Los Angeles Services
Jon & Vinny’s
11938 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Prepandemic, Jon & Vinny’s spicy fusilli, ham and yeezy pizza, and delectable Italian rainbow cookies were regular guests on our takeout rotation. These days not much has changed. The restaurant is still making sensationally tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner takeout from its Fairfax and Brentwood locations. Sister businesses Helen’s Rotisserie (yum), the more Mediterranean-leaning Kismet on the Eastside, and Helen’s Wines are following suit. And all the restaurants under the Jon & Vinny’s umbrella are now selling $45 produce boxes to support local farms like Carpinteria’s Coleman Family Farm and help keep your pantry stocked with peak California bounty.
1604 Pacific Ave., Venice
Somehow, Chilean chef Juan Ferreiro intuits exactly what we want to eat. Prepandemic, this involved light, hyperseasonal, fresh fare like smoothies and farm-to-table grain bowls. Now, from the confines of home, we’re craving California-style comfort food—healthy with a dash of indulgence. Ferreiro’s lamb kofta doused in zingy tzatziki and crunchy herb salad, crispy chicken sandwiches with pickles and secret sauce, and the heartiest breakfast burrito laced with roasted salsa and Oaxacan cheese are…as absolutely perfect as they sound. Order online for delivery or curbside pickup.
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Chef Evan Funke’s crispy-on-the-outside, pillowy-on-the-inside sfincione (Sicilian focaccia) is justifiably famous around town. And then there are the silky, saucy plates of pasta. Funke and the Felix team have adapted to the current environment by deconstructing their signature pasta dishes for assembly at home. Order fresh pasta kits (we’re partial to pappardelle with Bolognese ragu and the simple rigatoni pomodoro) and cook them yourself at home. Or if you want to get through the cartons of dried pasta you’ve probably accumulated in recent weeks, order pints of Felix’s sauces without the pasta for your refrigerator, plus a sfincione to mop up every last morsel of sauce. If you really can't handle the thought of cooking, well...anything, order the polpette as an antipasto and the tonarelli cacio e pepe to follow. Cocktail kits (choose the mezcal negroni—just do it), wine, and beer are also available to go with your order.
225 26th St., Brentwood
Jeff Cerciello (former Thomas Keller culinary director) perfects the bakery-cum-larder-cum-restaurant concept in this sunny space with all-day dining at rustic communal tables, including a wonderful family-style dinner with a market-driven menu. Ingredients here are top-notch, and Cerciello knows what to do with them, keeping the food exciting and tasty without over-complicating. The Roast Jidori Chicken is a standout, along with any of the fresh seafood or excellent produce-based dishes. There's an attached mini-grocery store with an excellent cheese selection, pastries, and prepared salads and sandwiches.
Sharp Parmesan, salty feta, bouncy mozzarella, and white Cheddar are all now available for curbside delivery, so we grate them over pasta, add to soups, or nibble on with a wedge of apple in the afternoon. Cheese is a true kitchen hero, and to our minds, DTLA cheese is a refrigerator essential. Hop on the site to browse the selection and place an order.
1549 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park
Artisanal grocer Cookbook Market has kept its shelves and fridges packed with essentials like flour, yeast, beans, and eggs, even as the big-box stores sell out. Both locations (Echo Park and Highland Park) are enforcing strict rules to keep everyone as safe as possible, cutting their hours to allow for deeper cleaning and pivoting to curbside pickup only. Call and place your order over the phone for same day collection (they’ll call you once your tasty goods are ready to go).
2150 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
Thursday through Saturday, Echo Park’s sexiest bar, Bar Bandini, is offering curbside pickup. The goods: organic, biodynamic wines from the best of small-batch producers around the world. Also on the roster are the ultimate in refreshing, nonalcoholic beverages, effervescent Topo Chico, and Mexican Coke. We have spent many a night munching oozy grilled cheese and sipping glasses of whatever was on tap in the dark, moody confines of this vibey bar, and we would like to continue doing so once this pandemic passes. If you’re a dedicated Eastsider, keep the booze buy local and order a bottle or two from the Bandini stash.
2040 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz
Los Feliz fixture All Time turns out hyperfresh California cuisine with a modern edge, and that has not changed. The restaurant has always had a fun Instagram presence, but it has been incredible to watch it pivot, innovate, and problem-solve in real time as a food business during the pandemic. In addition to keeping staff employed and local farmers supported, the owners are looking for ways to care for their community. They’ve moved to an online-only order and payment system (even for a coffee), and they’ve put together a variety of SOS kits, with basic groceries like eggs, milk, coffee, and even toilet paper, and created a helpful tab with cooking instructions on their site. And adding a bottle of wine is always an option. Order online here (we heartily recommend the hot sauce aioli breakfast sandwich and DIY brisket tacos) for curbside pickup or home delivery.
If you’re going to open a flower company, you might call it something sweet and whimsical. If you’re going to open a flower company with wit and irreverence, you might call it Pigsty. Which is exactly what Hope Sword did. Sword’s wild and free-flowing florals have accented many of goop's haunts in California, including Little Prince and Jenni Kayne. When this Venice-based doyenne’s not tucking in a Malibu/Santa Barbara/Palm Springs wedding tent, she’s sprinkling her zero-waste bouquets in the windows, tables, and rafters of local eateries and boutiques. (You can also stock up on Pigsty’s sleeves of blooms at the Butcher’s Daughter, the Waterfront Café, Rainbow Acres, and more—weekly.) And when she’s doing none of the above, she’s usually foraging the California hills for grasses, poppies, passionfruit vines—anything green, wild, and beautiful. Sword's arrangements are nontraditional—imagine mashups of dahlias, garden roses, protea, ranunculus. And they're so rich with shape and quirky personality, you may catch yourself waving back at one of the hand-shaped leaves in her bouquets. She's hyperattentive to detail but also flexible when working with clients. After all, it takes a certain level of vision…
A bouquet of wildflowers and roses landed on the desk of a goop editor recently, and everyone in the office gaped. The light pink and yellow flowers were stunningly arranged and so fresh you could smell them ten desks away. It was the Platonic ideal of a bouquet—thoughtful and artistic and perfect. This was our first introduction to FLOOM, a relatively new online floral-delivery service. It was founded by Paris-born Lana Elie, who has held creative roles at high-end luxury brands across the globe. The service is incredibly streamlined. The site is easy to navigate and the arrangements come looking exactly how you order them. The service works with local floral designers in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco to make sure everything is fresh and delivered intact.