From the renowned Chef Jose Andres, Agua Viva brings to light “Asian flavors with Latin American influences all while paying homage to the Chef’s home country of Spain.” This restaurant is nothing short of breathtaking with its design, furniture, and views. The dreamy style of Agua Viva pulls inspiration from beach clubs and utilizes warm accent colors. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Conrad Los Angeles, and provides guests with a unique experience. Locals are recommending the Patatas Bravas, Grilled Octopus, Lobster Roll, Crab Croquettes, and the Profiterole. Head to Agua Viva for date night or a night out with friends to enjoy the city and some flavorful dishes inspired by Spain.
As if it couldn’t get any better, Mendocino Farms has officially opened their 50th store! California locals are no stranger to this lunch-time staple with locations all over Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Bay Area, and Sacramento (not to mention some stores in TX, as well!) For those not as familiar, Mendocino Farms is known for their creative sandwiches and salads like the “Not so Fried” Chicken sandwich, Peruvian Steak Sandwich, Avocado & Quinoa Superfood Ensalada, and Pink Lady Beets & Goat Cheese Salad. The restaurant operates in a fast-casual style and typically with a modern aesthetic highlighting their blue and white color palette and ample seating for the whole crew. Opening the 50th store is quite a milestone for the beloved sandwich & salad spot, join them in Encinitas or on the DoorDash app to celebrate & fill your appetite!
“We couldn’t think of a better representation of this area’s local ingredients; that combines elements of primarily Mexican, Mediterranean, and East Asian cuisines,” says the GCF team. The restaurant has a commitment to locally and sustainably sourced ingredients which drives their seasonal menus. Some of the dishes you can expect are Raw Oysters, Cacio e Pepe Bucatini, Tomato & Burrata, and Strawberry Cake. To drink, they have wine, beer, cider, hard seltzer, and more all from producers who have a focus on organic and natural ingredients and practices. Head to Good Clean Fun or order a bottle of wine on DoorDash for your next night with friends!
With almost 50 locations on the West Coast, California Fish Grill has certainly made its mark and is continuing to grow. Although the restaurant has a focus on seafood, they also have chicken and plant-based options for those who may want to try something a little different! The restaurant also takes great pride in responsibly sourced seafood and partners with industry leaders like the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch which concentrates on global marine conservation. A few of California Fish Grill's popular items on the menu include the Battered Fish Taco, Dynamite Shrimp Bowl, and Battered Fish and Chips. They’ve also recently released a new item that folks are already raving about - the Grilled Barramundi with Peri Peri sauce. If you’re looking for a spot to bring a friend and enjoy flavorful seafood, head to your nearest California Fish Grill for a bite!
The Peruvian Guy was originally known as a local food stand but they have since moved to a food truck and can be found charming locals with delicious food in Studio City and North Hollywood. The food truck is ran by a wife and husband duo from Peru with a passion to share their culture and love of their country through making tasty Peruvian-inspired dishes. A few of the most popular items on the menu include the lomo saltado, tallarin saltado, arroz chaufa, and the breakfast burritos. The Peruvian Guy is most commonly found in North Hollywood and Studio City, but keep up to date with them by following on Instagram @theperuvianguyla and check ahead!
This Southern California deli & sandwich spot has a few locations around town and a new one in the popular area of Venice Beach. Fat Sal’s is known for their large sandwiches and burgers. The design of this fast-casual restaurant is modern with an LA-inspired spin. Some of the most popular choices on the menu include Fat Buffalo (chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, melted cheddar, fries, buffalo hot sauce, blue cheese dressing, on a hero), Fat Sal (thinly sliced ribeye steak, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, fries, brown gravy, mayo, on a garlic hero), and the Fat Texas (BBQ pastrami brisket, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, crisp bacon, grilled onions, melted cheddar & mozzarella, fries, mayo, honey BBQ, on a garlic hero). This spot is open til 3AM, so whether you’ve had a night out or you’re looking for a savory lunch - Fat Sal’s is the perfect choice for your late night and midday cravings.
In Los Angeles, a restaurant made up of salads and wraps will automatically fit right in. It’s safe to say that WrapStar has been receiving high praise from Beverly Hills locals for their fast-casual style and healthy menu options. There is seating inside and outside for those who want to sit and enjoy their meal or bring their laptop and have a wrap while getting some work done. A few of the most popular choices on the menu include the taco wrap, bbq picante wrap, cobb salad, and chicken caesar wrap. You can turn any of your favorite salads into a wrap and take it on the go! WrapStar is the ideal lunch spot if you need somewhere quick and healthy to stop in the middle of your day.
LA locals are no stranger to delicious tacos & birria, but Papi Tacos & Churros is dedicated to making the experience unlike any other. The team at Papi says that the tacos are cooked on wood, dipped in a 16-hour cooked consome, and the churros are made from scratch. Some of the most popular choices on the menu are og burrito pollo, pollo asado tacos, birria tacos, quesadillas, birria ramen, and the churros topped with chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream. If you’re looking for a new spot in town to devour some flavorful tacos and churros, head over to Papi Tacos and Churros!
Silverlake has opened in Burbank and locals are enjoying this new, casual addition to the community. The interior of this new location has a modern design with a large mural of skateboarders, the city, and ramen! If you’re looking for a reason to try out this new spot, the food and relaxed atmosphere is what continues to draw folks in. Some of the most popular dishes on the menu include garlic truffle ramen, blaze ramen (spicy creamy pork broth, bean sprouts, spinach, green onion, seaweed, and seasoned egg. choice of pork, chicken, or tofu), steamed pork bun, and the pork and rice bowl. This is the perfect spot to grab lunch with a coworker or a friend and share the love of some flavor-packed ramen.
Beverly Hills has welcomed a new NY-Style, naturally leavened Pizza Shop “Full Proof Pizza’ to the community. Bakers and Founders of Full Proof, Or Amsalam and Alex Phaneuf, were motivated by their original bakery - Lodge Bread Co. The interior of this spot has an arcade theme with a Stranger Things pinball machine and casual seating! A few of their most popular pizzas (so far) include spicy sausage, wild mushrooms, margherita, barbecue chicken, and Prosciutto & Shaved Parm. This is a great spot for families, and those looking for a fun pizza date night!
Located right on Venice Beach is the new South American Fusion Spot - Pachamama. This fast-casual spot functions as a walk-up window with a fun photo backdrop for those looking to take a quick selfie with their delicious food! Some of the items you can expect on the menu include spinach & cheese empanadas, vegan chorizo sandwich, beef taco, ahi ceviche and smokey sweet yams. While this spot is plant-forward first, they do have a selection of dishes with meat which are “created with 100% organic, whole food, and partnered with providers using the highest standards in the humane treatment of their animals.” This colorful spot on the boardwalk also chooses to donate a portion of profits to animal welfare organizations and local causes. If you’re looking for a bite to eat along the beach, head to Pachamama for something new and with great cause.
The newest Korean spot in K-town is inspired by the famous dish “Dakbal” which is chicken feet covered in a spicy gochujang glaze. The restaurant provides a cozy and casual atmosphere to its guests. Locals are already raving about a few items on the menu like the chicken feet (of course!), kimchi pancake, spicy rice cakes, and spicy sausage stew. In addition to the ambiance and food, many of the reviews are highlighting the service as friendly and efficient. If you’re looking for a nearly 10/10 experience according to locals, head to Assa Dakbal for your next dinner night out!
Hotel Casa Del Mar has brought the newest beach-side restaurant to Santa Monica - Patio Del Mar. The style of this spot is casual yet chic with their beach-inspired furniture, neutral color palette, and umbrellas to ensure guests can dine comfortably. At Patio Del Mar, you can expect to see a few seafood dishes on the menu like lobster roll, oysters, dungeness crab avocado toast, salmon tartare, and shrimp ceviche. Pair your summer afternoon with an aperol spritz, a glass of wine from France, or a housemade red sangria. Grab your friends and enjoy the California sun, some flavorful seafood, and a fruity summer drink at the latest Patio Del Mar.
Bold, vibrant, friendly, and healthy are all ways locals are describing Venice’s new smoothie shop - Loco Coco. The spot originated in New York and has officially made its way to the West Coast! At Loco Coco, you can find popular items on the menu like the dazed and infused bowl (organic pitaya, mango, strawberry, omega - 3 hemp mylk), enter the dragon bowl (organic pitaya, banana, strawberry, pineapple, lemon, fresh basil, coconut water), and nut butter & loco bowl (organic acai, banana, nut butter, almond mylk, raw cacao.) This smoothie bowl spot has a chic spin on a fast-casual restaurant with its minimalist design with splashes of art and color. If you’re looking for a healthy snack in Venice, head to Loco Coco for a smoothie fix.
