For some reason, people don't usually think of Wilshire Blvd as a restaurant haven. But in the last year or two, the boulevard has become lined with some of the best eateries in Los Angeles. Local SaMo dwellers can rotate between places like Milo & Olive and Tacoteca without ever having to leave the one street. If you live in the area (or don't, but like visiting!), then find yourself in luck. With this list, you'll always have the perfect brunch, lunch, and dinner plans.
1. Milo and Olive: This tiny eatery serves a selection of delicious baked goods and rustic Italian dishes in an intimate, cozy environment. A mix of the classics, like spaghetti and meatballs, and modern, California-inspired dishes (like Kale Lasagna), Milo and Olive never disappoints. Come expecting to wait for seats at a communal table, but know that the food is worth it.
2. Rustic Canyon: Milo & Olive's sister restaurant, Rustic Canyon is an intimate eatery by Michelin-starred Chef Jeremy Fox. With dishes inspired by local Farmer's Market offerings, Rustic Canyon reinvents classic Californian cuisine with an imaginative twist. Come for the fresh food and stay for the extensive wine list.
3. Melisse: Despite it's brilliant reputation and 2-Michelin stars, it's easy to miss the subtle exterior of Zagat's #1-rated restaurant in Los Angeles. With the minimalistic ambiance of a classic French restaurant, Melisse serves contemporary French cuisine in small tasting plates. However, don't expect a casual dining experience-- this place is for those who are dedicated to food and willing to drop major cash.
4. Huckleberry: Another restaurant in the Milo & Olive/Rustic Canyon family (Sweet Rose Creamery is too, for the record), Huckleberry is Santa Monica's go-to brunch joint. With fresh baked goods and creative dishes that include Brisket Hash and Lentil Ragu with Poached Eggs, the menu is extensive and inventive. Just be prepared to wait in line!
5. Sasabune: With locations around L.A., as well as in New York and Honolulu, Sasabune is a serious sushi place that focuses on high quality ingredients and simple dishes. The meal is well-choreographed and all about timing, for a classic, authentic sushi experience. Go for Omakase, keep an open mind, and enjoy the intimate atmosphere.
7. Tacoteca: If you're looking for a trendy Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica, look no further than Tacoteca (see our full review here). Serving elevated Mexican street food, Tacoteca has a fantastic selection of small tacos (the grilled octopus is a personal favorite), and a drink menu focusing on tequila and mezcal. Be sure to check out their happy hour, when tacos and drinks are cheap and delicious.
8. Cadet: A new restaurant from Chef Kris Tominaga of Terrine, Cadet serves small, creative plates like smoked lardo and rabbit boulettes. The cuisine is inspired by the French countryside, and the interior has a modern rustic feel. Go for a dinner that feels classic and traditional, but has all of the best features of a modern, creative dining experience.