Your monthly update on the best new restaurants in Los Angeles is here. Sip mezcal in Silver Lake, snack on small plates in Atwater Village, and sate your pasta cravings in Santa Monica.
Mezcal is a recurring theme on Maycoll Calderon’s light-strung patio. The roasted agave liquor doesn’t just enliven a tamarind mule served in an enameled cup; it adds smokiness to a broth poured over mint-flecked mussels and amps up ice cream atop warm corn bread. The massive courtyard creates a sense of drama, but it never overshadows the meticulous seafood dishes. A wonderfully soupy arroz con pollo is not to be missed.
Gjelina alum David Wilcox and Guy Tabibian’s California-inspired tapas bar in the old Canelé space offers the right blend of serious food and casual cool. Slabs of pâté-smeared toast are brightened with grilled peaches; a plate of turnips gains depth from seared ham. Ordering can be wonky—a mix of counter and tableside service— but it helps tables turn at a clip.
The owners of Sugarfish are behind this streamlined concept, which instead of raw fish highlights pasta imported from Bologna. The menu is strictly classic: tagliatelle with meaty ragù, tortellini in broth, ricotta-stuffed ravioli in pomodoro. Most dishes are solid though not revelatory. But the ability to duck in for a half-hour meal steps from the Promenade? Game-changing.
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