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The best avocado toast in Los Angeles is at these restaurants

If you're going to pay someone to smash avocado on bread for you, you might as well go to a place that does it right.

Photograph: Eleonor Segura

We're still obsessed with avocado toast—and if the menus of many of the best resturants in Los Angeles are any indication, so is everybody else. The trendy toast is more than an Instagram-worthy treat, it's a kind of testament to what makes SoCal cooking so great: simple preparation of fresh produce, presented with finesse, adding up to a casual yet oh-so-stylish dish. Avocado toast is also versatile, showing up everywhere from elaborate offerings at the best hotel brunch services in the city, to more grab-and-go versions at some of L.A.'s best coffee shops. Make your way to these spots and you'll see why we think they're the toast of the town.  

Where to find the best avocado toast in L.A.

Dinette

Stop by this sidewalk cafe for a take that is heavy on the chunks of avocado, topped with a generous toss of dried pepper and large flakes of salt. Place an order at the walk-up window, take a seat at one of the open-air tables and watch the world of Echo Park go by. 

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Echo Park

The Butcher's Daughter

Situated right on the main drag of Abbot Kinney, the white-washed, sun filled space is the perfect place to grab a morning Vittoria coffee and smashed avocado toast, topped with a farm-fresh egg. 

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Venice
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Lodge Bread

Alexander Phaneuf and Or Amsalan bring their incredible baking skills to everything they serve at Lodge Bread, so you know the toast is going to be the star of this one. An imposingly-thick slice is topped with avocado and a beautiful array of thinly-sliced radishes. 

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Culver City

Goldie's

California cuisine and a love of local produce infuses the fare at Goldie's so it's no surprise they sling a mean avocado toast. A hearty wedge of grilled bread is topped with lemon, chive and smoked chili flakes. 

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West Third Street
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Swingers

Not every avocado toast has to be a fancy production. This diner-style version is simplified, but no less satisfying. Here, a smooth spread of avocado is slapped across bread and dusted with pepper flakes, and, best of all, you can sate your cravings at almost any hour of day or night. 

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Santa Monica

L.A. Chapter

Only available on the breakfast menu, the avocado toast here is a classic. Start your day with slim slices of toasted seven-grain bread, decked out with mashed avocado, aleppo pepper and a light scattering of radish. 

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Downtown Historic Core
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Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar

This cute coffee shop in Pasadena offers a variety of tasty toast options to compliment your latte, including peanut butter-banana and, indeed, lavender and honey. If you can look past the sweet treats to a more savory option, we suggest the avocado toast, upgraded with salt, pepper, lemon juice and a smattering of red jalapeños

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Pasadena

Sqirl

Is there any spot in L.A. more associated with fancy toast than Sqirl? Obviously, Sqirl wouldn't stop at simply avocado on bread—here a slice of bread is piled high with avocados from JJ's Farm, hot pickled carrots, green garlic creme fraiche, wood sorrel and za'atar. 

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East Hollywood
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The Hart and the Hunter

This elegantly-sliced avocado toast is a distinctly West Coast addition to the generally Southern-inspired menu at this charming resturant in the courtyard of the Palihotel in West Hollywood. Toppings can include slivered red onion and smoked black olives. 

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Melrose

Honey Hi

The name may sound cute-sy (it's also a Fleetwood Mac song), but Honey Hi is serious about making flavorful, healthy dishes for the Echo Park crowd; the most popular of which is their bright, colorful avocado toast (even the L.A.-lovers over at the New York Times think so). Creamy avocado tops a buckwheat sourdough, and is then piled high with sweet potato, pickled onions, scallions, parsely and lemon, and lightly dusted with sumac and smoked paprika. It's almost too pretty to eat.

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Echo Park
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Bill J

Yes, Avocado Toast is one of the latest and greatest foods out there. Check out Cafe Strella on Sunset Blvd for an exceptional example of this incredible treat.