Photograph courtesy goldiesla.com
This might be the best-looking dining room of the year—if you’re into a Frank Lloyd Wright-meets-lumberyard feel. (We are.) The patrons packing the place help, too. Owner Nick Mathers is also behind Eveleigh, and like that Sunset Strip spot, Goldie’s takes its culinary direction from an Aussie—in this case, chef Thom-as Lim. He dotes on vegetables, slicing kohlrabi thinly and dressing it with English peas, cucumber curls, and lime vinaigrette. A grill fueled by coal and wood (logs double as wall decor) puts a flavorful finish on squid with almond milk and sautéed greens as well as on a supremely tender pork collar served atop a “destarched” potato puree. The bar is abuzz for good reason. » 8422 W. 3rd St., 323-677-2470 or goldiesla.com.