The always-changing menu at Zach Pollack’s Northern Italian spot, Alimento, is one of the best in town. Sure, the tables at this Silver Lake spot are small...and close. In fact, they’re so close you may feel a little weird not offering the couple next to you a forkful of your “Pigs in a Blanket,” which here means mortadella, stracchino cheese, tomato jam, and pickled mustard seeds oozing between two sheets of spelt flour pastry. But you’re not here for the ambiance, and shouldn’t let its lack of deter you from why you’re really here—to eat. The dish to get is the tortellini in brodo, but all of the small plates are phenomenal and shareable, so order as many as your table can handle: the fusilli with clams, arugula, serrano chilis, and smoked butter; the whole grilled orata; the pork meatballs. Just remember, this is L.A., and prime dinner time is between 7 and 8 p.m. On our last visit, we were still digging into our cracked farro salad when the valet appeared table side, dangling our rental car key at the stroke of 11 p.m. (we had a 9 p.m. reservation). It’s okay, though. We know we’ll be back. —Lauren DeCarlo
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Even if Timothy Hollingsworth’s nearly two-year-old restaurant wasn’t literally steps from The Broad, you’d have to block out time for a meal here. Hollingsworth spent 13 years at French Laundry, and it shows in dishes like the hamachi with hearts of palm, cucumber, kumquat, and black sesame; dry aged beef tartare with bulgur, yogurt, and mint served on lavash bread; and a sake and lime buckwheat bucatini. Sure, it can get kind of loud, but the service is perfect and it’ll likely be the best meal you have all week. Chef Hollingsworth also just kicked off chef collaboration dinners—a recent one was with Daniel Burns, the chef/partner at Tørst and Luksus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (and before that, he was the pastry chef at Noma in Copenhagen; this guy’s the real deal). Check Otium’s website before you book to see if there’s a collaboration while you’re in town. You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss out. —L.D.
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Downtown Los Angeles has seen its share of unique, high-end Japanese restaurants open over the past few years (Sushi Zo, KazuNori), but none as flawless as Shibumi, located in a quiet section of Hill Street and findable only by its large lotus-shaped window. Everything begins and ends with chef David Schlosser, who got his start cooking for the U.S. ambassador to Japan before moving on to Kikunoi Honten and Arashiyama, Kyoto kaiseki restaurants that have three Michelin stars apiece. Schlosser—who can almost always be seen slicing fish behind the long cypress wood bar that defines the restaurant—has filled the menu with surprises, like the custard-like silky egg tofu (a delivery system for pungent nuggets of uni) or the the strip of local Holstein beef served with grilled fresh wasabi and narazuke pickles. The biggest surprise, though, is how articulate the simple things are: The iron pot of new crop rice is pure and masterful, and the shochu with a sprig of aromatic pine is the culinary equivalent of taking a brisk winter walk in Hokkaido. —Maxwell Williams
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Salt's Cure is the L.A. brunch spot to end L.A. brunch spots—if someone's been there after 2 p.m., we've never met them. Though now that’s it’s moved from West Hollywood into a bigger spot on bustling Highland Avenue, it’s high time to get there for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Or drinks—it’s open all day and they serve a tasty cocktails like the Tulum Cooler—white rum, coconut, lime, avo (!), and chili. All of the meat is butchered in house and chefs Chris Phelps and Zak Walters are as committed as ever to nose-to-tail dining. Order the boudin blanc, chicken liver mousse, or the exceptional Marin Sun Farm pork chop. The latter is what the regulars are having. —Emily Poenisch
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When chef Jordan Kahn’s experimental Vietnamese restaurant Red Medicine closed two years ago, everyone wondered what Kahn would do next. Then he hit us with Destroyer—a 16-seat, breakfast-and-lunch only spot in the design district of Culver City. The food, which is mostly Scandi-style with some Asian ingredients sprinkled throughout, goes way beyond egg sandwiches: Look for beef tartare with smoked egg cream, pickled mushrooms, or the poached egg hidden under a mesh of greens and paper-thin potato crisps. The Instragrammable chicken confit, served with grilled lettuce and hazelnut, is one of the heartier dishes on the menu, yet still so unbelievably delicate. This is precisely why we love Kahn, who before opening his own spots spent time at French Laundry, Per Se, Alinea and Michael Mina. He’ll serve food that doesn’t usually see the light of day and you’ll devour it with plastic forks and knives and it’ll be the best meal you’ve had in months. It’s fine dining…for breakfast. We swear you won't know what hit you. —L.D.
