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!
Maciel’s is a new hot spot in town for it’s creative, vegan touch to your typical deli favorites! The team at Maciel’s says they have “Plant-based meats, cheeses, & sandwiches made in-house daily.” A few of the items receiving praise include the reuben (pastrami, provolone, sauerkraut, thousand island, rye bread), californian (turkey, bacon, gouda, avocado, tomato, sprouts, mayo, dijon, 7-grain bread), potato salad, and the flores sandwich (mexican ribs, pickled onions, arugula, mayo, ciabatta.) Believe it or not, it’s all vegan and locals are raving about it! If you’re in the area, this fast-casual plant-based butcher & deli is the perfect pit stop for a tasty lunch.
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.