Emily Schuman writes the award-winning blog (and now book) Cupcakes and Cashmere, which chronicles her daily posts about everything that inspires her, from fashion and food, to beauty and interior design. Emily lives in L.A. with her husband, Geoffrey, and their two cats.
Never disappoints — with seasonal tapas, cheese and charcuterie with an exceptional wine selection (though I always opt for their champagne flight).
8022 W. Third St., Los Angeles, 323.653.6359
Their Sunday night family-style fried chicken dinners are one of my favorite things to do in L.A. with friends. And don’t forget to check out their artisan market, filled with tons of special treats you’ll want to buy in bulk.
225 26th St., Santa Monica, 310.566.2400
Every dish is incredibly dynamic, bright and full of flavor. I love the unique fusion between the Peruvian and Japanese cuisines, and the cocktails by Julian Cox are outstanding.
9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 310.277.0133
Order the spaghetti in tomato sauce. It’s the most you’ll ever spend for this “basic” dish, but it’s pretty close to perfection.
225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7970
A great New York vibe with incredible food. Their pork meatballs are the best I’ve ever had, and their guanciale pizza is a must try; be sure to include a fried egg on top!
9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, 310.277.0210
The ideal spot for a lazy Sunday brunch, complete with cereal for snacking and croissant French toast that can cure the ugliest of hangovers.
911 Seward St., Hollywood, 323.461.3663
I’d go for the atmosphere alone, but their famous short ribs are what keep me coming back.
8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277
Even the non-caviar-centered dishes are exquisite and decadent. Their salmon platter is close-your-eyes-while-you-eat good.
321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.271.0576
A cozy restaurant blocks from the Venice boardwalk. The dishes are small, but spectacular with a romantic ambiance.
5 Dudley Ave., Venice, 310.314.3222
Their lunch special…is seriously impressive. The fish is delicious and fresh with rice that melts in your mouth.
4722 1/2 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.306.6300