Clockwise from top left: The Eveleigh, Baco Mercat, Lukshon, Next Door by Josie
Wow, what a year! Japanese kaiseke, American gastropubs, Southeast Asian flair, smart molecular gastronomy, a kick-ass brunch and a fabulous return to glamour—2011 proved to be a terrific year for new restaurants in Los Angeles. Rising stars like The Spice Table’s Bryant Ng and Night + Market’s Kris Yenbamroong went head-to-head with seasoned heavyweights such as Wolfgang Puck and Josie Le Balch. With so many outstanding choices this year, narrowing the year’s best new restaurants to a list of merely 20 was difficult. But here it is.
Where to eat now in Los Angeles. Four-pork pizzas, star chefs, an 80s flashback, a hushed kaiseke hideaway, and the best burger in town. These are the 10 restaurants that should definitely be on your radar this month.
Mushroom tamale with filet mignon. Photo by Peden + Munk
He’s done it again.
With Playa, John Sedlar has proved once more that he’s among the most important chefs of our time. Not because he’s infallible or because every dish is perfect. And certainly not because he’s been on TV. But because he’s a true visionary who’s created yet another immensely interesting and highly original restaurant using flavors that are for the most part familiar. Continue reading →
By the time we settle into our corner table, tequilas in hand, I’m lightheaded. I fear I’m outmatched tonight and could end up under the table. I’m dining at Rivera with The Blonde, The Sailor and a Tequila Baron. We haven’t even looked at the menus yet, and we’re already exchanging jail stories. That’s what I love about tequila. Continue reading →