Balboa - Originally meant to be Rande Gerber's newest Sunset concoction, this swanky West Hollywood spot wound up in the hands of the partners behind Sushi Roku. Credit goes to leader Dodd Mitchell, currently the hottest name on the So Cal restaurant scene, for turning the place into the glossy dining destination it is today. He even changed the name from Balboa to the shorter, more stylish BOA. And in this incarnation, it thrives. Nestled in a quaint location adjacent to the lobby of Sunset's Grafton Hotel, BOA provides something in between the overpriced Standard cafe and the glitterazi Skybar. It's even got a sister restaurant in Santa Monica--truly a sign that it's arrived.