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10 L.A. Restaurants GP Wants To Try

The LA food scene is as ambitious in scope as the city itself, which means it’s really hard to keep up—particularly when so many of the notable arrivals are downtown. Here, 10 spots at the top of the to-try list.



  • Night + Market Song

    Night + Market Song

    It didn’t seem possible that LA could sprout a Thai spot that could usurp Kris Yenbamroong’s Night+Market. And then he apparently did it to himself. Like Night + Market, the space is intentionally kitschy and low-key, though this one is in Silver Lake. Apparently the Chiengrai fried chicken sandwich is the thing to order.

  • Pine & Crane

    Pine & Crane

    Chef Vivian Ku’s Taiwanese-Chinese restaurant is supplied by the family’s own produce farm, which is just one of the reasons it’s supposed to be great. Scallion pancakes, spicy shrimp wontons, dandan noodles…

  • Nozawa Bar

    Nozawa Bar

    No longer in the valley, you can now find Nozawa Bar tucked away in the Beverly Hills Sugarfish. Helmed by Nozawa’s long-time friend, Master Chef Osamu Fujita, it requires some planning as reservations are hard to get.

  • Pistola

    Pistola

    This is an unabashedly grand Italian steakhouse from Vic Casanova (he did Gusto). But there are apparently lots of good things on the menu besides steak, including pasta classics (carbonara, squid ink agnoletti), and hearty fish dishes.

     

  • Din Tai Fung

    Din Tai Fung

    Located in the sprawling Americana mall, this Taipei export is famous for its steamed dumplings—and all the requisite extras like green beans with sauteed garlic, Shanghai rice cakes with shrimp, and noodle soups.

  • Blossom

    Blossom

    There are a few Blossom outposts in LA and apparently they all serve really fresh and delicious Vietnamese, including stand-out Bun and Pho.

  • Chego

    Chego

    The focus at this Roy Choi spot is supposedly the rice bowl—which acts as a blank canvas for a hodgepodge of Mexican/Korean add-ons. We keep hearing about the Sour Cream Hen House bowl with sour cream sambal in particular.

  • Q Sushi

    Q Sushi

    As far as omakase sushi bars go, this one is supposed to be as authentic as it gets since it’s modeled after Chef Hiroyuki Naruke’s shuttered six-seat restaurant in Tokyo. The menu is strictly devoted to that day’s catch.

  • All’Acqua

    All’Acqua

    Several friends have mentioned that the wood-fired pizza at this Atwater Village spot is on par with Pizzeria Mozza, Milo & Olive, and Bestia. Which says a lot. It also has a late-night menu and the drink list looks great.

  • Aestus

    Aestus

    The West side has been slaying it with restaurants lately—meaning there are high hopes for this newcomer.

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