Food & Drink

LA's 12 best November openings

Published On 11/26/2014 Published On 11/26/2014
Andy Keilin

Like Obama, we're gonna use OUR executive authority and say you're required to hit at least one of the 12 best new LA bar and restaurant openings from November this weekend, or we're gonna deport you... to a different, less new, less best restaurant.

Butchers & Barbers

Butchers and Barbers

Hollywood
This stunning new bistro -- the first restaurant from the superstar Houston Brothers, who own, like, every single bar you love in LA (Davey Wayne's, Harvard & Stone, Pour Vous, etc.) -- 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.

Mrs. Fish

Mrs. Fish

Downtown
You know the first time you went to Perch and were all like, "wow, this is the best rooftop bar in LA, I wonder what would happen if it also had an underground lair..."? Well, now it does -- and the answer is that there would be a massive, 5,000-gallon fish tank running through the ceiling, bar food like Wagyu beef hot dogs, live music, and tequila-drink fishbowls. Yep, pretty much that.

Cerveteca

Cerveteca

Downtown
This beloved Venice/Culver City gastropub 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 (and a $1 oyster happy hour from 3-7pm weekdays!).
 

The Horn

West Hollywood
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.

Carl Larsen

Hey 19

Torrance
This new 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 once hung in your (or your older brother's) dorm room. Oh, and the food is delicious-sounding too: maple-brined Cajun chicken and waffles, a pork chop with Maker's Mark peach chutney, and the Big Ben: a mac & cheese croquette with a burger patty, bacon, gravy, and an egg.

General Lee

General Lee

Downtown
The old Mountain Bar space in Chinatown has been taken completely over by this two-story "modern Tiki" concept after opening last year with a "just another bar" concept; now it's serving up interesting drinks like the peach-and-honey-shrub-and-lots-of-rum Kahn Punch.

Stir Market

Stir Market

Mid-Wilshire
Oh wow! A new 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.
 

GC Marketplace

Mid-Valley
Oh WOW! A different market-slash-restaurant-slash-great-to-go-spot! 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 there are also gift-y artisanal wines and cheeses.

Jeff Miller

Barrel and Ashes

Studio City
Remember last week when we told you about the best new BBQ in LA? Yeah, this was on that list. And if you want to know why, just check out the above photo.
 

Link

West Hollywood
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.

The Regent/Lovesong Bar

The Regent Theater/Prufrock Pizza/Lovesong Bar

Downtown
The dudes and 'dettes behind Spaceland Presents were like: "Let's open a mid-size venue! Let's open a new pizza shop!! Let's open a FRIKKING COCKTAIL BAR!!!!", and then they were like, "let's open all three attached in the same location so no one needs to drive anywhere else ever again!!!!!!!". Then they booked Cold War Kids and everyone was happy, except the guy who wrote this, because he had to miss the show, and that was a bummer.

Golden Box 

Golden Box

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

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1. Butchers & Barbers 6531 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

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 (Downtown)

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 (Venice)

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 (West Hollywood)

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 (Downtown)

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 (Mid Valley)

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 (West Hollywood)

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 (Hollywood)

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".

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