The notorious dining room within a dining room at Pacific City’s Bluegold, LSXO is chef Tin Vuong’s love letter to all things he grew up with and cherished. (See our pick for Best New Restaurant.) Daytime vibes show off the delicate details on every surface (even the ceiling is bathed in a butterfly mural) while you sip on afternoon tea service. Once the drapes are drawn, LSXO’s mysterious side appears as you notice the “glow” from outside peeking in. Subtle machine-gun wallpaper and not-so-subtle ’90s rap remind you this is no ordinary Little Sister branch.
21016 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. D200, Huntington Beach, (714) 374-0083; dinebluegold.com/lsxo.
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