Despite being set up on a stretch of Sunset dense with good restaurants (Silver Lake Ramen, Night + Market Song), Sawyer holds its own. The space—all high ceilings, blonde wood, and Moroccan tile—is so comfortable you feel like you’re hanging out in a very cool friend’s living room. Chef Peter Macias has designed a Southern-inflected menu of catfish po’boys, shrimp and grits, and especially good Carolina fried chicken. If you can’t make dinner, take a seat at the very pretty bar or in the even prettier outdoor terrace at happy hour (daily 4 to 6 p.m.) and start ordering anything that appeals—you can’t go wrong.

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