Man. How much did January suck weather-wise? Crippling Northeastern storms. Boston's worst blizzard ever. And temperatures in LA dipping into THE LOW SEVENTIES. Assuming things get back to normal in February (oh please GOD), and you can finally leave the house again, here's where you're gonna want to go: LA's 17 best bars and restaurants to open in January.

Pez Cantina

Pez Cantina

Downtown
This new Mexican restaurant is helmed by a former Patina dude and his Mexico-born wife, who are now in the business of absolutely murdering traditional dishes like ceviches, chicharron chilaquiles, and tacos stuffed with everything from carne asada to crispy sweetbreads.
 

Sweeney's Ale House

Encino
West Valley residents pissed that Studio City and North Hollywood have all the great valley gastropubs finally have their OWN reason to gloat: the dude from Surly Goat opened up this gorgeous beer hall in Encino, which has a massive craft menu, a seven-day-a-week happy hour, and a pastrami burger topped with crispy onion rings.

SpreadPB

SpreadPB

Studio City
What sounds like a smoky college dream concept ("dude, let's open a restaurant dedicated to PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES") is now actually a concept concept with a sorta Pinkberry-esque menu that means you can make customized sandwiches with everything from green curry to maple-bacon in your peanut butter.

Simmzy's Burbank

Simmzy's Burbank

Burbank
The third location of this Long and Manhattan Beach mini-chain is serving up Simmzy's beloved burgers, as well as a killer craft beer list.

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Greenspan Grilled Cheese pop-up

Century City
Westsiders, rejoice: internationally renowned grilled cheese champion chef (yes, it's a thing) Eric Greenspan has brought his acclaimed Mid-City restaurant to Westfield Century City's already-killer food court until mid-April; the menu includes exclusive 'wiches like the Westfield Melt, with sourdough stuffed with muenster, red onion, and short rib.

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Odys + Penelope

Mid-Wilshire
The married couple behind Hatfield's closed-up shop on their eponymous spot to open this more casual grill, named after the protagonists of The Odyssey (literary bonus, +2). The move: dry-rubbed smoked short ribs and grilled Snake River Wagyu tri-tip.
 

Rocco's Pasadena

Pasadena
The Culver City/Mid-City casual-Italian fave heads to Pasadena, with one of the best new happy hours in the city and a killer pizza-slash-pasta-slash-other-things-that-end-with-the-letter-"a" menu.

Koala Tapioca

Koala Tapioca

Westwood
So, boba places are a dime a dozen, but boba places with fries that're topped with kalbi beef, Sriracha aioli, pico de gallo, and Cotija cheese? Pretty much only here, yo.
 

800 Degrees Downtown

Downtown
Do you work Downtown? Did you know that one of the best pizzerias in LA is there now? DID YOU KNOW THAT IT HAS A FULL BAR? Now you do. Get on it.

Prova Pizzeria

Prova

West Hollywood
So, a while ago, Zagat called Michael's Pizza in Long Beach the best pizza in the country. Then the chef left and opened this fast-casual spot in WeHo, which is serving up... maybe some of the best pizza in LA, wood-grilled and topped with realness like San Marzano tomatoes and cotto ham. The real winner, though, is the sorta calzone-ish Vesuvio, filled with salame, ricotta, mozzarella, tomato, olive oil, and basil; the menu says it'll serve two, but, yo, that menu is a liar.

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Banh Mi Venice

Venice
If you live on the Westside, you've probably said, more than once: "why the hell aren't there any good Vietnamese places near me, and also, how do I get the rest of this sand out of my toes?" Thankfully, the first one's been answered: there is, and its has crusty bread stuffed with your choice of caramelized pork belly, fried egg, braised short rib, and more.
 

Blind Dragon

West Hollywood
Is it a club? Is it a restaurant? Is it a karaoke bar? It's kind of all of these things -- dark and bumpy with a velvet rope like a club, serving dim sum and pizza like a restaurant, and renting karaoke rooms, like a... uh... karaoke bar.

Flautas

Flautas

Baldwin Hills
This actually good mall-staurant comes from a couple of acclaimed Mexican chefs, who now are busting out to-go fried goodness, including a crispy chorizo and potato-packed joint and a fried tortilla stuffed with mole poblano.

Spare Tire

Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern

Mid-Wilshire
This new gastropub attached to Busby's is a whiskey lover's heaven, with more than 120 varieties of the brown stuff, which you'll use to wash down wood-fired pizza, steamed mussels in a white wine sauce, and house-made ricotta gnocchi.

Salt

Salt

Marina del Rey
The creatively named Marina del Rey Hotel has undergone a $25 million renovation, which includes this restaurant, now oddly named after a forgotten Angelina Jolie movie. It's serving up a menu full of classics, like Alaskan cod fish-and-chips and a prime filet with bordelaise, as well as a full-on brunch that you will full-on want to eat with chilaquiles and an applewood smoked bacon-topped breakfast sandwich.

