From rustic eats in a classic Hollywood spot to a Jewish deli with modern flair, there’s a lot that’s new to check out this month. Here are our picks for February’s buzziest new restaurants.
The Spotted Pig chef April Bloomfield’s restaurant in the former Cat & Fiddle centers on a brawny wood-fired hearth and a big brick patio shaded by white umbrellas. At home with rustic cooking, the veteran British cook imbues her vegetable dishes with meaty gravitas: smoky roasted cabbage with whipped oysters and lamb drippings, and sliced peewee potatoes with crème fraîche and Swiss chard. The wine program is full of deep cuts thanks to curators Taylor Parsons and Beastie Boy Mike D (Licensed to Spill?). (6530 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood)
Channeling the spirit of an old-time Jewish deli, this strip mall diner blends schmaltzy nostalgia with modern flair. Sweetbread schnitzel is topped with quince-spiked Russian dressing; lox-draped latkes arrive as a potato waffle. Chef Liz Johnson has fun going lowbrow (hot dogs with Hatch chile cream cheese), but the best dishes are straight homages: a house-smoked Reuben, matzo ball soup, and airy cheesecake with guava jelly. (2619 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park)
Born and bred in L.A., Nyesha Arrington has a knack for harmonizing the city’s array of influences. Beef tartare is paired with perky Korean mustard sauce, and roasted rutabaga (from the nearby farmers’ market) is crowned with crumbled Ethiopian injera. Don’t overlook the coconut-and-brown-butter pancakes—a crowd-pleaser during weekend brunch. (620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica)
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