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A soul food spot from renowned restaurateur Daniel Patterson
When LA last heard from Daniel Patterson, he was partnering with Roy Choi on Locol, the burger spot in Watts that was as renowned for its politics as its food. Now, he’s taken Keith Corbin -- one of the rising-star chefs out of the Locol kitchen -- and helped him open Alta Adams, a soul food spot that bridges the gap between West African and California cuisines, with offerings like skillet fried chicken, oxtails & rice, and pig foot and vegetable salad.
A beautiful new multi-use mid-city spot
This new space from The Kalt Group has various different venues within, all of which serve different purposes: there’s a casual cafe on the street level with coffee, tea, breakfast burritos, and charcuterie; a back room with an elevated cocktail program; and a dining room serving up chilled corn soup with lump crab and classics like filet mignon cooked with herb compound butter.
A beloved LA chef goes casual in KTown
Formerly Roy Choi’s beloved Commissary (RIP), Openaire at the Line in Koreatown’s now helmed by Josiah Citrin -- best known as the chef behind the fancy schmancy Melisse. Openaire maintains his rep for high-quality eats with a slightly more casual vibe; menu highlights include suckling pig with ginger rice and xo sauce, and chicken-fried quail with persimmon and lime, but don’t sleep on the totally ridiculous salted beet, which somehow balances sweet and savory in a perfect root-vegetable flavor assault.
A new neighborhood spot from some of LA’s best under-the-radar talent
This restaurant and whiskey bar’s got food from Kurt Steeber (who’s done time with Eric Rippert), and drinks from beverage director Billy Ray (who helped develop the bar menu at Melrose Umbrella Company). Here, they’re focusing on rye whiskies, with more than 70 behind the bar; you’ll also find an unusual beer selection (including a beer made by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine) and generally Keto-friendly foods, including a whole rotisserie chicken with sweet potato and collard greens and fresh lamb sausage & bitter greens pasta.
A sweet sandwich shop with an eye to Japan
Though it’s only been open a couple of short weeks, Konbi -- a cute little restaurant from a duo who met working at Momofuku Ssam Bar -- has already gained cult status for its super-simple menu of “Japanese-style sandwiches, and the things that go well with them” (see? Cute!!). The sandwiches themselves are no-fuss: pork katsu with cabbage, omelette with dashi, etc., but packed with flavor; the “things that go well with them” include sunchokes with roasted shishito and pistachio dip and honeynut squash salad with miso dressing.
Timothy Hollingsworth’s new game-and-food-hang
The chef from Otium’s newest spot is a bit more fun than his adjacent-to-the-Broad classic: This one’s over the Fields food hall and features craveable, nostalgia-inspiring foodstuffs like pizza pockets and hush puppies, as well as bigger dishes like flat iron steak, in a space with a ton of games including old-school arcade machines and foosball tables.
A French marketplace, restaurant, and bar in the heart of the city
The dudes behind The Larchmont (which once upon a time served the best burger in all of Los Angeles, may we remember it fondly) have opened this marketplace and restaurant, with product offerings from all-stars like Gwen and Monsieur Marcel. The menu’s focused on French classics like moule frites and Le Croque Madame, with an eye toward plant-forward dishes as well.
A modern barstaurant with an eye to the past
This semi-reimagining of Westbound (same space, different chef, different owners, different concept) is focused on the history of LA, with a drinks menu that’s themed after “Los Angeles in Three Centuries” (drinks include the Bear Flag Revolt and the San Gabriel) as well as a food menu with pork belly fries, and a burger with a short rib, chuck, and brisket blend.
A sports bar with a country club twist
LA has an unabashed new-school love for theme bars and an old-school love for country clubs, so it’s almost surprising no one’s put the two together before now. This spot’s fully committed to the theme: There are 20 TVs showing sports in a room with fancy banquettes and serving no-nonsense faves like club sandwiches and wagyu hot dogs, as well as a happy hour with $10 cocktails.
Jeremy Fall’s new diner concept lands at the Beverly Center
The guy behind Nighthawk Breakfast Bar’s newest spot is this diner-themed restaurant at the Beverly Center, which is an extension of his popular burger pop-up concept. The menu includes next-level takes on all your diner favorites: pork belly Benedict, Sriracha tuna melts, buffalo fried chicken and funnel cake, and much more.
The new west coast flagship of NYC’s dessert institution
Rumors of Milk Bar -- Christina Tosi’s Momofuku-associated wonderland for dessert lovers -- dropping in LA have been rampant for years, and the rumors are finally true. Not only is the new location massive, including a commissary kitchen and classroom, but it’s also serving up only-in-LA goodness (Pistachio-Lemon Brioche! Inspired-by-Disneyland Pineapple Fo-Sho Whip!) as well as the sweets that made it a full on NY classic (Crack Pie!!).
One of the country’s most renowned pizza spots lands in Culver
It’s been called one of the best pizza spots in the country by… well, just about everyone (including us), and after years of underground pop-ups Roberta’s has finally dropped in the Platform development in Culver City. Toppings include speck and gorgonzola as well as more traditional options, and they’ve also got pastas, veggies, and more; thankfully what they don’t have (yet) is NYC’s notorious waits.
