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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.
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.
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…
The Win~Dow
425 Rose Ave., Venice
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup and delivery. The Win~Dow’s shaved kale salad, succulent cheeseburger, and the new season of whatever everyone’s watching on Netflix are as good as it gets during quarantine. The Win-Dow literally a window off of the Venice steakhouse American Beauty, and the premise is absolutely perfect for the times; a $4 cheeseburger grilled to perfection with delicious, healthyish—and not so healthyish—sides. The grain bowl is good but the kale salad—tossed in a fresh lemony dressing we keep trying (and failing) to emulate at home with crispy croutons and a few shavings of salty pecorino—is better. Pick up a fresh lemonade to sip on now and a few ice-cream sandwiches to save in the freezer for later. 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.
Great White Rotisseria
80 Windward Ave., Venice
COVID-19 Update: Open for takeout and delivery—download their personalizd app for easy ordering. Great White has long been a goop lunchtime staple (their pizzas are the hidden gem of the West Side), but their latest venture Great White Rotisseria knocks it out of the park. Slow roasted chicken smothered in a secret blend of herbs, spices, and plenty of lemon so tender, it falls of the bone. And then come the sauces and sides: smoky baba ghanoush, whipped beetroot flecked with zesty sumac, chunky tzatziki, and all manner of roasted veggies. Order for pickup via the Great White app or through a delivery app for one of the tastiest lunches West of the 405. 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.
Valle Venice
1305 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
COVID-19 Update: Open for pickup and delivery. Effectively an Oaxaca-Venice mashup when it comes to flavors, Valle Venice—from the guys behind Gjusta and Gjelina—churns out the food you crave come Friday night. The plates, bowls, salads, and sides explode with taste. A hearty shellfish pozole verde, a couple of barbacoa tacos, kanpachi ceviche, and a squash blossom quesadilla on a blue corn tortilla—all washed down with a spicy marg or aqua fresca—is heaven after a long week of lunches al desko. Images courtesy of Kate Berry. 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.
Kismet Rotisserie
4666 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. We came for the blistered rotisserie chicken, but it’s Kismet’s vegetables that converted us into regulars. The shredded carrots, cabbage doused in tangy yogurt dressing, turmeric-and-barberry-roasted cauliflower are standouts, and no order is complete without a dollop of fennel tzatziki and extra pita. If you’re all out of ideas for lunch for the kiddos in your life, the children’s plate of chicken, pita, veggies, and hummus is a solid option that’s as tasty as it is healthy. Place your order online an hour before you plan to pickup. 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.