Madelynn Amalfitano, Nicole Campos Jade Chang, Dawnmarie Cohan, Allison Elmore, Kristin Fiore, Vic Fujii, Queena Sook Kim, Grace Lee, Jennifer Michelle, Mary Montoro, Rita Neyter, Christine Pelisek, Luis Reyes and Avelino Tuason
A'FLOAT SUSHI87 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena(626) 792-9779
Imagine a clear Japanese stream murmuring in the center of Old Pasadena! At A'Float Sushi, various fresh seafood, prepared by well-experienced sushi chefs, is served on boats flowing along the counter. You can choose from many kinds of dishes ranging from refreshing cucumber rolls ($1.50 for six pieces), classic California rolls ($1.90 for three pieces) to the more luxurious fatter tuna ($3.95 for two pieces). Indeed, high quality and low price could be the motto. Why don't you sail on the cutting edge of sushi bars? Lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and wine; takeout; catering; parking available; reservations accepted. AE, DIS, MC, V.
ANARKALI INDIAN TANDOORI AND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT7013 Melrose Ave., L.A.(213) 934-6488
Anarkali has been a mainstay on Melrose for Indian-food lovers since 1983. It's a great place for a date – quiet and far removed from the neon of its neighbors. Specialties include chicken tandoori marinated in yogurt ($6.95-$9.95) and lamb bhuna, cooked with ground spices, tomato, bell pepper and a thick curry sauce ($8.95). During the week, the executive lunch for two ($14.95) includes soup or salad, chicken tandoori, a choice of meat or veggie curry, rice and naan. Lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and wine; takeout; delivery; catering; banquet facilities; valet parking; reservations suggested. AE, MC, V.
ANGELI CAFFE7274 Melrose Ave., L.A.(213) 936-9086
A groovy minimalistic restaurant whose simple dishes and flavorful Italian delights attract everyone from families to 40-something Industry types. Intimate and hip, this rustic 13-year-old cafe, designed by Morphosis, has a grated-wood ceiling and glows with candlelight. The Tuscan fish soup with assorted seafood in a savory broth is a favorite ($16.50). Another fine entree is the tagliata, grilled beef tenderloin topped with herbs on a bed of arugula ($15.50). Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner Mon.-Sun. Beer and wine; takeout, delivery; catering; valet parking. AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V.
ARIRANG KOREAN RESTAURANT114 W. Union St., Pasadena(626) 577-8885
This authentic Korean-style restaurant introduces Seoul food to Pasadena. Elegant Korean decor and personal barbecue grills at every table make this year-old establishment stand apart from other restaurants. Try the starter sample platter ($35) while sipping on a Korean Soju martini. Consider the tasty barbecue beef boolgogi ($15.50), tender slices of beef that you grill right at your table. The hungrier you are the better, because every entree comes with eight different Korean side dishes, rice, soup and lettuce baskets. Vegetarian items are also available. Lunch and dinner seven days. Full bar; takeout; valet parking; reservations suggested. AE, DC, MC, V.
BAJA BUD'S1315 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica(310) 393-6060
11205 National Blvd., Palms
11819 Wilshire Blvd., W.L.A.
10850 W. Pico Blvd., W.L.A.(310) 475-8844
8575 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood(310) 659-1911
20044 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills(818) 716-0100
AMC 16, Woodland Hills Promenade21801 Oxnard St., Woodland Hills(818) 347-9662
Looking for a neighborhood kind of restaurant where corn tortillas and spicy salsas are made from scratch, where paisilla chiles are roasted fresh for tasty chiles rellenos, and where homemade black beans are a testament to everything canned beans aren't? You'll find no lard in Baja Bud's light but traditional Mexican fare. Pollo or carne asada are both low fat. And only canola oil is used in cooking, thus everything's healthy, including the addictive tortilla chips. The place sparkles and displays bright and lovely old-style Mexican murals. Menu items range from $1.90 to $6.75. Breakfast (W. Hollywood), lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and wine; takeout; parking. No credit cards. ATM cards accepted.
