It’s summer in Los Angeles all year round, but the season still brings its pleasures, as the days get longer and restaurants prepare for the busy season. These are our picks for the best new places to have a meal in Los Angeles, whether it’s to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or just a Tuesday when you don’t feel like cooking.
Adjacent to the newly opened Sunset Strip darling Bar Moruno, Causita serves Nikkei Peruvian dishes to match the Spanish tapas at its sister restaurant. So what is the Peruvian Nikkei index? A style of cuisine popularized by Japanese immigrants in Peru. The word “Nikkei” refers to the descendants of the Japanese who are scattered around the world, but has become synonymous with Japanese food in Peru. Renowned Peruvian chef Ricardo Zarate is responsible for bringing this world-class cuisine to the heart of Silver Lake, serving up ceviches and tiraditos (raw fish dishes) that are so innovative that they exceed expectations. Stick to small, medium, and large plates that cover everything from peas with labneh to grilled octopus and sea bass tamales. Definitely get a colorful libation from Ramsey Musk – aka dadsdrinks on Insta – who behind the bar might be rocking the kind of shiny studs that Robin Williams would fit in birdcage.
Does it get more luxurious than pasta that is flown in from Italy? Yes – if you add some silky, silky tiramisu to the mix. Uovo has already been making headlines in Los Angeles at three other locations, and a fourth outpost in Studio City, at The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge, promises to be a popular addition to the sometimes lacking North Los Angeles dining scene. Uovo says it’s “the only place outside of Italy that serves fresh, made-in-Italy pasta,” and a quick casual spin means a couple can go in and order three courses and get out for less than $50. Add in two glasses of wine and you’re still under $100 for two – and have some of the best, most authentic pasta available at this price.
Hollywood residents are happy to welcome The Griddle back after a hiatus of several years due to the pandemic. Known for pancakes the size of your head, all kinds of brunch drinks and plenty of celebrity go-tos, The Griddle made its appearance in Yamashiro during the pandemic. This outdoor setting made it easy for them to serve fluffy cakes and crunchy waffles safely in an outdoor environment, but even with the view, this location is a long ride. These essentials are best suited to the relaxed, original diner, with its bustling open kitchen, bar stools, and classic red vinyl booths.
Ask most food writers to think of the best pizza in Los Angeles, and the lion’s share will be chosen by Chef Daniel Odette Pisana. With its distinctive thin crust—still firm enough not to droop under the weight of the large toppings—and expertly executed Casio e Pepe pizza (which hundreds of imitators have tried and failed to replicate), Uditi has earned the title for a reason. Aside from Uditi’s signature white pancake, Diavola is another must-try, with spicy salami, mozzarella cheese latte and honey. There are also vegan options, decadent salads, and plenty of vegan pizza.
In case you missed that folded patio the first few weeks it was open, now’s your chance to step into one of the neighborhood’s best new parks. Building on Venice’s initial De Buena Planta, a pop-up that took over the parking lot of Abbott Kinney during the pandemic, this new Silver Lake location aims to solidify the vegan take on Mexican food from Heather Tierney of The Butcher’s Girl. With a dreamy outdoor space built from the ground up, this Mexican coastal staple is so familiar that you might not even notice that it’s completely vegan. Chicharrones made with rice paper, combined with homemade chutneys and hot sauces, start things off just right, while aguachile with young coconut, pastor-made portobellos for tacos and mole poblano enchiladas prove these flavors work well with vegetables. Hop on to the boarding bus, La Casita, next for a grueling nightcap—or better yet, a mezcal ride.
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