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Letter of Recommendation

You know that one restaurant that’s just right because of that one special thing? Yeah, us too. That’s why we’re introducing our newest franchise: Letter of Recommendation. These are tributes to spots that offer something unique — restaurants we can’t live without. They may not be the most buzzy, but they provide something essential.

Header illustration by Pamela Chen

Chicago

The Duck Inn in Bridgeport Nails the Neighborhood Restaurant

Chicago has a North Side versus South Side rivalry that stretches well beyond sports teams. More often than not, the…

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Philadelphia

The People Are What Makes Messina Social Club a Perfect Neighborhood Restaurant

“Tonight’s dessert is a trio.” Messina Social Club head bartender Mike Nimmo Jr. began filling three glasses before us. “In…

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New York

A Love Letter to Bed-Stuy, and the Restaurants That Make New York Home

Fifteen years ago, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, was a different place. There was no Shake Shack outpost as you emerged from the…

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Otoño's pan con tomate

Los Angeles

For Spanish Vacation Vibes, Look No Further Than Otoño

A good pan con tomate is a perfect combination of simple and delicious things: tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and bread.…

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New York

Why (and How) New York’s Pisticci Became a Part of the Family

Finding a restaurant to celebrate life’s most important moments can be a terrifying, anxiety-inducing task. What makes a place perfect…

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Los Angeles

Stir Crazy Is the Chic Spot You Didn’t Know You Needed

Soon after Stir Crazy opened on Melrose Avenue, it quickly became the place I didn’t know I needed. Well, technically,…

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Philadelphia

A Love Letter to Southwark and Ambra, the Epitome of Queen Village Charm

Ask longtime Philadelphians about their favorite memories at Southwark, and you’re bound to hear about its neighborly hospitality, celebrated bar…

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National

The Restaurants We Love Know a Relationship Lasts a Lifetime

There’s a mysterious but immutable formula for a great restaurant. For one thing, the moment you walk in the door,…

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Los Angeles

Angelini Osteria Is the Italian Restaurant That Gets Everything Right

I write about Italian food … a lot. It’s my specialty, it’s my obsession, it’s my love language. But whenever…

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Los Angeles

Terroni Is Always the Right Call — Especially For Its Regulars

I couldn’t tell you the first time I went to Terroni. Was it in 2013, ’14, ’15? Did I wander…

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