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What: Onetime Chinois and Spago chef Mako Tanaka fuses Mediterranean, Japanese, and other Asian elements to create an exquisitely flavored series of small plates. Just when you think you're done, you're bound to order a final dish as an encore. WHEN: Lunch Wed-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat. HOW MUCH: $$$. WHERE: 225 S. Beverly Dr.; 310/288-8338.
What: Located in a cottage-style building with an outdoor porch, this is a spin-off of the popular Melrose Avenue spot. Always crowded but ideal for quick bites, thanks to its huge selection of teas, organic coffees, fresh baked goods, and light entrées, including vegan items. WHEN: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. HOW MUCH: $. WHERE: 267 S. Beverly Dr.; 310/205-9311.
Info: From I-405, exit at Wilshire Blvd.; go east, then turn right on S. Beverly Dr. For more info: www.beverlyhillsbehere.com or 800/345-2210