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You can credit the existence of Petit Trois, Ludo Lefebvre’s French restaurant in Hollywood, to Mad Men’s Don Draper as much as to Saint-Germain-des-Prés’s Brasserie Lipp. Cocktails and the hearty dishes Lefebvre grew up with are the foundation of this too-hip-to-be-square Franco-Angeleno restaurant. The location, a nondescript strip mall, is pure L.A. and the interior a textbook version of the Parisian neighborhood bistro—checkered floors, marble counters, hanging copper pots over the open kitchen. Sip on a bracing and aromatic Mauresque cocktail with pastis and pear brandy while you choose from one of five rustic (but perfectly executed) dishes. Think chicken in duck fat, fried, and sauced with butter in which brioche dough has been caramelized; salty, hand-cut fries crisped in beef fat; and after 10 p.m., a late-night croque monsieur. It’s food with a backbone, a glorious formula reinterpreted just enough to delight even the most jaded Francophile. —Hugh Garvey
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With five restaurants under his belt in five years, Josef Centeno is the downtown revival’s poster boy chef. His latest vegetable-centric spot, P.Y.T., is possibly his most Angeleno restaurant yet. It takes all of the border crossing of his other restaurants (Tex Mex, Japanese, Iberian) and puts Southern California’s rightly envied produce center stage. The dishes are almost obsessively produce first: figs and marigolds on a brioche toast with ricotta, salt-baked turnip spiked with shiso chimichurri, gin mingles with beet juice in cocktails. The sunny prewar diner space located on a bustling corner in the Old Bank district makes this an ideal brunch spot. —H.G.
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8/23 Night + Market
The Night+Market WeHo outpost on Sunset is the must-go-to northern Thai street food restaurant by chef Kris Yenbamroong. If you’re thinking “I didn’t come all the way to L.A. for street food,” well, you’re just being silly. There are too many dishes to recommend here—all the larb, the “party wings,” the grilled pig collar—but know that the food is spicy, even the innocent-sounding papaya salad. Pro tip: If you’re a party of five or more, and you should be—invite friends! It’s fun!—go with the 100-ounce beer tower. You’ll throw it back like water. While we’re on the topic of booze: This outpost has a full bar; Night+Market Song in Silver Lake only serves beer and wine, but the menus are pretty much the same. —L.D.
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If you could distill all that is magical about Venice living (laid-back beach vibe, sun-kissed beautiful people, access to fresh, gorgeous produce) into a restaurant, you’d get Gjusta, the bakery-café-deli from the team behind Gjelina. Stop in for high-level picnic fixings if you’re planning a day at the beach: You’ll want at least one loaf of the onsite-baked bread (they’re all good, but the miche is truly special), a few sandwiches (the veggie and the pastrami reuben are strong) and several homemade lemonades with ginger, turmeric, and honey. But to really feel like a local, you need to go for breakfast, a meal that L.A. does better than almost any city, except maybe Sydney. Get there before 9 a.m. to miss hipster rush hour and go big: Start with a café con leche and a kale smoothie—with avocado, date, banana, and nut milk, it’s pretty much a meal and many stop here, but you don’t have an afternoon screen test, so don’t sweat it. If you’re with a friend, get a mix of savory and sweet items and go halvsies: The baklava croissant and egg sandwich are excellent, and you’ll definitely want the smoked fish served with labneh, cuke, radish, herbs and a soft boiled egg on toast. The service is pretty much nonexistent and the ordering process kind of counterintuitive for anyone accustomed to the efficiency of a New York deli, but that’s not really why you’re here. You’re here to sit on the lovely, sun-dappled back patio, enjoying one of the best takes on new L.A. food and to imagine, at least for an hour, that you’re living the SoCal dream. —Rebecca Misner
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10/23Here's Looking At You
Try to top Here's Looking At You as an L.A. foodie culinary moment: Two alums of Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s Animal opened up a Japanese-French (and sort of Mexican) cocktail-fueled, mid-century–designed, Smiths-playing restaurant in rapidly gentrifying Koreatown. And what an L.A. mashup it is: Chef Jonathan Whitener’s multicultural cooking sounds crazy but makes perfect sense in the eating. Hamachi collar with Nashville hot spice and Fuji apple is salty, rich, and spicy, with a snappy reset from the crisp, tangy fruit. The drinks are smart and just as true to the zeitgeist. The seasonal cocktail menu is built around ideas of L.A. moments: A martini variation called the Weston takes its color from the neon sign at The Troubadour nightclub, while a persimmon-infused tequila drink called the Folk Hero was inspired by a local community garden activist, naturally. —H.G.
