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Beverly Hills

Some of the best known and most popular casual restaurants in downtown Beverly Hills include Nate N' Al's Delicatessen, Urth Caffe, Mulberry Pizzeria, and for business and special occasions, Spago's, Cut, Il Pastaio, E. Baldi, Enoteca Drago, Fogo De Chao and of course the legendary Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Miracle Mile

Many celebrity chefs draw locals and tourists to the Miracle Mile, including Mario Batali (Pizzeria Mozza), Suzanne Goin (A.O.C), amongst others. Terrific Japanese is available at Izaka-ya, a sibling of the Katsuya restaurants.  A locals' favorite for Northern Italian for over 20 years is Locanda Veneta, across from Cedar-Sinai Hospital.  The Little Door serves Mediterranean cuisine in a romantic atmosphere. Its sister restaurant, The Little Next Door, is a gourmet marketplace, bakery, cafe and wine bar.  3rd Street and Beverly Boulevard, in particular, are lined with popular cafes including Joan's On Third, Toast, and King's Road Cafe (where it's almost certain you'll spot a sleepy-eyed celeb!). 

Sherman Oaks

Restaurants in Sherman Oaks and the surrounding area cater mostly to families and the business crowd.  That doesn't mean you won't get some great food; you just get it without the pretense.  For business or a special night out, try La Pergola, which has one of Zagat's highest ratings for Italian food in Los Angeles, or Mistral - ditto for French fare.  Nearby in Studio City is Pinot Bistro and Chef Nozawa, a local favorite of 25 years, opens an extension of his popular chain of traditional sushi restaurants, Sugarfish, in Spring, 2012.  Cafe Bizou is a local Sherman Oaks favorite for casual French Bistro fare and locals chow down on serious portions for breakfast and lunch at Jinky's.  Stanley's is a valley institution for almost 30 years, offering lunch, dinner, brunch and happy hour daily, in a comfortable, contemporary setting. Quick bites, snacks and coffee shops line the boulevard.