Seoulmates comes from the heart! Created by Christina Hong, Seoulmates is inspired by the food she made at home, her parents’ franchises, and for the love of her culture. Hong brings together Korean Street food with a twist to the LA community. Seoulmates offers unique dishes like the galbi tacos (marinated wagyu short rib from snake river farms, slaw, kimchi remoulade, cilantro-onion relish, toasted sesame seeds), bulghoagie (marinated thin sliced rib eye, grilled onion, melted provolone, pickled cucumber, slaw, kimchi remoulade, wonton crisps), and kimchi fried rice (rice, kimchi, pickled fresnos, taukwan, radishes, sous vide egg. With your choice of galbi or bulgogi.) With the bold blue theme, clean and minimal aesthetic, the vibe of Seoulmates is fun and casual. Stop by this local spot for a taste of Korean Street food for your next lunch break!
Located in the beautiful Beverly Hills, Velverie is the latest cafe & teahouse. This spot can be described as simultaneously dreamy, elegant, cozy, & welcoming.
Velverie offers flavorful brunch options like egg & cheese on brioche, smoked salmon omelet, penne alla vodka, jambon-buerre croquettes. To drink you can enjoy cocktails like the Ninth Husband (empress gin, lavender, lemon), a cup of tea, or a latte for the caffeine fanatics. However ‘afternoon tea’ runs from 2pm-5pm at Velverie and it makes for the perfect tea party with options like the Canapés & Conversation (lavender honey ricotta, roasted piquillo, & crab salad dips with olive oil & balsamic caviar + truffle & parmesan chips, Velverie eggs, cucumber & lemon cream cheese rounds & artisan bread and tea or drip coffee!)
When we asked owner Chloe Strumpf to describe Velverie, she told us:
“Everyone deserves to have a special moment at Velverie. Whether someone stops in for a cup
of coffee or they come to celebrate one of their most important moments with us, I hope either person feels like they experienced something unique and exciting they couldn’t have gotten elsewhere.”
Head over to Velverie Cafe & Teahouse for teatime with friends & family or a date, and share life’s moments in this new classy and decorative space.
The famous hot dog stand from 1946 has made its return to LA, and it’s even taken the same form! Like the original shop, the new shop is built in the shape of a hot dog. Locals are raving about a few items on the menu like the Chicago pup, corn dog, sassy cheeseburger, and the 1946 pup (with grilled onions and mustard.) You can also pair your meal with a canned cocktail, a milkshake, or a vanilla bean soda float. This spot in town is known for the classic feeling of nostalgia it gives long-time LA locals, the quirky hot dog-shaped stand, and the tasty american food. Come by Tail o' the Pup for a sense of the 1950s in 2022, good company, and a hot dog worth your while!
Located in the buzzy Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles is a new trendy spot - Propaganda Wine Bar. This restaurant is owned by San Francisco restaurateur and sommelier, Claudio Villani, and is already gaining popularity amongst LA locals. At Propaganda, you can expect a wide variety of organic and natural wines, and Italian-inspired, seasonal dishes. A few of the favorite items on the menu include margherita pizza, prosciutto e crescenza pizza, nduja crostini, tinned fish (served with guindilla peppers, butter, lemon, crostini.) The pizza is described as “a cloudy airy crisp crust, 72 hour maturation, lighter than classic pizza.” The interior of this restaurant is designed by co-owner and partner Yan Wong with a focus on fusing together an industrial style with the color palette of coastal Italy. If you’re looking for a place for date night or a spot to catch up with friends, head to Propaganda for a glass of wine and Italian-inspired food.
The famous 76-year-old burger stand is back! Irv’s Burgers has hit the ground running since their reopening, with customers lined up ready to have their favorite burger and reminisce on some fun memories. If you were a fan of Irv’s Burgers before, you are probably familiar with previous owner Sonia and her “Just for you!” hand-written notes and doodles when serving up your order on a plate. Thankfully the tradition continues and both Sonia and her doodles have returned! For those who have yet to experience Irv’s Burgers, you can expect some staples on the menu like the double cheeseburger, chili cheese fries, Irv’s dog, tuna melt, and their delicious milkshakes with multiple flavors (including nutella!) When we asked Owner Lawrence what makes Irv’s Burgers so special, he said:
“It's a burger stand that’s centered around community, doesn’t try to be too cool or too trendy, and makes people feel nostalgic.”
It truly is a historic piece of the LA community, with personal touches by Sonia, great service by the team, and food packed with flavor - Irv’s Burgers is a must-try in West Hollywood.
Beloved Woodland Hills sushi spot, The Brothers Sushi, has opened their new location in Santa Monica. Locals are already raving about this spot for the service, omakase experience, and decor. The interior of this restaurant has warm lighting, wooden tabletops, a minimalist and clean aesthetic. Some of the items folks love so far have been the zuke maguro (marinated lean tuna), the A5 wagyu ribeye, albacore sushi, nodoguro (“King of Whitefish” sea perch), and the spicy tuna roll. While customers are highly suggesting the omakase for the full experience, the items on the menu are also carefully curated with attention to detail and packed with flavor. If you find yourself in the Santa Monica area, head to The Brothers Sushi for a taste of fresh fish (and maybe pair it with a sake of your choice!)
This Malibu community favorite is officially open in Downtown LA’s iconic Grand Central Market. For those who aren’t familiar with Broad Street Oyster Co, some of the popular dishes you can expect on the menu include the lobster roll, clam chowder (New England style with nueske’s bacon), Maryland soft shell crab sandwich (baked lump crab, old bay, saltine, mayo), and raw oysters. With its creative and bright colored branding, Broad Street Oyster gives off a fun and welcoming atmosphere at each of their locations. For those more East LA who are looking to experience some flavorful seafood, head to Broad Street Oyster Co at Grand Central Market.
The family-owned Madeo Ristorante has officially made its return in Los Angeles, and it is inside the 1 Hotel on Sunset Strip. The interior is everything you’d expect from Madeo - classy, chic, dimly lit, filled with white table cloths and a neutral color palette. If you've been to the restaurant in the past, you’ll see your favorites still on the menu like the penne madeo, melanzane alla parmigiana (eggplant parmesan), spaghetti alla bolognese, and ravioli di vitello alle noci (filled with veal in a walnut sauce.) This spot is officially open, and given their previous fame, it’s safe to imagine their books are filling up quickly. Impress your next date with a planned reservation at the famed Madeo Ristorante.
Located in Little Tokyo, DTLA, Aizen is the latest udon restaurant in town. Locals are praising this new gem for its decor, service, and the food! The interior design of this restaurant offers a modern-casual feel with its wooden tables and chairs paired with some major ceiling art decor. A few of the dishes you can expect at Aizen include seafood shiso genovese udon (cold udon, sushi grade, squid, octopus, scallop, shrimp, Aizen style shiso pesto sauce), udon vongole (butter sauteed asari clams & mixed mushrooms), beef bowl (simmered beef with sweet soy broth), and uni cream udon (bechamel sauce, mashed uni, nori seaweed, mushroom, shiso leaf.) Grab your foodie friend, and head to Aizen to try out some of their signature udon dishes or rice bowls.
Located in DTLA, the Conrad Los Angeles Hotel has a new California-Spanish restaurant named “San Laurel.” The Michelin-starred Chef Jose Andres utilizes the freshest ingredients from local farmers’ markets in LA to prepare his dishes like striped bass crudo, stracciatella salad, wild mushrooms in laurel cream, rack of lamb, and the vermicelli “mac n’ cheese.” The highly anticipated restaurant has been checking all the boxes for locals who visit from the service, to the ambiance, to food. The style of the restaurant is modern with warm neutral tones and an open floor plan, however the outdoor balcony seating area is the star of the show with its views of Walt Disney Concert Hall. If you’re looking for a new spot to try for date night, San Laurel is sure to impress.
The highly acclaimed Chef Hilo has opened up a new restaurant in Beverly Hills - Hilo Sushi. Despite only recently opening, the restaurant is already receiving rave reviews for the personal experience, the quality, attention to detail, and taste of the sushi. Locals have been sure to note that a meal by Chef Hilo truly feels like a meal with Chef Hilo because he is intentional about making sure his guests feel as though it is a shared experience. When dining at Hilo Sushi, you can expect wild caught fish (including fish all the way from Fiji) and fresh homemade sauces. Chef Hilo describes his sushi as “modern traditional sushi, similar to how the traditional Italian pizza has progressed into its modern version today.” The price point for this omakase is around the $200 mark and will be absolutely worth your while.
