The Sushi Roku founder and former Matsuhisa GM (as well as Lazy Ox Canteen owner) has transformed the struggling Katsu Sushi into this funky izakaya
Neighborhood: Manhattan Beach
A tandoor as large and hot as a jet engine is the centerpiece of this Pakistani and Indian gem. Disks of buttery naan emerge looking like Neapolitan pizzas. Bright orange chicken quarters arrive whole on a sizzling plate or chopped up and drenched in curry sauce.
At Aladin Sweets & Market, folks stop in for glasses of milky tea with honey-dipped fried pastries, though savory dishes are the main draw.
A Korean-Mexican dungeon, this dark funky bar has full menu of delicious fusion dishes like kimchi quesadillas and galbi tacos for soaking up their lemongrass caipirinhas.
Neighborhood: Culver City
This is another restaurant from the Amici folks, and it’s got the warmth and authentic Italian cuisine we’ve come to expect…
Gino Angelini grew up on the green lasagna his grandma made in Rimini and came to L.A. to help Mauro Vincenti open Rex in the mid-’90s.
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.
Overlooking MacArthur Park Lake, Antojitos Bibi offers Honduran rarities like cashew nut juice and crunchy enchiladas along with soulful coconut milk-based soupsl…