“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.
“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 most popular dishes are raw oysters, beet and citrus salad, cacio e pepe bucatini, 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 for your next meet-up with a friend or casual date night out.
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 Tuo Xiang team. The restaurant is receiving praise for its stylish interior, fresh ingredients, and mouth-watering dishes. Hui Tuo 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 Tuo 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.
“From Coffee til Cocktails,” Cult is the latest cafe in Santa Monica located on the corner of Broadway and 3rd St. Many locals are raving about this neighborhood spot for its relaxed atmosphere and the coffee, food, and cocktails. A few of the favored dishes are the burrata avocado toast, chicken tenders, broadway chicken sandwich, and the so-cal burger. For the avid coffee drinker, some of the popular choices are the vanilla latte and the specialty drink “Rose Dawson” created with cold brew, oat milk and rose petal syrup. In terms of cocktails, they have canned cocktails (like the mimosa and spicy margarita) and hand-crafted cocktails (like the watermelon sugar high made with rum, melon, and mint) pair perfectly with warmer seasons. This is a great neighborhood cafe in Santa Monica for those looking for options to please from morning until evening!
What started as simply inviting new LA artists into his house for a place to crash, eat food, and to host shows – Corey McGuire turned his passion of music and food into a business now called “Winston House,'' named after his childhood dog. Since opening they have had shows with some of the biggest names in the industry like Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish. Great music aside, the locals are also enjoying food and drinks with their evening entertainment. Some of the most popular dishes are duck tacos, spicy noodles, and fried cheese balls. To drink, Winston House has global beer, wine, and handmade cocktails, like their sunrise cocktail created with blanco tequila, lillet, orange lemon, cherry-bell pepper. This creative spot filled with food and music is the perfect place to bring a group of friends and enjoy a night out in Venice.
Restaurant, Deli, & Market - Yangban Society - has arrived. The restaurant + market concept is jointly inspired by Korean culture and New York Jewish delis. The Yangban Society website says, “Together, Chefs Katianna & John craft dishes that reveal their distinct perspectives and upbringings as Korean Americans.” The restaurant side is a casual, open space with deli-style ordering. Some of the Yangban Society’s most popular dishes include hot smoked trout shmear, baked sea bream, kimchi pozole, and twice-fried yangban wings dressed in a soy garlic glaze. Within Yangban Society, the market can be found upstairs stocked with retail products,Korean snacks and drinks. Locals are raving about the bottled house-made cocktails found inside the market including the blossom cocktail and the left hook cocktail with passionfruit and gochujang. Whether you’re looking to dine or shop, Yangban Society offers a unique concept for the Downtown LA community.
For anyone on the search for the best birria in town, you will now have to add Tacos Rojos to your list! Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this pop-up birria taco truck is gaining popularity amongst locals. They are known to make sure guests are comfortable and having fun by having music playing over the speakers and outdoor heaters for those chilly California nights. On their small but concise menu, you can enjoy the rojo plate con queso (3 birria tacos with cheese and consomé), the churros with white chocolate or caramel dipping sauce, and the horchata to drink. Keep up with Tacos Rojos on Instagram, and meet up with them in DTLA for your next contender at best birria tacos in Los Angeles!
It started as a food truck in Baton Rouge, and ended up with 2 Los Angeles storefront locations in Studio City and Glendale - plus a couple more food trucks for events! Locals say that there are 3 options for the beignets: regular size box of beignets, the box of beignet bites, or the beignet sundae (beignets and two scoops of ice cream topped with chocolate or caramel syrup!) To pair with your sugary treat, you can also try some of the crowd favorites like the iced latte, a regular cup of jo, or a lemonade! The interior of this spot is open and airy with natural lighting and a french cafe aesthetic. If you’re a fan of the traditional Louisiana beignets (or even if you’ve always wanted to try them!), be sure to check out Beignet Box to satisfy your sweet tooth.