DTLA is getting a taste of Taiwanese cuisine at the new restaurant - Pine & Crane! This spot is located on the first floor of the downtown Aven Apartments near 12th St and Grand Ave. The interior of Pine & Crane has an industrial yet chic style design with large garage-style doors allowing for natural lighting and an indoor/outdoor feel to the restaurant. As far as food goes, locals are raving about the quality of the dishes and the reasonable prices. Some of the most popular items on the menu include beef roll, beef noodle soup (braised beef shank, mustard greens, baby bok choy), thousand layer pancake (egg, cheese, thai basil, chili sauce), spicy shrimp wontons, and pan fried pork buns. If you’re looking to try some mouthwatering Taiwanese cuisine, Pine & Crane is a fun and trendy place to enjoy some flavorful food for lunch or dinner.
United Kitchens & Lounge is a place where you can find multiple types of cuisine and culture represented in one place. Currently they offer Mexican, American, Mediterranean, Indian, and Vegan cuisine and a grocery market area where you can buy staples for your pantry. This spot also includes an outdoor patio area where you can enjoy your meal with friends. Locals are already raving about this creative new spot in town for the taste, attention to detail and variety of food available - there truly is something for everyone. If you’re with a group of friends that can’t seem to agree on what they want for lunch, United Kitchens & Lounge is the place to go.
Located in Weller Court, Little Tokyo, SIP Boba Lounge offers a unique experience introducing boba to the party scene. The design of the lounge gives the vibe of a bar with some seating and open space for standing and dancing, dark lighting, and loud music. While alcoholic boba drinks are their area of expertise, the spot is also opening up the kitchen with shareable items like edamame, hamburger sliders, french fries, potstickers, etc. Be sure to check out the business’ hours on social media or their website and head over to SIP Boba Lounge for some boozy boba, tasty bites, and a fun time.
With 11 locations and counting Kalaveras is known for its lively energy, Mexican and Latin American cuisine, and creative cocktails. The inspiration for the restaurant lies in the history of El Dia de Los Muertos and Mexican & Latin American culture. The second you walk into Kalaveras you will hear the tunes of either latin pop, reggaeton, or Mexican hits followed by a busy atmosphere of happy customers. As far as food goes, you can expect some menu favorites like taquitos (chicken or potato with beans, molcajete salsa, lettuce, queso fresco, Mexican crema), carne asada tacos, ceviche, barbacoa entree, and the enchiladas verdes. A few of the most popular cocktails include the margarita flight, pepinos con chile margarita, horchata colada, and the paloma negra. If you’re looking for a good time with some mouthwatering food and margaritas, Kalaveras is the place to be.
Esco’s Pizza is bringing the East Coast to West Hollywood with their NY Pizza. The style of this restaurant is chic and modern with separate dining rooms that can be reserved for events or a night out with friends. The subway room which is designed exactly like a real New York City subway, a private dining room for smaller parties, and the presidential suite is a bit more of an upscale, club-like style. As far as food goes, some of the popular items on the menu include buffalo chicken pizza, garlic knots with marinara sauce, pepperoni sausage bacon pizza, white clam pizza, chicken parm sandwich, the list could go on! This place is one of the newer spots in WeHo but it’s quickly becoming a staple for local pizza lovers.
Southern brunch classics have arrived on the West coast. DTLA has a new pet-friendly brunch spot with small patio seating and a walk-up window for ordering (unless you order on DoorDash, of course!) Folks are raving about The Rising Sun for all the right reasons - food! Some of the restaurant’s most popular items so far include biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, breakfast po’boy (eggs, andouille sausage, remoulade, aged cheddar, ciabatta), shrimp and grits, and beignets. This new hot spot is sure to leave you feeling full and satisfied whether you decide to hang out on the patio or have it delivered to the comfort of your own home.
Kaminari Gyoza is now open in Little Tokyo serving up various types of gyoza. The interior of this restaurant is small, cozy, and stylish with its exposed brick walls, high top tables & chairs, and warm lighting. Some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes are deep fried pork gyozas, shrimp gyoza in soup, and you can order your gyozas pan fried, deep fried, and boiled with soup as well as in a bento box style. This restaurant is gaining popularity amongst LA locals and is a must-try in the community!
Creative vegan food and cocktails, a chic interior design and a beautiful garden patio, Avant Garden is a new hot spot in West Hollywood. This NY restaurant has found a place within the WeHo scene and locals are already giving raving reviews about the restaurant’s vibe and vegan culinary experience. A few of the spot’s dishes include black garlic puttanesca pasta, hen of the woods (button mushroom puree, kohlrabi, pickled hon shimeji), cremini toast. Some of the specialty cocktails include frolic room (dry vermouth, caraway cocchi americano, castelvetrano olive brine), vista sour (carpano antica, lemon, blood orange, cacao nib bitter, vanilla.) Whether you’re strictly vegan or an omnivore, this place is said to be a fit for anyone’s taste buds.
Melrose is welcoming a new fast-casual restaurant, Kuya Lord, to the community. Chef Lord Maynard Llera has created this concept to reflect Filipino culture through food, honoring many of the dishes he grew up eating in the Philippines. A few of the menu items include lucenachon tray (slow roasted pork belly), lechon kawali tray (twice cooked pork belly, spiced vinegar), and calamansi pie (filipino lime pie, pandan whipped cream.) Each tray item comes with chami, java rice, cucumber tomato salad, pickled papaya, and dipping sauce. If you’re looking for a spot to grab a quick lunch or a casual dinner with a friend, Kuya Lord is packed with flavor and a great place to grab your next bite.
Chef Chris Bianco started his Pizzeria Bianco journey in the back of a Phoenix grocery store in 1988 and eventually grew into a brick and mortar in Phoenix, and now in Los Angeles. While Pizzeria Bianco hasn’t officially had a grand opening, they have started their soft opening and are open now thru Saturday, 11am - 2pm. So far, locals are raving about the restaurant for the ambiance and food, of course! Although we aren’t sure if the dinner menu will look exactly the same as their Phoenix dinner menu, we do know that guests are enjoying the limited lunch menu starting out. Some of the top contenders have been the salami pizza (calabrese salami, house cheese blend, tomato sauce), the green slice (caciocavallo, parmigiano reggiano, spinach-cream sauce), and the alla pala pizza (valentino, caciocavallo, montasio, meyer lemon, red onion, black pepper) is receiving praise for the unique blend of flavors and use of lemon on pizza! The LA community is excited to see what the future holds for this new highly anticipated pizza restaurant in town.
The atmosphere, the service, the food - locals are saying Magari has it all. The interior of this restaurant has warm lighting, neutral color palette, giving the design a sleek and classy look. If you’re wondering what a tokyo italian restaurant menu looks like, some of their most popular dishes include the yuzu tagliatelle (peekytoe crab, poppyseed, parmigiano), roasted maitake mushrooms, wagyu carpaccio (sansho, bone marrow, artichoke), and squid ink bucatini (seafood bolognese, lemon, pangrattato, miso butter).
We asked Chef Enrico Merendino what his favorite dish is and he told us, “The Grilled Whole Orata reflects me the most and the Squid Ink Bucatini has been a great addition to the menu, but I don’t know. It’s hard to choose. It’s like who's your favorite child. They are all my children.” The team at Magari does a great job of making this culinary experience fun and creative by putting together ingredients that you wouldn’t normally think of. It’s the perfect spot for you and your crew to gather over a beautiful blend of cultures and flavors.
A new elegant french restaurant has arrived in Hollywood - Mes Amis. The ambiance of this restaurant is classy, warm, and intended to remind you of a chic cafe in France. On the menu, guests can expect items like steak tartare, vegetable galette, scallop crudo, steak au poivre, duck pâté en croûte. For dessert, some of the popular choices are strawberry pavlova, vanilla brulee, and chocolate souffle. The cocktails also keep up with the glamorous style, serving drinks like le poodle (grey goose vodka, pamplemousse, lime, bubbles, fennel pollen, sel gris) and love hangover (el tesoro blanco tequila, calamansi, lime, sumac + rose.) Located in Hollywood and providing locals with tasty food and a romantic atmosphere, Mes Amis is perfect for your next date night.
