Ladies and gentlemen, the Resy Hit List Los Angeles is about to take off. At this time, please make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position. Summer squad ready, July vibes are strong. You are where you eat, so get with the program. 8 New, 4 Returning.
1/ OSSO Debut
Because in true Southern hospitality, Chef Nick Montgomery rolls out the skillet fried chicken on a cart. Plus, they spike their punch. // Downtown. (213) 880-5999.
2/ AUGUSTINE Debut
Because pour one out for the oenophiles. Bar Covell’s Dustin Lancaster teams up with Matthew Kaner and Dave Gibbs to bring Sherman Oaks a taste of the nation’s private wine cellars. Swish and savor. // Sherman Oaks. (818) 990-0938.
3/ JON & VINNY’S 9
Because LA’s fooderati Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo new trick is California-Italian cuisine. Is Casually Boss a genre, too? News flash: breakfast pizza and bombolone to start the day off right. // Fairfax. (323) 334-3369.
4/ BIERBEISL IMBISS Debut
Because the Spring Arcade Building is shaping up to be Downtown’s next Grand Central Market and its latest venue is summer’s new favorite watering hole. Ice-cold German and Austrian brews, schnitzel, pretzels. // Downtown. (213) 935-8035.
5/ THE DAILY PINT Debut
Because Santa Monica’s go-to dive is a no-nonsense, straight-up bar. Mood lighting on point, plus an impressive scotch and whiskey selection. Sometimes it’s nice to have a drink sans edible flowers. Just sayin. Pour a shot for the Pint. // Santa Monica. (310) 450-7631.
6/ CARLITOS GARDEL Debut
Because how are the papas fritas provenzal so effin tasty? Argentine home-style food means empanadas, chicken and ham stuffed mushrooms and meats. Big, juicy, steaks. It’s a legend for a reason. Bow down to chimichurri. // West Hollywood. Book Now at Carlitos Gardel.
7/ LOVE & SALT 9
Because butter your biscuit with house-cultured spread only. No fluff, just quality food. And by that you mean the pancetta duck egg wood oven pizza and mortadella hotdog. Manhattan Beach ftw. // Manhattan Beach. (310) 545-5252.
8/ ALIMENTO Debut
Because it’s the reason there’s traffic on Silver Lake Blvd. after rush-hour. Blame Jonathan Gold, who says the soup dumplings meets tortellini “al contrario” dish is, “witty without being pretentious.” // Silver Lake. (323) 928-2888.
9/ CASSIA Debut
Because Chef Bryant Ng is back on the line at his brand spankin’ new Santa Monica French-Vietnamese brasserie. Spice Table throwbacks include kaya toast and a “Baby Spice” section. // Santa Monica. (310) 393-6699.
10/ BROKEN SPANISH Debut
Because Mexican realness meets locally sourced ingredients is genius. Ray Garcia’s soul food with a locavore twist makes blood sausage and peaches sexy. Look: fava bean tamales and whole red snapper. Also, the Green Garden cocktail. // Downtown. (213) 749-1460.
11/ BELCAMPO MEAT CO. 9
Because the NorCal grass-raised meat institution has achieved cult status. Leaner cuts grilled to submission, french dips redefined, but be real, it’s all about the dinner for two 24-oz shell steak. Pair with one of Josh Goldman’s choice cocktails and call it a night. // Santa Monica. (424) 744-8008.
12/ ODYS+PENELOPE 9
Because the applewood-smoked short ribs and the pavlova are making Besha Rodell swoon. Two stars will do. // Fairfax. (323) 939-1033.