New Kids On the Block
Welcome These New LA Restaurants to the Neighborhood!
WRITTEN BY: Michelle Slieff, Alexa Erickson, Deirdre Michalski, TC Franklin, Joe Cannon, Jessica Gomes, Erica Leitz & Nicole Fera | PHOTOGRAPHED BY: Nancy Villere, Cory Critser, Amanda Proudfit & Josie Gonzales
Let’s face it, you have to eat! Futhermore, you want each and every taste bud to savor the flavor at each fork full. There is a focus on the quality of cuisine that has become available to us in recent years. Local businesses, farmers markets and culinary TV shows have made the diner conscious of the choices they now have available. People are more aware of the cuisine that is available and the benefits of offering sustainable, fresh ingredients, and are willing to pay a little more for the finer things in life. Not only are we becoming more eco-conscious in our dining, but our palates have developed. We are willing to jump out of the comfort of familiar foods and try new things. Today is the era of poutine, charcuterie and sashimi—all available within a block of each other.
Trust us. We get it; it’s hard to wean through the almost incomprehensible amount of restaurants in Los Angeles. Don’t fret, we’ve done the work for you. Traversing the Los Angeles basin—from the Santa Monica coast, to the Westside, Mid-Wilshire and the East, we have uncovered the newest restaurants and eateries that you will want to put on your radar!
FAITH & FLOWER
Must Have Item: Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Best: Glamorous “see and be seen” restaurant
Order the Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin drizzled with a suedoise sauce (apple aioli with onion puree). The tenderloin is finished on the grill, giving the bacon a light, crispy flavor. This is served with sliced seedless grapes and a delicate salsa consisting of roasted pistachios, currants soaked in Champagne, and pickled shallots with a sprinkle of parsley. The Roxie & Cameo Cocktail pays homage to two old downtown theaters built in the 1920s, which are sadly now closed. The beverage is historic on its own, consisting of Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka, elderflower, Nardini Acqua di Cedro, lemon, egg white, and served on the rocks in a Champagne glass.
Must Have Item: Kelly Chapman’s Original Southern Mac Best: Place to gain five pounds
As if Grandma paid a visit to every plate, the grilled chicken and cornbread will make your mouth water with every bite. Make sure to save room for lobster bisque and the Italian butter rum cake. You will be walking out with an extra five pounds in your trunk, but every bite is worth it.
Must Have Item: Gnòc Best: Place to post a food photo on your Instagram
Lick your lips and kiss your fingers because this is what Italian food should taste like. There is something comforting about enjoying dinner at a nice Italian restaurant; it feels like family when you walk through the doors. Typically everything looks so good on the menu that you overorder and then have amazing leftovers to bring home. However, I can’t guarantee the leftover part because you’ll probably want to eat it all.
Must Have Item: Charcuterie Best: Place to take the in-laws
This casual California brasserie provides a comfortable yet sophisticated atmosphere for local Angelenos. The food is elevated but in no way pretentious. I’m a sucker for any restaurant that has charcuterie on the menu, and this presentation is nothing to scoff about. This isn’t your usual board billowing with cheese varieties. Even better, a delicious spread of cured meats, head cheese, tangy mustard and pate. Enjoy a glass of wine while you dine, and if you can’t decide what to order just have Managing Partner/Wine Director François Renaud, select something for you. Co-Owner Stephane Bombet can be found checking on guests in the dining room while his partner Kris Morningstar is busy working away in the kitchen to make sure your meal is unforgettable.
BO-BEAU KITCHEN + ROOF TAP
Must Have Item: Beet Burger Best: Place to have a rooftop party
Imagine the comforts of dining at home without the mess to clean up afterwards. Throw in a couple waitstaff and a private
chef, and it lands you at Bo-Beau Kitchen + Roof Tap. They say the way to a person’s heart is through his or her stomach. Bo-Beau is the new neighborhood hangout, no matter what the occasion. Dine in for a romantic evening on the first floor of this two-story restaurant or get flighty with friends on their second-story, open-air beer garden. This traditional French bistro offers modern twists throughout to keep the concept contemporary. This little gem, located in Downtown Long Beach, is new to the LA scene and is kicking things up with fun menu items like beet burgers.
Must Have Item: Lobster Al Forno Best: Place to pretend like you are a character from “The Godfather”
Your taste buds will feel like they entered a time machine. The Lobster Al Forno offers flavors and cooking techniques that are representative from the past, present and future.
SMOKE. OIL. SALT.
Must Have Item: Pa Amb Tomaca Best: Place for paella lovers to indulge
If you’re looking for authentic Spanish cuisine, cease your search. The paella here is top notch, among the vast array of other top contending plates they offer brought to you by the international palate of Executive Chef Perfecto Rocher.
Must Have Item: Lobster Roll Best: Place to get your lobster fix
This food truck turned brick and mortar delivers quality cuisine. Order the lobster roll for handheld seafood that’s out of this world!
FREDS AT BARNEY’S NEW YORK IN BEVERLY HILLS
Must Have Item: Ahi Tuna “Salade Nicoise” Best: Place for a shopping pick-me-up
Shop till you drop. Then unwind over Italian-American fare at this upscale cafe in Barney’s.
Must Have Item: Green Curry Fried Chicken Best: Place for late night curry
Diners can enjoy Indonesian fare at this fusion steakhouse. Admire the decor with arts & crafts on the walls.