A designer's dream of muted colors bathed in a golden glow (with a courtyard patio that's breathtaking when the jacaranda are in bloom), the interior is a stark contrast to the bustling train station surrounding it. And Chef Tara Thomas' crab cakes are among the city's best: Odd-shaped balls coated with Japanese bread crumbs and deep-fried to a golden brown. Bite into them and at first there is only air, a magical illusion that gives way to seductive, creamy crab meat. The house-cured pork chop is another winner, all salty sweetness and tender meat, coated with caramelized prosciutto and rosemary. For something lighter, try the fennel-scented prawns with asparagus risotto and English peas. A visit here is worthwhile even if you're not heading out on Amtrak.

Address: 800 N. Alameda St.
Cross Street: Ceaser Chavez Blvd.
Phone: (213) 625-1999
Phone: (213) 625-1999
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9pm; Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm; Sat 5:30pm-9pm
Cost: $$
Parking: Valet