The Valley finally gets a taste of chef Ludo Lefebvre
Ludo Lefebvre’s Petit Trois has been a long-standing favorite in Hollywood thanks to absolutely perfect French omelets and a burger that many people rave about, but the second location in the Valley is larger and more ornate -- a testament to the new excitement around food in a part of LA long considered a culinary wasteland. The menu here is expanded from the original, so expect breakfast tartines and crabcakes at dinner, as well as the old favorites.
Middle Eastern follow-up from the team behind Bestia
Bestia has been on our best-of Eat Seeker list since its inception, so it’s no surprise that the opening of the Middle Eastern sequel to that iconic Italian spot has also garnered a spot on the list. The menu’s full of cross-regional specialties like lamb flatbreads and confit turmeric chicken legs, as well as duck hummus (aka the one thing you never want to hear at a food fight).
The first LA spot from Momofuku's David Chang
Celebrated Momofuku restaurateur/Ugly Delicious star David Chang’s first-ever LA concept is a tough reservation, which is no surprise: the dude’s food, which draws from Asian cuisine as well as US traditions, is practically made for LA. Early favorites include Benton's sausage-stuffed, fried Korean peppers, and a short rib made a la BBQ master Adam Perry Lang, with kitchen duties from exec chef Jude Parra-Sickels (who was Roy Choi’s No. 2 man for years).
When Evan Funke was at the now-defunct Bucato in Culver City, his handmade pasta was considered some of the best in LA -- and since closing that restaurant, he’s spent time in Italy and made it even better. It’s not hyperbole to say that the pastas at Felix are among the best we’ve ever eaten, anywhere, and they’re made even more delicious somehow by the open-kitchen vibe in the restaurant: The best seats are by the pasta-making window, where Funke and his staff hypnotically knead and roll dough. Come hungry.
This mysterious, much-hyped project from former Red Medicine/current Destroyer chef Jordan Kahn’s not for the weak-walleted: a set menu for dinner costs $250. But, when it’s been described by the team behind it as “a dimension of cuisine that is neither rooted in tradition nor culture -- it is from a time that is yet to be, and a place that does not exist,” it’s impossible to not be intrigued. Essentially, it’s like the OK Computer of restaurants: moody, unique, and boldly futuristic.
Sure, these guys' newer Italian restaurant Jon & Vinny's is hot right now, too, and their seafood restaurant Son of a Gun is also a stone-cold classic at this point. But the OG from these dudes still stands out for its delicious creativity; years in, they haven't let the menu get stale at all, which means you're gonna be ordering the classics -- and then whatever insanity they've put on the menu today, since it may not be there again tomorrow.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Since its opening in 2012, Bestia's sort of become the definitive LA restaurant, offering a menu that appeals to both eat-anything foodies (pan-roasted chicken gizzards!) and eat-carefully dieters (tomato & plum salad!) in a setting that feels both industrial and homey, with prices that won't make you feel wallet regret when you wake up in the morning. It's no surprise it's still one of the few tough reservations in the city; despite its size, everyone who leaves immediately wants to go back.
Before she was on the wildly popular Netflix show Chef's Table, Niki Nakayama's hole-in-the-wall Culver City spot -- where she makes impossibly meticulous Japanese food that seems to hit all your taste buds at once -- was already one of the most buzzy restaurants among foodie-type people in LA. But now that the cat's out of the bag, it's become nationally famous as well, which means getting in is a struggle -- a totally worth-it struggle.
Seriously, are they ever going to run out of stall space at GCM -- which, at this point, should just be considered a treasure of the city? Let's hope not: Not only are all the old spots great (and set up for killer mash-ups), but newer openings (like Union chef Bruce Kalman's pasta spot Knead & Co, the vegan ramen joint Ramen Hood, a Golden Road Brewing stall, and the bivalve-y Oyster Gourmet) make it a must-visit. Like, all the time.
Despite lots of competition from upstarts, Providence is still LA's best special-occasion restaurant: The service is impeccable, as is Michael Cimarusti’s seafood. Is it cheap? It is not. Is it worth it? Most definitely.
This fried chicken spot’s had lines from day one, but that’s no surprise: The now-defunct truck of the same name, which specialized in the same Nashville hot chicken as the brick & mortar, was absolutely exceptional. Add to that the fact that neighbors in the Chinatown mini-mall include Roy Choi’s Chego! and the revolving test-kitchen Unit 120, and you may want to hit them all with a large group for a sharing-friendly feast.
This long-standing, high-priced, gorgeous sushi bar Downtown finds its way back to Eat Seeker thanks to an insane premium omakase, just added to the menu. Give the chef a few days' notice and he’ll source rare, seasonal fish from Japan and elsewhere around the world, with a 15+-course tasting of flavors you literally can’t get anywhere else in LA (and that al dente vinegar rice is outstanding, too).
If we told you that one of the best pizza spots in the city was in Brentwood, would you believe us? You should: Chef Daniele Uditi is from Naples and insists his pizza taste like home, with Italian-imported ingredients making up the bulk of the toppings. Don’t miss his on-special margherita (which is topped with a crunchy basil mixture that gives it far more texture than a traditional pie) and the fried artichoke salad, which hits you with flavor and bite.