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We could go on and on about Cassia's Santa Monica-style relaxed vibe, the attentive waitstaff that guides you through the menu without making you feel like you’re in an episode of Portlandia, the cocktails (the pomegranate Rome With A View gave us a smooth pre-dinner vermouth buzz), the extensive wine list... But the food is the real story at Bryant and Kim Ng’s Singaporean-Vietnamese-French bistro they opened in collaboration with restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan of Rustic Canyon and Milo+Olive fame. Must-orders include the super flavorful beef rendang—a beef cheek curry with peanut, sambal, and lime, and the black cod stew with lychee relish in an anchovy broth (we ordered a mid-meal second serving). And, importantly, every meal here should end with the kaffir lime custard, the warm tamarind cake, and a Vietnamese coffee. We could easily become regulars. —M.W.
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Chef Kwang Uh and his business partner Matthew Kim take a laser-focused approach to their charismatic little East Hollywood restaurant located next to a 7-Eleven and a Mexican take-out joint in a nondescript strip mall without even a sign to signify its existence. We may have made this term up, but we’ve been calling what they do fermentalism, as nearly everything—from the bibim salad to the oxtail ragu to the cherry tepache—contains fermented ingredients. The tiny menu (about ten items long) is an experiment in bright, tart, effervescent flavors, and the bounce in your step after eating Baroo's nourishing probiotic pickles is legit. There’s even a dish of noorook, best described as a starter mold for rice alcohol, but here it’s confidently used as the umami in a risotto-like dish that includes Job’s tears, Kamut, and farro. The modest nature of the eatery has its roots in Korean Buddhism—the four bowls monks use to eat every meal are called baroo—and the food and the clean, minimal space might have a monastic vibe, if, after being named one of Bon Appetit’s "Best New Restaurants of 2016"and earning L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold’s adoration, it weren’t so damn packed. —M.W.
Once you've scored a reservation, here's how we recommend doing Bestia: Get there a little early so you can have a pre-dinner cocktail. We like the Chef’s Old Fashioned made from lardo-infused bourbon (it's just salty enough) and hickory-smoked simple syrup. The bar can be kind of loud and crowded, so take it out front to the courtyard and enjoy it al fresco. Once you're seated, let your server take control. Everything is sharable so let him go to town. He may suggest the excellent farro salad, a perfect yin-yang of hearty and healthy with dried apricot, mint, and a dollop of crème fraîche to go with the grains. Or maybe the pizza Alla’nduja with bits of crisped, spicy sausage and fennel, and the stinging nettle ricotta stuffed ravioli in a brown butter sauce with a hint of bitter bay leaves. It may sound like too much, but it’s not—remember, you’re sharing. Which is why you should also do an order of the muscles and clams. Plus the bone marrow. Get it. And when your trusty server pours brandy in that empty bone, which you then use as a shooter to wash it all down, just go with it. Everyone else in the place is doing it (and loving it). —Laura Garvey
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Jon & Vinny's
You know that feeling you get when you’re on vacation and all you want is some home cooking? That is to say, home cooking that you can’t—or won’t ever—cook at home? That’s Jon & Vinny’s. Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo—of Animal and Petit Trois, respectively—absolutely crush this casual, no-frills, but great Italian-American joint in Fairfax. The décor is floor-to-ceiling teak save for the shelves of green pizza boxes (by artist Ben Jones) and the seating is snug—expect to rub a few elbows. One of them might even be Kanye’s. Pre-noon, order the breakfast pizza with egg, rosemary, and parmesan. And scrap your L.A.–inspired, no-sugar-no-gluten diet for the bombolone with market jam. One of these deep fried sugary pastries for the table is enough; you only need a taste. Beyond breakfast, the meatballs win (yes, they’re famous, and yes, they’re worth it). So is the L.A. Woman pizza—it’s caprese on pizza. Before you leave, hit up Helen’s, the wine store at the back of the restaurant just in case you want to continue living la vita dolce back in your hotel room. —L.G.
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Jessica Koslow’s simple and seasonal, breakfast-and-lunch spot in Silver Lake opens at 6:30 a.m. during the week (8 a.m. on weekends), so try to get there as early as possible before the line starts to snake onto North Virgil. Even if you went on your last two trips to L.A., it’s still worth a visit for that ricotta toast with homemade raspberry jam. Or the Sorrel Pesto Rice Bowl with Meyer lemon, feta, and poached egg, because this is L.A. and everything worth eating for lunch comes in a bowl. Sqirl feels just healthy enough that you won’t feel terrible ordering a brioche before you go, to nibble as you battle the freeways. Oh, and pick up Koslow’s cookbook too, Everything I Want to Eat, so you can get your rice bowl on back home. —L.D.
