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Los Angeles

Eatery: Encounter Restaurant

Serves: Contemporary Asian Californian

Popular menu item: Mushroom Ravioli

Encounter is that vintage-futuristic space-pod on arch legs (built in 1961) you see when exiting LAX terminals 6 and 7. Most reviewers say it is pricey — the signature Cobb salad is $18.75 — but the kitschy space-age atmosphere makes it an experience with 360-degree views. And appropriately for the city, one TripAdvisor review says, “You feel like [you’re] in a movie.”