Bow & Truss
The NoHo Arts District spot, which offers a Latin menu by chef Stefhanie Meyers (formerly of Rivera), gets a lot of things right. The front patio: massive and sure to become a nightlife beacon. The drinks: original, with sherry as the muse. The food: heavily Spanish, with three twists on paella (seafood, meat, mush-room); piquillo peppers stuffed with crab and má-hon cheese; and the brilliant cornmeal-crusted smelt fries. There are hints of Mexico, too, in the pork belly tacos and the ceviches with plantain chips. A cheese platter highlights Spanish varieties and house-made accompaniments, including fruit spreads and spiced pepitas. » 11122 Magnolia Blvd., 818-985-8787 or bowandtruss.com.