In this next installment of Keeping Up With Local Restaurant Openings, we've got 5 new(ish) spots serving up everything from all-day brunch to happy hour to a new dinner spot on Robertson. Check them out this week!Read More
You can find almost every possible cuisine in existence somewhere in LA. From Persian to Ethiopian to Mexican and everything in between, the diverse food culture is one of the many characteristics that make this city great. But some cuisines will always reign supreme, ensuring a certain level of success for restaurants that other cuisines don't. And one of those cuisines is Italian-- the ubiquitous and often vague "Italian" moniker is often applied to restaurants around the globe to signify approachable Western cuisine (something we noticed when traveling in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Seoul). However, successful Italian spots here have evolved past the generic spaghetti and red sauce offerings to create a formula for popularity across the city. That formula usually includes a modern and contemporary space, fresh takes on classic dishes, small plates, and modern pizza offerings. None of this is a bad thing; in fact, some of LA's best new restaurants fit into this category, and are excellent go-to neighborhood joints for a laid-back yet delicious meal.
One of these new contemporary-Italian spots, Cosa Buona, has become a must-visit corner pizza joint in Echo Park since opening in May. But interestingly enough, they're bringing their casual Italian fare and celebrated pizza menu to lunch, which seems surprisingly novel, especially when mixed in with dishes like tuna sandwiches and chicken wings. We popped in on for a low-key Monday afternoon meal, and really enjoyed the whole experience.Read More
Many may find it insufferable, but the truth of modern dining is: if there wasn't a #gram, did it really happen? As much as we all love delicious food served in a nice atmosphere with friendly service, it's undeniable that the ability to take pretty photos of our food is an important part of our dining out checklist. And not just for those of us that take photos of food for a living! Clearly, many new restaurants in LA over the last few years have taken note, realizing that the more #IGWorthy their restaurants were, the more social media buzz they could produce. This brought about a design wave full of white marble tabletops, white subway tile, table succulents (instead of those classic little candles), and upbeat colorful accents. But let's be real...I ain't mad about it. Amongst this sea of beautiful spots, a few fun ones have stood out to me lately, offering their own takes on grammable decor while still serving delicious food.Read More
Silverlake's Coolest New Destination
Right now, it seems like Silverlake can do no wrong when it comes to opening the coolest new bars and restaurants in town. With walkable streets, on-trend locals, and beautifully designed interiors, it's no wonder why Silverlake's many new eateries are constantly bustling. Their newest offering has managed to hit that ideal balance between dining destination and local neighborhood staple that seems to be the current recipe of LA restaurant success. The bright airy space, laid-back atmosphere, full bar, and focused menu have all catapulted this humble restaurant + bar into one of the hottest spots to visit. It also doesn't hurt that Silverlake's famous Elliot Smith mural is part of their bar (despite the initial public outcry, they've appeased lovers of the late musician and have given the landmark due tribute).Read More
As much as I love a good, long brunch complete with bottomless mimosas, bolognese waffles, and plenty of sweet treats, let's be honest: ain't nobody got time for that. I spend so much of my time running around the city, going to meetings, events, and taking photos that knowing where I can stop for a quick coffee or matcha latte has become an increasingly important addition to my LA knowledge. Luckily, this city's restauranteurs are catering more and more to their on-the-go clientele, opening up cafés and bakeries that focus on high-quality, really tasty drinks and bites that you can take to-go.Read More