Because there are only so many meals one person can eat in a day (seven! The answer is seven!), chances are you haven't hit any of these recently opened spots yet -- but now's the time to take down some grub from one of these newbies for brunch, lunch, dunch, or any of the other major meals of the day:
1131 Manhattan Ave; Manhattan Beach; 310.545.2096
The smaller sibling of Hermosa Beach fave Abigaile (get it? DO YOU?) is a homey-feeling Asian-meets-European gastrobistro with goodness like barbeque pork short ribs w/ honey hoisin sauce, and beef noodle soup w/ braised brisket and what Rivers Cuomo used to go on before he got married (Chinese dates).
The whole menu's right here
At Grand Central Market: 324 S Hill; Downtown
This lunchtime Texas BBQ take-out-window's got cred thanks to an Austin-import owner who's tossing out smoked chicken, pulled pork, and brisket. Pro tip, though: it all pales in comparison to the top-top-level ribs, so order extra and fret not about leaving the rest behind.
Get to know them on their FB
3280 Helms Ave; Culver City; 310.876.0286
The former Rustic Canyon chef's new Italian eatery's doing pasta the old-old-old-old-old-school way: with absolutely no machines, everything hand-cut, and ravioli that's literally made to order. They've also got crazy-good porchetta and sea bream crudo. Here's the thing, though: cell phones/ photos are totally forbidden, so no one will ever know you actually ate here.
Their website's at BucatoLA.com
395 Santa Monica Pl; Santa Monica; 866.593.9667
The guys behind this patio'd steak-and-seafoodery moved to LA from Canada presumably to school our asses with their Canuck takes on American classics, like this AAA New York strip and lobster grinders loaded up with avocado.
It's all right here
1510 N Stanley; Hollywood; 323.876.1400
This new-"global-local" spot in an old Moroccan space (Dar Magrheb) is a lush, loungey place that makes you feel like you're on a movie set, which makes sense 'cause one of the partners is the dude who directed Independence Day. Also on staff: the award-winning former Palate chef, who's tossing out goodness like lamb merguez meatballs w/ hummus and orange marmalade, and the drink masters from Picca, who've got rum-based punches with recipes dating back to the 1600s.
The website's right here