In other climes, summer brings with it a necessary swapping of cuisines. Not the case in Los Angeles, where a perpetual string of 75-degree days keeps the diet to a steady and constant stream of California fare made with fresh local produce. (Just one of many reasons to live or visit the city, in our opinion.) Nonetheless, the season offers itself as a good excuse to try new spots, freshen the proverbial feed. Herewith, our guide on where to eat in L.A. right now.
Paramount Coffee Project
There’s so much happening Downtown these days, you’d be remiss in skipping it while in town. To fuel your easterly exploration, head to Paramount Coffee Project. The Aussie team behind it started off in Sydney before moving Stateside, bringing with them their homeland’s unwavering commitment to great coffee. As for the food, expect a healthy menu infused with a variety of flavors, courtesy of chef Ria Dolly Barbosa.
777 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
The Arts District (check out our eat/shop/see guide here, if you haven’t already) just got one more gem on its roster. Bavel, from chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, is an elegant Middle Eastern spot with so many good spreads you wouldn’t be blamed for only ordering what you can dip bread into. But it’s a good thing everything else on the menu is worthy of your attention. There’s grilled dorade, slow-roasted lamb, braised beef cheeks. The list goes on. You’re not going hungry, that’s for sure.
500 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Located in the iconic Hotel Figueroa, Breva has Tasting Kitchen chef Casey Lane at the helm cooking stick-to-your-ribs fare inspired by the Basque region. Mediterranean flavors make cameos in dishes like blistered shisto peppers with labneh, cipollini, and shaved mojama, and Moorish spiced carrots with hazelnuts and tangerines. And that’s just dinner–they’re open for breakfast and lunch, too, if you so desire.
939 S Figueroa St Ste #300, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Triple Beam Pizza
Nancy Silverton in Highland Park? A sure sign of changing times. With the help of Matt Molina, she’s opened Triple Beam Pizza in the increasingly trendy nabe. It’s a Roman-style joint, where you simply tell them how big you want the slice and then they weigh it by the pound. The pies are cooked to blistered perfection and the menu features booze. What more could you want?
5918 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Petit Trois Valley
The “Trois” restaurants (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, etc) have become something of an empire in Los Angeles. Run by chef Ludo Lefebvre, along with chef/restaurateurs Jon Shook and Vinny Doloto, Petit Trois Valley is their newly opened, well, Valley location. On Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks, the restaurant serves up Parisian fare in a setting that’s all seafoam banquets and bistro chairs. (If you need further motivation that this is worth the trip through the canyons, check out our latest L.A. guide with frequent traveler Nathan Mueller of The Venue Report.) It’s open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., which means you can have your fill of French food for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
13705 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Closer to home–and arguably the least Californian in health and flavor–there’s Yardbird. Those who have traveled to our own Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, in Miami will recognize it as a Southern staple down there. Its Los Angeles outpost sits at the base of the Beverly Center and delivers the kind of food that won’t make you necessarily want to head to the dressing room to try on clothes afterward. Nevertheless, its fried chicken and cornbread are undeniable.
8500 Beverly Blvd suite 112, Los Angeles, CA 90048