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1. The Larchmont5750 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
2. The Little Door8164 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
3. BP Oysterette1355 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
4. Cadet2518 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
5. Bowery Bungalow4156 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles
6. Vernetti225 North Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles
7. Bar 108933 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
8. Freddy Smalls11520 Pico, Los Angeles
9. Los Balcones1360 Vine St, Los Angeles
10. Love & Salt317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach
11. Ox & Son1534 Montana Ave, Santa Monica
The Larchmont is poised to present a new take on Californian farm-to-table cuisine in this two-story craftsman style structure.
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.
From the owner of Santa Monica's casual Blue Plate cafe, BP's a small oyster house outfitted with a restaurant-long banquette and a marble-topped bar, specializing in seafood prepared the way you'd find it in Nantucket, Cape Cod, and plenty of other places that do it right.
Cadet brings a wood-fire grill concept to Wilshire and has a dark, date-friendly interior, and a long, date-friendly craft cocktail list.
The dude behind Mercantile, Twins Sliders, and the Bowery (but NOT the Bungalow! Confusing!) opened this restaurant that looks more "cool parlor rich people have" than "white-tablecloth eatery". Get the "shishkatori" -- skewered meats with Middle Eastern spices, cooked over Japanese coals.
The space formerly known as Girasole has been re-branded as Vernetti, but the focus is still Italian-ish. Try their brunch which includes a Morning Carbonara with black pepper, guanciale, and egg, and a creamy sausage-laden biscuits and gravy.
Open now where The Horn used to be, this new barstaurant is named after the 10 drinks on the menu created by the 10 bartenders who work there (clever!). Drinks include the Basic Bitch (coconut water, vodka, blueberry), and foodstuffs include bar classics like flatbreads, burgers, and mac & cheese.
Not just the name of Biggie's brother who owned a panini place, Freddy's also a marble-floored West LA gastropub from the dude behind The Counter, featuring drankin' (nine microbrews, specialty cocktails like the rye/ sarsaparilla/ candied ginger/ lemon garnish "Stumbling Cowboy"), and eatin' courtesy of NY's Charlie Palmer and NorCal's Jeremy Fox. Those guys are cooking up flash-grilled steak tartare, Buffalo deviled eggs w/ crispy chicken skin, and the both dark- and white-meat "New School Chicken Parm", which has no idea what it's going to do with its degree in Social Engineering.
This is a 10-year-old Peruvian staple with a great brunch menu. Try the pannetone French toast and Pichuberry pancakes.
Love & Salt is an Italian restaurant with a California soul. Try its breakfast-meets-lunch options, which include Nutella toast with strawberries & sea salt, a smoked fish board with housemade bagels (the chef is from New York, so you know these will be good), and wood oven-baked eggs with grilled bread.
An ode to the butcher father who first taught him how to break down an animal, Ox & Son is chef Brad Miller’s eclectic meditation on hearty, meat-driven fare. Set in a rustic space with floor-to-ceiling windows, the Santa Monica restaurant serves daily oysters, surf and turf specialities, and a burger topped with raclette cheese, pickled onion, and truffle aioli. It's also a brunch destination thanks to inventive breakfast sandwiches, customizable omelets, and bottomless mimosas.