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    18 Delicious L.A. Eats To Try This Summer

    The only thing worth braving bad L.A. traffic for? Really good food.

    1. Kogi BBQ Truck

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    Why Go?: Kogi proves that good food can come on a $2.29 budget.

    Local Tip: To locate their daily whereabouts, check their website or Twitter.

    Must Try: Blue Moon Mulita — because melted cheese, onions, salsa, and chicken smashed between two toasted tortillas is always a good idea.

    2. Papa Cristo’s Catering and Greek Taverna

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    Why Go?: Papa Cristo himself actually mans the counter and serves you fresh Greek food.

    Local Tip: Head here on Thursdays for live music and belly dancing.

    Must Try: Taramosalata, because who doesn’t want to try Greek caviar?

    3. Santa Monica Farmers Market

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    Why Go?: All the fresh produce you could ever ask for.

    Local Tip: Avoid paying the high prices of the parking garages in the area and park at the garage on 4th St. and Civic Center Drive.

    Must Try: Harry’s Berries because it will be the best (strawberry) you’ve ever had.

    4. Sqirl Kitchen

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    Why Go?: It’s the perfect way to start your day.

    Local Tip: Sqirl Away, a takeout extension of Sqirl will open this August.

    Must Try: Toast. Whether it’s toast with chocolate ganache, quince pasta, or a fried egg and greens.

    5. Milk

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    Why Go?: Massive. Macaroon. Ice Cream Sandwiches.

    Local Tip: You can’t actually find milk here.

    Must Try: Strawberry shortcake bars.

    6. Sweet Rose Creamery

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    Why Go?: If you’re looking for locally sourced and organic ice cream, this is the place to be.

    Local Tip: You’re limited to 2 samples per person so choose wisely.

    Must Try: You will remember their brown butter ice cream for years. At least, that’s the case with us.

    7. A-Frame

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    Why Go?: This restaurant is a trip to Hawaii, minus the airfare.

    Local Tip: There’s a free parking lot. Hooray!

    Must Try: Their O.G. ribs will make you question all the ribs you’ve had before.

    8. Wurstküche

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    Why Go?: It’s the perfect place to take a group, with disco balls and live music to boot.

    Local Tip: You can start imbibing their German brews in line, making the wait much more bearable.

    Must Try: Rattlesnake and rabbit sausage because when else are you going to eat that?

    9. Carmela Ice Cream

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    Why Go?: Diverse flavors like strawberry buttermilk and matcha green tea.

    Local Tip: Be patient. The (inevitable) line moves a lot faster than you think.

    Must Try: Their rose petal ice cream makes eating flowers the yummiest thing since chocolate.

    10. Wood Spoon

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    Why Go?: The textbook example of a hole-in-the-wall treasure.

    Local Tip: Ask the owner for recommendations — she’ll make sure you don’t leave hungry.

    Must Try: This spot boasts an authentic carne de panela.

    11. Carneys

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    Why Go?: Some of the best hot dogs in the world and it’s located on Sunset Boulevard. Yahtzee!

    Local Tip: This restaurant is part of history as it’s housed in a 1975 pacific railroad passenger train.

    Must Try: The (aptly-named) burger dog — an actual burger with a grilled hotdog on top.

    12. Beverly Soon Tofu

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    Why Go?: It's Anthony Bourdain-approved, and cameo'ed on “Parts Unknown.”

    Local Tip: Parking’s limited so go right when it opens, if you can.

    Must Try: Combination soon tofu.

    13. Urth Caffé

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    Why Go?: It’s a must-go LA classic that’s good for the urth.

    Local Tip: Beat the line and order online.

    Must Try: Urth's green tea boba tea and breakfast pizza can cure anything — especially hangovers.

    14. Father's Office

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    Why Go?: Home to a lot of beers on tap and arguably the best burger in Los Angeles.

    Local Tip: Don't ask for substitutions — it's a take-it-or-leave-it kind of place.

    Must Try: The Office burger is the heart and soul of this LA gastropub.

    15. Malibu Family Wines Tasting Room

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    Why Go?: Can you really turn down wine and live music?

    Local Tip: Entry fee is one bottle of wine so come prepared.

    Must Try: Both the varieties that they offer: Semler and Saddlerock.

    16. Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery

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    Why Go?: It’s the perfect pit stop on your way out to the beach.

    Local Tip: The deli also houses a gourmet market so make sure to bring some extra cash.

    Must Try: Satisfy your Italian cold cuts cravings and grab a “Godmother sandwich.”

    17. Egg Slut

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    Why Go?: An LA Eats trip isn’t complete without going to this acclaimed, egg-filled spot.

    Local Tip: Avoid weekend mornings or else get ready for an hour-long wait.

    Must Try: The Slut, of course. You can’t go wrong with an egg and potato + a baguette.

    18. Sticky Rice

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    Why Go?: This stall is home to the best Thai comfort food in LA. And the line’s too long at Eggslut.

    Local Tip: The menu is market-driven so if you see something you like, order it quick.

    Must Try: Thai sausage.

    For more on what to do and eat in LA, visit Food52.

    Leslie Stephens contributed to this post.

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