Simone Biles knows, domination is the American way. In SoCal, it’s in the kitchen too. Here’s the latest and greatest, you are where you eat, so let the games begin. See you on the podium.
1/Here’s Looking at You
Because K-Town dropped a mix of Japanese, Mexican and everything in between. Animal alum, chef Jonathan Whitener, cooks up a California melting pot, sal de gusano (agave worm salt) included. // Koreatown. (213) 568-3573.
Because breakfast, lunch and now, dinner. Echo Park’s MVP just launched a fresh menu and the faloodeh and almond milk slushy has summer written all over it. // Echo Park. Book now at Winsome.
Because Mexicali is on fire in Frogtown. Handmade tortillas, grilled meats, and fresh guac is how the best coast does tacos. Get in line. // Frogtown. Walk-ins only.
Because what goes best with happy hour tagine poutine? An expertly crafted cocktail. // Downtown. (213) 988-8880.
5/The Cannibal Beer & Butcher
Because pre-order “The Ole 96’er,” the 60-day dry aged ribeye. If you’re a pro, get the Rhum With A View cocktail. // Culver City. Book now at The Cannibal.
Because the hippest neighborhood just got a brand new addition. Oysters and house beer on the patio is so LA. // Silver Lake. (323) 641-3709.
Because when the menu plays the hits JGold says, “you always order too much.” That’s why you brought friends. Kanpai. // WeHo. Book now at Aburiya Raku.
8/The Rose Cafe
Because did someone say foie gras hummus? You did. It’s peak al fresco season and the patio is on point, let the rosé flow. // Venice. (310) 399-0711.
Because when all the chefs head to Encino for sushi, it delivers. Everyone knows the valley is legit. // Encino. (818) 986-9712.
Because small plates with big flavor gives the Original Farmers Market a new life. Spain meets the Grove? It works. // Fairfax. (323) 372-1251.
Because, like Bon Appetit says, “No one makes a rice bowl like Kwang Uh.” That’s why it’s on BA’s top 10 list for 2016. // East Hollywood. (323) 819-4344.