the LA guide to eating
It’s been several months now that I’ve reassembled my former LA life, part of which meant revisiting old favorites and partly exploring the new. Although many believe that food in Los Angeles is simply an oxymoron, over the course of the last three years, LA has proven to become one of the key foodie cities in America. Here’s a list, in no particular order or price range, of some of the best restaurants/cafés LA has to offer. Yes, after a quick glance, it may seem a bit French skewed, but let’s state the obvious for a second and come to the realization that all best food stems from France. Period.
-Giorgio Baldi - some go as far as calling it the best Italian restaurant in the country. The polenta, dover sole & lobster ravioli are unrivaled.
-Sushi Park - divey and outrageously priced but hands down the best Japanese food in the city. Close the menu and let the chef do the ordering.
-Little Next Door - you can’t go wrong with anything in this restaurant and it’s the perfect alternative to your Little Door craving, combined with the most mouth watering pastries and desserts. Those who’ve only been here for brunch are missing out on one of the best dinner spots in the city
-Café Stella - a food gasm with a scene that only exists in New York. Young, hip and late-night Silverlake crowd forms in this quaint and cozily decorated environment. Be sure to notice the artwork on the walls.
-Hamasaku - rivals Sushi Parc but has a better and more fun selection of rolls.
-Mozza - some say overrated, I say so worth it. After all, it’s not often that Mario Batali makes mistakes.
-Bastide - the hidden gem of Melrose Place best suited for a Romantic occasion. Bastide has the most beautiful patio in the city along with a posh hand picked bookstore. You’d be surprised how few people know about this place. Just note, taking someone to Bastide screams commitment.
-Pace - situated up Laurel Canyon this is the perfect hideaway.
-Lily’s Café - quaint, reasonably priced, & one of the most beautiful gardens. If you happen to be in Venice and are looking for something more casual than Gjelina or Chinois, this is it.
-Church & State - the best downtown trek you’ll ever make
-Capo - considered among the best restaurants in California, although the prices are reflective of it’s reputation.
-Comme Ca - the food is delicious yet not the best for its price range. The key here is the wine and cheese bar.
-Foundry - some of the best service in the city and another place where you can’t go wrong. I dream of the Foundry grilled cheese daily and I don’t even eat grilled cheese.
-Monsier Marcel - situated in the farmer’s market, there’s something really homey about this place; a true escape to the Provence. If you’re throwing a dinner party, Monsier Marcel has an adjacent store perfect for the nicest occasions. Don’t leave without trying the Quiche.
Although there are plenty, the 3 most overrated are: Toast, Geoffrey’s and BLD, the later of which I find un-edible. Then again we’re all entitled to our own opinion.