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Hotel Figueroa
939 S. Figueroa St., Downtown
It took two years to restore this hotel to its 1926 glory, or what the hotel calls its “Spanish colonial splendor.” And it was worth it: Impressively grand common areas with soaring ceilings; hundreds of rooms, each classic and modern with a few artful touches thrown in; and an unusual (very cool) coffin-shaped pool surrounded by cacti. The hotel also makes an impressive showing of places to eat and drink: Veranda for Mexico City-inspired meals and Bar Figueroa for an old-Hollywood vibe. In fact, if you don’t stay here, it’s absolutely worth to at least stay the evening.
Today Starts Here
935 Mei Ling Wy., Chinatown
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup from Thursday to Sunday. Our food editor shook up her usual Highland Park breakfast routine in Chinatown’s Today Starts Here and hasn’t stopped talking about it since. From the good people behind both Pine & Crane and Joy, this new weekend-only Taiwanese spot goes big on flavor. We have it on good authority that the savory soy milk (porridge packed with preserved veggies, chili oil, and porky bits and pieces), fan tian (eggs, veggies, and more pork encased in the perfect amount of sticky rice), and dan bing (Taiwanese egg crepes) are the way to go. Be sure to include at least two beverages from the expansive list. The loose-leaf teas are peak quality and the sea salt cream coffee is worth every minute on the freeway. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides…
Lunasia
500 W Main St, Alhambra
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. When GP posted her New Year’s picnic on Instagram, we were intrigued. Turns out, the to-go spread was from Lunasia, an Alhambra-based restaurant known for its traditional Chinese cuisine and crazy-delicious dim sum (Cantonese small bites traditionally served with jasmine, oolong, or green tea). They do all the classics, from shrimp har-gow and pork siu-mai to sticky rice and pan-fried turnip cakes. But the best thing on the menu might be the baked char siu bao: a crispy, crackly bun stuffed with sweet BBQ pork. Order online or through their app, swing by for curbside pickup, then hit up the nearest park, blanket in tow, and enjoy. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Carla Cafe
9229 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup. The pandemic has completely upended the traditional restaurant industry, and yet there is something so optimistic and heartwarming about the entrepreneurial pivots we see coming out of this period. Carla Cafe is one such example. Initially, former tech worker Avi Ahdoot assembled his now-famous chicken aioli sandwiches at home and took orders via Instagram DM. Then, suddenly, LA’s appetite for chicken aioli exploded. Ahdoot hired a small team that now operates Carla Cafe out of the Bootsy Bellows kitchen. How does it work? Preorder your sandwich (there’s just one option per day) via DM, pick your time slot and wait in delicious anticipation to chow down on the city’s best sandwiches. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Fellow Traveler Wine Bar
631 N La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. This busy stretch of La Cienega craved a spot like Fellow Traveler—a natural wine bar helmed by former Auburn sommelier Nick Arlene. Fellow Traveler is all about fostering an atmosphere of kinship and community over glasses of biodynamic Sangiovese and a plate of deliciously salty Serrano ham. Arlene has curated interesting wine boxes for his new subscription service, homing in on Spanish bottles and a small selection from California producers. While indoor dining is currently off the table, the blue banquettes and checkerboard tiles inside Fellow Traveler exude a cozy bistro vibe, and the cheeseburger is one of the best in town. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Cara Hotel
1730 N Western Ave., Los Feliz
COVID-19 update: Open—though some amenities may be limited in keeping with restrictions. When it comes to East LA (DTLA aside) hotel options are pretty thin. Cara Hotel is everything a low-key Los Feliz hotel should be—elegantly earthy, minimalist yet warm, functional (the restaurant is fantastic), and comfortable. Located just below Griffith Park, Cara Hotel feels like a friend’s airy home, which is on point given “cara” is Gaelic for friend and the owners are Irish. Rooms come with elevated amenities like Harry Josh hairdryers, silky Frette sheets and robes, plus minibars filled with locally made snacks. The hotel bar is by the small courtyard (reflective) pool, shaded by pretty olive trees with a wine list heavy on French bottles from Chateau La Coste. Meanwhile, the on-site restaurant is a hit in the neighborhood—meaning that Los Feliz residents don’t want anyone else to know it’s there. Currently closed for in-room dining, the Cara-at-home menu speaks Los Angeles’s farm-to-table language with a nod to Irish favorites. Tuck into charcoal smoked roast chicken, heirloom carrots, and buttery colcannon (a mix of mashed potato, kale, and cabbage every Irish kid grew up eating). COVID-19…
Rooftop Cinema Club Drive-In at Santa Monica Airport
3233 Donald Douglas Loop S., Santa Monica
COVID-19 update: Open for regular screenings until Feb 6th. Check their site for new locations throughout LA. While there are several drive-in theater experiences popping up around town, the Rooftop Cinema Club Drive-In at Santa Monica Airport is on the more affordable and child-friendly end of the spectrum. With cost per vehicle starting at $30 (littles under three are free), a slew of kiddo-appropriate movies on the roster, and a bring-your-own-food-if-you-like policy (though snacks are available for purchase), this is a drive-in experience that feels doable for the whole family. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Adrift Burger Bar
1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup and delivery. Chef David Myers cut his teeth under Daniel Boulud, and after years of globetrotting, this local son set up shop in Venice. Whispers of tender burgers doused in tomato jam, house-made pickles, and a secret sauce traveled up and down Abbot Kinney—naturally, we had to see what all the fuss was about. Of the three burgers, the DM burger (aged Vermont Cheddar, lettuce, onion, and a generous smear of that secret sauce) was our favorite, with curry leaf fries and a matcha and white chocolate milkshake on the side. Myers uses unexpected ingredients—ajwan seeds, miso—to jazz up American classics for our modern, flavor-hungry palates. Better still, you can add a financial donation to your order that goes directly to the St. Joseph Center. Images courtesy of Josh Telles. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed…
Dear John’s
11208 Culver Blvd., Culver City
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. A steakhouse with a storied past, Dear John’s originally opened in the ’60s, becoming a haunt for old Hollywood actors (Frank Sinatra was a fan) and entertainment executives from the nearby studios. A few decades in the place fell on hard times and was turned into a bar called Lucky’s—until 2019, when Hans Röckenwagner (a longtime LA chef) and Josiah Citrin (the chef-restaurateur behind Mélisse) decided to bring it back to life. They signed a lease for only two years—the building is being razed for a new development in April 2021—and unfortunately, the pandemic has cut into most of it. But you can still get your fix of fillet via takeout: They offer a classic steak dinner complete with broccolini, buttery mashed potatoes, and tiramisu, or you can order à la carte. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have…
Endless Color
123 S Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup. This local pizza spot manages to honor the canyon’s offbeat vibe and hit the mark on modern design and menu (walk in to grab your order and you’re in a cool wine-cave-meets-Wonka gallery set up for social distancing). Endless Color opened during the pandemic, and it’s the perfect spot to pick up pizza, salad, and sides for dinner or after hiking Tuna Canyon. The menu has all the classics, plus swaps for the masochist who demands spinach on their slice (the Super Greens is a goop staff fav), and every pie can be made with gluten-free crust, no cheese, or for the lactose-sensitive, with sheep and goat cheese. Picking up your order gives you the opportunity to check out the wine selection, which has something for everyone (natural-wine lovers will be particularly elated). Endless Color is takeout only for the time being, but the bougainvillea-draped outdoor seating setup definitely sparks dreamy visions of future pie-with-friends outings. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we…
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