The well-known upscale seafood and steak restaurant, Mastro’s Ocean Club, has made its way to Downtown Los Angeles. Since the opening of the restaurant was highly anticipated, locals didn’t waste any time getting their reservations locked in as soon as they could. That being said, be sure to plan ahead when thinking about dining at Mastro’s Ocean Club. For those who aren’t familiar with the restaurant, the menu will include items like lobster tail, ribeye, lamb, lobster mac n cheese, oysters, and crab cake. Locals are raving about the food, drinks, friendly service, and the live band! This is a lively atmosphere and perfect for celebration, or before heading to a show in Downtown LA.
After years of experience in the restaurant industry and making delicious meals, Owner and Chef Ronnie Muñoz has officially opened Ronnie’s Kitchen + Cocktails in Hollywood. “This is the neighborhood’s new All-American comfort food hangout,” says Ronnie's team. The restaurant serves up popular items like the sweet chick sandwich (agave buffalo fried chicken with ranch, pickles, coleslaw), truffle fries, cheeseburger, and mac n cheese (5 cheese mornay, spiced parmesan bread crumbs) - and of course, cocktails and beer to pair with your meal. Ronnie’s is a casual spot and perfect for a meetup with friends or to grab a drink after work.
This beloved local spot in Silver Lake ‘Night + Market Song’ was impacted by an electrical fire towards the end of 2021 and has officially made its return since the incident. For those not familiar with Night + Market, they also have locations in West Hollywood, Venice, and Las Vegas and are serving a variety of Thai dishes. A few of the popular items on the menu are the crispy rice salad, pad thai, pad see ew, curry noodles, and papaya salad. Night + Market also has a large selection of wines from all over the world. This a perfect spot in Silver Lake to meet up with friends, enjoy some thai cuisine and a bottle of natural wine.
While the name may convince you otherwise, Hot Dog Supreme does more than just hot dogs! Located on Venice Beach, this is the only kosher spot in the area. Hot Dog Supreme offers popular items like their lamb burger, hot beef shoulder sandwich, and hot dogs with various toppings. This is a walk-up restaurant with outdoor seating - although some locals prefer to take advantage of the beautiful weather and find a spot on the sand to watch the waves. If you find yourself in need of a quick meal during your visit at Venice Beach, Hot Dog Supreme is a tasty option!
Bringing together a beautiful fusion of Cambodian, Thai, and Chinese cuisine, Nakara Asian Street Food is certain to make your tastebuds happy. This is a family-owned casual spot with friendly service, reasonable prices, and food packed with flavor. Some of the dishes that locals are already raving about include Cambodian noodle soup, green curry, lemongrass chicken, and chow fun. If you’re looking for a new local restaurant to try, Nakara Asian Street Food is DTLA’s newest asian fusion restaurant you will not want to miss.
Located in Santa Monica, Flapjax is the neighborhood’s latest cafe specializing in pancakes made from scratch. While they do offer other options for breakfast and lunch - pancakes are their bread & butter. “We are a family owned business, and we make everything from scratch,” says Owner Ebru Caplan. A few of the flavorful items on the menu include chocolate chip pancakes (owner’s top recommendation!), breakfast burrito, meatball sandwich, chimichurri chicken sandwich, crunchy brioche french toast, and cinnamon bun pancakes. If you’re looking for a spot to meet up with friends for brunch, head to Flapjax in Santa Monica.
This trendy new gem in Downtown Los Angeles is a place to grab coffee & pastries, hang out with a friend or catch up on some work. The design of Virtu Coffee has a mural, an open floor plan, and a shaded outdoor patio. At this cafe you can also find flower bouquets for sale from a local florist. As far as drinks and pastries go, a few of the most popular items are iced americano, raspberry vegan donut, cold brew, lemon poppy loaf, and dirty matcha latte. Head to Virtu Coffee for a cup of coffee and a bite to eat and enjoy the quiet and casual atmosphere in DTLA.
Located on N Flores St and Santa Monica Blvd, Zarap’e is a new Mexican Restaurant in West Hollywood. The ambience of this restaurant is casual and welcoming. Some of the most popular dishes on the menu include the carnitas, cochinita pibil, and carne asada tacos, mixed fajitas (with shrimp, sirloin tips, and chicken), and the carne asada burrito. Locals are praising Zarap’e for their tasty Mexican dishes, reasonable prices, and friendly and quick service. Grab your friends and head to Zarap’e in WeHo to catch up over tacos (& beer!)
With their minimalist aesthetic, neutral color schemes, high tables and chairs, and elegant presentation of food, Savida makes casual look chic. “Our goal is not to interfere with the authenticity of our cooking style but to let our ingredients shine,” says the Savida team. The restaurant is dedicated to sourcing the freshest seafood and working with local farmers for produce. Some of the most talked about items on the menu are the ceviche, nectarine tomato salad, tuna tartare, salmon belly, and oysters. One local described Savida as “think charcuterie board meets tapas, but with fresh fish options.” This is one place in Santa Monica that you will not want to miss out on.
LAVO Ristorante is here and ready to shake up the high-end restaurant scene in WeHo. “The restaurant offers an elevated indoor and outdoor dining experience while boasting a spacious sun-drenched dining room, triple-height ceilings with a retractable roof, operable accordion windows, and luxurious Italian furnishings throughout.” Some of the popular menu items include clams oreganata, tuna tartar, sea bass, cacio e pepe pizza, ricotta tortolloni. If you’re looking for a lavish night out, LAVO Ristorante will not disappoint.
Some locals may remember “Black Hog” which temporarily closed due to the pandemic and reimagined as what is now “Bodega Park.” The new and improved spot is now “an ode to the bodega sandwich and coffee - uniting our LA and Korean roots with our experience in New York, our love for coffee, and of course, the craft of making delicious sandwiches.” Some of the most chop cheese sandwiches, bulgogi sandwich (spicy pork bulgogi, sliced onion, and mayo on a toasted roll), and bodega chopped cheese (chopped beef patty, american cheese, grilled onion and jalapeño, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mayo, on our pressed hero roll). To drink, Bodega Park offers yuja sparkling iced tea (yuja (Korean for yuzu) with organic matcha green tea, mixed with Topo Chico, served over ice), lattes, and a bodega mocha. If you’re looking for a casual spot to stop in on your lunch break or to hang out with a friend - Bodega Park is the place to be.
Revive is “a Soaring 20’s, Circus-infused Immersive Culinary Experience” hosted at the Vibiana event venue in Downtown Los Angeles this Summer. The event space, Vibiana, is a former cathedral built in 1876 that was impacted by the 1994 Northridge earthquake leaving the space up for battle on whether or not to demolish the building due to its damage. Instead, the cathedral was revived and repurposed to what it is today, Vibiana, a gorgeous DTLA event venue. At the Revive show, you will experience music, amazing circus performers, and a high-end four course meal. Award-winning Chef Neal Fraser has curated a flavorful evening filled with a watermelon salad, peruvian scallop crudo, a filet mignon with black truffle polenta, and a mouthwatering chocolate cake with strawberries and chantilly. With a lush venue, extravagant performances, and a delectable pre-fixed menu, Revive is the perfect event for dinner and a show with a friend or a date. The event will be running from Thursdays - Sundays June 18 - July 24, 2022 with two shows a night.
Located in a garden adjacent to their exclusive partner ‘Soho House’ in the Arts District, Mandolin Taverna is a mediterranean-inspired restaurant and is now open. “Designed to emulate the charming olive groves and gardens found dotted throughout the Greek islands and Turkish coast,” says the Mandolin team. The aesthetic of the restaurant is mediterranean-coastal with their neutral color palette, greek style furniture, woven baskets, lanterns, and patios filled with trees and dangling lights. Some of the items on the menu include greek sampler (tzatziki, olive, tirokafteri) and turkish sampler (hummus, tomato, eggplant), grilled prawns, spicy mandolin kebab (grilled beef and lamb patty with onion, parsley, sumac, spicy greek yogurt), and lahmacun flatbread (minced lamb, peppers, urfa, parsley.) Enjoy this trip to the aegean sea at Mandolin Taverna’s gorgeous outdoor patio which is now open to both Soho House private members and the public.
“The recipes are passed down from generation to generation. These are dishes we cook for our family,” says the La Ong team. With a strong focus on culture and family, the chef’s grandma, who was a chef herself, is the restaurant’s namesake. The goal of this restaurant is to carry on her recipes and share them with the community for everyone to enjoy. The interior of La Ong has warm lighting, exposed brick walls, hanging plants, and a clean minimalist yet homey aesthetic. The restaurant is serving items like OG pad thai (Organic tofu, chives, bean sprouts, egg), crispy egg rolls, chicken thai wings, chicken satay, and mango coconut sticky rice for dessert. To drink there are options like sake & beer and wine by the glass. Head to La Ong for a cozy sense of community and a meal packed with flavor.
Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Basil & Cheese is the community’s latest brunch and coffee spot. “The cafe is casual, cute, pet-friendly and open to anybody looking to sit and enjoy specialty coffee and great food,” says owner Minkoo Whang. The interior of this restaurant has a black, white, and gold color aesthetic, big windows for natural lighting, and ample seating for those wanting to catch up with a friend or get some work done. A few of the most popular items on the menu include the smoked salmon & avocado toast, almond butter granola toast topped with berries, and the abc bagel sandwich (avocado, bacon, cream cheese, arugula.) To drink, locals are raving about the honey vanilla latte and the iced matcha latte. Whether you’re on the go, looking for a coffee date spot, or working from your laptop - Basil & Cheese is a place for everyone.
Oy Bar brings the beauty of both Asian and Jewish cuisine together to create one-of-a-kind dishes. The vibe of the restaurant is casual yet trendy - the perfect spot for a night to catch up with friends over a drink and some flavorful food. While they do have a rotating menu, some of the previous popular options have been the matzoball ramen soup, smoked salmon everything yaki onigiri (a japanese grilled rice ball with everything seasoning and lox), and a juicy oybar burger. To drink, they have signature cocktails like the 165 Mulberry which is Oy Bar’s take on the classic Manhattan cocktail. Located in Studio City, Oy Bar is stepping into the restaurant and bar scene with unique takes on iconic drinks and dishes.
West Hollywood’s latest trendy, instagrammable restaurant is here! MelrosePlace is gaining popularity for the ambience, views, food + drinks. The interior of this restaurant is cozy yet elegant with earthy tones paired with accents of gold. The outdoor area gives you a perfect view overlooking the city. The restaurant is serving up some flavorful items like tuna crudo, caviar, bone-in steaks, as well as some vegan and vegetarian options. To drink you can order a signature cocktail like the cactus prick (pelotón de la muerte mezcal, piña, avocado, cucumber, ginger, agave, lime, taj) and wines by the glass or by the bottle. This place is already becoming a popular influencer spot and there’s no doubt it will be the rooftop restaurant + bar of the summer!
Created by the team behind Clark Street Diner, Lilys Bar has opened its doors to the Hollywood community. Locals may have previously known this space to be occupied by Minibar. The cocktail and wine bar has various drink options on the menu like the head honcho (vodka, watermelon, tamarind syrup, aveze, dimmi, lemon, house-made spicy bitters. soda water, rocks), the clark street sunset (reposado tequila, strawberry, orgeat, licor 43, lime. rocks. *contains almonds), and the pisco pick-me-up (pisco, mr black, cold brew, toasted coconut foam.) You can also order wine by the glass and beer on draft. If you’re looking for a place to meet up for drinks, Lily’s Bar will not disappoint.
Located on E 9th Street and S Main St in Downtown Los Angeles, the latest restaurant serving Korean cuisine has opened its doors. Kitchen Bann is a new hidden gem receiving praise for their flavorful food. A few of the popular choices include spicy chicken rice bowl (Fruit-infused sweet soy sauce marinated chicken, grilled onion, cabbage, red bell pepper, broccoli Namul, green bean, crispy onion chips, with gochujang sauce over white rice), beef bulgogi sandwich (Marinated beef bulgogi, lettuce, purple cabbage, fried egg, mashed avocado, chopped pickle mayo, on sourdough toast), and sesame tofu rice bowl (Crispy tofu, eggplant, bok choy, green bean, onion, roasted sesame seeds sauce with crushed black and white sesame seeds over white rice.) With bright yellow doors on the outside and about 10 seats inside, Kitchen Bann is a welcoming and charming spot in DTLA.
Officially in Beverly Hills, Philz Coffee is a San Francisco based chain with 10 locations in the city of LA. Locals love Philz Coffee for the fun, casual atmosphere, the welcoming service, and coffee created with attention to detail. With the desire to make customers the best coffee, Philz will always ensure they make each cup individually to your preference and taste. “It’s loved served in a cup,” says the Philz team. Some of the most popular choices on the menu include iced mint mojito, philtered soul, philz way, and the mocha tesora. If you’re someone who wants to take your coffee beans home with you, they also sell coffee beans by the pound! Head to Philz on your way to work, before hitting the Beverly Hills shops, or to grab a cup of coffee and catch up with a friend.
The creators of a couple other hot and trendy spots in Los Angeles, Fia and Fia Steak, bring Dono set to open this year. While we don’t know much about the menu specifics yet, we do know that the goal is to take your tastebuds on a trip to Spain. “We want you to experience the charming nostalgia we felt when traveling through Spain,” says the Dono team. Given its namesake of the city Donostia-San Sebastian of Spain, it’s safe to assume the aesthetic of this restaurant will also accomplish the goal of honoring Spanish artwork and culture. The team behind Fia and Fia Steak have hit the ground running since their openings, and we are expecting the same for this highly anticipated Spanish restaurant. This is an opening you will not want to miss - stay tuned for more on Dono’s Instagram account.
Downtown Los Angeles has a new trendy sushi spot in town. Kodo is not only receiving praise for the food but also the ambience and service. Providing an exclusive and classy feel, the interior of this restaurant is dimly-lit along with a marble bartop, exposed brick wall, and sleek design. A few of the most talked about items on the menu are tsukune (chicken, jidori egg yolk, yakitori-dare), spare ribs, maguro tuna and hiramasa kingfish nigiri, sakamushi (savoy clams, sake steam, butter.) Enjoy a date night or a night out with a friend at DTLA’s newest addition to the sushi scene, Kodo.
Calling all Pizza Fanatics! Hot Tongue Vegan Pizza is here and locals are raving about it. With high tables, checkered flooring, and eccentric artwork inside, this restaurant has a fun fast-casual vibe. Some of the most popular items on the menu are the white pizza (garlic olive oil base, almond ricotta, caramelized onion, mushroom, oregano, almond parm, with an everything bagel crust), sicilian pizza (rectangle, pan baked, thick crust, garlic, red sauce, pesto drizzle, almond ricotta and basil), kale caesar salad, and detroit pizza (gluten-free, baked in a 14" detroit style pan, chunky marinara, mushroom, spinach, garlic, almond ricotta, sesame seed.) Whether you’re vegan or not, locals are saying that this spot is a place for pizza lovers of all kinds. Head to Hot Tongue Pizza in Silver Lake to treat your taste buds to a tasty pizza or a salad packed with flavor.
Causita, meaning “best friends” in Peruvian slang, has officially opened its doors to Silver Lake. The restaurant has an artsy and modern interior representing both Peruvian and Japanese artwork and design. Some of the restaurant’s most loved dishes are the grilled octopus, clams, seabass tamale, udon noodles, and branzino (butterbean-artichoke mousse, jalapeño sauce, roasted tomato.) To drink, some of the popular choices are the mamalucha margarita and the panchamama paloma. Grab a friend, and enjoy celebrating the combination of both Peruvian and Japanese cuisine at Causita in Silver Lake.
Your new favorite drinks and snacks bar has arrived! Kippered in Downtown LA is charming locals with their warm lighting, forest green walls, potted plants all around, and welcoming vibes. The community gem is receiving praise for its grand list of wines and 50 types of tinned fish (sardines, anchovies, trout from places like Portugal and Spain. They also serve charcuterie boards, cheese, and salads. If you’re looking for a spot to grab a drink and a light bite with a friend, Kippered is the place to try out.
From SpaceX to pizza robots, you may be wondering how this all came about. For CEO Benson Tsai, he found an opportunity to combine both his love for food and his chemical engineering knowledge to create Stellar Pizza. “In Tawainese culture, food is at the forefront of how we live. At home, the only American food we ate was pizza,” says Tsai. Currently Stellar Pizza can be found on wheels, and soon-to-be available via delivery. According to Tsai, the menu can be described as “laser-focused on pizza, providing only the classics.” For all pizza-loving locals, stay tuned on Stellar Pizza’s Instagram to find out when and where the public can begin taste-testing pizza made by a robot!
Silver Lake’s latest addition to the community is an Indian Pizzeria, Pijja Palace is the intersection of culture and cuisine. Locals are deeming this restaurant as an upscale sports bar with a flavorful (and not your typical bar food!) menu. The spot has multiple TVs inside to catch a game, warm lighting, pastel tones, and a classy 80s-like aesthetic. Some of the must-haves on the menu include malai rigatoni, saag pizza, okra fries, and the aloo tikki sliders. To drink, Pijja Palace has some great options like the mango cream soda, pijja painkiller, and the desi crush soda! This is a fun spot to take a group of friends to watch a game or simply try some amazing food.
