A zillion restaurants open in LA every month. You can't possibly be expected to keep track of all of them, especially when you've got other, way more important stuff to worry about, like WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FIRST EPISODE OF SEASON 2 OF HOUSE OF CARDS SERIOUSLY WTFFFF. That's why we went ahead and kept track of them for you. Here're 15 epic LA openings from February that you won't have to sell Raymond Tusk on.
Roadhouse (click here for address and deets)
You can finally eat well at the Improv on Hollywood, thanks to this BBQ spot from a team that includes Umami's Adam Fleischman. Two things you absolutely have to try: the house-cured hunan bacon, and the head of the day -- yep, a pig, goat, or lamb head. Barbecued. On your plate.
Maude (click here for address and deets)
That Australian dude on Top Chef Masters opened his first LA operation – a prix fixe-only, special-occasion-or-you-just-wanna-eat-really-good-food place, with menus changing regularly based on a single, super-fresh ingredient. Bacon's pretty fresh, right?
Mondo Taco (click here for address and deets)
The beloved world-taco stand's relocated to a much larger spot on the Westside, with new tortilla stuffers, including the fried chicken/bacon/chipotle BBQ/ranch “Southern Decadence”.
The Bun Shop (click here for address and deets)
The brick-and-mortar outpost of Sir Mix-a-Lot's favorite food truck is doing bao stuffed with beef, BBQ pork, and fried chicken.
EnjoEat (click here for address and deets)
Culver City's newest bootery's blasting out classics like spaghetti carbonara topped w/ crispy bacon & sliced steak w/ Parmigiano, as well as a massive pizza menu and a half-calzone they're hilariously calling the "Brando".
POT Lobby Bar at The Line (click here for address and deets)
This collab between Kogi hero Roy Choi and bar hero Matt Biancaniello is home to possibly the craziest bar menu in LA, with offerings like a White Russian made with mushroom-infused vodka, and an uni cocktail. Yep. Uni cocktail.
Whiskey Red's (click here for address and deets)
Marina Del Rey
What do you get at Marina Del Rey's newest seafoodery? A massive patio, a huge raw bar, and a classics-centric, brown-spirit cocktail list, as well as a monstrous brunch buffet. Mmm... brunch buffet...
1 Oak (click here for address and deets)
Hollywood's newest oontzery's taken over the Key Club space, which means both a downstairs and upstairs bar, plus a mid-room DJ blasting both EDM and hip-hop, rather than Metal Skool and... whatever else happened at the Key Club.
Dia De Campo (click here for address and deets)
The South Bay continues its run of on-point seafood restaurants with this new Mexican-leaning guy from the people behind Abigaile and Little Sister, who're doing ridiculously tasty stuff like salmon tostadas, whole-roasted Jidori chicken, and ultra-fresh oysters.
Le Mervetty (click here for address and deets)
This Beverly Hills patissiere's doling out the French pastry Merveilleux – a sort of cream-topped meringue, which comes in chocolate, pistachio, and Nutella. Added bonus: the shop clerks are in tutus. For some reason.
Meizhou Dongpo (click here for address and deets)
The actually kinda-great food court at the Century City mall has upped its offerings again with this ultra-legit (and, let's be honest, unpronounceable) Sichuan resto, doling out Asian ingest-ables like Peking duck and sweet-and-sour pork ribs.
1. Maude212 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills
2. Mondo Taco2200 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica
3. La Mervetty319 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills
4. The Bun Shop151 N Western Ave, Los Angeles
5. DeSano Pizza Bakery4959 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles
6. Whiskey Red's13813 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey
7. POT Lobby Bar3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
8. Jackalope Bar515 W 7th St, Los Angeles
9. City Tavern735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles
10. EnjoEAT3912 Van Buren Pl, Culver City
11. 1 Oak9039 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
12. 9021Pho7950 W Sunset Blvd Unit E, Los Angeles
13. Meizhou Dongpo10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles
14. Día de Campo1238 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach
15. Roadhouse at The Improv8162 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
This intimate and stylish resto by Curtis Stone features a different monthly ingredient that is used in nine tasting plates for a truly unique culinary experience.
These guys do tacos in a number of ways from your classic shell and filling to bowls and wraps. They also have a wide selection of specialty beverages, sides, and desserts.
This French bakery and coffee shop is about as specialized as it gets: it serves a single kind of meringue-based pastry in a variety of different delicious and creative flavors and sizes.
This brick and mortar location of the popular food truck has quickly become a Korean BBQ bao & brew haunt. Dishing out Korean-style buns and a number of beers, wine and soju, The Bun Shop is an affordable venue all your Korean-eats needs.
It’s nuts that DeSano isn’t a thousand times more famous: the casual East Hollywood pizza shop imports its ingredients straight from Italy, and you can clearly taste the difference when you bite into any of the its cheesy masterpieces. The industrial space includes an open kitchen with a few pizza ovens, communal wood tables, and flat screen TVs, so it’s great for groups. And don’t think DeSano is just about pizza, the menu includes calzones, meatballs, and cannoli.
If you're in the mood for the freshest seafood and a relaxing atmosphere, Whiskey Red's is a quality choice, serving a variety of grub from the sea like fresh oysters, Pacific local Rockfish, and battered fried calamari.
Located in The Line Hotel, PLB pours some unfamiliar versions of familiar drinks, such as a Tom Collins with stinging nettle-infused gin and Long Islands with mezcal, blood orange, and aloe.
In the back of Seven Grand is the bodacious, lustful Bar Jackalope -- seducing you with delicious whiskey flights, serious ambiance points, and a rowdy crowd.
This Downtown hotspot has got deliciously juicy burgers, great brews, and interesting company.
This Italian resto is a no-frills trattoria-style establishment that is perfect for lunch or dinner.
Part of a chain of clubs stemming from NYC and Vegas, 1 OAK stands for "one of a kind", which it technically isn't, but is still a great place to go clubbin'.
Just one of a handful of eateries with the same name, this resto from Kimmy Tang serves up delicious Vietnamese cuisine with French and Californian twists.
This Sichuan-inspired grub hub has got some serious eats -- try their dandan noodles or the pork belly bowl.
This beachy, Mexican Hermosa hotspot has got some seriously impressive spicy eats.