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Genghis Cohen
740 N Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Genghis Cohen has been a staple for good Chinese in Los Angeles for more than three decades. And since Marc Rose and Med Abrous, the restaurant partners behind Winsome and the Spare Room, took over ownership several years ago, it's gotten even better. The interiors are dark and moody. The food, umami-rich and satisfying. Go for the New York Style Eggrolls (never greasy, always crispy), vegetarian pot stickers, crackerjack shrimp, and cashew chicken, which is unexpectedly smoky and sweet.
Fiona (Closed)
339 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Sure, Nicole Rucker is the baker who got LA hooked on miso date cookies and stone fruit gallettes at Gjusta, but her pedigree as former pastry chef at the Gjelina Group is hardly the most interesting thing about her. She’s now chef and co-owner of the West Hollywood bakery Fiona, a light-filled space with emerald-green walls and an intoxicating baguette-based scent profile. To call the menu “breakfast and lunch” feels limiting—options range from sesame-butter toast reminiscent of a black-and-white cookie to banh mi sandwiches and yellow curry. Fiona serves up coffee, tea, and sparkling rose water drinks, yes, but also a selection of wine and a well-curated beer list.
Harper Salon
8259 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Finding a Los Angeles hair salon where the cost of each visit doesn’t compare to your monthly mortgage is a challenge. (Sadly, we’re barely being hyperbolic.) That’s where Harper Salon on Melrose comes in—it’s been our favorite undiscovered chop spot for a while. The space is raw and industrial, and the service is quick and efficient, but mostly we love the result: always exactly what we asked for. All the stylists are top-notch, but James is our guy.
Auburn
6703 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Sometimes a restaurant wins you over with its food. Other times it’s the design. The jackpot is Auburn. The new West Hollywood restaurant from chef Eric Bost (an alumnus of Republique and Alain Ducasse) is stunning in both its aesthetic and its menu. Enter from Melrose Avenue and you’re suddenly in what looks like a Scandinavian spa. The décor is ascetic: light woods, pale leather and linen, tons of natural light. The front area has a bar and a few tables for a quieter setting. The back room is wide open and feels like a mix between a garden patio and a European bistro. A huge kitchen anchors the back space, where you can see the chef and team cooking sweet black cod and Pacific uni with bright English peas over an open grill. The wine list here is extensive; they even host pairings nights. But the cocktails are where it’s at. Order a Palo Santo made with blended scotch, coconut water, apricot, and palo santo. And no matter what, start your meal with the avocado butter and homemade bread. A silky whipped umami emulsion of oils, salt, herbs,…
Ronan
7315 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
There is no lack of restaurants along this strip of Melrose Avenue. But Ronan offers something different: quiet. It's dark, New York vibe sets it apart from the slew of bright, loud eateries in the neighborhood. (And it is also literally set apart; the space sits tucked back from the sidewalk.) Come here to hunker down in one of the cozy booths or share space at the giant communal table. The pizzas are incredible: chewy, airy, slightly charred crust (thanks to the brick oven imported from Italy) underneath perfectly acidic sauce, savory artichokes, and wilted greens. If you're feeling like you want something lighter, chef makes a "rigatoni" from twirled artichokes, lacing them with garlic and butter. It's incredible. Everything at this husband-and-wife-owned spot—down to the cocktails—satisfies.
Pizzana
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).
VEDA
606 Westmount Dr., West Hollywood
Good Ayurveda spots are a rarity, and the newly opened Veda in West Hollywood tops the list. Their approach centers around the ancient healing modalities of Ayurveda and Panchakarma in space that evokes a modern and organic aesthetic. Appointments start with an in-depth consultation for Veda’s experienced practitioners to assess what treatment will best serve you. We loved experiencing Shirodhara—streams of warm oil pour onto the portion of the forehead known as the “third eye”, which is said to help stimulate an overall sense of calm. Conveniently there are post-treatment showers in the back, but, we like to keep the oil on for an added nourishing dose of calming aromatherapy.
The GREAT
8575 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Designers Emily Current and Merritt Elliott are known for their denim line Current/Elliott. In 2015, they launched the GREAT., a vintage-inspired line of denim, embroidered sweatshirts, and super soft tees. The 1,800-square-foot space sits on a well-trafficked stretch of Melrose Avenue, and features plenty of thoughtful details: Fixtures are inspired by antique brass buttons and rivets on denim, Venetian Murano glass chandeliers hang overhead, and there’s a wall lined with hand-painted green Moroccan tile—a nod to the brand’s signature army jackets. Another visual coup is the wallcovering, done in collaboration with Portola paint, and meant to resemble timeworn denim. There’s the core line, for which they’re best known, but there are also lots of one-offs: a hand-selected assortment of vintage clothes and jewelry, plus little things that make great gifts, like perfume from Coqui Coqui, embroidered bandanas, and beautifully wrapped sage bundles.
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