Griffith Park: Cowboy up at the new Crossroads West Café at the Autry. Rustic chairs and photographs of museum artifacts subtly recall the American Old West. Wrangle up the kids or coworkers for spinach and bell pepper wraps, cowboy chili, and fry bread tacos. » 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, 323-495-4334.
Santa Monica: Now here’s a housewarming party we’d be happy to attend. The 41 Ocean Club has finished expansion and is now rebranded as the 41 Ocean Restaurant and 41 Ocean Lounge. Chef Jimmy Martinez continues to man the kitchen, serving classy New American staples like dry aged steak and champagne miso sea bass. » 1541 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310-566-3870.
Beverly-Grove: Industrious holiday shoppers can kick their feet up at the new Bar Verde restaurant and bar at the Grove. Now open inside Nordstrom, the seasonally driven menu covers all the bases, including kid’s meals for the young’uns, and salads, sandwiches, pastas, and steaks for the grown-ups. » 189 The Grove Dr., The Grove, 323-900-1610
San Fernando Valley: Vegan and waistline-friendly, LYFE Kitchen opened its third L.A. location this past Tuesday with not a ribbon, but a Brussels sprouts-cutting ceremony. Here, chefs Art Smith and Tal Ronnen make it easy to “love your food everyday”; apparently, each dish is less than 600 calories. » 18700 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, 310-507-7841.
West Hollywood: DBA, a new gallery/event space/nightclub in West Hollywood, is what happens when you feed a bunch of artists LSD — at least according to Simon Hammerstein, the gallery’s first seasonal exhibition curator. Day-trippers can expect to find a multi-functional photo studio/filming location/”blank canvas,” while night owls will enjoy a 6,000 square foot musical playground for the artsy set. » 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-378-5953.
Fairfax District: You’ll need to channel your inner five year old to get through the menu board at Twins Sliders, which opened a second location on Fairfax this week. Begin your trek toward heart disease with fried chicken sliders, and close out with “The Big One,” a Twinkie-topped behemoth of a milkshake packed with brownies, Oreos, Cap’n Crunch, graham crackers, Reese’s, marshmallows, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Butterfingers, and cookie dough. Oh, it hurts so good. » 446 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District.