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While the city is cooling off, the dining scene is heating up. East of the LA river, a restaurant dusted in Sichuan pepper leaves you wondering, while to the west, an award-winning chef’s twenty-course-plus menu has the beachside buzzing. LA is on fire, so put down that leftover slice—now is the time to dine out. The Hit List has your contenders lined up.
Because everyone is talking about the latest venture from James Beard Award-winning Chef Beran (Alinea and Next). Just don’t expect anything from his past; this intimate restaurant serves a fresh multi-course menu. // Santa Monica. Book now on Resy.
Because the pasta maestro, chef Funke, will leave you feeling full and happy. This spot has legit Italian — from the pasta of Bologna to Puglia’s quintessential Orecchiette with rapini. Do not miss the focaccia siciliana, or you’ll regret it. // Venice. Book now on Resy.
Because welcome to la familia. An ode to chef Ricardo Zarate’s mother, Rosaliné, takes you to Peru, from the soil to the sea. Pro-tip: start with the ceviche crocante and a “Bellicose Warrior”. // WeHo. (323) 297-9500.
Because the Hatfields are coming in strong with their new Downtown outpost. Expect handmade pastas, garden salads, meaty sandwiches, and a pastry case stocked with sweets. P.S. Al fresco season is year-round in LA, so take advantage of the patio. // Downtown. (213) 278-0025.
Because Israeli food is having a moment. Middle Eastern comfort food will leave you satisfied and yea, the hummus delivers. // Silver Lake. Walk-ins only.
Because Zach Pollack is taking over Silver Lake in a big way. First, Alimento threw down innovative Italian, now his hub on Sunset dishes out Italian-American classics. Can someone pass the ranch? Grazie. // Silver Lake. (213) 908-5211.
Because a rotating menu means peak of the season, and chef David Wilcox wouldn’t have it any other way. Multi-colored heirloom corn, grilled okra, and green beans in a yogurt tarragon dressing— this is the place to veg out (guilt-free). // Atwater. Book now on Resy.
Because straight from Mexico City, Chef Maycoll Calderon pushes the boundaries of Mexican food (think ceviche tostada, red snapper aguachile, and a melt-in-your-mouth Baja tuna with ginger rice). Pro-tip: the cornbread number with caramelized popcorn is on the money. // Silver Lake. Book now on Resy.
Because when JGold starts a review talking about an existential awakening, the food is bound to be transformative. The live crawfish steamed in chili sauce left him pondering, “does existence precede essence?” Enter the abyss to find out. // San Gabriel. (626) 782-7660.
10/Lodge Bread Co.
Because gluten gets a bad rap, but these James Beard Award noms (bakers and owners Alexander Phaneuf and Or Amsalam) are dishing out the good stuff. A wood-fired pizza oven slings classic and seasonal pies, while sandwiches are piled high on crusty bread. Don’t forget to save room for the sourdough cinnamon rolls. // Culver City. Walk-ins only.
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