Situated in a former IHOP, Roy Choi’s A-Frame is the street food king’s manifesto for the sit-down-restaurant world that declares plates should be passed, hands should get dirty, and meals should feel like carnivals.
Neighborhood: Culver City
At their still-unmarked Fairfax enclave, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo have maintained—even honed—their knack for rejiggering comfort food into balanced, thoughtful dishes that leap with spurts of acid and fat.
We were drawn to the O Hotel’s sultry lobby restaurant by its siren song of fancy cocktails. The mixologists from New York’s famed Death & Company bar got their mitts on the drinks menu…
Most nights it seems as if half the Valley is here, huddled at the bar for a peaty scotch cocktail or squeezed into a booth for a bowl of fennel-perfumed mussels.
It doesn’t get much more picturesque than the marina-adjacent fire pit tables atCast & Plow, the Ritz-Carlton’s new iteration of its hotel restaurant.
Neighborhood: Marina del Rey
Chef Jeremy Berlin has put his stamp on this urban-romantic bistro with such items as the hearty vegetarian cassoulet with Tuscan kale, and braised pork belly with a pickled vegetable salad.
Edgy but not alienating, ambitious but not brash: It’s a tough line to walk but necessary for a 165-seat restaurant near the Staples Center
Neighborhood: Historic South-Central
Brendan Collins has been cooking at Waterloo & City, where he remains executive chef, and he’s extending his reach with this casual open-air restaurant and bar.
Every month Curtis Stone, the host of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, takes a long ingredient, like citrus, as the throughline for a nine-course prix fixe menu.
Neighborhood: Beverly Hills