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Sun Nong Dan
Sun Nong Dan is tucked inside a cramped Koreatown mini-mall—and open 24 hours—but don’t hold that against it. Strip malls hide treasures out here and at this late-night spot, the soups and stews are your reward for finding the joint. Two dishes we always get: a steaming pot of sullungtang, a salty beef and noodle soup, and the Galbi Jjim, a hearty short rib stew thick with rice cakes and potatoes. This place is so good it’s where David Chang eats (and Instagrams from) when he’s in town. Wait times can reach 90 minutes so go hungry, but not starving, and ask for an order of dumplings as soon as you sit down, then wait for the stew bonanza to commence. -E.P.
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If you like poke, you should probably never go to Q—the fish here is so exquisitely sourced and prepared it will make it nearly impossible to settle for run-of-the-mill raw fish ever again. And the room is elegantly lit and designed in a way that might make it hard for you to return to the comparatively brightly lit spaces of other sushi spots. Tokyo-born chef Hiroyuki Naruke prepares classic edo-style sushi with a delicate and precise minimalism he refined working a six-seat restaurant in Tokyo. With an only slightly bigger stage, he cures his own salmon roe and makes his own vinegar for the rice; he flies rare crab in from Japanese waters; he calibrates the ratios of ingredients with a balletic flair that’s nearing a Jiro Dreams of Sushi experience. Omakase (a.k.a. chef’s choice) is the way to go as you’ll be served seafood (scallops and hairy crab from Hokkaido) you wouldn’t even know to ask for. —H.G.
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You may feel the need to check your GPS when you step across the rock garden threshold into Esdras Ochoa and Billy Silverman’s Mexican grill in Frogtown. Chef Ochoa grew up in the border town of Calexico, and he's built a transformative portal into the Sonoran Desert. (When you’re sitting out on the patio with the smell of mesquite wood smoke in the air and the cool night breeze coming off the nearby L.A. River, you can all but hear coyotes howling in the distance.) Savvy Angelenos know Ochoa’s prowess well from his Mexicali Tacos & Co. and Califas Taco, and Salazar is just as good. While tacos are still the thing to get, particularly the mouthwatering al pastor with cilantro, red onion, and pineapple, the hangar steak is fantastic, as are the seafood tostadas and the esquites—a salad version of elotes, the cheesy, lime-y, grilled Mexican corn on the cob. They don’t have a working phone—seriously—so you can forget about scoring a reservation. Show up early or, better yet, just go and hang out at the beautiful cement bar with a couple of mezcal Palomas while you wait for a table. —M.W.
This Cali-Itali addition to West Hollywood’s already food-heavy Melrose Ave is not the place to order the branzino (though we’re sure it’s excellent—everything here is). When you’re at chi Spacca, you’re here for the meat. Chef Ryan DeNicola is the expert cleaver behind the counter at the latest addition to Nancy Silverton’s killer roster, which includes La Brea Bakery and Osteria Mozza (the latter also with longtime restaurant partners Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich). For starters, we dive in meat-first with the affettati misti—a daily selection of cured meats that includes a jarred side of pork butter. The assortment changes every so often, but if you’re there when they’re serving the goat salumi you’re in luck. Get a side of olives and chèvre to round it out. Don’t forget the focaccia di recco, the bread Silverstone’s known for. For those who'd rather ease into a meal, the kale and rucola salad with apples and walnuts and the little gem lettuce with a bacon vinaigrette are beautifully done and likely the only greens you'll see all night. If it’s your first time (and you can afford the gut-punching bill) order the bistecca fiorentina. It’s a 50 oz, $220 dry-age angus porterhouse that arrives garnish free, dripping with olive oil, and oozing its natural jus. Keep in mind, it’s intended to serve a party of four…and even then you may have a doggie bag or two. The spice-rubbed “Moorish” lamb shoulder chop with a mint yogurt sauce is also great; so is the Tomahawk pork chop (a wild round of ribs). Finally, though we can’t imagine you’ll have room for dessert, the heavily liquored tiramisu makes for a pretty sweet sendoff. —L.G.
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No, ramen isn’t over. In L.A., it’s not a trend—it's a food group. But even in a city with a surplus of ramen options—dozens across town from Hokkaido-style to tonkatsu to, yes, vegan and gluten free—Tsujita L.A., a branch of Tokyo’s famed Nidaime Tsujita, stands out. Few ramen restaurants in town are as exacting in how they ask their diners to eat. Putting away a bowl of tsukemen, specifically, is the equivalent of tucking into a three-course tasting menu: You first dip the noodles into a bowl of concentrated, 60-hour simmered broth of fish, chicken, and pork; then add chile and sudachi lime for a hot and citric mid-course; then drink the broth after the staff has kindly replenished it. That’s a lot of culinary transcendence for just $15. —H.G.
