Los Angeles, United States
The first time I went to LA I stayed with a friend I had met at Burning Man who'd recently bought a house there. At the end of her road happened to be Gjelina - I didn't know anything about it but walked by and thought it looked pretty cool. Boy was that a good hunch. In the four weeks I stayed in the city, I must have eaten there over 20 times - the staff must've thought I was crazy (or half starved). Go for the simple but totally delicious braised-pork meatballs or grilled-kabocha squash with mint pesto and pomegranate. Someone needs to export that stuff to London, quick.
1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice CA 90291