Given its glamorous associations, it’s no surprise that LA is one of America’s culinary hotspots when it comes to gourmet dining, though on a street level it’s true that Mexican food is the closest thing to an indigenous LA cuisine with a tacquería on every other block, while purveyors of East Asian food and gourmet street carts have also boomed in recent years. Many of the city’s higher-end restaurants serve California cuisine, the signature style of top-notch LA eating, blending French-styled food with fresh local ingredients in an eclectic, harmonious brew.

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