BANGKOK WEST606 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica(310) 395-9658
Decoratively upscale, Bangkok West is a haven for Thai enthusiasts. Start with an appetizer like the Bangkok roll, stuffed with rice noodles, cucumber, tofu, carrots and basil, and served with honey mustard and a Thai chile sweet-and-sour sauce ($4.95). Then move on to one of the flavorful main dishes, such as the green curry with Asian eggplant, sweet basil and a choice of chicken, shrimp or roast duck ($7.95), or the spicy noodles made with chicken, chile and onions ($6.95). Lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and wine; takeout; delivery; catering; reservations suggested. AE, MC, V.
B.B. KING'S BLUES CLUB1000 Universal Center Dr., Universal City(818) 622-5464
More Southern-style juke joint than urban L.A. restaurant, B.B. King's features live blues seven nights a week and old-fashioned Southern cookin' noon and night. To start, feast on B.B.'s famous Yumbo Gumbo or Mississippi pickle chips served with homemade green-tomato tartar sauce, then move on down to the Boom-Boom Burger – a half-pound of mouth-watering beef – or Dem Bones, hand-rubbed, hickory-smoked, St. Louis-style pork ribs. Cap off your soulful evening with a Hip Hugger: vanilla ice cream sandwiched between a warmed brownie topped with chocolate syrup. Lunch and dinner seven days, brunch Sun. Full bar; takeout; delivery; catering; valet parking. AE, DC, DIS, MC, V.
BEAU RIVAGE26025 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu(310) 456-5733
A romantic dinner by the sea is a specialty of Beau Rivage, with its two patios and terrace overlooking the Pacific, dimly lit ambiance and artwork by owner Luciana Forge. Highlights of the Mediterranean menu include caviar and caesar salad starters and entrees like tender lamb tenderloin ($23) and a great grilled swordfish ($26.50). Live music nightly. Dinner seven nights; brunch Sun. Full bar; takeout; catering; reservations suggested (essential on weekends); parking. AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V.
BIGG CHILL10850 Olympic Blvd., Westwood(310) 475-1070
In the neighborhood for over 10 years and voted the best in L.A., the Bigg Chill knows Angelenos. It's the ultimate yogurt experience where healthy and fresh are the key words. Chill out with fabulous nonfat frozen yogurts in luscious flavors. Try Kauai Pie, tiramisu, toasted almond and rocky road – all yogurt, all frozen. When brain freeze sets in, don't miss the wide variety of fat-free muffins, scones and cookies. For severe cases of the chills, there're also coffee and espresso drinks. Open seven days. No alcohol; takeout; parking. No credit cards.
BOOK SOUP BISTRO8800 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood(310) 657-1072
A perfect, quick escape off the Sunset Strip, Book Soup Bistro offers a cozy and comfortable atmosphere indoors, along with a charming outdoor patio just far enough off the boulevard's beaten path for patrons to relax and enjoy a hearty bistro-style menu. Favorite dishes are the classic Cobb salad ($8.95), the New York steak ($16.50), served with roasted sweet onion and herb butter, and the grilled chicken with thyme ($12.50), served with garlic mashed potatoes. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sat. Full bar; takeout; catering; reservations accepted; parking after 6 p.m. AE, DC, MC, V.
BOURBON STREET SHRIMP AND GRILLE8454 Melrose Ave., L.A.(213) 653-2640
10928 W. Pico Blvd., L.A.(310)474-0007
Here you'll find New Orleans-style Cajun cookin' made with or without the heat. Bourbon Street shrimp transports diners straight into the heart of the Mississippi River region with such authentic delights as jambalaya – spicy rice, smoked sausage and ham – or shrimp gumbo ($6.95 cup), even a blackened-shrimp po'boy ($9.95). This restaurant cooks more than just shrimp; there are also chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes. Plus crusty French bread. Come on Mondays and dig live blues and jazz music while you feast (W. Pico). Lunch and dinner seven days (W. Pico).Dinner seven nights (Melrose). Beer and wine; takeout, catering; parking; reservations suggested. AE, MC, V.
