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The Corner Door
Dining solo means no witnesses to devouring chicken wings at the Corner Door

This time of year, we’re heading out of our neighborhood comfort zone to shop for unexpected gifts. But woman cannot live on retail alone, and our trusty GPS doesn’t have a clue where to direct us to grab a bite. Here, our guide to a great meal/refueling when you’re shopping par vous-même.

Robertson Boulevard: Take time out from Chanel and Intermix to sit at the marble bar at Cecconi’s. Order basil-topped mini-meatballs ($10) and the mackerel-and-artichoke crostini ($9); you’ll feel like you’re in Paris but with a valet parking your car. 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; 310-432-2000

Culver City: Trawling the home goods at H.D. Buttercup? Recover with happy hour at the Corner Door gastropub: Try the fried chicken with Sriracha ($8) and an anti-mixology cocktail ($6)--that’s Miller High Life and a shot of whiskey. 12477 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City; 310-313-5810

Glendale: The Americana at Brand is one-stop shopping for everything from outdoor-kiosk doodads to little luxuries at Tiffany. But the mall’s new siren call is world-renowned dumpling house Din Tai Fung--its juicy, fragrant truffle dumplings ($23 for five) are our new culinary indulgence. 889 Americana Way, Glendale; 818-637-8982

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