For years, Los Feliz and Atwater Village - which flank the Golden State Freeway near Griffith Park - remained in the shadow of the their hip neighbor, Silverlake. No longer. While retaining their small town charm, these historic, diverse neighborhoods have arrived, featuring good bakeries and bars, some of the city’s most beloved Mexican joints, a boutique butcher, and even the requisite juice spot. Here are 10 delicious spots to try in Los Feliz and Atwater Village.
Los Angeles has always loved Italian cooking! Blame the mild, Mediterranean climate, blessed with abundant fresh produce and a casual attitude much like Italian sensibilities. And what's more representative of Italy than pasta, which comes in a myriad of forms and can represent any number of regions and styles - from the richer, more elegant pastas of the North to the lusty, rustic flavors of the South. There's also been a renaissance of fresh pasta in recent years, with chefs making their own interpretations of traditional dishes that change the game in terms of the techniques used to prepare the pasta or the ingredients placed into the dishes themselves. So consider now the best time ever to enjoy these top Italian pasta dishes in Los Angeles.
The love of sea urchin is one of those trends that’s here to stay. It’s one of the few local seafood products we have in LA, with an abundance of this luxurious product coming out of nearby Santa Barbara and the Channel Islands. That means restaurants run by our top chefs - and by our local Japanese, Korean, and Italian dining scenes - will always have sea urchin as a marquee item. Try it cooked in pastas, from our international raw bars, or in haute dishes where it can outshine most any rare ingredient - it’s the bite you save for last. We don’t blame those that carry on about the most famous echinoderm on social media for their uni roe obsession, nor do we envy them because it’s an approachable extravagance for us Angelenos.
We even have famous sea urchin dishes here in town that you’ve probably tried like chef Michael Cimarusti’s sea urchin and egg scramble, or Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook’ s sea urchin and burrata. Here are 10 other classic sea urchin dishes that you must have.
Los Angeles, long the land of bottle service and green apple martinis, finally started catching up to speed on craft beer in the past six years. The wave started with bars, continued with a new crop of breweries, and is now washing over restaurants. Here are 13 of our favorite places to drink craft beer in LA County.
The South Bay is one of the most culturally diverse regions in Los Angeles. It's always provided a multitude of places to enjoy great food from across the world - from delicate handmade soba to fried shrimp tacos doused in salsa. But with a wave of ambitious chefs riffing and expanding on the culinary traditions they were raised on, this quiet beach-loving community is becoming a dining destination all over again. Here are ten of the best places to eat in the South Bay.