CAFE 148 AT MAISON ET CAFE/AMERICAN RAG148 S. La Brea Ave., L.A.(213) 939-9860
This combination French-Mediterranean shop offers more than just tasty food. It's a great place to accessorize your home with everything from custom mosaic tiles to French bistro chairs. All edibles are made using the finest, freshest ingredients. Start your day with hearty hot granola or toasted brioche and jam. For lunch, quiches, salads or various sandwiches are prepared with an international flair. Any time is perfect for espresso, cappuccino and delightful desserts and pastries. Breakfast and lunch seven days. No alcohol; takeout; parking. MC, V.
CAFE DES ARTISTES1534 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood(213) 461-6889
French and California cuisines can't possibly mix, n'est-ce pas? Well, tucked away off Highland Avenue, Cafe des Artistes unites French flavors with those reflecting a health-conscious attitude. Basically it's the creme de la creme without all that cream. The cozy bistro's culinary artistry creates such delicacies as pumpkin ginger soup ($4.50), endive Roquefort salad with champagne dressing ($7.50) and an ever-fresh selection of entrees including curried lamb shank ($17) and carrot, broccoli and wild mushroom ravioli ($13.50). Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Beer and wine; takeout; parking; reservations suggested. AE, MC, V.
CAFE PINOT700 W. Fifth St., L.A.(213) 239-6500
PATINETTE AT MOCA250 S. Grand Ave., L.A.(213) 626-1178
PINOT BISTRO12969 Ventura Blvd., Studio City(818) 990-0500
PINOT HOLLYWOOD1448 N. Gower St., Hollywood(213) 461-8800
PATINA5955 Melrose Ave., L.A.(213) 467-1108; (213) 467-1628 (catering)
PINOT AT THE CHRONICLE897 Granite Drive, Pasadena(626) 792-1179
The offshoots of Joachim Splichal's acclaimed Patina Restaurant on Melrose Avenue, Pinot restaurants truly impart the air of la belle France, delivering a signature twist on classic French bistro fare. Situated all over L.A., these premier restaurants provide memorable meals in hip, sophisticated settings as well as special events, including cigar and martini nights and wine-tasting dinners. Check individual locations for days and hours. Full bar; beer and wine (Patinette); takeout; delivery (Patinette, Pinot Hollywood); catering. AE, DC, DIS, MC, V.
CAFES' TAN MODA8642 W. Pico Blvd., W.L.A.(310) 360-9520
This coffee shop, located between La Cienega and Robertson boulevards, is not your run-of-the-mill java joint. Besides its lavish selection of blended coffee drinks and pastries, this newly opened establishment offers a wide array of natural fruit smoothies, fresh juices, salads and sandwiches at dirt-cheap prices ($3.45-$3.60). Sit back and relax on one of the oversize couches with a latte and watch a game. Or listen to live music on Thursday nights, poetry on Saturday and Spanish-language poetry on Sunday nights. Open seven days. No alcohol; takeout; parking. No credits cards.
CAJUN BISTRO8301 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood(213) 656-6388
Authentic Southern cuisine, thy name is Cajun Bistro. To the soulful sounds of blues and Cajun music, this taste of New Orleans provides such scrumptious specialties as jambalaya, a hearty soup of chicken and plump, spicy andouille sausage served over rice ($6.95 cup, $8.95 bowl), thick and tasty gumbo you can practically eat with a fork ($4.95 cup, $7.50 bowl), and a Beer Can chicken you have to see to believe ($9.95)! In a fish frenzy? Ask about the “Hook of the Day.” Lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and wine; takeout; parking; reservations suggested. AE, CB, DC, MC, V.
CAMERON'S SEAFOOD1978 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena(818) 793-3474
Jacques Cousteau would've loved this ideal ocean paradise decorated with mounted fish trophies and photographs of fishing aficionados. Traverse the hardwood floors and gaze at the aquarium filled with colorful fish; walk up to the kitchen window to view the chefs preparing their lightly seasoned savory swordfish ($16.95) or halibut ($15.25). All entrees are mesquite broiled to enhance the fragrant taste of the sea. After your meal, stop by Cameron's fish market. Lunch and dinner seven days; brunch Sun. Full bar; takeout; parking. AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V.
