Our annual "Best of LA" issue—the one in which we name our favorite places to eat, drink, shop, play, primp, and more—is finally on newsstands. Right now you’ll have to purchase a copy of the magazine to see the full list of winners, but if it’s prizes you’re after, you’ve come to the right place.
Here’s what we say about Starting Line in the issue:
Now that Phidippides is no more, we’ve been on the prowl for a running store that trades
as much in expertise as it does in shoes. Staffers at the Starting Line have their eyes on your feet from the moment you step inside. Your gait is evaluated on a treadmill (bring your current running shoes for testing), and options are discussed. The store’s selection is strong, and you won’t feel compelled to buy until everyone’s confident which kicks are the ones for you. Then you can head straight out the door and down the Marina bike path for your inaugural jog.
Here’s what we say about Fishing With Dynamite in the issue:
Manhattan Beach’s intimate and wryly
named Fishing with Dynamite showcases David LeFevre’s expertise with seafood, honed during his years at Water Grill downtown. Sure, there’s that bacon-infused clam chowder and the mussels bobbing in Thai coconut soup. But you’re here for the oysters. Pristine and expertly shucked, they’re available in a half-dozen seasonal varieties and accompanied by uncommon dipping sauces. The tang of ponzu, for example, proves an ideal pairing for plump, briny Sunberry Points from Canada’s Prince Edward Island. Want to learn more about what you’re slurping? LeFevre—who’s
often behind the
bar, oyster knife
in hand—expounds on the
Coast bivalve rivalry with
a professor’s erudition and
a hedonist’s delight.
Here’s what we say about Wi Spa in the issue:
sense of modesty
at home—a Korean spa is about promenading in the buff. Of all the K-town day spas that peddle the healing powers of a hot soak, Wi Spa has the prettiest setup and the most soothing atmosphere. Separate areas for men and women are open 24 hours
a day; each is outfitted with wet and dry saunas and multiple pools ranging from icy cold to Daenerys Targaryen hot. The $25 admission fee provides entrée to the saunas, pools, in-house restaurant, and minimalist relaxation area, where you can nap, chat, and flip through magazines for as long as you like. Treatments are à la carte, whether they’re body scrubs or microdermabrasion facials or massages administered on the jimjilbang (the coed floor). Never fear: T-shirts and baggy shorts are de rigueur for the coeds.
To see the 85 other winners we name the city's best, pick up a copy of the August issue on newsstands or subscribe NOW.