Los Angeles is a huge city. And by huge, that means over 500 square miles just for the municipality itself, not including outlying areas. What that means is that there’s plenty of opportunity for restaurants and bars to nestle themselves into the most unlikely locations. With neighborhoods spread out from the Pacific Ocean to the San Gabriel Valley, from San Fernando Valley down to South Bay, there are dozens of quiet places that draw fans from their local areas, plus regular customers from across town.

We’re calling these places, the ones that hide in plain sight in a dreary strip mall, or sit on the second floor of a multi-use property, or basically operate without any kind of visible sign. They’re the places folks might drive by for years without realizing its existence. We’re here to shed a light on these finds. Listed alphabetically, here are the hidden gems of Los Angeles.

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