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A-Frame: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013

PHOTO BY ANNE FISHBEIN

A-Frame, Roy Choi's converted Culver City IHOP, begs to be taken lightly — there's the loud music, the beautiful people, the cross-cultural hodgepodge of a menu, the gossipy waitress who's likely to slide into the seat beside you and breathily exclaim, "Hey, what's up?" as if she's your date and not your server. (You wish.) Even though this food can be loosely described as international stoner/beach-bum cuisine, and although the place can feel very much like a nightlife hangout, you'd be wrong to dismiss it. From beer-can chicken to green curry coconut milk clam chowder with pancetta to roast duck with avocado and kumquats, the food here is better than the sum of its influences. You can count, for example, Japan, the Middle East, Spain and Mexico in the ancestry of lamb meatballs with shoyu marinade, garlic yogurt, salsa verde and citrus gremolata salad. There is the odd moment here and there when you wish Choi had maybe let an idea or two go unexplored. But mostly, you simply want to egg him on and bask in the broken rules and seriously fun nights he leaves in his wake. 12565 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City; (310) 398-7700, aframela.com. Lunch: Sat.-Sun., noon-3 p.m.; Dinner: Sun.-Thurs., 5-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m.-mid.; bar until 2 a.m. Entrees $14-$21. Full bar.

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The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

A-Frame
Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
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Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
Zam Zam Market

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12565 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90066

310-398-7700

www.aframela.com


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