Independence Day has come and gone and the Resy Hit List has hit like a firework. Beat the heat with an ice cold beer at Firestone Walker or stay classy with a whiskey on the rocks at Downtown’s new kid on the block Miro. You know the drill, so dig in:
Because the heat wave is real and WeHo’s hotspot is burning up. The space is a Thomas Schoos design (Koi, Citizen Smith, etc) and the kitchen is helmed by Chef Mike Williams (prev. of Sherman Oak’s Tipple & Brine). Mediterranean flavor by way of Cali means lamb meatballs, house made ricotta, and a cast iron cornbread to rule them all. // WeHo. (323) 450-4211.
Because save the mileage, Seville is at your doorstep. Chef Chris Feldmeier’s ode to southern Spain, is as J Gold puts it, “…Light, intensely spiced vegetable-forward Mediterranean cooking tastes like something we’ve been eating for years, a tapas-like cousin to the kinds of things Suzanne Goin has been doing at A.O.C.” Now you know. // Fairfax. (323) 372-1251.
Because Kevin Meehan’s dinner party has permanent digs and Drew Langley (Providence) is pouring vino. Charred avocado salad? Get it before the avocado apocalypse hits. Word on the street is the meringue gelato with candied yolk dusted over top is some next level ish. You heard it here first. // Larchmont. (323) 871-4160.
Because as long as you got your suit and tie, Miro has got it fixed up to the nines. Head down to the subterranean whiskey bar dedicated to the good stuff. Upstairs, the dining room is sleek with a marble bar, intimate lighting and a private dining room complete with a wall covered with bottles of wine. You’re going to need one. // Downtown. (213) 988-8880
Because a glass of red and a steak frites in the open dining room is where it’s at. With sister hotspot Dinette down the blvd, hitmaker Gareth Kantner has put his Midas touch on Sunset and it all starts with Stella. After nearly two decades, it’s safe to say the junction’s shining star is an institution. // Santa Monica. (424) 744-8671.
6/Firestone Walker Brewery
Because the best way to kick off summer vibes is with a cold craft brew by the beach. The taproom is open and the beer is flowing. Bites are exactly what you want at a brewery, big juicy Bear burgers, pork belly carnitas and ‘za. Classic combos all day erryday. // Venice. Book now at Firestone Walker Brewery.
7/The Cannibal Beer & Butcher
Because they had you at kimchi meatball sub. Consider this the ultimate mashups menu. Cacio e pepe chips, everything pretzels, tripe chili dogs, this is the place for unexpected fire. Props to whoever smashes the 96oz rib-eye. Go big or go home. // Culver City. Book Now The Cannibal Beer & Butcher.
Don’t call it a comeback. Chef Beau Laughlin knocks it out with the Sunset Triangle’s latest gem, Sawyer. Is this the next happy hour hotspot? The patio delivers and the shared plates have you coming back for more. Plus, brunch game is strong. Ricotta skillet cakes, say what?! // Silver Lake. (323) 641-3709.
Because tacos are the lay of the land and Frog Town just got spicy. The al fresco dining oasis is grilling up meats and fish on the open flame. Hand made flour tortillas and guacamole for days, this is the new Mexi-Cali restaurant eastsiders never knew they needed. Margaritas makes it a fiesta. // Frog Town. “No phone yet.”
Because the Far East Plaza’s latest resident is brought to you by Eggslut’s Alvin Cailan. Throwing Filipino-bbq into the mix, Amboy is finger lickin’ good. The tiny takeout window serves up street food eats in banana leaves. It doesn’t get more OG than that. // Chinatown. (213) 537-0053.