October in LA couldn't make up its mind: was it tank-top weather or slightly thicker tank-top weather? And you likely won't be able to make up your mind either, once you see our very comprehensive list of the best openings in LA during this month of intense wardrobe adjustments.
The latest collab from Faith & Flower duo Stephane Bombet and Michael Hung in the Avalon Hotel leans continental, with dishes like slow-roasted ribeye with savoy slaw and ricotta ravioli with chanterelles. It's also offering a poolside happy hour with smoked mozzarella flatbread, smoked salmon tartine, and other possibly non-smoked items.
The beloved Starry Kitchen couple is doing the food at this old-school-leaning barcadestaurant, which means along with your Donkey Kong/Out Run/Walking Dead pinball (!!!) you can have double-crispy wings and dan dan noodles.
This new secret bar above Estate is accessible through a hidden alleyway (shhh!) -- once inside, you'll find a Prohibition-era-themed room serving up cocktails like the rye/sherry/bitters Devils Candy as well as shareable plates like a char siu pork flatbread.
Culver Citys's semi-speakeasy Art Deco bar makes its way over the hill, where it's landed with lovely '20s-era decor, expert cocktails, and bites including this chipotle pepper aioli-topped burger.
The best thing we ate this month is the pictured kimchi fried rice at this no-frills, Asian-leaning mini-mall restaurant from two vets who've worked at Noma and Danielle (seriously). The insanely fantastic menu mostly features grains you've never heard of mixed with pickled everything you've also never heard of. But go with it. It's utterly worth it.
It's somewhat shocking that it has taken the Roosevelt so long to add a second bar outside, but it's finally here and features an understated Mexican theme with the requisite south-of-the-border beers and a small curated menu of tacos.
Portland's beloved fried-dough shop makes its way south with this Abbot Kinney outpost, which has all of the level-after-next-level donuts, including the famed blueberry-basil-bourbon concoction.
Yes, that is a panda bear watching a midget stripper dance up on two sexy go-go dancers at this just-reopened anything-goes club. If you have any questions... it may not be for you.
Located above the superlative BBQ joint Barrel and Ashes, Fiscal Agent's the first standalone bar from cocktail-culture fixture Julian Cox, with a rotating list of historically accurate cocktails in a vintage-ish venue, plus charcuterie plates, steak tartare, and jokes about disbursing dividends (optional).
This French-meets-Japanese restaurant is trying to remix your traditional flavor palate (think tomato-scented scallop risotto) as well as offering an omakase-style sushi bar.
The Downtown post of Manhattan Beach's beloved Vietnamese-and-more restaurant's expanded its menu to include breakfast (Portuguese egg custard tarts!) as well as new lunch/dinner dishes like Vietnamese stew with marrow, tendons, oxtail & rib meat.
FINALLY, Portland (and, sigh, NY's) beloved Thai restaurant opens in LA: the chicken wings are an absolute must, the curries are all incredible, and the sipping vinegars (what the what???) are... sipping vinegars. But they're also kind of damn good too! JUST GET EVERYTHING.
1. Button Mash1391 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
2. Guest Room1519 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
3. Seventy 7 Lounge3843 Main St, Culver City
4. Baroo5706 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles
5. Viviane9400 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles
6. Tropicana at the Roosevelt7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
7. Beacher's Madhouse7000 Hollywood Blvd , Hollywood
8. The Fiscal Agent11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City
9. Maru12400 Wilshire Blvd #150, Santa Monica
10. Little Sister523 W 7th St, Los Angeles
11. Pok Pok LA727 N Broadway, Los Angeles
12. Blue Star Donuts1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles
This Silverlake barcaderestaurant (bar + arcade + restaurant, duh) nails it three ways with food, drink, and games. The Asian-leaning menu, crafted by the critically acclaimed Starry Kitchen duo, features double-fried chicken wings, rice and noodles dishes, and veggie small plates. The throwback games include Donkey Kong, pinball, and the old-school like.
A "secret" Prohibition-era-themed bar serving up cocktails like the rye/ sherry/ bitters "Devils Candy" as well as shareable plates like a char sui pork flatbread.
A 20s-era art deco speakeasy with expert cocktails and bites including a chipotle-pepper-aioli topped burger.
This tiny, nondescript spot in an East Hollywood strip mall is helmed by chefs who've worked the kitchens of the world's best restaurants, Noma and Daniel. The restaurant's name comes from the bowl that Buddhist monks use for their meals, and the Asian-influenced menu features fitting grain bowls for no more than $15. You probably won't recognize much on the menu, but the out-of-this-world flavor combinations and unique ingredients will leave you beyond satisfied.
This continental eatery inside the Avalon Hotel features dishes like slow-roasted rib eye with savoy slaw and ricotta ravioli with chantrelles.
This outdoor bar at the Roosevelt features an understated Mexican-theme with the requisite south-of-the-border beers and a small curated menu of tacos.
Beacher's is a Hollywood-fashion LA club that's spinning awesome music, doling out strong libations, and's got FLYING PEOPLE AND OOMPA LOOMPAS.
Located above BBQ joint Barrel and Ashes, Fiscal Agent's the first standalone bar from cocktail-culture fixture Julian Cox. The impeccably classy hideaway in Studio City is a perfect date spot, complete with memorable drinks and tasty small plates. The drinks are pricey, so it's definitely the kind of place you go to nurse a well-crafted cocktail, not down a bottom-shelf one.
Maru is bound to impress with its chef-inspired French-Japanese offerings. Under chef Jason Park’s direction, the restaurant -- which straddles the Santa Monica/Brentwood border -- turns out high-end steak just as well as an excellent omakase-style sushi bar.
This Vietnamese-and-more restaurant has an expansive menu that includes breakfast (Portugese egg custard tarts!) as well as lunch/dinner dishes like Vietnamese stew with marrow, tendons, oxtail & rib meat.
Anyone who's eaten at Pok Pok in Portland or New York knows how lucky we are that Andy Ricker's insanely popular Thai restaurant made its way to LA. The bi-level Chinatown spot is spacious and casual, and includes a bar and outdoor seating plus plenty of festive tablecloths. The family-style menu is an eclectic display of Ricker's Northern Thai expertise, and you can expect plenty of fried meat dishes and spicy salads. Be sure to order the signature fish sauce wings -- they're based on a recipe from a Pok Pok Portland employee's home in Vietnam.
This Portland-based doughnut shop has expanded its reach beyond the Pacific Northwest with outposts in Southern California and Japan. Blue Star's donuts are made from a brioche recipe that originated in France, and the buttery dough takes 18 hours to process before it's fried in rice oil the next morning and served fresh. The sophisticated flavors are a stark contrast to what's on the shelf at Portland's other doughnuttery, the eccentric Voodoo Doughnut. Look there for slabs of bacon and Oreo cookie bits; here you'll find blueberry bourbon basil glaze and chipotle chocolate ganache, and okay, a bacon donut dotted with crunchy bits.