This year’s Best of the Westside edition features three separate covers, each with a different readers’ poll winner: Chef Travis Lett of Gjelina, voted Best Restaurant; Isaac Parfrey of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, voted Best Musical Instrument Shop and Best Music Venue for Small Concerts; and Principal Rebecca Johnson of Playa Vista Elementary School, voted Best Elementary or Middle School.

This year’s Best of the Westside edition features three separate covers, each with a different readers’ poll winner: Chef Travis Lett of Gjelina, voted Best Restaurant; Isaac Parfrey of McCabe’s Guitar Shop, voted Best Musical Instrument Shop and Best Music Venue for Small Concerts; and Principal Rebecca Johnson of Playa Vista Elementary School, voted Best Elementary or Middle School.

(Click here for page-turning version)

There are probably a million good reasons to live, work and play on the Westside.

In these pages you’ll find more than 600 of them.

The Argonaut’s annual Best of the Westside edition celebrates ingredients of the good life found in our own backyard — world-class shops and restaurants, ever-reliable service providers, recreational opportunities that are the envy of the world and assorted hidden gems.

Best of all, they were picked by you. Thousands of Argonaut readers cast tens of thousands of votes in this year’s readers’ poll, a 67% participation increase over last year.

In addition to the popular vote, editor’s picks highlight some off-the-beaten-path choices that aren’t easily categorized because of just how unique they are. Eat a scorpion at Typhoon, window shop at Obsolete or sing a few bars at Sifted: LA and you’ll know what we mean.

On this special occasion, we’d like to thank our readers for supporting local, independent journalism on the Westside and remind you to also support the local businesses — many of them in the pages of this very issue — that help our communities continue to thrive.

Shop Smart. Buy Local. Go Best.

— Joe Piasecki, managing editor