Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Clutch427 Lincoln Blvd, Venice
2. Sopita Ramen3087 W. Pico Blvd, Ste. 9, Los Angeles
3. Idle Hour4824 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
4. Charcoal BBQ2611 N Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles
5. Delicious Pizza5419 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles
6. ysabel945 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood
7. Augustine Wine Bar13456 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
8. The Boiling Crab3377 Wilshire Blvd #115, Los Angeles
9. The District By Hannah An8722 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
10. Asa Meza1718 Vine St, Los Angeles
11. Ashland Hill2807 Main St, Santa Monica
This Venice restaurant doles out tasty "Cali-Mex BBQ" including Santa Maria tri-tip, carne asada fries, and smoked-duck tacos. The time-honored tradition of Taco Tuesday is practiced here, and you can indulge in some of the tastiest, cheapest tacos this side of the border.
Located in Koreatown, this oddball restaurant/counter-service spot offers both traditional and weirdo noodle dishes (Spam!) at a super-cheap price.
Originally built as a tap room in 1941, Idle Hour has been refurbished and reopened into a shining example of what every bar shaped like a giant whiskey barrel should be. Cocktails on tap, a top-notch patio out back, and even a separate private party annex that's shaped like a giant, pipe-smoking bulldog (everything is shaped like something!!) take this Vineland drinking destination to the next level.
Charcoal BBQ has a dolled-up interior (nudie wallpaper! Stuffed boar's head!) and a killer menu, including classics like citrus-smoked pork ribs, as well as a bucket of bacon. Which, maybe, we should have told you about first.
Delicious Pizza in West Adams is a restaurant/coffee shop with a hip-hop theme (its co-owned by Mike Ross, co-founder of LA hip-hop record label Delicious Vinyl). There are unique pizza offerings on the menu, like the Soulflower (eggplant, roasted peppers) and the Yacht Club (anchovy, garlic, shallots, arugula).
This bar-staurant does away with the gimmicky martinis and brings in a killer food menu, with poblano & oxtail agnolotti and a wood-grilled 24oz ribeye among the highlights.
The Valley's wine bar game is TOTALLY upped with this marble-bar-topped vino paradise. The spot has 75 by-the-glass options (including selections from the 1800s!!!) and food like charcuterie and braised octopus.
The first-ever Westside outpost of this SGV/K-Town favorite is serving up the same SGV/K-Town goods, with Cajun seasoned crab boils by the pound dropped off at your table. FTW.
This Crustacean-legacy opened a (surprise!) Vietnamese restaurant on Third, which, sadly, has no koi-pond walkway but does boast a slew of hard-to-find regional variations on pho, as well as turmeric-crusted Chilean sea bass and lemongrass-grilled beef.
The old Lexington Social House space is now a patio-abetted Asian-Latin hybrid, serving up roasted beef empanadas and pork belly fried rice to hordes of pre-club revelers/hopefully you 'cause, bro, it's delicious.
Ashland Hill opened in the former Wildfire Pizza space in 2015; the beer bar boasts a massive patio -- perfect to camp out on during the summer -- and a strong-to-very-strong draft list and shareable goodness like shishito mac & cheese and lamb and pork meatballs.