“Manzke Restaurant is a new tasting menu concept by its namesakes—Chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke—which draws inspiration from cultural intersections both local to Los Angeles and abroad,” says Manzke team. This new restaurant is located above their bistro ‘Bicyclette’ in Beverly Hills. Locals are already talking about the amazing fixed tasting menu and combinations of different cultures represented in their meals. A few of the popular dishes are kaluga caviar with bluefin tuna, Japanese wagyu, dungeness crab in curry, and the European white asparagus. Manzke is classy, elegant, and the perfect spot to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or simply catch up with a fellow friend who loves flavorful food.
Modern design, tasty food, and great service - what more could you ask for? HiHo Cheeseburger has just opened up in Studio City and locals are already raving about the new location. Some of the most popular items that folks are talking about are the HiHo double cheeseburger (100% grass-fed wagyu beef, cheese, ketchup, mustard, onion jam, lettuce, house-made pickles), the willie mae fried chicken tender sandwich (fried chicken, pickles, honey, slaw sauce & purple cabbage), and the chocolate shake! The significance of the willie mae sandwich is that it is in collaboration with the famed Willie Mae’s Scotch House of New Orleans - “The idea of doing something together has been kicked around for a while. A chicken sandwich using Willie Mae’s Scotch House James Beard award fried chicken was the answer,” says the HiHo team. Come by and treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering hamburger or a crispy fried chicken sandwich!
“Getting the best result with minimal ingredients to keep you healthy, satisfied and craving back for more - it's even in the name,” says the Hui Tou Xiang team. The restaurant is receiving praise for its stylish interior, fresh ingredients, and mouth-watering dishes. Hui Tou Xiang’s most popular dishes on the menu are pork xiao long bao, spicy pork wontons, stewed beef noodles, shrimp skewers, and the pork belly noodles. With a rounded ceiling, warm lighting, black and gold color pallette, and trendy bar - it’s hard not to love the ambience that this restaurant brings. Hui Tou Xiang is the perfect place to meet up with a friend or a casual date to enjoy a flavorful meal and chic interior design.
Chef Louis & Chef Marcos have ample experience in the culinary industry from serving prestigious venues and events like the Grammys and Rosebowl Stadium to recently taking their talents to TV (Bravo & FoodNetwork!) Their latest restaurant, Marlou, is charming DTLA with its warm lighting, exposed brick walls, a classy bar with a wall of bottles to choose from, and friendly staff serving tasty food. Some of the most popular items are the bone marrow gnocchi, crispy quinoa salad, steak tostada, breakfast borracha burrito. To drink, they have everything from mimosas for the brunch crowd to signature cocktails and glasses of wine for the dinner crew. Whether you’re in it for a trendy brunch with friends or taking the parents out to dinner, Marlou will have something for all taste buds.
Civil Coffee - it’s for everyone! The brothers Alan and Alex Morales began their coffee journey serving out of a pickup truck in Southern California, eventually opening up their first brick and mortar in Highland Park - and most recently opened a 2nd location in Downtown Los Angeles. Some of the items that locals are raving about are the spinach and cheese croissant, matcha donut, cornmeal scone, and burrito angeleno (flour tortilla, scrambled eggs, pepper jack cheese, roasted cheese potato, tomatillo salsa). For drinks, Civil has all of your typical coffee orders like an americano, cold brew, cappuccino and a few specialty drinks like The Figueroa (espresso, sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon, milk, maria cookie) and Liquid Gold (matcha, cashew almond milk, and a dash of lavender syrup. Come by Civil Coffee to get some work done on your laptop, catch up with a friend, or maybe a first date!
Chef Nakazawa is known for his popular New York City sushi restaurant “Sushi Nakazawa” but you may also recognize him from the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. From May 12 - June 11, Sushi Nakazawa will be having an exclusive pop up at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Even though Chef Nakazawa himself won’t be running this month-long pop up, Executive Chef Wei Chen will have the reins and will be serving up some of the restaurant’s best hits. Reservations are hard to come by at this NYC hot spot, so it’s no surprise that reservations will go quickly for the pop up in Beverly Hills as well. Grab your foodie friends and sushi lovers, because an exclusive omakase dinner with Sushi Nakazawa is a once in a lifetime opportunity here in the West Coast!
After 2 years, Abbot Kinney has begun First Fridays again! The second one of the year will be this Friday, May 6th from 5pm - 9:30pm. This Friday, there will be 20+ food trucks participating in the city’s premier food truck truck event. Some of the delicious food trucks you can expect and dishes you should try are 5 Elementos (tacos), 8E8 Thai (mouthwatering pad thai), Cousin’s Lobster (po boys and tater tots), and Original Herbivore (try the vegan fried chicken!) At this event, there is always a great variety of cuisine and culture. We have no doubt there is something for everyone at Abbot Kinney First Fridays! Grab your crew and join the community on May 6th for some flavorful food and fun times.
Get ready for an authentic Japanese “yakiniku” (grilled barbecue) experience at Gyu-Kaku. With smokeless grills built into every table, a large selection of meats, shareable small plates, modern interior, and great service - it’s hard to not love Gyu-Kaku. A few of the favorite menu items are the harami skirt steak in miso marinade, angus kalbi short rib in tare sweet soy marinade, miso soup, and napa kimchi. With a contemporary and classy interior, this spot is perfect for a date night or celebration with a group of friends. Head to Gyu-Kaku to enjoy Japanese barbecue, modern design, and great company.
Whether you’re coming after work or for a date night, 401k is for everyone. The ambience of this restaurant is casual yet classy and trendy with art on the walls by local artists. A few of the most popular dishes are the little gem caesar salad, buffalo chicken, potato tacos, and the dulce de leche for dessert. To drink they have a full gluten-free wine menu with wines from all over the world, and examples of dishes that would perfectly complement the glass or bottle you choose. One gluten-free local even said that dining at 401k felt like being a "kid in a candy shop" with all of the options she had to choose from! That being said, grab your friends and head to 401k Food and Wine for a great time and tasty food & drinks for all.
The new, local modern french bistro ‘Camphor’ has arrived on E 3rd St in Downtown Los Angeles. The focus was to figure out a way to “re-create that feeling of finding a hidden gem in a neighborhood where you can be blown away by the ambiance, food, beverage, and hospitality,” says Owner Cyrus Batchan. It’s safe to say that these are a few of the reasons that come to mind for locals who have visited the new spot. As far as ambience is concerned, guests are raving about the welcoming and attentive service, light and airy interior, and all-around classy vibe. Some of the most popular dishes are the beef tartare, amuse bouche, baby shrimp, dungeness crab, and steak au poivre. To drink, they have a wide selection of wine and signature cocktails like the ‘provence’ created with vodka washed with French olive oil and infused with herbs de provence, pear eau de vie, vermouth blanc. If you’re looking for an elegant date night, Camphor in DTLA is the perfect place to spend your evening.
Located on 7th St and Main St in Downtown Los Angeles, a new West African restaurant opens their doors to the city. This spot is gaining praise for its authentic, flavorful, african cuisine. Some of the most popular dishes are the fufu, jollof rice, beef stew, and plantains! The ambience of the restaurant is more of a modern style, with lots of greenery, and a welcoming staff! Keep in mind this spot has limited hours open from Thursday - Saturday 5PM to 10PM, so be sure to make reservations ahead of time!
“Sushi, rolls, oysters, y mas!” Fiesta Sushi brings a fun twist to sushi with items like their japanese salsa as a way to incorporate japanese and latin culture. Some of their most popular dishes include the spicy edamame in truffle sauce, blue fin sushi, oysters, and salmon sushi. If you’re someone who loves trying unique combinations like sushi rolls paired with a spicy michelada to drink, Fiesta Sushi is the spot for you. Their outdoor patio has gained traction for its busy atmosphere, yet exclusive secret garden feel. Gather a group of friends and head to this lively hidden gem in Studio City.
