The City of Angels is a mecca of upscale dining, and for both natives and visitors, there are plenty of new and well-established eateries to tantalize the taste buds. If you’ve got a nose for restaurants, Los Angeles, stick with us, as we point you in the direction of some can’t-miss eateries.
We start out with The Bellwether, for which you’ll have to travel to the Valley, but you’ll be glad you made the trip. This menu features a cornucopia of international flavors, all blending to create a gastropub-style menu of scrumptious entrees. It’s laid-back, equally suited either for date night or to talk about that movie treatment. Try the hamachi sashimi or the patty melt.
Next is the inimitable Spago, Wolfgang Puck’s tentpole, located in Beverly Hills. You can afford to treat yourself. Live the high life for a day, and enjoy a tasting menu that can still go toe-to-toe with any of the vaunted new editions to the L.A. scene. Here is the spot where people-watching and fine dining are both parts of the fun, and you may get a glimpse of the famed chef himself, glad-handing the guests or showing his staff some new ways to flambe.
Lukshon is next on our list, a Culver City establishment from chef Sang Yoon. You’re meant to share these Asian-inspired dishes, and the generous helpings will have you calling for backup. Look for new twists on familiar favorites. Come up with your own wine pairings, or ask your server for a recommendation if you’re at a loss. Some have dubbed this L.A.’s answer to New York’s famed Momofuku Bar.
A.O.C., on Third Street, is another solid choice, if you’re looking for a pleasing patio space to soak up some rays as you chow down on contemporary American cuisine. You won’t find any bite-sized tapas here. The most popular menu item is almost certainly the Spanish-style fried chicken, but don’t miss some of the wood oven offerings. This is still a modern icon and remains a staple of the L.A. dining scene.
That’s it for this edition of L.A. eats. We’ll be back next time with some more culinary recommendations that are sure to rekindle your love of fine dining.