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dineLA: Citizen Smith

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One thing you may have noticed about LAist is that we take our mac and cheese very seriously. Luckily, so do the good folks over at Citizen Smith. The trippy junk store-chic hotspot that has inhabited the Cahuenga corridor for four years is known more for its nightlife, but they definitely take their food seriously.

The dineLA menu highlights their American comfort food with a Southern twist. Sometimes restaurants surprise you. And sometimes they really make your tastebuds stand up and holler, "Holy Cow!" Citizen Smith's Mac and Cheese was an epiphany, and angels could not have dreamed up a purer version of the rock lobster salad sandwich that followed.

It took awhile to get the server's attention, as they were swamped by two huge ten-plus parties, but once we had it they doted on us, patiently answering our questions and making sure our courses came in time for us not to lose our life savings on the ridiculously expensive parking meter. Seriously, those meters suck ass, but I digress.