A lot of pretty important stuff happened in LA this Spring: the Kings won the Stanley Cup, THE KINGS WON THE STANLEY CUP, oh, and let's not forget, the Kings... won... the Stanley Cup. Also, though: 18 standard-bearing bars & restaurants opened up shop. Here's a look at all of them.
How many of LA's 18 best Spring openings have you been to?
Wexler's (address and info)
The fine dining-trained chef from Mezze is now doing the Downtown deli too, with a stall at Grand Central Market where he's expertly executing insanely great Jewish eats like house-smoked fishes and one of the best pastrami sandwiches in the city.
Fifty Seven (address and info)
We can't tell you what they're serving at this Arts District restaurant, but that's not because it's a secret. Basically, they're having "residencies" in which they bringing in different chefs from high-end restaurants all over the world, and let them test-kitchen-up that mother. So far, they've had dudes from award-winning, NY establishment Eleven Madison Park, and a James Beard Rising Star from Farmshop.
Faith & Flower (address and info)
We've told you a few times about this stunning newcomer near Staples Center, and with good reason: the guys behind the LA Food and Wine Festival have dropped one of LA's best new restaurants maybe of the entire year, with mesquite-grilled rib eye at dinner and a weekend brunch with brown sugar-braised bacon.
Beelman's Pub (address and info)
The latest drinkery from the guys behind Spring Street Bar and Sixth Street Tavern finds them teaming up with the dudes who handle the booze at NY's super-respected Death & Co (and our own pretty-frikking-awesome Honeycut), Beelman's is going all in on the European gastropub vibe, with a cocktail list that includes an on-draft House of Jealous Lovers (Apple Brandy, St. Germain, Pineau des Charentes, Verjus Blanc, seltzer), and food including a pub burger with thick-cut bacon, Grafton cheddar, and grainy mustard.
Barton G. (address and info)
This ultra-fun newcomer from Miami does super-absurd(ly delicious) preparations like lobster Pop-Tarts (yes, lobster Pop-Tarts) served in an actual toaster (yes, an actual toaster), tuna served with a Samurai sword, and drinks overflowing with dry-ice smoke.
Paninoteca (address and info)
The Scarpetta guy was apparently bored with serving perfect pasta at dinner, so he decided to try his hand at perfect sandwiches at lunch, and -- spoiler alert! -- they're perfect, especially the egg-topped porchetta and the perfectly sliced roast beef... both of which, like all sandwiches there, are served on perfectly crispy, house-made bread. Perfect.
Greenspan's Grilled Cheese (address and info)
This all-grilled cheese-all-the-time restaurant has been five years in the making, while its sandwiches -- so far -- are five minutes in the eating.
Silverlake/Los Feliz/Echo Park
Pine & Crane (address and info)
This modern-looking, Taiwanese-leaning, extremely delicious noodles-and-more shop's got fantastic dumplings, crazy-good soups, and... well, they still don't have booze. But lunch here is awesome.
Night and Market Song (address and info)
The second location of Food and Wine-lauded Chef Kris Yenbamroong's Night and Market continues his run of Thai food that tastes like no Thai food you've ever had. The new spot's got his new classics (including his outrageous spicy "party wings"), as well as a revolving door of new dishes exclusive to this location.
San Fernando Valley
Tipple & Brine (address and info)
"Self", you may have asked yourself, "why does over the hill get all the good oyster bars"? Well, ask no more: now the Valley's got one too. But they're more than a raw bar (though they do have five oyster varieties that rotate daily) -- they're more officially unofficially a seafood-leaning gastropub with great cooked dishes, like fried octopus with squid ink aioli and a flatiron steak with fried artichokes and celery root mash.
Westside (Venice/Santa Monica/Beach Towns)
Superba Food and Bread (address and info)
This casual-but-still-great sibling to the more fancy-ish Superba Snack Bar is focused on breakfast (Moroccan eggs w/tomato, pepper, and Middle Eastern spices) and lunch (banh mi on a house-made baguette), although the dinner's picked up steam too, with nightly specials like a rotisserie duck on Tuesdays and bone-in skate wing on Fridays.
Terrazza (address and info)
The latest addition to Casa Del Mar is this two-story window stunner, with to-be-expected seafood standouts like Santa Barbara spot prawns and steamed clams with Calabrian sausage.
Good Times at Davey Wayne's (address and info)
Okay, we're saying it: this '70s-themed, alcoholic snow cone-serving, secret-entrance bar may be the best bar in LA.
Ball and Chain (address and info)
Until rumors come true that NY-favorite The Meatball Shop is coming here, we'll have to settle for the next-best-thing: this Cahuenga Corridor ball shop, which's got a kind of choose-your-own-adventure menu, in which you choose your favorite ball (beef... pork... turducken?!?!), style (slider? grinder?), and sauce (gravy, marinara, etc.).
Harlowe (address and info)
The latest from the bar group that brought you Sassafras and The Thirsty Crowe is this throwback gastropub in the former Crown Bar space, which's getting old-timey with monocles and bikes with ridiculously large front wheels... wait, no... bottled cocktails and smelt fish and chips (there we go).
