another scientific study telling us that a diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables - wine too, thank goodness - will help against heart-related illness. We're pretty blessed in Southern California to have all of those things, plus a pretty mild climate that's akin to that around the Mediterranean. In case you didn't notice, a lot of our chefs cook with this in mind, creating lighter dishes that make the heart sing and your palate soar. Here are the top five restaurants for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine around LA, according to the 2013 Los Angeles Restaurants guide. Have a favorite? Slip it in the comments.