2012 Best Picture Nominees: Performed by L.A. Bars and Restaurants
Eat at: Proof Bakery
The Inspiration: It may not be in a train station, but the croissants at Proof are so good you'd steal them too, if pressed. 3156 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 664-8633.
4. Midnight in Paris:
The Varnish Varnish Bar
Drink at: The Varnish
The Inspiration: If you want to experience a different era in downtown Los Angeles, the best place to do it is at the Varnish. Cross the threshold and spend the night lost in time. Or, after a few too many, maybe just lost. 118 E. Sixth St., downtown; (213) 622-9999.
LA Weekly Vicious Dogs
Eat at: Vicious Dogs
The Inspiration: What would America's favorite pastime be without a decent dog? How can you not get romantic about baseball? How can you not get romantic about hot dogs? (Yeah, yeah. Brad Pitt, too. Or Philip Seymour Hoffman, really.) 5231 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; (818) 985-3647.
2. Tree of Life:
Plan B Entertainment Tree of Life
Eat at: Carolyn's Kitchen
The Inspiration: Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light. Every meatloaf and mashed potato. 853 E. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 585-1660.