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The Tower Bar
Even if you're not spending the night at the Sunset Tower Hotel (though you totally should), you need to do breakfast at The Tower Bar of this 15-story Art Deco landmark hotel. It's served on the rooftop terrace, poolside, so you’ll be facing east as the sun rises and looking out over the skyline all the way to Beverly Hills. The staff is fantastic here and the food hits all the right notes: There's no-frills avo toast on crunchy sourdough; a somehow extraordinary, yet totally ordinary huevos rancheros; and a house-made granola worth ordering even though you're on vacation and you probably eat granola three days out of five back home. Get it with the natural yogurt, fresh berries, and a light drizzle of honey, paired with some divine French press coffee. —L.G.
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If your ETA is late morning, do as our ed-in-chief does when she touches down at LAX. Take Lincoln toward Venice straight to Travis Lett’s Cal-Italian restaurant, Gjelina (especially if you’re staying on the east side). Order a glass of rosé and a wood-fire pizza (we like the cherry stone clam or the pomodoro), or one of Lett’s West Coast–inflected dishes like braised pork meatballs and grilled bread or the seared local squid with Calabrian chiles. By the time you’ve finished, traffic on the 10 will be lighter, though chances are if you’re sitting on the patio and the sun is out, you won’t want to leave as non-office types stream in and out of this Abbot Kinney stronghold. Even if you’re inside at the rather cramped bar, or have to wait an hour for a table (you can at least grab a coffee at Intelligentsia down the street), trust us when we say this is exactly the kind of healthy-ish, Alice Waters–channeling food that we want to eat right now, with a glass or two of memorable Nebbiolo, of course. —Candice Rainey
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In this city that ironically loves its steakhouses as much as its juiceries, Australian chef Curtis Stone and brother Luke have updated the genre that still too often considers clams casino an innovation. Instead of dark wood and white tablecloths, there’s a soaring elegant Art Deco space; instead of the usual strip-versus-porterhouse debate, there are nuanced stages of various aged breeds, plus “seasonal” meats like grouse and rabbit, and rare Australian beef imported exclusively for the restaurant. No other steakhouse in town can boast of the roaring Argentine asador that adds a wood-kissed nuance that no mere broiler can achieve. The main dining room at Gwen is prix fixe only, so for maximum flexibility try your luck snagging a seat at the bar or reserve on the patio where everything is available à la carte. —H.G.
2017 is well underway, and as to be expected a number of new restaurants are slated to open up all across Los Angeles this year. Chefs all across town from Santa Monica to Beverly Hills to Downtown to other up-and-coming neighborhoods are excited to share their culinary visions to L.A. foodies.
Kismet, a word with Persian and Turkish origins that means fate, opened in Los Feliz in January of 2017 and is an all-day restaurant serving a Mid-East-inspired meets contemporary California menu. Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson, the duo from falafel hot spot Madcapra, source as much as possible from small, responsible growers, Kismet’s food is meant to be eaten family style serving snacks, salads, main dishes, including the Rabbit for Two, sides, drinks and the desserts.
From chefs D. Brandon Walker and Jill Davie, The Mar Vista opened on January 5, 2017 and features an open kitchen serving a California-centric farm-to-table menu. On Fridays and Saturdays from 10 pm to 12 am, the restaurant also features live music and a late supper menu.
Sumo Dog opened January 19, 2017 in the heart of LA’s historic Koreatown in the iconic Romero’s space after much success of their widely renowned pop-up. The Sumo Dog team, which is comprised of chef/founder Jeffrey Lunak and partner Mark Stone, formerly of “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto’s team, along with designer Thomas Schoos, aims to redefine the American classic hot dog, using Asian-inspired flavors and ingredients to create unique and colorful combinations.
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Liaison Restaurant + Lounge 1638 N Las Palmas Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028 (310) 984-6666 www.liaisonla.com
Located in the heart of West Hollywood, Liaison Restaurant + Lounge opened January 20, 2017 and offers a large 10,000 square foot indoor/outdoor contemporary space to dine, enjoy cocktails, or immerse in a complete nightlife experience. Amid a spacious open-air garden as well as an intimate indoor lounge, Liaison has a shared plate menu concept of seasonal California fare and cocktails. Designed by Davis Ink Ltd, Liaison will feature organic elements in its design and two full-service bars serving a curated cocktail menu and wine list, with four-sided onyx displays.
