Every week, I feel as if we've reached the absolute saturation point of LA's dining scene; one more restaurant opening, and the whole system might just collapse like an unstable house of cards. But then I remember that LA is a massive city with millions of people and a thriving dining scene. Thus, new openings are not only expected, they're proof of the city's vitality, economic strength, and ability to uphold its new title as America's Greatest Dining City. Staying on top of these new openings is no longer a pastime of a handful of the city's most dedicated food enthusiasts, but has become a right of passage definitive of the Angeleno experience. It's also my job, right? So when friends ask me if I've been to Today's Hottest Restaurant, and I haven't, it makes me feel as if I've been living in a hole, completely unaware that after opening just a few hours ago, this restaurant has already been reviewed 10,000 times on Yelp, has become so hot to the point of almost verging on passé, and has already been featured in a new documentary on Jonathan Gold. Anyways, I digress. Though these eateries have all opened more than a few hours ago (I know, sorry I'm not more on top of it), they're all worth noting and, despite their varied cuisines and neighborhoods, have something interesting in common; they're all (attached) siblings to other successful, notable restaurants.
Kettle Black, Silverlake
A new favorite amongst local Silverlake dwellers, Kettle Black is a low-key, casual Italian destination with plenty of style. Located next to (and operated by) the beautiful seafood stop, Sawyer, the restaurant has a similarly chic atmosphere, with a modern, minimalist design punctuated with fun prints, plenty of wood, and (what else?) white marble table tops. Their happy hour menu offers some solid choices at tempting prices, like a refreshing Aperol Spritz, a charcuterie board, and the Tri Colore Salad, which is why we definitely recommend stopping in after work, grabbing a table on the patio, and enjoying some "Pizza & Pop" ($15 for a pizza and glass of wine!). We particularly enjoyed the Margherita Pizza, as well as the Polpette (meatballs off of the regular menu).
Beefsteak, West Hollywood
With the success of his seasonally-driven restaurant on Melrose, Wolf, it's no wonder why Marcel Vigneron decided to expand his soon-to-be culinary empire. The plant-based menu focuses on the best local, seasonal ingredients, presenting them in dishes that are as tasty as they are healthy and ecologically responsible. Aiming for "fast" food that fills a hole in the Melrose dining scene-- a spot for a healthy, quick, and tasty lunch-- Beefsteak offers a fairly diverse range of salads, wraps, bowls, and snacks. And in case you were immediately turned off by the idea of "plant based," don't fret; there's always the option of adding protein like Korean Style Short Rib to any dish. Which is exactly what I did to my "K-Town Bowl." A filling combination of brown rice, quinoa, kimchi, broccoli, beans, and ginger dressing, the bowl was filling and really flavorful. I paired my entree with a matcha iced latte, which, as a matcha novice, was actually really nice and refreshing.
K. Ramen. Burger. Beer.
Ok so I'm kind of cheating here. K. Ramen has now been open for quite a few months, but as I don't find myself in Glendale very often (nothing against it, just haven't been in awhile), I didn't become aware of it until recently. Perched atop Katsuya at The Americana, K. Ramen is rounding out SBE's culinary roster with a casual burger, ramen, and beer concept that seemingly covers all the food trends of the moment (they even have poke). With a similar design to its upscale sister, the restaurant actually boasts a lovely balcony overlooking the "park" and fountain at the expansive outdoor mall. And with offerings like Lobster Ramen and Snapper Poké, there are plenty of creative, tasty takes on both classic and trendy preparations. I particularly enjoyed the Snapper and Kale poke, which was light and citrus-y, thankfully not bogged down by the overwhelming ingredients and overly sweet or spicy viscous sauces that occasionally plague other poke bowls.
What are your new favorite restaurants? Let us know in the comments!