Bottega Louie brings European panache to the streets of LA with a delicious contemporary Italian menu. Opt for the Farmers Market Breakfast at their weekend brunch, a platter of poached eggs, vegetables and parmesan, or relish small plates of raspberry beignets or portobello fries. Complement your meal with something from their extensive beverage list; flavored soda, beer, juices, lattes or heady cocktails to name a few. The sprawling high-beamed space is decorated with crisp white walls and marble counter tops for a classy, East Coast feel, and exudes an understated elegance. Head to the deli for food to go, as well as inspiration to experiment in your own kitchen.
Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills institution is the place to be. Like all of the celebrity chef's ventures, the atmosphere at Spago Beverly Hills emphasizes that delicious food can be fun. The luxurious and intimate setting at this restaurant makes it perfect for an intimate meal and especially for special occasions. The wine and cocktail lists are comprehensive and provide the perfect accompaniments to your rich food.
Come here to unwind! Father's Office is known around the world for its expertly assembled gourmet cheeseburgers and its impressive drought beer selection. The beers are cold and the award-winning burgers are hefty. Those craving something less substantial can opt for delicious tapas, skewers or the popular sweet potato fries. The interior is unpretentious, with hardwood floors and petite tables that are conducive to conversation. So order an award wining local craft beer and relax!
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.
Sometimes the simple things in life are the most pleasant. Simply Coffee, an independent specialty coffee bar in the heart of Burbank, lives by that motto. The coffee bar is a wood panel spectacle, though it offers a neighborhood vibe and friendlier attitude than hipster coffee joints. There’s a generous collection of organic teas and coffees along with salads, a few lunch items, and ten flavors of latte. Enjoy a sunny day with a cold brew or Mexican Mocha on the Zen patio.
This stylish café puts a premium on locally-sourced and sustainable ingredients. The place is wholesome without being staid, a perfect choice for an unpretentious gourmet. Breakfast is popular, with dishes like the power breakfast and carrot hot cakes catering towards the health-conscious who don’t want to sacrifice the Los Angeles brunch ritual. Generous cocktail and brew menus round out the offerings along with soup, salad, pizza, and burgers for lunch.
In an underground location on South San Pedro Street, Fu-Ga Izakaya & Bar is a treat for the foodies with a tapas menu consisting of Japanese fusion dishes. It is great for relishing some good varieties of sake and beer while gorging on Kushi Katsu, Seaweed Salad, Yakitori, Sauteed Shishito Peppers and Unagi and Chirimen Jyako Fried Rice. There is a separate happy hour menu that helps to quell the raging appetites. The Bento Boxes offer delightful combinations of salad, tempura, stew and oysters that can be packed and relished at leisure. The venue is dimly lit and perfect for a romantic dinner date. The staff and service are also appealing.
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.
The Escondite in Downtown Los Angeles is most popular for its burgers and its generous Happy Hour offerings. Cocktails, wines, and beers, as well as, appetizers are available at an average of USD4 on weekdays from 5p to 8p. Among their cheeseburgers, the Boss Hog and Slim Pickens are crowd pleasers, while the Escondite Beef Sandwich and fries are also delicious. An added feature of this bar is its showcase of local musical talent through concerts that start every night at 10p. Offering pretty views of the city, Escondite is here to stay.
'Perched' atop the 13-story tall Pershing Square Building, is a gem of a French bistro, that's hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the historic square. The splendid alfresco setup accentuated by a couple of fireplaces and fire pits, sets you up for what's in store in the kitchen. The connoisseur behind the kitchen walls, Chef Shawn Davis promises to take your dining experience to a different level by serving delicious classic French cuisine touched by his signature style. The regular French delicacies like Ahi Tuna Tartar and Classic Caesar Salad are dished out with flair, and so are the traditional dishes like Bouillabaisse and Duck Confit. In the end, a glass of Armagnac or Calvados from its bar, is enough to round off a fine dining experience. The bistro is also a perfect spot to relax in the lounge area and enjoy the live gigs and cabaret performances which are held here throughout the week. With a location that matches the best in the city, Perch is a perfect place to dine with your loved ones. Call or visit their website to book a table.
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.
Industrial chic with a greenhouse vibe makes Manuela an oasis in the heart of the city. Set in the courtyard of Hauser & Wirth, the brass elements, exposed bricks and rustic embellishments are an ode to its history. Hanging potted plants, an herb garden and artworks by artists like Paul McCarthy, give an alluring charm to this massive place. Celebrating the produce of Southern California, Manuela is proud to bring the seasonal flavors with the help of local and regional producers who are known for their sustainable practices. The menu changes daily but features game, vegetables and fish. The bar with its array of cocktails, curated wines and tap beers is a great place to unwind.