Back away from the food trucks. It’s time for the Resy Hit List for Los Angeles and there’s a grilled avocado with your name on it. Global plates with bottled cocktails hit Little Tokyo, the Nice Guys roll out the meatballs, go kosher on the westside and Silver Lake reps dan dan noodles like a boss. Because, you know the drill, you are where you eat.
Because reinvent how you craft cocktails. Mozza alum David King is on the bar with hand bottled cocktails and Chef Duke Gervais is slinging Croque madame pizzas. You read that right. Cut that béchamel with the Bay of Pigs rye number and it’s a bash. // Little Tokyo. Walk-ins only.
Because did you check out The Order? Al fresco is the ticket and a double down on the garlic spaghettini is calling your name. Stephen Kalt’s best coast outpost is a triple threat: choice wine list, handmade pastas and don’t forget the grilled avocado FTW. // Fairfax. Book now at Spartina.
Because Mike Williams’ cast-iron cornbread deserves a standing ovation. And the space is très chic with cocktails that pack a punch. // WeHo. (323) 450-4211.
Because the Milanese risotto with bone marrow — mix it in — and saffron is a best of both worlds situation. Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow tops the lineup and that’s not just the name of the drink: it’s how many times you’ll be back. A presto. // Arts District. (213) 553-8006.
Because the tofu slays. A Vegas import, Raku is exactly what WeHo deserves, a legit authentic Japanese spot with a scene. P.S. When the live uni udon hits the daily again, order up. // Weho. Book now at Aburiya Raku.
6/The Nice Guy
Because the premiere restaurant from nightlife powerhouse, The H.Wood Group, is Hollywood’s favorite pre-game. Plush banquettes and straight forward wise guy inspired eats, i.e. chicken picatta, FTW. There’s even a movie that may or may not be named after the A-list hotspot, if only the walls could talk. // WeHo. (310) 360-9500.
Because Vietnamese done right is an ace in your pocket and Chef Bryant has a full house. There are no bad hands here. // Santa Monica. (310) 393-6699.
8/L&E Oyster Bar
Because weekend brunch just happened and that means the daily dozen with bloody marys to wash down last night’s festivities. Throw in a classic citrus avocado salad with those caramelized leek morning potatoes and call it a day. A job well done. // Silver Lake. (323) 660-2255.
9/Pine & Crane
Because the spicy wontons alone save you the trek to SGV for legit Chinese. Sure, the line gets intense but that’s how you know it’s fire. Plus, all of the produce comes from chef/owner Vivian Ku’s family farm. And boba gives you life. // Silver Lake. (323) 668-1128.
Because this is the no-fuss Mediterranean hub you’ve been looking for and didn’t know it was hidden in plain site. They’ve got it all: falafel, babaganush, hummus, matzo ball soup and don’t forget to take an order of baklava for the road. // Sawtelle. (310) 479-5444.