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.
For the Minimalist : Breakfast by Salt's Cure
To be totally honest, I was a bit confused when I heard about Breakfast by Salt's Cure, and showed up the Highland location (where they've been rocking meaty dinners since 2016) expecting pancakes and eggs. But actually, Salt's Cure has reopened their original location in WeHo for a casual breakfast concept (eventually I made it to the right place), serving their beloved oatmeal griddle cakes (all of which are delicious) along with sides of eggs, sausage, and other classic breakfast accoutrements. Like the Hollywood space, their WeHo location is bright and airy, filled with plenty of light, white marble countertops, cold brew, and cold pressed juice. Perfect for the aesthetic minimalist, as well as the breakfast minimalist.
For the Millennial: The Friend, Silverlake
Speaking as a millennial, I'm not sure how and why millennial pink became a thing, but if you're into it, look no further than The Friend in Silverlake. Hailed by critics as a spot for the "cool kids" and a "candy coated cocktail explosion," The Friend has capitalized on this beloved and frequently grammed hue, incorporating it into the floor tile, bar stools, tabletops, and yes, even the cocktails are pink. Basically, if your IG feed is all about millennial pink, you've definitely found your match. After your #gram, make sure to stick around for their beautiful and fresh cocktails, like "The Babe": Plymouth Gin, Andean Fire Orchid, Creme de Cassis, Lime Chandon Brut, Up.
For the IG Pro : By CHLOE, Silverlake
Healthy food. Colorful accents. Modern rustic accents. By CHLOE in Silverlake has all the makings of a pic-worthy palace. The beloved New York vegan transplant has been kickin' it next to Whole Foods in Silverlake since 2016, but is definitely underrated when it comes to both food and decor. Obviously, "vegan" might scare some, but their Daily Pancakes with whipped maple butter and coconut whipped cream will make you completely forget about dairy, while the Quinoa Hash Browns and Smashed Avocado Toast are definite musts. And definitely don't leave before you take a #gram with one of their branded Coconuts.