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Los Angeles is in full swing al fresco season. So get your base tan on, and let the rosé flow. If you’re on the hunt for a new watering hole, look no further. The Hit List is back with the latest roundup of top restaurants from Santa Monica to Silver Lake. Because you are where you eat; snag a patio table at one of the city’s top eateries.
Because summer freshness comes down to the produce, and the Sara(h)s at Kismet know their vegetables. Hollywood’s Middle Eastern darling serves up Freekeh Fritters, the creamiest lebneh you’ll ever taste, and crispy smashed potatoes day and night. // Hollywood. Book now on Resy.
2/EP & LP
Because Chef Louis Tikaram isn’t afraid of a challenge. Whether introducing new herbs or serving up the perfect gluten-free fried chicken batter, EP & LP delivers on all levels. Now pass the kewpie sriracha dipping sauce. // WeHo. Book now on Resy.
Because omakase by Chef Jonathan Yao is the only way to dine, and Kato ensures you are always well fed. The menu changes daily, and it’s in a strip mall so you know it’s legit. // Sawtelle. (424) 535-3041.
Because back to his stomping grounds, Chef Miles Thompson brings new blood to a Santa Monica establishment. Leek and king crab tortellini with a crisp white al fresco is LA at its best. // Santa Monica. (310) 451-0843.
Because izakaya hits Echo Park just in time for summer. Sake-marinated foie gras, chawanmushi, buttermilk kara-age, are just a few of the must-haves. Kanpai! // Echo Park. (213) 900-4900.
Because sit in a greenhouse and get your veg on. Order the shared dinner for two and relax– who needs decisions? Let Chef Diego Echavarria curate your evening; he’s a pro. // Koreatown. (213) 368-3030.
Because have you tasted the Fiorata pizza? Chef Steve Samson serves up a mean slice with salame piccante, provolone, and buckwheat honey. Spicy, salty, sweet– mangia. // Beverly Hills. (310) 277-0210.
Because Frogtown’s go-to Mexican joint dishes out more than tacos. Pro tip: get the new Tierra salad and pair it with La Paloma, and don’t miss the sunny outdoor seating. // Frogtown. Book now on Resy.
9/L&E Oyster Bar
Because oysters and champagne is summer done right. L&E is the place to go for just that– light fare (think salad niçoise with raw bigeye tuna) and an impressive wine list. // Silver Lake. Book now on Resy.
Because video games and the best damn burger around. Word on the street is Chef Nguyen Tran toured Texas for the ultimate burger recipe. Mission accomplished. // Echo Park. Walk-ins only.
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