[I]t’s that time of year in which every New Yorker says… “Maybe I should move to L.A.”. I’ve been very resistant to the idea of the perpetual perfect 72 and sunny day, being the proud New Yorker I am I declare things like “I like seasons” and “I hate driving”. But…. when it’s 18 degrees and dark most of the day I find myself singing a different tune.
So, I decided to focus on something I do best: eating well. I love food. I love GOOD food. I love beautiful food. I love weird food. And if I’m going to ever really consider making the popular migration west, I want to know what’s the skinny on one of my favorite activities… and here is what I found when you Eat L.A.
11 Favorite Food Spots in Los Angeles
Republique – Paris in the middle of Los Angeles. Great spot to work, great light, and a really great hamburger.
Petit Trois – Who knew a French restaurant could be so chic in a gas station parking lot?! Well it is, and it’s TO DIE FOR.
Odys and Penelope – It’s all about live fire cooking methods. Think grill, wood-fired smoker and Brazilian churrascaria set in a modern industrial space with really good margaritas to boot.
Bestia – The most recommended place in L.A.! You need a reservation unless you’re a real cowboy like me and show up at 5pm and take first come bar seating. Actually, come at 4:45, there is a line that forms and I like to be in the front.
Cassia – Southeast Asian meets California soul in Santa Monica that is chic, chic, chic. Perfect date spot. You know what’s not chic, ordering the fried rice but I did it anyway and hands down the best I’ve ever had. I still crave it.
Salt Air – A Venice spot that actually reminds you that you’re by the ocean. I love their airy skylights and nautical vibes. Perfect for lunch.
Guerrilla Tacos – Your classic delicious taco truck but with a seasonal changing menu guaranteed to give you a taco you’ve never had before.
Tasting Kitchen – Honestly, this was my favorite spot we ate. Every dish was eyes-rolled-in-the-back-of-your-head good and I loved the outdoor vibes brought inside with the design of this restaurant.
Verve – LOVED working from this DTLA farm to table coffee shop. Not only is the modern decor such a nice updated take on your classic coffee shop but the clientele is full of cool L.A. designers and artists.
Love & Salt – Italian gone Californian. The pizza was simple and delicious and another one of those skylit rooms that reminds you there is a sun in winter and he loves you.
Salt & Straw – The best ice cream in the world. ’nuff said.
Other places recommended I didn’t have time to get to and look forward to trying:
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