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Don't be fooled by the post-apocalyptic whitewashed brick exterior, the Safari Room in Mission Hills is a gateway straight to Africa. At least that's how it will feel when you step into the low-slung space. In every corner there are spears and shields, palm fronds and ceremonial masks. Rumor has it the elephant gun hanging on the wall is loaded, so play it cool as you make your way to a black vinyl booth. The food is classic chophouse, with thick steaks, stiff cocktails and a nightly prime rib that comes highly recommended. If you're only here for the bar, you may be slightly disappointed in the lack of dingy-is-cool ironic dive bar vibes; this is exactly as advertised, with no pretense to the contrary. They do make a pretty decent mai tai, though.

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