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Where to Eat When Sightseeing in LA

Los Angeles is massive and sprawling, a place sightseers tackle with a game plan if they want to minimize their time in traffic. Here are a few of our favorite places to eat near city landmarks to maximize your time in town.

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LACMA: Ray's and Stark Bar

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, better known as LACMA (and even better known for its photogenic Urban Light installation out front), is the West Coast's largest art museum. The Miracle Mile landmark brings in a million-and-a-half visitors a year with its diverse collection. Located right on the museum premises is Ray's and Stark Bar, an approachable spot with a wood-burning oven that churns out Neapolitan-style pizzas all day long. Every Monday through Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., guests can score $5 beers and $6 glasses of wine at happy hour alongside seasonal selections of food.

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Venice Beach Boardwalk: Felix

An afternoon on the Venice Beach Boardwalk is a quintessential stop on any LA sightseeing agenda. Between the street performers and the Rollerbladers and the arts and crafts, there's a lot to take in on this historic stretch of beach. Decompress and discuss what you just witnessed over a glass of wine and Italian fare at Felix, from Evan Funke and Janet Zuccarini. Can't-miss dishes include the fluffy Sicilian focaccia, Burrata Pugliese, and Pizza Diavola with fior di latte mozzarella and salame piccante.

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Runyon Canyon: The Griddle Cafe

You've hiked the trails of Runyon Canyon and now you need to put the calories you burned off back in your tired body. Turn to pancakes, specifically the famously giant ones at The Griddle Cafe. This place is as basic as it gets, but that's the beauty of it, and what keeps it a surprising celebrity haunt, bringing in the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Roker and Paris Hilton. Pancake flavors range from classic buttermilk to truly insane creations like Frosted Flakes and strawberry, to butterscotch chip, coconut and pecan. Drizzle your choice with pure Vermont maple syrup.

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Rodeo Drive: Spago

People-watching is at its finest on Los Angeles' most-famous shopping street, Rodeo Drive. Celebrity spotting abounds, and that continues off the drive at Spago, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck's first restaurant. The concept originally opened in 1982 and moved into its current location in 1997, where it has continued to thrive with its California cuisine. Where Spago really shines is in its pasta and pizza offerings, specifically the pizza with house-smoked salmon, dill, creme fraiche and chives. To try a little bit of everything, indulge in the chefs' multicourse California Tasting Menu.

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