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1. Echi Sushi8267 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
2. Gracias Madre8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood
3. Salt's Cure1155 Highland Blvd, Los Angeles
4. Fubar7994 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
5. The Surly Goat7929 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
6. Alfred Coffee & Kitchen8509 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
7. Night + Market9041 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
8. Rock & Reilly's Irish Pub8911 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
9. Tatsu Ramen2123 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles
10. Liquid Juice Bar8180 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
11. Bar Lubitsch7702 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
12. Terrine8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
13. Jones Hollywood7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
Located in West Hollywood, Echi is a terrific place to load up on shishito peppers, crispy rice, and sake bombs. Stop in during lunch for extra-affordable lunch specials that don't come at the expense of good tastes.
You’ll say gracias to this madre of a vegan restaurant when you taste chilaquiles, enchiladas, pozole, and other Mexican-inspired dishes made with organic, plant-based ingredients. No matter how much you live and die for carne asada, you'll find Gracias Madre's meat-free creations (coconut bacon, flash-fried cauliflower) beyond satisfying. Plus, no outdoor space in WeHo feels so quintessentially Californian.
New space, new look: the revamped Salt's Cure 2.0 continues to make good on their promise to source all of their ingredients from California, but their new digs on Highland Ave have allowed them to take the next step from quaint farm to table cooking to brighter, more inventive fare.
Sure, you could hit the Santa Monica Blvd strip with all the designer drinks and glittery go-gos a just-out-of-the-closet kid could ever ask for, but if you like a little more vodka with your soda and a little more beard on your man, Fubar is the obvious choice.
The Surly Goat's a dark-lit two-tiered, rare-and-unusual-leaning beer bar decorated with all sorts of old brewhouse paraphernalia (everything from WWII-era ads in German to PBR one-sheets).
You know that saying, "but first, coffee"? It came from Alfred Coffee + Kitchen, and if it didn't, the Melrose coffee shop took it, trademarked it, and put it on a sign. The trendy local chain attracts a creative crowd, and you'll likely see someone working on a screenplay or practicing lines over a cup of coffee and a bagel sandwich at Alfred. The shop uses Stumptown beans and the Alfred cone, a chocolate-coated cake cone that holds a double shot of espresso, is almost as ubiquitous in LA as that damn saying.
From LA-raised Thai chef Kris Yenbamroong, this critically-acclaimed ode to Thai street food in West Hollywood is doling out a rotating menu of spicy salads, pad thai, curries, and so much more. The far-from-ordinary Northern Thai plates certainly aren't the Americanized cuisine you're used to in LA, so trust your gut and order whatever looks good. By the way, a meal at Night + Market isn't complete without an order of coconut ice cream for dessert.
With an interior filled with flat screens and a massive selection of whiskeys, this Sunset Strip Irish pub is a favorite because of its interesting backstory (the founder was born during a bar fight!) and their commitment to charity by hosting one nonprofit event per month. Now you can feel good about that extra drink. (It's for a good cause.)
This Sawtelle noodle house has got a think for tonkotsu ramen -- they make is fresh every day and let it marinate for a solid 12 hours so it's rich, hearty, and flavorful by the time it's put in your bowl, which you've no-doubt customized with simmered pork, garlic, corn, mushrooms, and eggs. For those that don't know where to start, a speciality bowl with a quirky name like Hippie Ramen, Naked Ramen, and Cheeky Ramen should point in the right direction.
LA has no shortage of juicers, but this post-workout, post-night out, post-I’ll just have one slice but then ate the whole pie place is the best for adding a little more health to your already healthy diet of watermelon monomeals.
Remember college? Me neither. But the Red Room at Bar Lubitsch is eerily reminiscent of those basement frat parties, and their Molotov Cocktail (Zubrowka Bison Grass vodka, fresh-pressed apple juice, and fire) is just a higher-quality, flame-engulfed version of jungle juice... in the best way. It's a Russian-themed vodka bar with 200-some-odd vodkas (served chilled or in cocktail form), a DJ-fueled dance floor, a quieter barroom for the dance floor-averse (or if you want to like, talk), and a brick- and ivy-enclosed patio. Go for the drinks, stay for the dancing; the DJs are some of the best in the area.
Nostalgic French fare is given the expansive brasserie and a fairytale garden it deserves in Terrine, with chef Kris Morningstar masterminding elegant chicken confit salad, garlic-butter bathed escargots and a steak frites with smoked bone marrow that can be paired with an impressive French wine list. The namesake terrine, made with foie gras and served with apricot compote, proves worthy of the honor. Yet, a visit is utterly incomplete without sampling the charcuterie boards: with truffled chicken liver, terrine de campaign, liverwurst, andouille sausage and smoked beef deckle arranged with pickled morsels on a sturdy wooden disc. Dreamy and casual, the dining room is filled with bistro chairs, distressed brick and umber-hued leather banquettes with ornate mirrors propped behind them. The best part awaits behind an archway in the back, revealing an outdoor lounge with a giant illuminated tree as the centerpiece. The spot is more than an ideal perch for star-gazing, a well-balanced classic cocktail by Ryan Wainwright making you question your balance.
For gourmet 2am pizza, parties where disposable cameras serve as tabletop center pieces, and craft drinks served in a vintage supper-club-inspired dining room, Jones is something of a Hollywood staple. The 20-year-strong eatery is notorious for tasty Italian-American plates and celebrity sightings, both of which seem to draw plenty of crowds to the photograph-lined red-brick space. The restaurant is casual, with red-checkered table cloths and canned Italian groceries stacked against the walls, while the crowd is typically on the more glamorous side. And whether you come for hefty, authentic pizza and pasta dishes, or one of the inventive house cocktails, be sure to check out the bathrooms -- they're decked with photos of movie stars and socialites, sipping dirty martinis in the famous Hollywood nightclub that used to inhabit the space.