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The Tasting Kitchen, Venice, CA

Chef Casey Lane's $50, three-course menu isn't a set one; instead, he tailors meals to diners' tastes, based on feedback from the Tasting Kitchen servers. "The order ticket might say 'Go nuts,' or it might say 'Stay safe.' We'll moderate the menu to keep customers happy," says Lane. For risk-takers, he will send out a mix of starters like fried artichokes with bottarga (dried tuna roe) and bone marrow, followed by pasta with squab heart ragù. Less adventurous eaters might get a pasta course of tagliarini with squid and serrano chiles.

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