Bone Kettle, a Southeast Asian kitchen serving bone broth and culturally-inspired creative small plates, opens its doors at the end of February in Pasadena. Erwin Tjahyadi, executive chef and co-owner of Komodo, draws from his inspiration recent travels across Southeast Asia to bring diners this polished yet casual concept restaurant. Through 36 hours of boiling, Bone Kettle’s bone broth is made using traditional cooking techniques and fresh, ethnic ingredients reflective of Asian culture.
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SpireWorks 4945 B Eagle Rock Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90041 (323) 895-7888 www.SpireWorks.com
SpireWorks opens its doors on January 24, 2017 in Eagle Rock where they will be offering each guest a Free SpireWorks® Destination, SpireCake and Beverage from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm. The restaurant serves what they call “Döner American Style” food, creating a cultural melting pot of flavors where guests can either choose their ‘Destination’ or design their own dish from their vertically spit roasted meat and pairing it with fun, foodie flavors and ingredients from across the globe.
The Venue, opening in Koreatown on January 26, 2017, will be LA’s first subterranean VIP karaoke experience and dining destination helmed by Executive Chef Kayson Chong with cocktails by Devon Espinosa. Accessible by a private stairwell, The Venue offers a spacious dining room and bar plus 13 private karaoke rooms, where guests can indulge in a VIP experience with shared plates and bar cart service. Make sure to order their nitrogen-infused ice cream in a punch bowl form in one of their uniquely designed karaoke rooms.
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Farida 6266 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
Named after George Abou-Daoud’s grandmother and loosely translating from Arabic to “incomparable”, Farida will draw heavy inspiration from George’s upbringing utilizing centuries-old preparation techniques of Middle Eastern cooking. Farida’s opening on January 26, 2017, marks the seventh restaurant behind Bowery, Delancey, Bowery Bungalow, The Mission Cantina, Twin Sliders and Tamarind Ave. Deli, for the restaurateur and introduce diners to flavorful and unique dishes rooted in Middle Eastern traditions. Farida will feature beautiful visual elements like their collection of posters from the Golden Age of Egyptian Cinema and Middle Eastern and North African geometric shapes and colors adorning the walls.
Birds & Bees is a new 50s inspired hidden cocktail den located in the basement of a Downtown high-rise office building on Broadway, opening in DTLA on January 28, 2017. Owners Dev Desai and Ankur Desai have brought on Marcos Tello and Nikki Sunseri of Template Consulting, along with Bar Manager Bethany Ham (The Corner Door, Template Consulting) to skillfully create and introduce an original menu of specialty cocktails that playfully salute all that was iconic during “the fabulous 50s.”
Opened in Echo Park in the beginning of February, Tsubaki is a classic izakaya restaurant by Charles Namba and Courtney Kaplan. The restaurant will stay true to its roots in classic Japanese technique and traditional ingredients while taking full advantage of Southern California’s unparalleled local farmers’ markets and specialty products from Japan. Plates are meant to be shared, and are designed to be accompanied by sake, beer, wine, or Kagoshima’s famous sweet potato shochu.
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Bar Angeles 4330 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029
Friends & Family Hospitality Group, the team behind Horse Thief BBQ at the Grand Central Market and Café Birdie and Good Housekeeping in Highland Park, will be opening Bar Angeles, on Sunset Blvd. in Silverlake in mid-February. Executive chef/partner Joey Booterbaugh will be serving elevated gastropub fare including hand crafted pizzas, farmer’s market salads, a selection of “snacks and shares” and sandwiches to guests. The space will host long banquettes and communal tables, and feature the existing exterior Elliott Smith mural that will be relocated inside the restaurant.
Delicatessen by Osawa 851 Cordova St. Pasadena, CA 91101
Following the success of Osawa, which focuses on otsumami (Japanese snacks) in Pasadena, Sayuri and Shigefumi Tachibe will be opening Delicatessen by Osawa, a gourmet Japanese marketplace and deli, late February/early March at the South Lake Avenue shopping center.
Tower 12, a new beach-town casual kitchen and bar located on a second story deck with beautiful ocean views and a wraparound, wooden outdoor balcony, will be coming to the Hermosa Pier in February 2017. The restaurant honors the local South Bay community from its décor, furnishings and artwork that reflect its laid-back surf, music, and beach culture and history, to its California-inspired menu from consulting chef Brendan Collins and executive chef Alex Granados. In addition to the food program, Tower 12 houses two full-service bars specializing in handcrafted cocktails, wine and 30 local brews on tap.
After much success with Alimento in Silverlake, chef/owner Zach Pollack is bringing Cosa Buona, a casual Italian-American restaurant to Echo Park. Although the opening date is TBD, expect pizza, antipastos, chicken parmesan sandwiches and other special menu items on the corner of Sunset and Alvarado.
