After sampling the better part of Los Angeles’s 20,000 or so bistros, gastropubs,
and grand halls of fine dining, the only thing swelling more than our bellies is our pride. This is one tasty town. Here, in ascending order, are our picks for where to dine now
WHAT: Originally a Vegas band, the Killers teamed up with local rockers Dawes for “Christmas in L.A.,” a song about the loneliness of life in the big city—this big city. Even better, it comes with a video featuring Owen Wilson and Harry Dean Stanton. (Bonus points for the Dan Tana’s reference.)
VERDICT: From Jared Leto to Pharrell, the end of the year has been a banner season for video homages to Los Angeles, but this one is by far the saddest. That’s why it’s so great. A city without ambition isn’t a city; it’s a suburb. All those crushed dreams are what make L.A. such a fascinating and beautiful place to live. And a pitcher of sangria in an empty beach cafe? That sounds just about perfect.