Kippy's Ice Cream Shop
Forage, 3823 W. Sunset Blvd. | 323.663.6885 Local, sustainable, and fresh ingredients are the focus at this rustic-meets-modern spot, so much so that if you bring your own home-grown produce, they'll exchange it for credit. And the credit is worth it: The roasted salmon bowl is particularly excellent, though there are very few misses on Forage's constantly changing chalkboard menu.
Larder at Tavern 11648 San Vicente Blvd. | 310.806.6464 The atrium-like Tavern—helmed by one of L.A.'s biggest food stars, Suzanne Goin—is a good option for big groups, but it's a bit fancy for little eaters. No bother, because up front, there's Larder, where you can get prepared sandwiches and salads, pastries, and plenty of caffeine.
Larder at Tavern
My buddy Brett Miller and me on the roof deck of the "Hollyhock House" after a broadcast of Architectural Los Angeles. 11/13
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