Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?
Café Gratitude is the kind of Vegan restaurant that could turn even the most devout meat-eater. With a mouth-watering menu of healthy takes on some classic favorites (like cashew crepes filled with coconut yogurt and cornmeal crusted eggplant parmesan), it’s no wonder this café is a go-to spot for actors, models and entertainment industry insiders. [...]
Stumptown coffee, kombucha on tap, house-made donuts, and a breakfast burrito that might convert you to a morning person. Cofax brings a nostalgic vibe to Fairfax Avenue, livening up the neighborhood one latte at a time. www.cofaxcoffee.com
Located in L.A.’s Windsor Square, Go Get Em Tiger is not just a coffee shop. Though known for their made-in-store nut milks and expert latte skills, they too have a fairly substantial menu for breakfast and lunch. Here you can consider a poached egg on toast instead of the standard croissant with your coffee. www.ggetla.com
Perhaps the most buzz worthy food truck in LA, Kogi’s fleet fuses Korean and Mexican, peddling tacos and burritos with Asian flavors that rule the street food scene. Check their website to stake out a rendezvous. www.kogibbq.com
Run by a Guatemalan couple, La Cevicheria offers what’s been deemed by many the best ceviche in L.A. The dish paired with their signature “bloody clams” makes for an easy and refreshing lunch or dinner.
Nong-La Cafe is a family run yet modern spot that serves incredibly fresh and authentic Vietnamese food. The focus is on their family recipes made with the freshest ingredients around. Homestyle dishes like pho, bun, and banh mi should not be missed. Another bonus? Nong-La doesn’t use any MSG so dishes will taste lighter and [...]
A taco eatery is a dime a dozen in LA, but this Mexican eatery stands out for it’s inexpensive yet high quality food. The Anaya brothers added a fun flair (think hanging sombreros and vintage Mexican posters) and use the freshest ingredients, hand picked by their father Miguel every morning. www.pinchestacos.com
This retro-futurist gastropub serves up modern American comfort food with a twist. Famous for his no-mess “ketchup leather,” Chef Ernesto Uchimura elevates typical bar food with the use of inventive ingredients and well-executed cooking techniques. His menu, along with his unique cocktails, can be found on a large reclaimed wood and chalkboard menu that hangs [...]
This elegant French restaurant is the brain child of Chef Walter Manzke, who created a menu so rich it automatically transports you to Paris. From the Belgian Waffle to the Red Wine-Braised Beef Short Rib, Republique shines with everything they serve. www.republiquela.com
This mod chophouse in the heart of LA is a retro ode to American classics that perfectly toe the line between haute and comfort. The atmosphere is said to be Mad Men-esque and the pot roast is supposedly a “to die for” choice amongst locals… Make a Reservation. www.thejar.com