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aestus

Santa Monica
This upscale SaMo spot is part of a culinary renaissance by the beach; in this case, it's doling out grass-fed beef with sunchokes, kale, and lemon, plus grilled octopus salad with fennel, radish, and clementine.
 

Ramen Champ

Downtown
The Eggslut guy opened up a ramen restaurant in the same center as Chego! in Chinatown. If you're not excited by that, you 1) are dead, 2) have never been to Eggslut, or 3) don't like ramen. In any of those cases, we are very, very sorry for you.

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1. Pez Cantina 401 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Downtown)

This Downtown Mexican restaurant, helmed by a former Patina dude and his Mexico-born wife, serves up traditional dishes like ceviches, chicharron chilaquiles, and tacos stuffed with everything from carne asada to crispy sweetbreads.

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2. Sweeney's Ale House 17337 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

The guy behind Surly Goat opened this gorgeous beer hall in Encino, which has a massive craft menu, a 7-day-a-week happy hour, and a pastrami burger topped with crispy onion rings.

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3. SpreadPB 12215 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91604

SpreadPB has a Pinkberry-esque menu, which means you can customize sandwiches with everything from green curry to maple-bacon in your peanut butter.

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4. Simmzy's Burbank 3000 W Olive, Burbank, CA 91505

The third location of this Long-and-Manhattan-Beach mini-chain is serving up Simmzy's beloved burgers, as well as a killer craft-beer list.

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5. Odys & Penelope 127 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

Odys and Penelope, from the married couple behind Hatfield's, is a casual grill named after the protagonists of The Odyssey. The move here: dry-rubbed smoked short ribs and grilled Snake River Wagyu tri-tip.

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6. Rocco's Pasadena 44 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Pasadena)

The Pasadena branch of this Culver City/Mid-City casual-Italian fave has one of the best happy hours in the city and a killer pizza-slash-pasta-slash-other-things-that-end-with-the-letter-'a' menu.

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7. Koala Tapioca 10965 Weyburn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (Westwood)

So, boba places are a dime a dozen, but boba places with fries that're topped with kalbi beef, Sriracha aioli, pico de gallo, and Cotija cheese? Pretty much only here, yo.

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8. 800 Degrees Pizza 800 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017 (Downtown)

800 Degrees Pizza takes the joy of pizza toppings and puts it in your hands. Beginning with a classic Neapolitan thin crust base, 800 lets you co-author your pie by picking out ingredients right at the counter. You can watch as it's fed to the wood-fired oven and cooked to slightly charred perfection in under a minute.

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9. Prova 8729 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

This West Hollywood Italian joint is serving some of LA's best pizza, topped with high-quality ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes and cotto ham. Our favorite is the sorta calzone-ish Vesuvio, filled with salame, ricotta, mozzarella, tomato, olive oil, and basil.

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10. Banh Mi Venice 307 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

This spot on the corner of Lincoln and Rose whips up a cod fish version of a banh mi (whaaaaa?), drizzled in yogurt and lemon (yes, you can still try meaty options like braised short rib, turmeric chicken, and pork belly).

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11. Blind Dragon 9201 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

Is it a club? Is it a restaurant? Is it a karaoke bar? It's kinda all of these things -- dark and bumpy with a velvet rope like a club, serving dim sum and pizza like a restaurant, and renting karaoke rooms, like a... uh... karaoke bar.

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12. Flautas 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008 (Baldwin Hills)

This actually-good mallstaurant comes from a couple of acclaimed Mexican chefs, who now are busting out to-go fried goodness, including a crispy chorizo-and-potato-packed joint and a fried tortilla stuffed with mole poblano.

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13. Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern 5370 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

This gastropub attached to Busby's is a whiskey lover's heaven, with more than 120 varieties of the brown stuff, which you'll use to wash down wood-fired pizza, steamed mussels in a white-wine sauce, and house-made ricotta gnocchi.

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14. SALT 13534 Bali Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292 (Marina Del Rey)

Located inside the Marina del Rey Hotel, SALT is a quintessential Southern California restaurant with seasonal cuisine, harbor views, and an airy outdoor patio. The menu features a solid mix of small and large seafood and meat plates. The interior feels chic and modern with light wood, warm lighting, and communal tables.

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15. aestus 507 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

This upscale SaMo spot is part of a culinary renaissance by the beach; in this case, it's doling out grass-fed beef with sunchokes, kale, and lemon, plus grilled octopus salad with fennel, radish, and clementine.

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16. Ramen Champ 727 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)

The Eggslut guy opened up this ramen restaurant in the same center as Chego! in Chinatown. If you're not excited by that, you 1) are dead, 2) have never been to Eggslut, or 3) don't like ramen. In any of those cases, we are very, very sorry for you.

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