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Times are a-changin’, and so are appetites. In LA’s restaurant scene, new it-eateries dominate. Whether you’re in the mood for Middle Eastern in Hollywood or Italian on Beverly, you can enjoy an array of cuisines from innovative chefs. Because now more than ever, you are where you eat. Here’s your LA Hit List, ready for landing.
Because when Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson found a space for their falafel stand, Madcapra, in Grand Central Market it was kismet, and now, their latest endeavor is called just that. With the help of heavy hitters Jon & Vinny, it’s no wonder the industry is abuzz. The food stands up to the hype. // East Hollywood. Book now on Resy.
Because Italians know how to lunch. Sit in the garden courtyard, have a panino or one of Angelini’s specials, and finish on a sweet note with the house-made gelato. Now take a nap–it’s the Italian way. // Fairfax. (323) 297-0070.
Because if anyone can make winter feel bright, Jeremy Fox can. Case in point: nettle-dill spaetzle and winter vegetable giardiniera. Pro Tip: Start off with a cherimoya sour while it’s still in season. // Santa Monica. Book now on Resy.
Because when restaurateur Josef Centeno opens a new concept, eaters pay attention. The latest star on his roster is devoted to a plant-based menu. Expect fresh pasta, pizza and peak-of-the-season vegetables. // Downtown. (213) 687-7015.
Because this intimate counter-service-only cafe is the perfect venue for Chef Jordan Kahn’s avant garde dishes. They’re almost too beautiful to eat. Almost. Dig in. Lunch only. // Culver City. Walk-ins only.
Because if you haven’t yet sunk your teeth into the Tehachapi yeast rolls with sea salt honey butter, you haven’t fully lived. Order two rounds just to be safe. Every dish is a win: “lick the plate” is the motto. // Culver City. (310) 391.4222.
Because in LA if it’s in a strip mall, it’s legit. Chef Jonathan Yao’s tasting menu reflects his upbringing with Japanese and Taiwanese dishes. Still hungry? Order the pork belly rice à la carte. // Sawtelle. (424) 535-3041.
Because Frog Town’s favorite watering hole has something for everyone. Tacos? Check. Killer Caesar salad? Double check. One hell of a hot buttered rum? See you in the morning. // Frog Town. Walk-ins.
Because breakfast, lunch, dinner and more. Whether you’re meeting friends for a quick lunch on the patio, or a romantic dinner for two in a booth, Winsome delivers. // Echo Park. Book now on Resy.
Because come for the cocktails and stay for the burrata sandwich. Did someone say milk and cookies? Dip ’em if you know what’s good for you. // Downtown. Book now on Resy.
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