CANTER'S FAIRFAX RESTAURANT, DELICATESSEN AND BAKERY419 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A.(213) 651-2030
Whenever Angelenos and New Yorkers argue over which city reigns supreme, the conversation inevitably turns to food. While the Big Apple has its famous Jewish delis, L.A. has the legendary Canter's. L.A. has grown up around this 24-hour, family-owned establishment, which has baked its own rye bread and pickled its own corned beef since 1931. Also famous are the hand-cut lox ($8.95) and the number-one-rated pastrami sandwich ($6.60). So there. Breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days. Full bar; takeout; delivery; catering; parking; reservations accepted. DIS, MC, V.
CAVA CAFE & TAPAS BAR8384 W. Third St., W.L.A. (213) 658-8898
Explore contemporary Latin fare with a Caribbean flair at Cava in the Beverly Plaza Hotel. A hot favorite is the Jamaican jerk chicken ($12.95), or go for the paella Valenciana, saffron rice with fresh mussels, clams, swordfish and jumbo shrimp ($16.95). Treat yourself to the Festival Paella, Monday night's three-course, all-you-can-eat paella feast, including sangria, salad and dessert ($14.95). Cava features dancing to live musical entertainment on weekends. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner seven nights, brunch Sat.-Sun. Full bar; takeout; delivery; catering; valet parking; reservations suggested. AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V.
CHAO KRUNG111 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A.(213) 939-8361
One wall of Chao Krung features a tribute to Vietnam-era journalists – a lasting symbol of Thai hospitality, an unaffected warmth which is extended to Chao Krung's customers. Waitresses in traditional costume lead guests past Buddhist murals to richly hued wooden tables, where diners can enjoy an especially recommended pad Thai (with meat, $5.25; with shrimp, $6.25) and freshly steamed spring rolls ($6.25). In a city full of Thai restaurants, Chao Krung truly stands out. Lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and wine; takeout; delivery; catering; parking. AE, DIS, MC, V.
CHICAGO FOR RIBS50 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena(626) 793-RIBS (7427)
This down-to-earth family joint's got everything a barbecue fan could want but without any L.A. pretentions: beef and babyback ribs, chicken wings, shrimp (all are included in the $29.95 Chicago Feast for two – plus an appetizer, corn and a doggie bag), sandwiches, salads and fish. At just $8-$13.50 per person ($7-$8 during lunch), you can feast on world-class barbecue without needing a wad of cash, trendy pants – or even silverware. Lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and wine; takeout; catering; reservations suggested. DIS, MC, V.
CICADA617 S. Olive St., L.A.(213) 655-5559
An array of creative taste combinations power the Northern Italian menu at Cicada, from the tempting starters on up to the main courses. Cheese lovers will surely savor the fresh mozzarella appetizer, with creamy butter and served with a dollop of marinated eggplant ($10). Those who are counting calories can enjoy marinated salmon with mussels and clams ($14), and an exotic shrimp ravioli in curry sauce with asparagus tips should tempt more adventurous eaters ($16). Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sat. Full bar; catering; reservations suggested; valet parking. AE, DC, MC, V.
COBALT CANTINA616 N. Robertson Blvd., W. Hollywood(310) 659-8691
4326 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake(213) 953-9991
1101 Glendale Galleria, Glendale(818) 550-7800
“Eat, drink, play” is the motto at Cobalt Cantina, with its eclectic Cal-Mex cuisine. The Cobalt's tapas menu ($3.95-$7.95) allows the light snacker to sample a variety of items such as baby crab cakes, Cajun chicken spring rolls, calamari frito and shrimp empanadas. The popular Blue Bar in West Hollywood, the Martini Lounge in Silver Lake and the Cobalt Bar in Glendale offer daily happy hours. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner seven nights, brunch Sun. Full bar; takeout; catering; valet parking; reservations for parties of eight or more. AE, DC, MC, V.
