It's so easy to get wrapped up in holiday stuff that you miss out on other things you're normally totally on top of. That is why your DVR still has at least three unwatched episodes of Mike & Molly on it (will they fight? Who knows?!?!?) and also how we never told you about these killer LA openings... 'til now.
The Best LA Restaurant Openings We Missed Because of the Holidays
Acclaimed veteran chef Stephen Kalt has never opened a restaurant in LA... until now; the Le Cirque alum's new Italian spot hit in December, and is serving up fresh-tasting pasta like fettuccine with preserved lemon, pecorino, and tomato and grilled prime sirloin with charred yam.
This collab between a ton of industry vets (including dudes from Lemonade and Red Medicine) is a fast-casual spot serving lunchtime deliciousness like Mary’s turkey larb lettuce wraps with lemongrass, lime, Thai chili, and fresh herbs and braised brisket tamales with roasted Anaheim chilies.
Definitely one of the most anticipated openings of the year, this absolutely jaw-dropping space right next door to the Broad opened quietly for lunch in November and dinner in December, with a former French Laundry chef who's making beautiful dishes like the cod pictured up top and spaghetti with curry, cauliflower, and sea urchin.
This new Eastside barstaurant has a 12-rotating-beers draft system and a killer coffee program, as well as churro waffles (!!!) for breakfast and chicken tamales later in the day.
Expect excellent brews and indie rock, as well as dance-friendly club nights, at this new ATX-inspired music venue and craft cocktail bar that brings to Downtown a gritty feel, a huge outdoor space, and band bookings from a guy who used to work for Spaceland Productions.
Current Top Cheftestant Phillip Frankland Lee's single-handedly trying to change the West Valley's dining scene by relocating his flagship restaurant to Encino, and early praise is coming in for inventive takes on everything from scallop served with jalapeño and apple to chorizo with salmon roe.
Talk about an upgrade: the beloved-but-tiny Melrose meat-and-brunch-and-meaty-brunch spot's moved to the former Ammo space on Highland, where you can expect house-made sausages at brunch and killer burgers at dinner.
The latest must-eat noodle comes from this Japanese import, whose first US location comes on the heels of the resto's wildly popular slew of chashu-laden noodle shops in its home country.
This new spot from Michelin-starred chef Josiah Citrin is, unsurprisingly, about foods smoked with charcoal, including a 48oz porterhouse and charred Hawaiian bigeye tuna.
The beloved San Francisco sweets shop has finally opened its first LA location, using liquid nitrogen to make greatness like cookie dough with pretzels and berry crisp sundaes with strawberry sauce.
Moby -- yes, that Moby -- is the guy behind this totally vegan restaurant in Silverlake, which is doing dishes even meat eaters can get behind like a hearty mac & cheese and a somehow sausage-less Italian sausage cassoulet.
1. Spartina7505 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
2. Picnic LA9900 Culver Blvd Ste 1B, Culver City
3. Otium222 S. Hope St., Los Angeles
4. The Semi Tropic1412 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles
5. Resident428 S Hewitt St, Los Angeles
6. Scratch Bar & Kitchen16101 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
7. Salt's Cure1155 Highland Blvd, Los Angeles
8. Ramen Tatsunoya16 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena
9. Charcoal Venice425 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey
10. Smitten Ice Cream850 S Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo
11. Little Pine Restaurant2870 Rowena Ave, Los Angeles
Spartina features market-driven, farmhouse Italian cuisine served in a chic, open-air dining room. The chef practices transparency on Melrose, presiding over an open kitchen and featuring a big patio out front. White walls frame wood tables (filled with seasonal pizza, pasta, and salads) topped with strings of moody lights.
This health-conscious, counter service spot in Culver City serves seasonal fare perfect for taking on the go (hence its name), or dining in if you prefer with their prix-fixe brunch option (an entree and your choice of three salad sides for a cool $17.50).
Post browsing at the Broad Museum, head next door to dine at Otium, a contemporary American resto full of artful fare headed by star chef Timothy Hollingsworth of French Laundry fame. Otium is a favorite brunch and dinner hot spot that locals love to recommend to tourists.
The Semi-Tropic aims to be your new Echo Park home away from home with its curated organic beer and wine list, California casual lunch menu (there's avocado toast with jalapeños on it, natch), and friendly, laid-back vibes.
This arty new DTLA venue space and cocktail bar hosts indie rock bands with a simple premise in mind: yes to DJs, food, friends, and partying; no to "covers, lines, reservations, dress codes, and bullsh*t."
This restaurant is a creation of Top Chef's Chef Phillip Frankland and serves dishes like pandon, passionfruit panna cotta, house-made cheese, and other delectable dishes with a twist. The Scratch Bar is one of the best places to grab a bite in Los Angeles, and we highly suggest that you add it to your food bucket list right now.
New space, new look: the revamped Salt's Cure 2.0 continues to make good on their promise to source all of their ingredients from California, but their new digs on Highland Ave have allowed them to take the next step from quaint farm to table cooking to brighter, more inventive fare.
Virtually unheard of outside its native Kurume in Japan's Fukuoka Prefecture, this popular ramen chain opened their first stateside location in Pasadena, where they serve the scrumptious, rich pork ramen noodles that made them famous. Packed with flavor, the Koku Tonkotsu is always a solid choice, as is the mellower Jun Tonkotsu. No matter which house-made dish you choose, be sure to top it off with a soft-boiled egg.
Mélisse chef Josiah Citrin is behind this casual Venice eatery that focuses on modern comfort food. Inspired by backyard barbecues, Charcoal grills all its meat over open-flames -- either over charcoal or in the coals. The menu is split between hearty steaks and family-style vegetable dishes, plus a few tartare variations.
Straight from San Francisco, Smitten serves up tasty treats made using liquid nitrogen and other molecular elements. Our fave flavors include cookie dough pretzel chocolate chip, milk chocolate Earl Grey, and salted caramel.