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Nothing draws me into a restaurant like the promise of an original menu of Farmer’s Market fresh vegetables and organic meats prepared with originality and talent. Unfortunately, that’s sort of the flavor of the month among so many LA restaurants these days, which means that a number of these places are pretty mediocre. But this was a party that Josie Le Balch started when she opened Josie seven years ago, and she’s still among the best in the business.

Sitting inconspicuously on the corner of 25th and Pico, the restaurant itself is classy but unassuming, with it’s brown and white décor. The place to be is in the back room, where you can enjoy the fireplace, which is in the old Hollywood style, where the smooth cement structure juts out in a blocky, almost triangular shape. There is a classic wooden bar in the opposite corner, which almost looks like it was brought in from the turn of the (19th) century – not so much as to be jarring, just interesting.