadness" (Lana Del Rey cover)

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Los Angeles has some of the world's best sushi (once you've lived in L.A., it can be hard to find an omakase that makes the cut elsewhere), and in the greatest irony of all, these sublime meals aren't found in the fancy parts. They live in strip malls, often in the outskirts of town. Here, the 10 spots that made our list.

Top 10 Sushi PlacesHiko Sushi Nozawa Bar Yamakase Sushi Yotsuya Sushi Park Sushi Nishi Ya Sushi Katsu-Ya Sasabune Hamasaku Echigo Sushi Asanebo

Asanebo

Studio City
11941 Ventura Blvd. | 818.760.3348

Asanebo

This might just take the cake for the least spectacular strip mall exterior: Funny, because it belies the cozy décor and Michelin-starred sushi and small plates inside. It's all exquisite, whether you order from the menu or opt for one of the three omakase menus. "A", "B", and "C", range from expensive to extravagant, but they're all worthwhile treats. It's possible to walk-in (and wait) on a week-night, but reservations are essential on weekends.

Echigo Sushi

Santa Monica
12217 Santa Monica Blvd. | 310.820.9787

Echigo Sushi

This is as low-profile as it goes for strip mall sushi, which says a lot. It's always quiet (besides the elevator jazz in the background that lends a shred of ambiance) and there's never a wait to get a table. Whether you're ordering off the menu or opting for the set omakase at the bar, it's nicely affordable, too, which doesn't translate to lower grade fish.

Hamasaku

West L.A.
11043 Santa Monica Blvd. | 310.479.7636

Hamasaku

Where East meets West. And by that we mean that its central location—right off the 405—makes it an excellent meeting point for friends from opposite sides of town. It's also where sushi purists and California Roll enthusiasts can dine at the same table. There's an extensive menu of cooked dishes, along with the whimsically-named rolls like Green Dragon, Asylum, and Sixteen Plus.

Night + Market Recipes

Kris Yenbamroong, chef at Night + Market, describes his menu as "equal parts drinking food and esoteric, regional Thai specialties." Here, recipes for two of our favorite dishes.

Kris Yenbamroong

Som Tum Thai

Som Tum Thai

“Think of this as the 'blank canvas' Som Tum, or papaya salad, upon which countless variations can be built. These souped-up versions might include salted raw crab, stinky fermented fish, or mama instant noodles. But this is the foundation. Papaya salad is usually eaten as part of a spread that might include larb, sticky rice, and grilled meats.”

Larb Gai

Larb Gai

“Larb is a general term used for Thai ‘salads' of minced meat. Seasonings and aromatics vary by recipe and region. This larb is a basic Isan (northeastern Thai) version.”

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