It's July, and according to the Los Angeles Summer Rulebook Which Is A Real Thing Shut Up Dude, you're required by law to be sitting outside, eating a burger (or something equivalent, like a lobster roll), and drinking a beer. Here are the 17 best new places to do that in LA.
Beverly Hills This absolutely stunning rooftop deck has quickly become a must-hit spot thanks to incredible views, drinks from a former Hemingway's guy, and a menu full of late-night, Asian-influenced, small-bite eats like nachos w/ chicken simmered in coconut cream, and a soft-shell crab bun with spicy mayo.
Hollywood The latest actually legit edition to Hollywood's food scene is growing its own veggies and herbs right next to a new hanging light-lit patio, which means ultra-freshness in dishes like spot prawns with cherry tomato and chili de arbol on grilled baguette.
Studio City This freshly minted seafood-focused Mexican restaurant from the guy behind Mercado's patio may not be the most impressive in the city, but like you've heard your whole life, size doesn't matter, especially when you're sitting there drinking a margarita and dipping chips into guacamole with lobster and bacon.
Mid-Wilshire In the six months or so since this Mid-City restaurant opened, its gorgeous patio has become one of the city's best places to seal a deal, both romantically and business... ally. Bonus: it also recently launched a decadent lunch, which includes a massive burger topped with "optional" foie gras.
Hollywood The new one from the Waterloo & City guy is serving up New American deliciousness like grilled lamb belly with pine nuts that you're required (by us) to eat on Birch's brick-laden alleyway patio.
Downtown MORE new Downtown patios? Yep: this one is attached to a new Italian restaurant in the Emerson from the Ago frontman, serving up interesting Boot fare like tagliatelle verdi w/ old-fashioned beef & porcini ragu.
Marina Del Rey The new seafood spot in the former Paiche space has a sort of indoor/outdoor patio deal going on, with windowsill planters and overhead heaters to go along with sustainable fish & chips.
Downtown Ray Garcia's new Mexican hotspot in the old Riviera space upgraded the sorta stuffy back room by knocking out a wall and installing a retractable floor-to-ceiling window that gives you full-on breeziness while you down killer green Clamato-abetted red snapper.
North Hollywood The new NoHo location of this Fairfax favorite gives Valley residents some big time bragging rights over their over-the-hill neighbors. That's because this Fat Dog has a 1,000sqft patio, plus cocktails from acclaimed barman Matt Biancaniello.
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Jeff Miller is the LA editor of Thrillist, and is definitely outside at one of these spots right now. Find him at @jeffmillerla on Instagram and @ThrillistLA on Twitter.