You were super busy this August and didn't have time to hit any of LA's best new restaurants (Photoshopping "Straight Outta..." memes takes time, we get it). The good news is LA's best new spots haven't gone anywhere. (Well, other than onto this list of the 11 hottest restaurant debuts of August.)
The 11 Most Important LA Restaurant Openings in August
This new poolside cafe at the Roosevelt is doing an all-day brunch, which means miracles do happen/eggs and short rib grilled cheeses for errbody.
The second LA location of Top Chef dude Brian Malarkey's seafood-centric concept comes correct with pan-roasted ivory king salmon and a "salt and brine" raw bar flush with a slew of oyster options as well as uni, octopus, and bay scallops.
Austin's incredible Hopdoddy Burger Bar has finally landed in LA, which means you can finally get its pork belly- and Korean rice crispy-topped KTown Belly burger, as well as classics like the habanero-topped El Diablo. Finally.
This mostly-dessert-ery expands to its second location with the stuff that made it successful in the first place (chilled pies like a salted caramel and chocolate ganache monster) and other new stuff that's gonna make it even successful-er (s'mores toast; Vietnamese lattes).
This many-roomed Mexican eatery has a classic, bare-bones barn-type look and serves up a mean Peruvian ceviche and pork chop with cranberry chipotle sauce.
This new Farmers Market, uh, window from some Mozza vets is doing Spanish skewers (think lamb, chicken, and pork on sticks) with the option to get those same proteins on sandwiches as well.
This new global Valley eatery not only has what sounds like a fantastic '80s cop show name, but also what is a fantastic menu; it hops from seared pomegranate yellowtail to espresso-rubbed NY steak, plus does a massive selection of grilled seafood.
This all-in-one breakfast/lunch/dinner spot is run by the former chef from Barnyard, who's now blasting out chicken liver bánh mì and pork loin with blackened onion as well as an ultra-strong craft beer and wine list -- all in a historic near-the-beach location.
The guy who launched this new Culver City BBQ spot is rich on pedigree -- he grew up in the South, did time in the kitchen at the Bazaar, and worked as a butcher at Lindy & Grundy -- all of which means you'll be rich on his sliced beef brisket sandwich with red cabbage vinegar slaw and plates with pork shoulder and ribs.
The second location of this acclaimed South-of-the-border spot traffics classics like pig ear nachos and adobo chili-spiced pork leg with pineapple and avocado.
This gorgeous, high-ceiling-y space is one of Venice's hottest openings in a while, with a dinner menu featuring interesting takes on classics like a smelt fish & chips with Thai chili sauce and a brunch that features a ridiculous Korean pancake-latke hybrid.
1. Tropicana Pool Cafe7000 Hollywood Blvd , Los Angeles
2. Herringbone1755 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
3. Hopdoddy Burger Bar850 S Sepulveda Blvd, El Segundo
4. Atticus Creamery and Pie6015 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
5. FOH615 S Flower St, Los Angeles
6. The Window at Moruno6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
7. Marlin & Ono Grille13730 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks
8. Dudley Market9 Dudley Ave, Venice
9. Maple Block Meat Co.3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City
10. Petty Cash Arts District712 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles
11. Leona123 Washington, Venice
At Tropicana Pool Cafe, you can get brunch by the pool at the Roosevelt, because obviously... Get the cinnamon French toast and short rib grilled cheese.
This is the second LA location of the La Jolla favorite, helmed by Top Chef contestant Brian Malarkey. Its seafood-centered menu includes pan-roasted Ivory King salmon and a "salt and brine" raw bar flush, as well as a a slew of oyster, uni, octopus and bay scallops dishes.
This Austin-based burger chain serves up hormone- and antibiotic-free beef ground in-house daily, hand-cut fries, and scratch-made buns. The varied burger options range from a classic lettuce, onion, tomato version to amped up ones, like the habanero-topped El Diablo. As for beverages, there are plenty of craft beers, unique cocktails, and solid milkshakes. The El Segundo location -- one of a few Hopdoddys in Southern California -- is airy and casual with sleek black booths, a center bar, and ample patio seating.
This is the second outpost of this kick-ass dessert-ery, complete with it's classic chilled pies like a salted caramel and chocolate ganache monster, plus some new items like s'mores toast and Vietnamese lattes.
FOH (an industry term for "front of house") is serving up modern Mexican cuisine in DTLA, with items like Peruvian ceviche and pork chop with cranberry chipotle sauce.
The Original Farmers Market is serving up a unique blend of upscale-casual dining. A Spanish wine list complements the Spanish-inspired food, much of which is cooked over coals. The menu also includes African, Middle Eastern, and Moroccan cuisine. Reservations and gift cards are available.
This global Valley eatery has a fantastic menu that ranges from seared pomegranate yellowtail to espresso-rubbed NY steak, plus a massive selection of grilled seafood.
Brought to you by the lauded Barnyard guy, this killer farm-to-table Westside spot has a weekend menu that includes a crab-heavy French omelette and pancakes with lemon curd. Oh yeah.
This Culver City BBQ spot is lead by a Southern-born chef who seriously knows how to work a grill and smoker. The seasonal menu at Maple Block Meat Co. serves traditional American BBQ dedicated to brisket and pork ribs, craft beers, and handmade soda. For lunch, you can order a sandwich and BBQ combo plate while dinner gets a bit fancier with small plates and Scottish ocean trout.
This acclaimed taco shop serves up classics like pig ear nachos and adobe-chili pork leg with pineapple and avocado.
This hip, California-style restaurant is hitting all the spots. Come by at dinner for lamb belly wontons and meatballs de Corazon, or on the weekends for Korean latkes with creme fraiche and brown-butter pancakes with whipped coconut & sea-salt vanilla butter.