Santa Monica already has a plethora of brunch options. Who wouldn't want to spend their weekend morning/afternoon eating yummy food by the beach? So restaurants entering this crowded space need to have something special to really stand out. Luckily, Native has Chef Nyesha Arrington. The former Top Chef contestant received a slew of accolades when she helmed the kitchen at Leona, where she infused her own background and classic techniques into the California cuisine. At Native, she's working with similar flavors, taking cues from her Korean grandmother to create dishes like Kimchi Latkes, while offering California-focused fare like the breakfast burrito. It's an eclectic and tasty spot for brunch-- and did we mention there's also an extensive brunch cocktail menu?Read More
What was once solely the center of cheesy tourist traps and a few iconic landmarks, Hollywood has been undergoing a major make-over in the last few years. With an influx of cool coffee shops, restaurants, rooftop bars, and modern office spaces, the area has morphed into a central hub of the city's new culture. And now that Hamilton is playing at the Pantages for the next few months (we're seeing it Sunday! Eek!), the neighborhood will be busier than ever. Another new feature of Hollywood? The new, cool hotel openings! Considering the amount of tourists traipsing around Hollywood Blvd., I was always surprised by the lack of hotels. Sure, there are the few old Hollywood icons like The Roosevelt, or the more touristy mainstays like The W Hotel, but in terms of modern, boutique choices, those are just beginning to pop up. Hotels like The Dream, and now The Kimpton Everly, are proving that upscale, hip, and modern are not out of place amongst the neighborhood.
The new Kimpton Everly in particular is a breath of fresh air, with bright open spaces, designer touches, a laid-back feel, and some rustic details. It stands apart from its neon, Vegas-inspired neighbors, with a cool coffee bar perfect for getting some work done, and a rooftop pool with such incredible views, it's bound to become a hotspot. But one of the best features is the hotel's all-day eatery, Jane Q. The casual spot offers all-day counter service with farmer's market ingredients, LaMill coffee, and light cocktails. But despite the low-key feel, we were pleasantly surprised by upscale, fresh, and creative twists on everyday bites.Read More
With Odys + Penelope, Sugarfish, Republique, and an outpost of the always-delicious Susie Cakes, La Brea is a prime eating destination. And with the addition of friendly neighborhood eatery, Commerson, the street might just become LA's next restaurant row. Considered a "hidden gem" and "one of the most underrated restaurants in LA," Commerson opened quietly in the Fall with Balthazar and Pastis vet Chef Sascha Lyon. Like some of our other favorite airy, modern restaurants, Commerson's interior is sleek and simple, creating a blank canvas on which to serve their varied menu. With everything from oysters to pasta to steak and plenty of seafood options, there's definitely something for everyone, and everything we had was really tasty. It's no wonder their accolades keep quietly pouring in as they've gain a stronger, local following; their consistently good food, casual yet upscale environment, and very attentive and friendly service are all signals that Commerson is quickly becoming a La Brea neighborhood staple.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
Having already received positive reviews from Jonathan Gold and LA Weekly, Kali has been on our radar for quite some time. Somehow straddling the line between casual and fine dining, Chef Kevin Meehan's new venture is a polished, modern spot that sits just west of Larchmont. The beautiful, minimal decor is an immediate nod to the restaurant's pared-down, refined cuisine that reflect the Chef's background in white-tablecloth kitchens. Focusing on locally sourced, California ingredients, Kali's product-driven menu is deceptively simple and eschews the small, shared plates model that seems to dominate every other spot in the city.Read More