1. ChocoChicken403 W 12th St, Los Angeles
2. Wexler's Deli317 S Broadway, Los Angeles
3. Faith & Flower705 West 9th Street, Los Angeles
4. Fifty Seven712 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles
5. Beelman's Pub600 S Spring, Los Angeles
6. Barton G861 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles
7. Paninoteca225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills
8. Greenspan's Grilled Cheese7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
9. Pine & Crane1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles
10. Tipple & Brine14633 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
11. Superba Food + Bread1900 S Lincoln Blvd, Venice
12. Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
13. Good Times at Davey Wayne's1611 N El Centro Ave, Hollywood
14. Ball and Chain1643 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles
15. Harlowe7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
16. Night + Market Song3322 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
17. Terrazza1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica
18. POT3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
ChocoChicken in DTLA doles out chocolate-stuffed meatballs, chocolate-dipped fried chicken, and seriously unique 'tails. From the mastermind behind Umami, there's really no reason you shouldn't give this chocolateria a chance.
This Grand Central Market deli features traditional Jewish deli eats like house-cured beef and pastrami on plush rye bread and house-made pickles as well as black/white cookies.
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.
What makes this Downtown spot unique? How about the fact that their line-up of chefs rotates (along with their seasonal menu), so that you get treated to a wide array of culinary styles from some of the best food minds in the country. The menu changes all the time, but highlights include the diver scallops with wild rice, fennel, and feta.
Brought to you by the same folks who do the booze for NYC's highly respected Death and Co., Beelman's has a European gastropub vibe, featuring a cocktail list loaded with unique options, and a food menu with the likes of bar bites such as a pub burger with thick-cut bacon, cheddar, and grainy mustard.
Best known for some of its sweet treats, Barton G. delivers a miniature cart of churros to your table -- teamed with spicy hot chocolate and rolled in sugar and spice (Szechuan pepper, star anise, cloves, cinnamon) these fried fritters pack some serious heat. As a whole, the spot specializes in all that is whimsical. From the magical realism of their decor to their use of each plate as a canvas, time spent at Barton G is as full of satiation as is it inspiration.
From the dude behind Scarpetta comes Paninoteca, which is tucked in back of the resto and serves up wild, three-day roasted porchetta and pastrami sandwiches in Beverly Hills.
Iron Chef contestant Eric Greenspan is behind this counter-serve grilled cheese temple on Melrose. With options that range from speciality sandwiches like the blue cheese and fried chicken Buffalo Blue to make-your-own-creations, Greenspan's menu is stacked with crazy inventive cheese-and-bread combos. The bright yellow space is relatively small and narrow, but there are a few tables inside and out.
This ultra-casual, ultra-affordable Taiwanese cafe in Silverlake is the kind of restaurant you eat at once and crave forever. A solid player in LA's fast-casual scene, P&C offers up airy wontons, beef rolls, and noodle and vegetable dishes in a homey and modern space. The counter-service restaurant also features a wide variety of teas sourced from Taiwan, and a rotating list of craft beers and wine.
This Sherman Oaks seafoodery not only doles out quality fare from the sea (oyster bar!), but they also mix up tasty 'tails in a sophisticated and comfy ambiance.
Spearheaded by Bread and Pastry Director Carlos Enriquez, Superba is a bright and spacious spot offering up treats from an everything croissant (!) to kouign amann to avocado toast on house-baked bread. Don't roll your eyes just yet -- the avocado toast here is actually some of the best in the city. No matter what you put on Superba's bread, you'll find yourself craving more after each bite, so be sure to take some home with you. And don't forget to pick up a Nutella banana pop tart and a bag of bombolini, too.
Right on the pier in Malibu with to-die-for ocean views, this resto is serving up local, sustainable seafood eats like baked stuffed crab and artichoke-abetted sole.
Straight out of The Brady Bunch set, this 70's living room-themed Hollywood bar is decked out with hammocks, an Airstream Trailer, and a DJ spinning Bee Gees-esque beats. It's hard to tell what's cooler -- the epic secret entrance through a refrigerator door, or the no-cover. Weekend nights usually draw the biggest lines, but Good Times is open on weekend afternoons, aka the perfect time to kick back on the patio and order up some Tex-Mex street food and craft cocktails.
This beer/meatballery features -- you guessed it! -- gourmet meatballs and has more than 20 selected craft beers on tap and more than 300 unique beers by the bottle!
This WeHo haunt sports a sophisticated interior with antique decor, brown banquettes, and an intricate, handmade tile floor, plus a killer cocktail program designed by beloved NY bartender Dushan Zaric. Sip on innovative cocktails like the Aye Poppy (Uncle Val's Botanical Gin, Grand Poppy, house-made strawberry basil syrup, lemon, and egg white), alongside a cheese & charcuterie board, while you salute Hollywood's Golden Age -- the theme of this classy spot.
The second location of Chef Kris Yenbamroong's Night + Market, the cool and casual Song (which means two) continues the original restaurant's ode to Thai street food. The Silverlake spot serves all of Yenbamroong's cult classics, like the sweet and salty party wings, plus a revolving door of dishes exclusive to the location. The far-from-ordinary Northern Thai plates certainly aren't the Americanized cuisine you're used to in LA, so trust your gut and order whatever looks good. FYI: the fried chicken sandwich is a lunchtime hit.
Terrazza sits inside the Hotel Casa del Mar and has unparalleled ocean views to go along with seafood standouts like Santa Barbara spot prawns and steamed clams with Calabrian sausage.
POT is a group-meal spot for sure. Try as many of the pots as you can but the dirty secret of Roy Choi's excellent Korean menu is that the best stuff is actually NOT in the pots -- rather its side dishes like this gooey, savory, creamy uni-and-rice dish.