This meat lovers dream come true, Animal is a raved about American eatery in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles. Utilizing every viable piece of the meat, celebrity chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook collaborate to create scrumptious meals even a vegetarian might be tempted to eat! With an ever-rotating menu, dishes at Animal are always new and exciting. Not for the faint of heart, past dishes have included veal tongue and brains, chicken liver toast, marrow bone with chimichurri sauce and other oddities that are surprisingly delicious. A minimalist setting is an overstatement, this restaurant has stark white walls, dark stained weathered tables and a large skylight flooding the space with bright natural light.
Located next to the ocean, the Strand House offers breathtaking views along with its outstanding cuisine. The sleek modern decor creates an elegant dining space, though you should make sure you reserve a table by the window so you can enjoy the beach view. The menu features contemporary American dishes created using fresh local ingredients. Complement your meal with a glass of wine from their impressive California wine selection. The weekend brunch is especially scrumptious.
This celebrity hangout has been visited by beautiful people for years and shows no signs of slowing down. If you don't have a reservation or a studio deal, however, don't even try it. The decor is simple and focuses your attention on the crowd and the menu, which are both out of this world. The crab cakes are a favorite, and the fried chicken is also excellent. If you can afford it, The Ivy is a great place to hobnob with the movers and shakers. If not, you can always order a drink at the bar. Be sure to make a reservation.
This cute store in LA has the most delicious cookies in the neighborhood. Their cookies are home baked daily and are always fresh. Make sure you try their bestsellers: the banana split, the chocolate chip and the chocolate chip with walnut cookies. All the sweet treats are thick, have a soft inside almost like a cake and a crunchy outside. These mouthwatering delights have the perfect amount of sugar - not too much but not too little. If you want a gourmet adventure go for the ice cream cookie sandwich - you won't regret it. The store decor is cute and charming and the staff helpful and friendly.
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.
Maccheroni Republic is a casual Italian restaurant that offers diners a taste of traditional Italian cuisine that is simple, yet delicious. The menu is composed of antipasti, salads and homemade pastas, served alongside daily specials and desserts. The Polpettine di Gamberi - crispy fried shrimp cakes, the handmade Gnocchi, Squid-ink Pasta with Saffron Salmon Ragù and Linguine Al Frutti di Mare, are just a few of the many delicacies on offer. Simple, hearty and unpretentious, the food at Maccheroni Republic is served, as it should be, with a healthy dose of Italian hospitality and warmth.
Justice Urban Tavern has an airy and swank look to it due to is high ceiling and industrial-chic decor. This gastropub is a great place to drop in for any time of the day or night. Taking pride in their inventive menu which focuses on seasonal and local farm-fresh ingredients, you can check out their dishes from the chalkboard. Enjoy their happy hours with wines and beers from Californian wineries and breweries.
Eggslut, as its name suggests, uses eggs in every dish, thus transcending the concept of an egg as only a breakfast item. The kitchen serves items like the Gaucho, which is a tri-tip Wagyu steak stuffed in between a warm Brioche bun then topped with egg, Chimichurri, red onions and dressed Arugula. Other options include an Egg Salad sandwich that uses a honey-mustard aioli or the Bailey Biscuit, the delectable home-made biscuit made-from-scratch. It is just one of the many excellent eateries inside Grand Central Market.
Horse Thief BBQ, as its name suggests, specializes in classic American barbecue dishes. Though its menu is not extensive, each item is carefully prepared and is infused with complex flavors and textures. Its main courses consist of Beef Brisket, Spare Ribs, Pulled Pork and Rib Tips. These dishes are complemented by sides such as Jicama Cabbage Slaw, Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Salad and Aged White Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese. The mains and side dishes are served in plates and bowls which are then placed on trays in an attractive manner to create a whole meal. Do not miss the delicious Banana Pudding for dessert.
Casa La Golondrina is located on historic Olvera Street, where it stands proudly as one of L.A.'s oldest restaurants. In 1930, the owners took over the historic Pelanconi House which has been around since 1855. It was named after its second owner, Antonio Pelanconi, but now the residence-turned-restaurant serves delicious Mexican fare accompanied by Mariachi music and live dancers. It is a very popular spot for authentic Mexican fare in a unique, historical setting.
Looking for an elite, one of a kind, bar? Look no further than Le Néant on South Spring Street. Open only for four hours during the week, you will be served special cocktails with secret ingredients by the bar director himself! The decor looks like something straight out of an early 20th century film set with plush sofas, wooden ceiling and flooring, statues of bronze angels and other knick-knacks. It is a luxurious experience that is really sought after, with the bookings going on months in advance, so make sure you book your appointment right away.