The 14 Best Dates for Foodies in LA

Published On 04/16/2015 Published On 04/16/2015
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1. Chloe's at Golden Road Brewing 5410 W San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 (Glendale)

If you’ve only eaten in the pub or on the patio at the Golden Road Brewery, you’re missing out on a well-kept secret: the beautiful and expansive private event space known as Chloe’s. A cross between an upscale British pub and a German chalet, this hidden spot plays host to periodic special events that are open to the public, like the quarterly Brewer’s Suppers, featuring a four-course prix fixe meal with (not-surprisingly) beer pairings. Sign up for the newsletter to stay in the loop, and email ASAP to secure a spot.

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2. Sweet Rose Creamery 826 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90402 (Santa Monica)

This Santa Monica small-batch creamery offers free behind-the-scenes tours of its shop on the second Saturday of every month at 10am, so... ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST!! You'll find regular flavors like chocolate, vanilla, mint chocolate chip, but also super-interesting seasonals like olive oil, coconut lemongrass, and loquat compote.

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3. Tender Greens 6290 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

Tender Greens is the place for locally grown, choose-your-own-adventure meals composed of sustainable meats, wine and beer, and fresh produce harvested from vertical planters located on the store's patio. Yeah, that’s pretty local.

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4. Terrine 8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Nostalgic French fare is given the expansive brasserie and a fairytale garden it deserves in Terrine, with chef Kris Morningstar masterminding elegant chicken confit salad, garlic-butter bathed escargots and a steak frites with smoked bone marrow that can be paired with an impressive French wine list. The namesake terrine, made with foie gras and served with apricot compote, proves worthy of the honor. Yet, a visit is utterly incomplete without sampling the charcuterie boards: with truffled chicken liver, terrine de campaign, liverwurst, andouille sausage and smoked beef deckle arranged with pickled morsels on a sturdy wooden disc. Dreamy and casual, the dining room is filled with bistro chairs, distressed brick and umber-hued leather banquettes with ornate mirrors propped behind them. The best part awaits behind an archway in the back, revealing an outdoor lounge with a giant illuminated tree as the centerpiece. The spot is more than an ideal perch for star-gazing, a well-balanced classic cocktail by Ryan Wainwright making you question your balance.

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5. The Little Door 8164 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

If you haven’t already wooed a date with the super-romantic hidden courtyard of The Little Door, it's time to whisk one away for a French-Moroccan-inspired evening without shelling out for a plane ticket. At both the original neighborhood favorite (and the equally charming Santa Monica location), you can feast on fare like lamb with merguez sausages and chicken tajine paired with Moroccan wines and a candlelit Spanish tiled patio.

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6. The Springs 608 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021 (Downtown)

Okay, stick with us here: this yoga studio/juicery/vegan eatery/wine and beer bar (this place is straight outta Portlandia) appeals to health-conscious winos who 1) apparently exist?, and 2) also like craft IPAs as well as actually tasty-sounding, plant-based foods like mushroom-miso pho. You might want hit this spot up for brunch, too, when it offers both egg-loaded and eggless options, depending on how hardcore you are. Know what's even better than dessert? Topping off your meal with a deep-tissue massage.

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7. Faith & Flower 705 West 9th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (Downtown)

A beautiful Downtown restaurant -- from a Michelin-award winning chef and the guys who founded the Pebble Beach Food & Wine fest -- Faith and Flower serves up a menu of seasonal dishes, classic staples, and a raw bar. The aphrodisiac seafood, vintage touches, and romantic décor, including hand mirrors and candles throughout the eating area, establish this as a prime date night spot.

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8. Tacoteca 2460 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

All hail the insanely creative tacos at Tacoteca, a joint venture from Ricardo Diaz, one of the guys behind Guisados, and Adam Fleischman, the guy behind Umami. Where there are tacos, there is tequila, and Tacoteca delivers with a bar program heavy on mezcal and tequila cocktails.

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9. The Churchill 8384 W 3rd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

What do you get when you cross Bambi with a ghost? Bamboo! Okay, okay, but what do you get when you cross a new James Beard-nom'd chef dude with The Churchill? Crazy-good, all-day eats like short rib hash & eggs (breakfast), duck sausage goat cheese pizza (lunch), Kumamotos in a puddle of 12yr Bowmore (dinner), and bourbon-glazed apple and bacon upside down cake (dessert)!

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10. Patina 141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)

This French-inspired Downtown eatery is located on the side of the Disney Hall -- making it that much more magical (sorry, we had to). Indulge in the fish or one of many delicious desserts.

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11. Petrossian 321 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048 (West Hollywood)

This classy cafe/shop's got a bright interior, patio, and a menu including dishes like rib eye w/ shallot confit, baby spinach & wild mushroom fricassee. If you are 1) a caviar fan and 2) willing to drop some coin, you’re definitely going to want to go lux with the “Caviar 301” class at this WeHo French favorite. On the third Thursday of every month, you can indulge in a tasting of the Petrossian’s most expensive caviars along with an epic, caviar-centric, seven-course dinner for $125/person. The deal even throws in a caviar martini, flute of Champagne or vodka, or glass of white wine to sweeten the deal.