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Bestia is a labor of love for the husband and wife duo, Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, who not only own this Italian establishment, but also serve as the executive and pastry chefs. Tucked away in downtown Los Angeles, Bestia is known for its exquisite home-cooked multi-regional Italian fare like their charcuterie, Neapolitan style pizzas, and bread baked in their wood burning oven. The industrial like space features subway tiles, exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings, and exposed light bulb pendants casting a warm glow. The menu offers ample choices with mouth-watering options like the chicken liver toast, carrot strozzapreti with rabbit ragu and zeppole with coffee ice cream and whipped cream for dessert.
This charming restaurant is tucked away in the seaside Southern California city of Santa Monica. Manchego, aptly named after the Spanish cheese, is a Spanish style eatery specializing in tapas. The gorgeous interiors of the place are cozy and warm with lovely mosaic tiled floors, printed fabrics, dim lighting, and warm wood accents. The outdoor patio is a great spot to relax and share a meal with friends. The wines on offer come from small, organic, Spanish distributors as well as, a select few from South America. The cuisine is the star of the show with a seasonal menu that often features specialty cured meats and cheeses, crispy empanadas, jamon serrano (Spanish ham) wrapped dates, and delectable churros. Their weekend brunch is highly popular as well.
Lively din and jovial camaraderie reign at Wurstküche, a German restaurant that's a neighborhood favorite. The fare is refreshingly simple, consisting of hot dogs and beer. But make no mistake, this place serves only the best. From alligator to chicken, you will be enjoying only succulent gourmet dogs, expertly seasoned, and the choicest brews. Stop by to relax and order a pint of beer, some Belgian fries and the sausage of your choice.
This renowned deli and restaurant carries and serves only traditional and authentic Greek foods and meals. The deli was started 60 years ago and the restaurant was opened by the son of the original owner in the early 1990s. They host weekly Big Fat Greek Thursday Night Dinners for a reasonable price which is almost always sold out. Favorite menu items include tender lamb chops, over-stuffed sandwiches and scrumptious gyros. As if that wasn't enough, C & K Importing also features some of the best pastries from all over Europe. Hence, reservations are recommended.
This maze-like Bavarian bar and restaurant is a find you will not forget. How it got here is beside the point; it has practically become an historic treasure. Sample one of the great German beers and do not forget to try the amazing food. The Bratwurst, in particular, is worth a repeat visit. If you are meeting friends, make sure you know in which room to venture in to for it is quite likely for one to get lost here.
Everybody knows that Paella is a famous Spanish dish. And if you want to savor it at this restaurant, make sure you place the order immediately, as it takes at least half an hour to be cooked. In the meanwhile, you can enjoy your bread and mayo. Besides these, try the eclectic range of tapas (two or three plates may not seem enough) and wash them down with a mug of sangria. Warm interiors and a romantic ambiance, complete with lace curtains, are enough to plan a special date here. More Paella trivia? The name is derived from the pan it is prepared in!
Chef Jose Andre brings in his own take on American cuisine in the Tres by José Andrés. The menu comprises of Wwagyu Flank Steak Salad, Saul's Housemade Pastrami and Seared Hawaiian Opah. Jose Andres can be trusted to impart an impeccable flavor and touch to the dishes so that each becomes a masterpiece in itself. Tres serves three meals along with a cup of hot tea in the evenings. The restaurant is plush, richly decorated with flowers and linen. The crowd consists of the cream of the society. Dine here to forget the stress of the world and relax in luxury.
This is hands-down the best Greek place in the entire San Fernando Valley. The large menu offers many wonderful choices and, on weekend nights, live music is accompanied by the lively staff members dancing traditional jigs from their homelands. Just make sure you do not sit too near the band or the dance floor. The pita bread is shipped in from back East and it is incredible, and there is an extensive selection of imported Greek wines too.
Enter this fancy Russian delicatessen and you will be instantly transported to downtown Moscow. Boasting 20 varieties of caviar, a medley of smoked fish, good old-fashioned gefilte fish and a smattering of homemade cold salads, this is really a place not to be missed. Everything is fresh and everything is good, plain and simple. Cold borscht in Red Square never tasted this good! Attentive and pleasant service make this gourmet shop a wonderful journey without the hassles of dealing with your passport.
Solidarity is a great, authentic Polish restaurant. Located in a converted old house, the setting is romantic with lit candles on the tables and flowers brightening the atmosphere. The clientele ranges from local Polish residents to adventurous locals who want a change from the usual fare. Trying the Steak Tartar, Homemade Pierogies, Lamb Dumplings, and Handmade Gnocchis is a must during your visit to Solidarity. Wash away your meal with a glass of your favorite cocktail, wine or beer from the drinks menu. Enjoy delectable dishes at discounted rates every Tuesdays to Fridays between 5p to 7p during happy hour.
If you hear the patrons speaking with a British accent, they are probably not putting on airs. The transplanted Brits in the area have made this a home away from home. This is your typical pub like back in Britain with fish and chips, warm beer and darts. For those Yanks who prefer a cold one, they are available as well. The attached restaurant serves up traditional fare. What could be better than British ambiance combined with Southern Californian weather?