CRUSTACEAN9646 Little Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills(310) 205-8990
Stroll through the doors of Crustacean and find paradise. Beneath your feet swim exotic koi fish housed in an 80-foot aquarium. Ahead, in the main dining room, stands a replica of an elegant French colonial neighborhood. Once seated, complete the dream by ordering the lobster angel-hair pasta with basil and Roma tomato sauce ($35) or the Colossal Royal Tiger prawns, charbroiled with secret spices and An's garlic noodles ($29.95). “Tapas Time” happy hour features drink specials and half-price appetizers. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Full bar; valet parking; reservations suggested. AE, CB, DC, MC, V.
THE CULTURED CLASS8719 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood(310) 657-8350
This gourmet frozen-yogurt store is your one-stop shop for all things rich, cool and creamy. Call ahead for such flavors of the day as Orange Creamsicle and Snickers, or tempt yourself with classics like chocolate, vanilla and peanut butter. Top your treats with choices from over 50 fixings, from fresh strawberries to syrup-covered walnuts. There're also banana splits, brownie sundaes and smoothies, great gourmet pies for all occasions, and even sugar-free flavors like coffee and blackberry. So go ahead, indulge. Open seven days. No alcohol; takeout; parking. No credit cards.
THE CURRY HOUSE163 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills (310) 854-4959
121 S. Onizuka St., L.A.(213) 620-0895
21815 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance(310) 540-8980
1425 W. Artesia Blvd., Gardena(310) 323-7017
The Curry House serves an intriguing mix of Japanese, Indian and Italian cuisines. Its curry is made from over 30 spices (pepper, cloves, ginger and more), to season beef ($6.45), chicken ($6.25) and vegetables (potatoes, corn, carrots, shimeji mushrooms – $5.95). Savory spaghettis ($6.15-$6.75 lunch; $7.75-$8.50 dinner), Japanese entrees ($10.25-$13.95) and gourmet hamburgers ($10.75) round out the menu to suit every taste. Lunch and dinner seven days. Beer and wine; takeout; reservations accepted; valet parking. AE, MC, V.
DIVE!10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City Shopping Mall, Century City(310) 788-DIVE
Steven Spielberg's DIVE! Restaurant has charted a course for its yearlong World Taste Tour by taking customers to different international culinary ports every month. To celebrate, restaurantgoers will experience special international menus from such countries as Mexico (February), Jamaica, Costa Rica, Italy, Japan, etc. To add excitement to this dining extravaganza, guests have the opportunity to win a trip to one of the various ports featured. DIVE! will also be offering an all-new permanent menu, scheduled to make a splash soon. Lunch and dinner seven days. Full bar; takeout; delivery; catering; parking. AE, DC, DIS, MC, V.
THE ECLECTIC CAFE5156 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood(818) 760-2233
The Eclectic Cafe's specialty is serving up California cuisine in a truly romantic, candlelit atmosphere. Revered for its Cajun chicken angel hair ($9.95), the restaurant also offers a wide variety of mouth-watering pizzas. The microbrew beer bar features the latest in local and West Coast microbrews and includes a vast selection of fine wines. The Eclectic Cafe offers a great place for a party in the quaint banquet area. Lunch Sun.-Fri., dinner seven nights. Beer and wine; takeout; delivery; catering; reservations suggested; parking. AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V.
EL FLORIDITA RESTAURANT1253 N. Vine St., Hollywood(213) 871-8612
Named after Hemingway's favorite hangout in Havana, El Floridita offers food, fun and festivities. Try the yellow-rice paella complete with lobster, mussels and shrimp ($19.50) or the tender roasted pork marinated in a savory lemon-garlic sauce ($9.95). Afterward, work it off with some dancing. Live bands, including salsa, entertain the club Thursday through Saturday and Monday nights. Lunch and dinner seven days. Full bar; takeout; delivery; valet parking; weekend reservations recommended. AE, CB, DIS, MC, V.
