Before you go jetting off to Indio to see the second weekend of Coachella, make sure you carve out some time to explore what L.A. has to offer. Or, at the very least, grab a bite on your way out. We’ve picked some of our favorite spots on the Eastside, close to where the 101 meets the 10–a highway you will be well familiar with by the time you arrive to the desert.
David Chang’s recently opened Majordōmo is his first West Coast restaurant, and it’s been welcomed with all the hullabaloo you’d expect. The gorgeous industrial space feels like the cafeteria of your dreams. The menu? Of equal heady stuff. The food is a wild mix, swinging from fried butterball potatoes to kombu-cured diver scallop to crispy pork belly. It’s about the tastiest whiplash you can ask for. Dinner only.
1725 Naud St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
If you’re in Los Angeles, a trip to Sqirl is an absolute must. (For everyone else who can’t make it, pick up the Sqirl cookbook, stat.) The food is “globally inspired,” to borrow their phrasing. What that translates to is essentially chef Jessica Koslow having scoured the globe for the best flavors available. In the morning, grab a pink peppercorn, sumac, and grapefruit-soaked “mesnurrer.” For an afternoon snack, try young carrots with tops grilled in honey and Seville juice. Breakfast and lunch.
720 N Virgil Ave #4, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Lovers of vegetables will also love Kismet, which is, in our opinion, one of the best new restaurants in Los Angeles. Chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson (who you can read more about in our interview with them here) play with the flavors of the Middle East and apply them to California-ready dishes. What transpires is uncommonly spiced fare that feels as satisfying as it does healthy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
4648 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Similarly appealing as Kismet, Mh Zh (pronounced “Mah Zeh”) creates shareable dishes inspired by Israeli cooking. Bring a bottle of wine (it’s BYOB), get there early-ish, and grab a seat out front, where you will be treated to some of the best hummus in town. Dinner only.
3536 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Alimento heralded in a different era of Silver Lake. The Italian joint, helmed by chef/owner Zach Pollack, delivers the kind of reliably delicious fare that makes for a great local restaurant–that still has people driving in from all over. The menu, using ingredients sourced from local providers, takes its cues from the peasant dishes of Italy’s south. Simple. Unpretentious. Delicious. Dinner only.
1710 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
This spot has been a favorite of our since it opened in 2016. (Read our interview with owners Marc Rose and Med Abrous here.) The food is great, the space is pretty. What else do you want? The light is gorgeous in Winsome at every hour, but at breakfast it’s especially charming. Come here for breakfast before heading out to Coachella. Might we recommend the chia pudding bowl or the potato rosti with sunny-side up eggs. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
1115 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Photo courtesy of Toa Heftiba