West Hollywood

Establishment neighborhood
Saltie Girl
8615 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
This is the west coast outpost of one of our Boston favorites. The menu is huge; your best bets are lobster rolls, clam chowder, and whatever else feels stereotypically New England. They have an impressive collection of tinned fish. But perhaps the biggest highlight comes at the end of the meal: Founder Kathy Sidell’s son, pastry chef Ben Sidell, runs the dessert operation and makes one of the best chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever had.
Palihouse West Hollywood
8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles
This reimagining of Palisociety’s first hotel (originally located on nearby Holloway Drive) offers the same quirky charm and warm hospitality as its predecessor. The rooms are cozy and luxurious, a blend of California ease and old-world opulence. And although the views aren’t necessarily memorable, the location is hard to beat, with Joan’s on Third two doors down and LACMA a short drive away. Enjoy the peaceful outdoor pool and accompanying lemonade bar on a sunny afternoon; for late-night bites, try Mezzanine Sushi, the in-house restaurant that serves a trendy take on Japanese bar food.
Fellow Traveler Wine Bar (Closed)
631 N La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
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.
West Hollywood Edition
9040 W Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Ian Schrager is a maestro when it comes to opening hotels in major city hotspots that meet the mark. Sexy, effortlessly glamorous, and scene-y describe Schrager’s properties, and the Edition is no different. But don’t assume that this new property has all of the chic and none of the comfort; this hotel has coziness down to a science. Rooms are spacious and soothing in a neutral white, taupe, and sandstone palette—many with incredible views of the hills. Amenities-wise, each room is equipped with workstations for afternoon of emails, plus beautiful bathrooms with Le Labo products, rainfall showers, and the softest robes. The gym is first-rate and open twenty-four hours a day with a full suite of Peloton bikes while all four food and beverage spots hum with atmosphere. Edition restaurant Ardor skews vegetarian and the outdoor setting is packed with greenery, moody lighting, and Moroccan warmth.