Chandeliers made of stained glass hang over a shiny wooden bar with short cushioned stools at Dusty's, an American/French bistro in Silver Lake. With well-dressed blood-red lamps, "it almost feels like a brothel," explained one of the owners. The quaint, artsy restaurant serves eclectic fare such as the Scheherazade salad, with hummus, eggplant caviar and baby greens; poutine (French fries blanketed by warm mozzarella and gravy); and the chicken Napoleon soaked in a cream and butter sauce.

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