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TV producer Rowan Riley’s Los Angeles favorites

Visit one of TV producer Rowan Riley's favorite restaurants in Los Angeles.

Animal

As the name implies, Animal specializes in many types of meaty goodness, from barbecued pork belly to rabbit, and it is part of a group that includes Helen’s (a wine store), John & Vinny’s Italian, haute dining at Trois Mec and regular pop-ups in the Valley area (Studio City, Burbank, and Thousand Oaks).

Animal

435 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles

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Guisado’s

Everyone needs a fun, cheap taco place late at night, Riley says, and Guisado’s four locations offer a range of fresh, home-style braised meat, and vegetarian options in corn tortillas.

Guisado’s

Boyle Heights, Echo Park, Downtown Los Angeles West Hollywood

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Hinoki and the Bird

Set on the ground floor of an other­wise sterile office tower ­populated mostly by agents in Century City, this hot pan-Asian restaurant combines denim-covered banquettes and plywood interiors for a kind of post-apocalypse chic atmosphere.

Hinoki and the Bird

10 Century Drive, Los Angeles

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Shibucho

In a nondescript Koreatown building, this tiny, six-table sushi restaurant with no written menu is frequented by actors. The chef spent time in Italy and often matches wine with sushi – and the menu stipulates no California rolls.

Shibucho

3114 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles

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Bar Stella

The bar at Silverlake industry hotspot Café Stella is an institution, and right on Sunset Junction – the meeting point of Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards, home to the city’s alternative music scene.

Bar Stella

3932 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles

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n/naka.

n/naka

Sushi is always hot in Los Angeles, and one of the hottest – and most exclusive – spots at the moment is n/naka. It’s hard to get on the list, but inside are delicate and beautifully plated interpretations of traditional kaiseki – dishes made with seasonal ingredients.

n/naka

3455 South Overland Avenue, Los Angeles

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Riley’s favorite Venice restaurant with an attached bakery has a similar bill of fare, with fresh, local ingredients taking center stage.

Superba Food + Bread

1900 South Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles

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Gjelina

Good, seasonal American food in a farmer’s table setting – and some of the best people-watching in laid-back Venice Beach.

Gjelina

1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice

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