Cocktails continue to lead the way, Italian is always choice, and island flavors mix up the scene. LA, your Hit List is up, and you are where you eat. Did someone say fried Fluffer-Nutter?
Because after Red Medicine’s success, the anticipation was palpable for Chef Jordan Kahn’s next spot. Innovation still plays, and this neighborhood café is down to earth, despite being named after a comet. Breakfast and lunch only. // Culver City. Walk-ins only.
2/E.P. & L.P.
Because Fijian bangers and cocktails with a punch. West Hollywood’s E.P. & L.P. delivers on multiple levels. Case in point: soft shell crab banh mi on the rooftop. // WeHo. Book now at E.R. & L.P..
Because you need to join Chef Marcel Vigneron’s wolf pack. You’ll dig the bee pollen touch in the charred broccoli polonaise and the chocolate ganache tart. Plus, check out Wolf’s sister restaurant, Beefsteak, the plant based, farm fresh, fast food restaurant your day-to-day needs. // Fairfax. (323) 424-7735.
Because go for the pasta and stay for the in vino veritas. The Fiorata pizza with spicy salumi, nutty provolone, and sweet buckwheat honey is spot-on. Even the charred broccoli has your number. // Pico-Robertson. (310) 277-0210.
5/Black Market Liquor Bar
Because this neighborhood tavern serves up finger licken’ Spicy Korean Chicken Wings and a Deep Fried Fluffer-Nutter. Get dirty with it. And don’t even think about missing the ricotta gnudi. // Studio City. Book now at Black Market Liquor Bar.
Because next to the river in an old auto body shop, the tacos don’t quit. Mexican grilled meats, handmade flour tortillas, micheladas, and, as J. Gold says, al pastor “like something a favorite uncle may have cooked up in his backyard.” // Frogtown. Coming soon to Resy!
Because Larchmont’s Italian gem brings al dente to the neighborhood. Sharp décor and classic Mediterranean dishes make this meal one to remember. Did someone order the osso buco? Its side of creamy polenta has your name on it. // Larchmont. Book now at Vernetti.
Because Silver Lake gets a classic Italian restaurant right on Sunset. The clean design, open kitchen and authentic dishes, make for a hell of a date night. End the night Sicilian style with the amaro sponge cake and smoked meringue. // Silver Lake. (323) 641-3705.
9/The Walker Inn
Because omakase cocktails. Let the mixings of co-owner and bartender Devon Tarby set the mood while you take a trip down the PCH. And don’t leave without experiencing “Osmosis” on their current Science Fair menu, available for a limited time. // Downtown. Book now at The Walker Inn.
Because shaved ice in Playa Vista is SoCal living in a lick. Step into this Hawaiian hotspot and make your own poke bowl with all the fixings. Pro Tip: Get a side of spam musubi. Aloha. // Playa Vista. (424)835-4192.
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