Batesian Mimicry is a phenomenon where an animal disguises itself as dangerous to predators so that they’ll avoid snacking on it. Thanks to a preponderance of L.A.-based reality shows that portray Los Angeles as a collection of The Bachelor rejects wandering the thirsty, flaming, earthquake-shattered landscape, L.A. may be the only city that actively uses Batesian Mimicry to try to stem the unending tide of new residents. That has produced a lot of L.A. haters. And so, for those who need some help overcoming this evolutionary defense mechanism, we’ve got eight authentic Los Angeles spots to convert anyone into a Los Angeles acolyte.
From its founding in 1931 by civic crusader Clifford Clinton to its new Andrew Meieran (of The Edison) restoration in 2015, Clifton's has always been one part food and one part spectacle. While the giant cafeteria menu has had its ups and downs since their reopening, the interior has only grown more spectacular, featuring four stories of what feels like a natural history museum dedicated to California. While you and your hater take in some cocktails and admire the giant indoor redwood tree, regale them with tales of Clinton’s generosity (the Depression-era menu was pay-what-you-can), his efforts to clean up the town (he almost got assassinated!), and his, uh, less socially acceptable habits (**cough cough mistress cough**).