Best of LA 2012: Eat
The kitchen where Steve Samson and Zach Pollack are busy tending the fires would be the focal point if there wasn’t so much happening on the plate.
Honestly, the abundance of powders, leaves, seeds, and other seasonings at Silver Lake’s Spice Station has us reeling.
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
The playful cereal at Sunny Spot, Roy Choi’s Caribbean-leaning Venice enterprise, has little in common with the Birkenstock-wearing health crunch of old.
Well-prepared vegetarian choices abound in Little India, but at Surati Farsan Mart, the newly expanded Gujarati chaat house, the small plates rival those at any tony temple of modern cuisine.
If you’re after beeflike satisfaction without the mock-meat taste, your answer—as with most things burger related—is Umami Burger.
Neighborhood: Los Feliz
Before the $7 slow-pour, single-origin trend turned drinking caffeine into an exercise of high snobbery, there existed a different kind of coffeehouse. It was a communal place where you picked up flyers for open-mic nights. The dream of the ’90s is alive in Santa Monica at UnUrban CoffeeHouse.
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
A simple basket of sliced carbs won’t do at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, where pastry chef Sherry Yard is behind this elaborate quartet that rises above the rest.