Michelin Guide recognition or not, LA restaurants continue to be star-worthy. Whether craving a three-star kaiseki restaurant, or a new wave Korean spot in a strip mall, the city’s stomach has room for every cuisine. Because you are where you eat, switch up your style and take a different lane.
Because yeah, okay, you like it. Maybe it’s the plating, or the frozen skyr-topped porridge– either way, Chef Jordan Kahn has won-over the city again. Daytime only; serving Manufactory’s house-roasted beans. // Culver City. Walk-ins only.
2/Here’s Looking at You
Because KTown is having a moment. Turning fusion food on its head, according to the LA Times, Here’s Looking at You doesn’t try to pin down any one region. Did you know that the bar serves pie every night? Now you do. // Koreatown. (213) 568-3573.
3/E.P. & L.P.
Because dinner and dancing on the rooftop is Hollywood living. Chef Louis Tikaram will treat you to an extended curry playlist while the mixologist whips up an original Take the Weather With You gin cocktail. // WeHo. Book now at E.R. & L.P..
Because it’s “a taste of the future,” says Jonathan Gold. Easy to miss, but hard to forget, the best food is hidden in non-descript strip malls (as every Angeleno knows), and this new wave Korean delivers. Kombucha plays, so love your gut for the holidays. // Hollywood. (323) 929-9288.
Because soak-in the golden hour light every night of the week. Echo Park’s date night go-to serves dinner and a solid cocktail program. If the year was just too much to handle, order an It Just Doesn’t Matter tequila cocktail, and forget about it. // Echo Park. Book now at Winsome.
Because this izakaya gem is always dressed to impress. Big hitters are seasonal Santa Barbara uni, foie gras don, and an impressive jizake (small production Japanese sake) selection. // WeHo. Book now at Aburiya Raku.
Because brunch margaritas by the river is the pro move. Carne asada fries means Sunday Funday, complete with eggs Benedict. // Frogtown. Walk-ins only.