A retail space, tattoo parlor, events space, barbershop - and our personal favorite part - a cafe, bar & restaurant. Located in Downtown Los Angeles, Bike Shed Moto Co has a lot to offer the community. As far as the cafe, bar and restaurant goes, you will find a variety of cuisine on the menu. Some of the items that locals are raving about are the black & blue burger (8oz. angus beef patty, arugula, blue cheese, caramelized onion, garlic alioli), green pea houmous (cherry tomatoes, fresh mint, curry oil, grilled pita bread), grilled chicken sandwich (herb marinated chicken, house-made coleslaw, spicy oil, brioche bun), and the eggs florentine (two poached eggs, sauteed spinach, english muffin, hollandaise.) To drink, they have a large selection of global wines, beer on tap, handcrafted cocktails like the “collins” with raspberry infused gin, lemon, cranberry, hibiscus, and club soda. Bike Shed Moto Co offers a wide range of food and experiences, so be ready to come socialize, eat, and maybe get a tattoo and a haircut while you’re at it!
A new brick and mortar opens doors to the DTLA community! De La Nonna meaning “from the grandmother” has arrived in style and is packed with flavor. Serving up Sicilian-style pizzas, De La Nonna brings a lot of variety to the traditional pizza. Some of the most popular choices are the spicy honey pepperoni (pep, tomato, mozz, pecorino, and spicy honey), roasted mushroom pizza (with garlic cream sauce, herb mix, black pepper), and the margherita pizza as you know it. They also take pride in their partnerships with local farmers providing the opportunity to create fresh dishes like the eggplant caponata with spicy agrodolce, market salad (date & sherry vinaigrette, hazelnuts, herbs), and the caesar salad. The style of this restaurant is charming, open & airy, filled with foliage, warm natural lighting, and exposed brick. Get ready for your next date night, and head to De La Nonna for a mouthwatering dinner.
Urban Skillet is making a name for themselves for their mouthwatering food and for being the only burger restaurant in Los Angeles with a 100% halal menu. This fast casual restaurant offers various types of burgers like the southern bbq (lettuce, swiss cheese, tangy bbq, house sauce, halal bacon, onion ring), the oh so hot burger (house sauce, sauteed jalapenos, pickles, lettuce, swiss cheese, spicy sauce, spicy aioli), and the truffle burger (house sauce, sauteed mushrooms, pickles, lettuce, swiss cheese, caramelized onions, bbq, coleslaw, pickles). However, burgers aren’t the only thing they do! They also offer hot dogs with all types of toppings like the what's up dog (topped with ground beef, american cheese, caramelized onions, parsley, house sauce.) With any of these options you can also pair it with fries and a shake! Urban Skillet encourages indulgence because they can assure you that every bite will be worth it.
The ultimate trifecta has arrived - restaurant, bar, and lounge - Sugar Palm is here. The space is perfect for Summer, open and airy, and great for groups. A few of the most popular dishes are the breakfast sandwich, chicken and waffles, dutch baby (cast iron baked, mixed berry compote, cheesecake batter, berries), salmon poke, falafels, and the deconstructed cheesecake. If your crew is more into a cocktail night, try the la familia (casa del sol resposado tequila, cynar, orange bitters) or the al pastor (Rayu Mezcal, Mi Campo Blanco Tequila, Serrano Compressed Pineapple, Micro Cilantro, Agave). Be sure to try out this new trendy and summery spot, Sugar Palm, with a group of friends looking for a great time!
Healthy Indulgence aka “HI Bakery” has a mission to provide Downtown LA with a fully organic, sustainable bakery + cafe. With their earth friendly mission and flavorful baked goods, it’s hard not to love all that HI Bakery has to offer. The interior of this spot is open and airy with lots of natural lighting and a seating area perfect for a casual daytime date with a friend. Locals are enjoying items like the banana bread, almond croissant with Italian buttercream, olive & garlic sourdough, and the rose pistachio cardamom bun. Hi Bakery is gaining praise not only for the tasty food but also for its dedication to healthy (& sustainable) indulgence!
Downtown LA’s very own Walt Disney Concert Hall has a new addition: Asterid by Chef Ray Garcia. Locals are already raving about this new spot in town for their quality service, delectable California-Inspired cuisine, and elegant interior. A few of the noteworthy dishes are the sunchoke rösti (sunflower creme fraiche, strawberry pepper jam), chicken liver mousse (mandarin, pickled pearl onions, sourdough, nasturtium), Risotto (red beet carnaroli, creme fraiche, dill), and beef tartare. The atmosphere of this restaurant is busy yet intimate, and would be a great place to take someone you want to impress
Bring on the burgers! Easy Street Burgers is officially open and these mouthwatering smash burgers are a treat you have to try. Located on Lankershim Blvd and Aqua Vista St, Easy Street Burgers was previously known as a popular pop-up stand so its no secret that locals are excited about this new permanent location. The restaurant’s most popular menu item is the double smash burger (created with two smashed 100% pure beef patties, American cheese, a potato roll and topped with pickle, chopped onions, ketchup, mustard, and their signature wild sauce.) and their filthy fries (grilled onions, cheese, wild sauce, and a smashed patty.) If you’re looking to fulfill any savory cravings, Easy Street Burgers is the place to go.
Nostalgia Bar and Lounge has arrived, and it has more to offer than just reminders of your favorite cartoons. The kitchen is also run by Chef Chris Sayegh (aka The Herbal Chef) so although current legislation won’t allow cannabis-infused food, you will be able to check out CBD-infused cocktails (and mocktails) upon request. To go with the nostalgic theme, some of the popular choices are the “end of the otter pop” which is a fruity vodka cocktails garnished with a berry fruit popsicle, “woo-hoo” which is a 21+ friendly take on the classic Yoo-Hoo chocolate beverage, and the "enchanted tiki whip" - destined to take you back to disneyland’s classic Dole-Whip. As far as food goes, the masterminds behind this new brick and mortar Chef Sayegh and Jared Ventura have stirred up some great options like the kampachi crudo (fresh kampachi lightly smoked, nori dressing, allium oil, avocado puree, & whipped creme fraiche), fish & chips, and kobe toast (sourdough toast, mustard aioli, lightly torched A5 kobe beef with marinated radish, turnip, and microgreen.) Grab a group of friends and head to Nostalgia Bar and lounge for an evening of great memories, CBD-infused cocktails, and flavorful bites.
Your new favorite donut shop is headed to Santa Monica! Well, it’s here but only the food truck! While Holey Grail’s new Santa Monica location is in the works, they’ve decided to kick things off early and have their truck outside serving up their beloved exotic donuts. Some LA locals may already know them from their location in Culver City, but the Santa Monica community is getting a sweet glimpse of what’s to come when their new location officially opens. Created with Hawaiian grown taro root as the dough for all donuts, some of the most loved flavors are the strawberry fields forever (local strawberry, matcha), hail mary (cardamom, rose), and notorious p.o.g. (passion fruit, orange, guava). Be sure to check out their Instagram for new weekly flavor drops, hours, and for Holey Grail's grand opening of their official Santa Monica location!
Tucked inside a plaza in Downtown LA, you will find a door labeled “Kato'' in pink. Previously known for its West LA location, Kato has upgraded and moved to Downtown Los Angeles. With its contemporary style, new spacious interior, and taiwanese cuisine, this is a great place for a night out with friends. A few of the most loved items on the menu include short rib, ocean trout, sea bream, and smoked hamachi. To drink, the restaurant has a selection of handmade cocktails, and if wine is more your style - the restaurant’s sommelier will provide you with great recommendations to pair with your meal. Kato is one of Downtown LA’s latest hot spots and is worth a casual yet elegant night of dinner and drinks with a group of friends.
Located on 7th St and S Hill St in Downtown Los Angeles, Gusto Green promises an enjoyable experience, flavorful dishes, and they definitely hit every mark. Walking in you will notice a modern interior design, high ceilings, warm and romantic lighting, and a welcoming bar area to sit - if that’s more your vibe. While the menu aims to be health forward and inclusive to omnivores, the restaurant also works closely with the Ziese Farms (first federally legal edible hemp leaf) to find opportunities to include hemp and its benefits to dishes. Some of the most praised dishes include the crispy spelt cake (labneh, pickled cucumber, market herbs), hemp tempura, canestri pasta (fermented chili, cashew bechamel rose, sourdough gremolata), and the sourdough pepperoni pizza (ezzo pepperoni, fior di latte, calabrian hot honey.) Grab your friends and enjoy some meals packed with flavor at Gusto Green in DTLA.
Standings Butchery is known as “LA’s source for ethically sourced, sustainably raised meat and poultry.” Since opening, Standings Butchery has launched ‘Burgers by Standings.’ Currently the Burgers can only be found at their popups - recently spotted at Domaine LA - and soon to be a permanent space shared with Salt’s Cure who will take on breakfast while Burgers by Standings takes over for lunch and dinner. Locals already love the meat from Standings Butchery and its no secret that the burgers are a hit as well. With local quality, juicy beef patties and all the toppings you desire, it’s hard not to love. Keep an eye on their Instagram account for updates on popups and their future store opening.