EL POLLO INKA11701 Wilshire Blvd., W.L.A.(310) 571-3334
The ultimate Peruvian experience short of a trek through the Andes, El Pollo Inka serves up a cornucopia of South American entrees. The most popular dish is definitely the sauteed beef plate, Lomo Saltado, festooned with onions and tomatoes and complemented by a side of rice ($6.95). Also appetizing is the rotisserie chicken (half chicken, $5.75) with a special aji sauce guaranteed to erupt like fire on your palate. A 12-piece band provides the percussive melodies of Peru from Friday to Sunday. Lunch and dinner seven days. Full bar; takeout; delivery; catering; valet parking; reservations suggested on weekends. AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V.
EREWHON NATURAL FOODS MARKET7660 Beverly Blvd., L.A.(213) 937-0777
Aside from being L.A.'s “Super Natural Food Market,” Erewhon is home of the famous “Healthycatessen” an all-natural deli, bakery and juice bar. There are over 60 hot and cold dishes, such as free-range chicken, a daily assortment of six dairy and oil-free soups at the soup bar (ranging from shiitake leek to vegan cream of mushroom), a farm-fresh salad bar ($4.29 per pound) and such excellent smoothies as Royal Defense, Energy Elixir, et al. With breezy outdoor seating you can eat well and look good. Fax orders accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days. No alcohol; takeout; catering; parking. DIS, MC, V.
FARFALLA143 N. La Brea Ave., L.A.(213) 938-2504
1978 Hillhurst Ave., L.A.(213) 661-7365
43 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena(626) 564-8696
Does anybody not rave about Farfalla, a place that serves delicious Italian food so consistently well in such a comfortably refined atmosphere? Bring il doce (your sweet) for a moderately priced lunch or dinner, and check out the newest place in Pasadena, where you can try a tomato, mozzarella and basil pizza ($7.75) or fusilli with artichokes ($11.50). Listen to live jazz and blues bands Mon.-Sat., or hold private parties for up to 100 at “F2,” upstairs at the La Brea location. Lunch Mon.-Fri. (Mon.-Sat., Pasadena), dinner seven nights. Full bar (La Brea); beer and wine (Hillhurst and Pasadena); takeout; delivery; catering; valet parking; reservations accepted for six or more. AE, DC, DIS, MC, V.
FARMERS MARKET6333 W. Third St., L.A.(213) 933-9211
This venerable L.A. institution remains a most amicable place to meet and eat. Traditional fare – donuts, barbecue, pizza – mixes comfortably with casually hip foods including Cajun dishes, crepes and pasta. The Market opened in 1934, and virtually every imaginable cuisine – Asian, Middle Eastern, French, Italian, burgers and fries, an oyster bar – shares the Market with all manner of vendors selling gifts, gadgets, flowers, fashions, fresh fruits, vegetables, plus a new organic farm store and two popular beer and wine bars. Breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days. Full bar; takeout; parking. No credit cards.
THE FLOWERING TREE8253 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood(213) 654-4332
A “good for you” corner stand celebrates health with light fare, freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juices ($2-$3) and blended smoothies ($3.25-$4.25). Your day can start off right with granola or wheat-free waffles; a midday boost or late-night satisfaction might be a high-protein salad, no-egg quiche, whole-wheat wraps or hot, spicy dishes ($5.95-$7.75). Tempeh, tofu, turkey and halibut burgers are seasoned, grilled and served sans fries ($6.45). Six of 16 homemade soups are prepared daily, from tomato basil to yam puree. Breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days. No alcohol; takeout; delivery; catering; parking. AE, CB, DC, DIS, MC, V
FLYING LEAP RESTAURANT2538 Hyperion Ave., L.A.(213) 661-0618
Straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, this cozy American grill provides the next best thing to a home-cooked meal. The meat loaf special ($9.25), the grilled pork chops ($10.95) and the weekend prime-rib special ($13.95, a real treat for carnivores) are fitting complements to the homey environment, bedecked with artwork and Americana. The piano lounge (Thurs.-Sun.) and Monday-night screenings of classic movies make Flying Leap a nostalgic sanctuary in the middle of L.A. Dinner seven nights; brunch Sun. Full bar; takeout; parking; reservations accepted for six or more. MC, V.