Scout is Sunset Junction’s newest tenant, a hole-in-the-wall, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot squeezed in between Kettle Black and Sawyer. For such a small—no, tiny—place, Scout covers a lot of ground: It’s a general store, a purveyor of cookbooks and fine ceramics, and a minuscule café all at once. Run in on your way home from work for fresh pasta and a jar of marinara sauce made right next door, plus one or two bottles of wine, a fried-chicken sandwich for the road, and maybe some coffee beans for a hostess gift. Los Angeles is shockingly short on convenience stores like this—much less one that’s executed well and decorated beautifully. The all-glass, cacti-framed exterior may draw you in, but it’s the floor-to-ceiling shelves and wafting scent of coffee inside that’ll keep you there.

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