Located on Ventura Blvd and Coldwater Canyon Ave, Uovo Pasta opened its doors to Studio City. This pasta spot is gaining popularity for its modern style, and of course, the food. The style of this restaurant is a contemporary and rustic blend. Locals are talking about a few dishes in particular like the ragú bolognese pasta, lasagna, cacio e pepe, and the carbonara. To pair with dinner, you can order a glass (or select bottles) of red or white wine and beer. The casual yet sophisticated vibe of Uovo makes it perfect for a date night in Studio City.
Your new lunch spot has arrived - Berbere is Santa Monica’s new vegan restaurant with ethiopian-inspired cuisine. Chef T says, “We don’t believe you should have to sacrifice a great tasting meal in pursuit of nutrition, so our menu is designed to maximize both.” A few of the popular items on the menu are ‘eat the rainbow evening (created with teff injera red lentils, turmeric garbanzo, purple cabbage with potato, sautéed greens), twist tacos (Potato, lentil, mushroom, cilantro, awaze, Ethiopian salad dressing, tangfaye sauce, microgreens), and tofu tibs (Sautéed tofu with berbere spice and rosemary served with sautéed spinach & kale.) For those looking for something sweet to finish off their meal, try the sublime confection made with Almond butter, home-made hazelnut Nutella, banana stuffed bread, chocolate coffee sauce, vanilla ice cream. Berbere is a great spot for a lunch break whether at work in the area on a weekday or shopping around Santa Monica on the weekends.
Located on the corner of Pacific Ave and N Venice Blvd, Ospi Italian Restaurant has arrived. This spot has a sleek and modern aesthetic utilizing their high ceilings, exposed brick walls, and ample natural lighting inside. Although the interior design is a vital addition to the experience, locals say that the savory italian cuisine steals the show. Some of the most loved dishes are the spicy rigatoni, crispy provolone, vodka pizza, lemon tagliolini, and margherita pizza. For those with a sweet tooth, locals recommend cannolis for dessert. Grab your friends and head to Ospi for a night of tasty Italian dishes in the heart of Venice.
The Trust Building has revamped Downtown LA’s historic Art Deco and Chef Curtis Stone will be playing a major part. Locals will already know Chef Curtis Stone from his tasting menu at Maude in Beverly Hills and at Gwen butcher shop & restaurant in Hollywood. He’s bringing his talents to DTLA by opening up his first rooftop restaurant atop The Trust Building overlooking the city. During the day the restaurant will cater to the building’s members, and by evening it will be open for the public to enjoy. While we are still unsure of what the menu will look like, we know by looking at Chef Curtis Stone’s track record that it’ll be full of creative and flavorful dishes for locals to be excited about.
Brazilian Chefs Rodrigo Oliveira and Victor Vasconcellos, and restaurateur Bill Chait, joined forces to bring talent, innovation, and culture to what is now called “Caboco.” The restaurant can be described as having a modern, clean aesthetic with colorful and flavorful dishes that pay homage to Brazilian cuisine. Some of the most popular items are the ceviche, torresmo (pork belly, crispy and fried on the outside, juicy inside), peixe grelhado (black cod cooked in banana leaves, plantain puree, tomato salad), and joelho de porco (braised pork shank, roasted pumpkin, corn couscous). As if that’s not enough flavor for your tastebuds, the Karina Bonita cocktail created with passion fruit, strawberry, orange, lemon, and cachaça is a drink that locals recommend as well. The black and white theme inside (with full length windows and gold light fixtures) creates the modern twist contrasting with the traditional Brazilian menu. If you’re looking for a creative, savory dinner & drinks experience, Caboco is the place to visit.
Located inside the Downtown LA Proper Hotel, Caldo Verde is bringing casual elegance and classic Portuguese dishes to the table. The restaurant is named after a traditional Portuguese soup, caldo verde. This spot is filled with plants, wooden floors, high ceilings, and earthy tones giving it a classy yet warm vibe. Caldo Verde is also receiving praise for a handful of dishes like the patatas bravas, peri peri chicken, carnitas sweet potato hash, and Portuguese chopped salad. Although this is the perfect spot for a cute instagram post, you will not want to miss out on the food and drinks. Caldo Verde is a great spot to bring your friends and admire both the interior design and the tasty Portuguese dishes.
“Smoke City Char Bar celebrates the legacy of smokehouse culture with every chef-driven creation and regional-inspired recipe,” says Smoke City team. Since barbecue isn’t as much of a staple in the west coast, it’s safe to say locals are excited about a new barbecue spot opening up in Downtown. The style of this restaurant is modern, rustic, and industrial with its floor to ceiling windows, steel and cement, and warm lighting. Aside from the looks of the restaurant, locals are raving about a handful of things on the menu like the three meat platter (brisket, chicken, and ribs), burnt ends mac and cheese, smoke house chili, and the baja salad with pulled pork. Smoke City Char Bar also has handcrafted cocktails like The Mamba (created with woodinville rye, mint, blackberries, lime), and a variety of beer and global wine to choose from. Located on E 3rd St and S Santa Fe Ave, Smoke City Char Bar is worth a stop while exploring all that Downtown has to offer.
Sol Agave started out as a food truck with big dreams of expanding to share their desire of “making Mexican food even more complex, modern, and enjoyable, as well as healthier for our bodies.” Today, Sol Agave has almost 5 locations, Santa Monica being one of the newest additions to their list of locations. Some of the dishes that are gaining popularity are the lobster enchiladas, shrimp taquitos, tacos del mar and the butter cake for dessert. To drink, locals recommend the margarita flight for a variety of fruity (and spicy) options. After a day of walking along the pier, head over to this Mexican seafood restaurant ‘Sol Agave’ with your date for some margaritas and flavorful food.
Only the Wild Ones is one of the newest restaurants in Venice, located on Abbot Kinney Blvd and San Juan Ave. “The restaurant was inspired by the laid-back charm of the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe,” says Wild Ones team. A few of the dishes locals are enjoying include the meatless meatballs, arrabiata pizza, 5-cheese board, and the olive oil cake. To drink, there is something for the wine fanatics, cocktail drinkers, and designated drivers alike. With around 25 different wines, signature cocktails, a large selection of beers, and mocktails like their blood orange, ginger, and sage drink - this is the perfect spot for the whole crew. The ambience of the venue is intimate, dimly-lit, yet still fun and inviting for a night out for drinks and appetizers with friends. Gather a group and enjoy this new Venice hotspot - Only The Wild Ones.
Tacos 1986, featured in our “Taco Spots You Must Try in LA”, started out as a stand on Hollywood Blvd and was loved by many tourists and locals. It wasn’t until 2019 that Tacos 1986 opened up their first store in Downtown Los Angeles - since then, they’ve only grown more. With almost 6 locations, Tacos 1986 has been gaining popularity for its tijuana-style tacos, reasonable prices, and concise menu. Some of the local favorites include carne asada tacos, mushroom tacos,and adobada quesadilla paired with a mexican coke or horchata. This new location can be found on Ventura Blvd and Eureka Dr in May 2022.
Cracker Barrel Kitchen has arrived in Los Angeles, providing city locals with southern comfort food and all-day breakfast. This Tennessee-based national chain is traditionally known for being a family-friendly restaurant located along interstates and highways throughout the country, but now they have brought their homestyle favorites to Los Angeles. Cracker Barrel Kitchen and sister brands, The Pancake Kitchen and Chicken n’ Biscuits, dish out their tried-and-true classics: buttermilk pancakes, biscuits n’ gravy, country fried steak, and southern fried chicken. Angelenos are also excited about the creamy mac n’ cheese and hashbrown casserole. Southern homestyle cooking isn’t easy to come by in Los Angeles so whether you’re treating yourself or the whole family - let Cracker Barrel bring homestyle comfort food to your door.
La Mer says to “expect an elegant and artistic dining experience.” Studio City has a new fine dining sushi restaurant ‘La Mer Sushi’ with omakase-style dining. Locals are raving about the quality of the dishes, the presentation, and overall service experience. From the omakase menu, some of the most loved items include the halibut, oyster shooter, seared duck skewer, agemono tempura and cheesecake for dessert. With fresh ingredients, and detailed presentation, this 6-8 course dining experience curated by Chef Kimura is one you will not want to miss.