Recess Eatery

Los Angeles

Serving classic cocktails and a varied, vaguely Mediterranean- and Middle Eastern-inspired menu, this upscale-casual eatery has quickly become a Highland Park staple. Expect modern twists on time-honored plates like edamame fattoush, shawarma tacos, and filet mignon with bordelaise and aleppo pepper, alongside well-crafted drinks like Old Fashioneds and Manhattans. Sunday brunch is certainly popular (followed closely by a solid oyster happy hour every Tuesday), but it's the shareable small plates and flora-covered patio that make dinner by twilight a special affair.