Ricardo Zarate, formerly of Picca and Mo-Chica, will be opening Rosaliné in West Hollywood late February/early March. The Peruvian restaurant, communal bar and kitchen, will be taking over the defunct Comme Ca space on Melrose.
After much success with locations in West Hollywood, Glendale, and most recently Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles native Ari Kahan opens his fourth Mainland Poke restaurant in Santa Monica late February/early March. Leading the poke trend in L.A., the new locations have integrated a window into the walk-in, to showcase that they are breaking down fish fresh, daily. Not only will guests at the Santa Monica location experience the freshest, sustainable, sushi-grade fish, they’ll also have the option to enjoy their poke bowls with beer & wine.
Rossoblu by chef Steve Samson of Sotto is scheduled to open early March in DTLA’s Fashion District at City Market South. This will be the first chef-driven restaurant to break ground in the Fashion District. Inspired by Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region where his mother is from, and where he spent his summers growing up, this project is extremely personal. Rossoblu will be hyper-focused on the food of Samson’s family and heritage.
FELIX by chef Evan Funke, formally of Bucato, will delve deep into all regions of Italy and is is slated to open in March on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Funke will be exploring pastas from throughout the country, using the time-honored techniques of pasta fatta a mano. The restaurant will seat 100 people and feature an open kitchen, a wood-fired pizza oven and Tuscan grill.
Gratitude, Café Gratitude’s upscale sister restaurant has opened to much aplomb in Newport Beach and will expand with a second location set to open in Beverly Hills in early 2017. Gratitude Beverly Hills will offer guests an elevated dining experience while sharing the same philosophies and much of the same ingredient-focused menus of Café Gratitude in Venice, Larchmont, Arts District and San Diego. Chef Dreux Ellis will be serving locally sourced ingredients and thoughtfully prepared dishes, inspired by the abundance of seasonal produce available at the farmers’ market along with a full beverage program designed by Jason Eisner.
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Pizzana 11712 San Vicente Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049
Candace and Charles Nelson, the couple behind Sprinkles Cupcakes, will open Pizzana in Brentwood in early 2017 with partner Chris O’Donnell. Inspired by their shared passion for pizza and fascination with the science behind baking, Pizzana features handcrafted Neo-Neapolitan pies from Naples-born master pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi. The 45-seat restaurant will be decorated with ceramic tile murals crafted by local artist Mark Hagen recalling influential Italian architect Gio Ponti.
Opening March 2017, The Boba Truck founder Liwei Liao is opening The Joint, fusing a cafe and seafood marketplace in Sherman Oaks off Woodman Ave. Inspired by Liao’s passion for and comprehensive knowledge of craft beverages and seafood, the 4,000 square foot space dual-concept eatery will have specialty coffee, exotic teas, housemade pastries for breakfast and seafood fare for lunch/dinner/brunch. An adjacent market will feature sustainable seafood from local and international sources, carefully selected by Liao based on his expertise and his relationships with local fishmongers.
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Breva, Bar Figueroa, Bar Alta and Veranda at Hotel Figueroa 939 S Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015 (213) 627-8971 www.hotelfigueroa.com
The historic Hotel Figueroa in DTLA is currently undergoing a massive renovation from its Moroccan theme to one that is contemporary, traditional, and a little bit Spanish. The hotel is slated to open, along with its food and beverage concepts in April 2017. For all culinary and beverage concepts for the hotel, APICII has partnered with Chef Casey Lane of Tasting Kitchen and craft bartending pioneer Dushan Zaric of Employees Only and Macao Trading Co. Breva, Spanish for “fig”, will be located just inside the lobby behind a transparent wooden glass wall, serving a tapas-style menu drawing from Northern Spain and Southern France. Bar Figueroa will anchor the double-high, soaring lobby serving as the center of the hotel serving guests throughout the day, from freshly baked pastries and espresso drinks in the morning to pinxtos, craft cocktails and an extensive wine list in the evening. Bar Alta, the crown jewel of Hotel Figueroa’s bar program, will feature a 28 seat reservations-and-hotel guests only bartender’s table where imbibers aren’t met with a menu, instead given a unique interaction between nationally recognized mixologists and beverage innovators. Adjacent to the pool will be Veranda, an al fresco, casual dining venue offering coastal Italian-inspired farm-to-table fare with an emphasis on grilled meats and fishes, wood-fired stone oven pizzas, wood baked pastas and vegetables.
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Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, the Washington DC-area fried chicken and donut chain, is planning to open this Spring in DTLA. The small 400 square foot space will have limited indoor and outdoor seating and will serve their signature menu featuring an evolving array of seasonal doughnuts, creative takes on fried chicken, unique side dishes and specialty doughnut sandwiches.
