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.Read More
To my (and other Valley dwellers/Westsiders') surprise, Downtown has quite the thriving nightlife scene. From the perpetually packed Perch to the quirky scene at Clifton's Republic, there are plenty of night-out-on-the-town worthy spots to get your drink on. But one of the newer additions is also one of the more subtle locales, doubling as an upscale cocktail bar and chill neighborhood hangout. The venue from 213 Hospitality is casual but boasts an impressive menu of craft cocktails (ranging from an affordable $11-$13) as well as small bites like cheese and charcuterie.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
One of the most anticipated openings of 2015, Otium has been an ambitious addition to The Broad Museum and Downtown LA’s dining scene in general. Its beautiful combination of large contemporary glass walls and rustic woodsy interior had made it a hot place for modern fusion foods done with an exquisite twist. Not to mention, the restaurant is overseen by none other than renowned chef Tim Hollingsworth. Together with the neighboring Broad Museum, Otium is an idyllic restaurant for those who wish for a special art and dining experience.Read More