LA’s Sizzlin’ Summer Food Guide
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Your hair smells like bonfires and backyard BBQs during this time of year. Each break in the day where you sit down to eat feels like a picnic, strappy sandals and sun dresses are exploding out of your wardrobe, and your tan is definitely on point. You’ve replaced your under garments for swimsuits, and your Uber expenses are mildly out of control. It’s safe to say that half of your meals are eaten with your fingers—and yes, you do lick them. Your diet will mostly consist of barbecued cuisine, loaded hot dogs, refreshing cocktails and a lot of ceviche. At least you don’t have to clean your kitchen for a while, because most of your meals will be consumed while in friends’ backyards, or one of the many restaurants that Los Angeles has to offer. Enjoy epic burgers, healthy salads and some of the freshest cocktails this season.
You have to try the Greek Potato Salad, made with Yukon gold potatoes, olive oil, red wine vinegar and scallions. By using oil and vinegar instead of a mayo base, you’ll still feel like you’re looking hot in your swimsuit post lunch.
1781 N Victory Place
Burbank, CA 91502
9516 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Nothing says summer more than enjoying Mexican street corn. Elevate your nostalgic memories with a trip to Red O. You have to try their version of Mexican street corn, deconstructed with cotija cheese and serrano cilantro crema. Pair the saltiness of the corn with a refreshing Summer Heat cocktail, made with Skyy Vodka, mango, fresh lemon and habanero-honey, served over ice. The two pair together like your tan and bikini.
8155 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
After a surf sesh, refuel with a Mango BBQ Burger and Mai Tai. This burger speaks volumes, made with 1/2 lb angus chuck, brisket and hanger grind, smothered in mango bbq sauce, then loaded with onion rings pickles and gooey sharp cheddar, served with fries. You can get this with a house-made veggie patty! Wash it all down with their signature cocktail, the Mai Tai, made with fresh pineapple, passion, orange and guava juices, light and dark rum, orange curacao and orgeat syrup. One sip and you’ll be transported to island time.
21150 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
Nothing says summer more than Bratwurst made of fine cuts of heritage pork, coriander and nutmeg. Wurstkuche sausages are served on a freshly baked roll with your choice of toppings, including finely crafted gourmet mustards. Pair with truffle fries for the ultimate experience.
625 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90291
213.687.4444 ext 2
If you’re toting kids around, then Au Fudge is the place to be. Drop them off in the creative space and head to the restaurant to enjoy petite bites and salads made with organic whenever possible, all-natural, dye-free and certified EMA cuisine. This is the kind of place where you sip champagne like it’s Thursday.
9010 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
This hybrid BBQ joint is just the place you want to be when you plan on getting saucy…with your food. Enjoy Memphis-style ribs doused in sauce. Drink crisp beer as you nosh on dry rubbed, smoked wings, grilled with your pick of sauce as a starter. Travel from one BBQ style to the next with this menu. But whatever you do, don’t leave without trying their pulled pork sandwich.
444 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
If you like Memphis style BBQ, then this is the place for you. With over 52 years of rib perfecting experience under their belt, you better believe that JR’s BBQ is making something magical that you absolutely need to try this season.
3055 S La Cienega Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Consider this place a vegetable slaughterhouse, exactly what you need right about now. Repair your body from the summer outings by enjoying a powerful breakfast. Order the avocado toast and your body will thank you. Plus, fancy toast makes for great overhead Instagram foodie shots.
1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Chef Ray Garcia’s creative creations at B.S. Taqueria keep customers coming back for tacos time and time again. Chef Garcia is a native of Los Angeles, which makes his attention to customer cravings that much sharper. Enjoy some of B.S. Taqueria’s clam and lardo, shrimp, or carnitas tacos and pair your plate with one of their unique cocktails like their refreshing Broken Burro—which combines guava, Mezcal, cucumber, ginger and chiltepin. Yum!
514 W 7th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Most piers along the southern California coast are flocked with people fishing for the next greatest catch during summer. Who knows what you’ll pull out of the water. Could be a sting ray. Could be a shark. At Connie and Ted’s there is no gamble. Order the lobster roll and know exactly what you’re getting—simply prepared shellfish that tastes amazing.
8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
With a name like Charcoal, you’d expect some killer barbecue cuisine. With Michelin-starred chef and owner Josiah Citrin’s name attached to this restaurant, you damned well better believe it’s going to be freaking amazing. Dine here and know what it feels like to have a celebrity chef cook for you as if you were family. It literally feels as if you were invited into his backyard to dine with him on the weekend.
425 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
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