In Spring 2017, Sweet Chick, the New York City transplant from owner John Seymour along with partner and rapper Nas are bringing a fresh taste to beloved, Brooklyn-born chicken & waffles to Los Angeles. The restaurant promises great food, good vibes, guzzle-worthy cocktails and an occasional live music break out along with a private room.
The Los Angeles outpost of famed Copenhagen gypsy brewer Mikkeller is slated to open this Spring in an 8,000 square foot former tire shop in the heart of DTLA. The Danes are set to join the downtown scene with 62 taps of world class beer, a menu designed by Executive Chef Enrique Cuevas, formally of Spring and Alinea, along with a connecting full-service coffee shop.
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The Mighty 108 W 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
LA chefs Quinn & Karen Hatfield of Odys + Penelope and The Sycamore Kitchen, will be opening a new restaurant this Spring in DTLA called The Mighty. Located in the landmark Higgins Building at 2nd and Main, The Mighty will be an all-day urban eatery open for light breakfast, lunch and dinner serving Quinn’s rotisserie chicken, house-made pastas, grilled open faced focaccia “sandwiches” and farmers market salads and Karen’s signature rustic pastries, old fashioned layer cakes, and seasonal pies on the sweet side.
Created by the people behind the Kabuki Japanese Restaurants chain, Tengoku Ramen Bar recently opened in Arcadia and is set to open their second location in Koreatown in Spring. Serving classic Ramen bowls, appetizers, salads beer and sake, the restaurant features communal tables and booths for guests.
Unnamed April Bloomfield & Ken Friedman project 6530 W Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028
When news broke that acclaimed chef April Bloomfield and partner Ken Friedman were taking over the former Cat & Fiddle location in Hollywood, speculation was that the duo would open a British gastropub like their Michelin-starred Spotted Pig in New York. But, once renovation started, the concept evolved and for now the pair are keeping mum on their plans but is scheduled to open May 2017. One thing sounds certain, the beautiful patio will be restored to its former glory.
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Rappahannock Oyster Bar ROW DTLA 777 S. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90021
The East Coast-based 4th generation family run Rappahannock Oyster Bar, is making its move in the Spring/Summer of 2017 to the ROW DTLA. Oysters are the focus at the new restaurant, but their program honors California’s local produce, while utilizing the best wine, beer, spirits, meats, and cheese.
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Petit Trois 13705 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Star chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo will be opening the second location of Petit Trois in Sherman Oaks early Summer of 2017. The design will be similar to their location in Hollywood. But, with the extra space they are taking over Il Tiramisu space in Sherman Oaks, they we will be adding table seating and a possible patio for dining.
Pappy’s 301 W 6th St. San Pedro, CA 90731
Pappy’s, previously the iconic Papadakis Taverna, is scheduled to open Summer 2017 in downtown San Pedro and will embody the seaside soul of the Port town and feature fresh, sustainable and local seafood fare and craft beer directly from the Port. The building’s design exposes original clerestory windows, concrete/brick façade and salvaged nostalgic interior that pays homage to San Pedro, the Papadakis Taverna and the Port of LA. Furthermore, Pappy’s owner is collaborating with the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District, Gabba Gallery and The San Pedro Business Improvement district to create murals that represent the past and the future of San Pedro.
Sloan’s Ice Cream creates an ice cream utopia for the young and young-at-heart serving unique flavors that are all made with the finest ingredients. The unique concept combining innovative ice cream flavors with eye-catching store elements, including bright pink and neon green walls and signage, as well as seemingly endless amounts of candy, pastries and toys, will mark the second Sloan’s store opening, in June 2017, in the Los Angeles area.
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Jean-Georges Vongerichten Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills 9850 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 860-6666 www.hilton.com
The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills luxury hotel is set to open June 2017 and they have collaborated with Michelin-star rated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten for their signature restaurant and rooftop poolside dining. Inspired from his travels across the globe, Jean-Georges is involved in every facet of the restaurant, from menu and architectural design, to staff, training and its overall concept. Although the crafting of the menu is underway, guests will enjoy contemporary fine dining and an array of hand-crafted cocktails sourcing ingredients from local and organic California farmers and fishmongers.
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SIMONE 449. S Hewitt St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
Opening this Summer in the Arts District in DTLA, SIMONE will be opening with former Manresa chef de cuisine and James Beard Award winner Jessica Largey at the helm. The restaurant will offer seasonal and produce focused menus while guests have spectrum of experiences from the 25-seat bar, 75-seat dining room with an a la carte menu and a six-seat counter in the kitchen for a tasting menu experience directly with the chef.