You could walk right past the staircase entry to this small but memorable restaurant if you’re not careful. On the upper level of a neighborhood strip mall, chef John Aboud mixes a range of culinary influences—French, Mediterranean, Italian, Basque—into deceptively simple, exquisite dishes. Highlights include wild mushroom soup, roasted lamb chops, and an unforgettable basil panna cotta. Downstairs at Aioli Marketplace (a gourmet deli), Aboud branches out with a lunch selection of fresh salads, pastries, and sandwiches.

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