Despite the sheer abundance of restaurants that cover the city, it seems all too easy to get stuck in a food rut. Some never visit the same spot twice, while others get caught in a routine; take-out from x on Monday, lunch at y on Tuesday. And I get it! If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? But some weeks, it's impossible not to feel restless, and even when we desperately want to change up our daily eating ritual, we're often paralyzed by the infinite choices. So I'm making it super simple-- if you're in the mood for trying something new this week, here are 3 possibilities. From the expansion of a new-school deli and the opening of a pizza joint to some shake-ups at a glitzy restaurant/upscale karaoke place, these eateries are sure to get you out of your food rut.
1. Wexler's Deli, Westfield Century City
The new openings at the recently renovated Westfield Century City have been nothing short of epic. I mean, Eataly? Come on. Up in the food court, though, the changes have been more subtle and are often-overlooked by the glitzier additions to the mall. But if you haven't yet, make your way upstairs and have a comforting lunch at LA new-school deli staple Wexler's. Their third location (first was Grand Central Market, second was Santa Monica) offers their classic deli fare like bagels and lox in addition to some meatier options, like the ultra-satisfying Chopped Steak Sandwich. An ideal lunch spot if you work in the area and need to escape your 9-to-5.
2. The Urban Oven, Downtown LA
This dough-slinging food truck just expanded into a brick and mortar at The Bloc in the heart of Downtown, offering fresh wood-fired pizzas in addition to a few select Italian appetizers and salads. The casual restaurant certainly makes for a slightly indulgent but totally satisfying lunch for Downtown worker bees, with counter-service and a few small tables scattered around. It's easily the best place to eat lunch at The Bloc, as the pizza is fresh and tasty.
3. The Venue, Koreatown
We previously wrote about The Venue when it first opened at the beginning of 2017; defying the karaoke bar clichés of a seedy hole-in-the-wall with cheap beer, The Venue immediately impressed with their beautiful, luxe space, boozy craft cocktails, and super cool karaoke rooms. And now with the addition of superstar Chef Nick Erven (of critically acclaimed eponymous Santa Monica restaurant Erven), their food is just another feather in the cap of the secret should-be hotspot. We seriously recommend making a trip to Ktown and making The Venue your new go-to party den!