Food & Drink

LA's 12 best November openings

Published On 11/26/2014 Published On 11/26/2014
Andy Keilin
Butchers & Barbers
Mrs. Fish
Carl Larsen
General Lee
Stir Market
Jeff Miller
The Regent/Lovesong Bar
Golden Box 
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1. Butchers & Barbers 6531 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

This stunning new bistro is totally firing on all cylinders, with insanely great drinks and killer food, including a damn-near-perfect Gruyere-topped burger, a roasted sunchoke-and-mint-and-goat-cheese dish that'll make you consider going veggie, and popcorn (yep! Popcorn!) that's laden with rosemary and sea salt.

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2. Mrs. Fish 448 South Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This underground lair comes from the owners of rooftop bar Perch (yes, we see the irony too). They've taken full advantage of the subterranean space by running a 5,000-gallon fish tank through the ceiling. You'll also find bar food like Wagyu beef hot dogs, live music, and tequila-drink fishbowls.

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3. Cerveteca DTLA 923 E 3rd St Ste 109, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This beloved Venice/Culver City gastropub has found its way East for a third location, with the menu expanded from Mexican fare to include spicy baby back ribs, steamed mussels, and a chorizo burger, as well as (duh) a killer beer selection. Cerveteca is also known for a cheap oyster happy hour, savory barbacoa, and a seafood-heavy spicy hangover soup.

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4. The Horn 8933 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Exposed brick and comfy banquettes line the interior of this new-school steakhouse, which is focused on not just cow, but tons of other "footed animals", including dishes like a mushroom-stuffed boar chop and pork belly chili, as well as "swimmers" like wood-grilled whole fish and charred octopus.

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5. Hey 19 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance, CA 90505

This neighborhoody South Bay barstaurant is dedicated to "the nostalgia of when today's adults were 19" -- so it's got kitsch from the '90s and before, including Star Wars memorabilia and probably a hot-lady poster or two that hung in your (or your older brother's) dorm room.

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6. General Lee's 475 Gin Ling Way, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This two-story "Modern Tiki" concept is serving up an unexpected lineup of Asian-inflected concoctions with twists like wasabi-infused vermouth and black sesame syrup. The friendly team behind the bar is also happy to go off-menu to ensure you get just what you're craving. As the night wears on and the DJ takes over, the place tends to get a bit packed, so if you’re looking for a peaceful sip, get there early.

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7. Stir Market 7475 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

A market-slash-restaurant-slash-great-to-go-spot! Stir Market's kitchen is run by our homeboy/that guy on Cutthroat Kitchen Jet Tila, who's overseeing a killer rotisserie and brunchy goodness like Moroccan baked eggs w/ merguez sausage, as well as gift-y artisanal of marinades, salts, and jellies.

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8. GC Marketplace 3315 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90068

GC Marketplace's kitchen is run by the dude who invented "body sushi" (!). He's doing everything from killer pork belly banh mi to challah French toast, plus selling artisanal wines and cheeses.

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9. Barrel and Ashes 11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

For the best barbecue in Studio City, look no further than Barrel and Ashes. The family-style menu includes out-of-this-world Texas-style brisket, wings, and tri-tip, plus a gooey, buttery, hoecake for dessert. Add a friendly staff, communal tables, and boozy cocktails, and this spot is a go-to for a casual and beyond-satisfying dinner.

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10. LINK 8486 W 3rd St, West Hollywood, CA 90048

The staff is making their, uh, links in-house at this new sausage shop, and they're doing it right: the chicken link is topped with applewood-smoked bacon, their turkey's got ginger and sesame, and the pork link is blown over with homemade relish.

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11. Golden Box 6685 Hollywood Blvd , Los Angeles, CA 90028

This '80s-themed dance club behind Musso & Frank is decked with Interview Magazines, disco balls, and glazed looks in people's eyes as they dance to "Borderline".