Jon & Vinny’s Brentwood
11938 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
At Jon & Vinny’s in Brentwood, the hysteria-level popularity is entirely justified, mainly because every dish is mind-blowingly wonderful. The pizza is chewy and blistered and cheesy (Sonny’s Favorite—bacon, mozzarella, tomato, and Grana Padano—is a crowd-pleaser), and before you prepare to sigh at the pile of crust left over by your kids, order Jon & Vinny’s crust dips (hello, ranch) and watch them wipe their plates clean. The handmade plates of pasta are luscious and hearty and addictive (the cavatelli with fennel sausage and the ricotta ravioli top our list), and those little cones of soft-serve are a dose of nostalgia impossible to pass up.
Venice Skate Park
1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice
Afternoons at the skate park are a thing for Cali kids, and no half-pipes are more iconic than the ones on Venice beach, the birthplace of LA skater culture. Kids are welcomed by the older, experienced crowd and the combination of the cooling breeze and the mesmerizingly good skating makes it appealing to every member of the family.
460 N Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
Pizzana—one of the harder reservations to snag on the West Side—has finally come to West Hollywood. Expect excellent thin-crust pizza from Naples-born chef Daniele Uditi, as well really great iterations of carciofi and caprese. High ceilings and lots of natural light open up the narrow space, which is already packed and buzzy at lunch time—definitely make a reservation, wait times for dinner can be especially long. Note: the pizzas are generous in size—two or three people could comfortably split one (but trying two to share is a safer bet and also too hard to pass up).
1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
With its whitewashed brick walls, wooden tables, rustic stone floor, and clapboard ceiling, Yours Truly has a decidedly beach-house vibe. Dotted with skylights, every square foot is drenched in sunlight. The menu reads like an ode to modern LA with avocado hummus, za’atar-dusted flatbread, Nashville hot shrimp, and bucatini carbonara sliding to the top of our order. Located on Abbott Kinney in Venice, Yours Truly has a laid-back atmosphere and crowd-pleasing menu that make it an ideal Westside spot for a cozy dinner with friends.
757 S. Alameda St., Downtown
Located within a sprawling 40,000-square-foot space in downtown Los Angeles, the Manufactory is a field trip worth crawling up the I-10 for. A collaboration between the acclaimed chefs of San Francisco’s iconic Tartine Bakery and Pizzeria Bianco, the restaurant is a choose-your-own-adventure-style experience. With two dining spaces, a bakery, a coffee roastery, a market, and a dedicated coffee and ice cream hatch, it’s impossible to leave hungry. Don’t miss the windows that give you a peek into the tasty operation. Watching a handful of bakers knead and shape sourdough loaves while the others meticulously laminate croissants is but one of the many joys here.
517 Hayes St.; Hayes Valley
Based on the quickie souvlaki restaurants all over Greece, Souvla is the easy, unfussy lunch place you go for a bright salad; warm, salty fries; or souvlaki.
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St.; Civic Center
One of the largest collections of Asian art outside of Asia, this is the kind of museum you could spend an entire day exploring and feel as if you’d only scratched the surface.
151 Third St., SoMa
The restaurant inside SFMOMA is as inspired and beautiful as you would want a modern art museum restaurant to be.
57 Hotaling Pl., Financial District
Allbirds has become a classic in the landscape of San Francisco shoes. The company is as revered for its comfortable, hipster wool sneakers as it is for the sustainability behind each pair.
1417 Valencia St., Mission
Anthony’s is the holy grail of cookies in San Francisco. People who love it—which is to say people who know it—talk about it with such reverence and awe, you’ll think they’re a little out of their minds…until you try a cookie yourself.
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