Hinoki & The Bird, the latest restaurant from Chef David Myers, has an Asian-inspired menu featuring small plates and creative cocktails. The space itself is accented with exposed wooden beams, gray slate and mid-century furniture.
Movie producer and nightlife developer Victor Drai’s French-inspired steakhouse is perfectly situat- ed on Sunset. Word has it they’ll soon be opening a speak-easy themed lounge in the basement.
The rotating seafood menu at Son of a Gun is the polar opposite of Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s other restaurant, Animal. The small, nautical-themed space does a great job of conducting the raw energy of LA’s sizzling dining scene.
The attentive employees at this authentic Mexican taqueria serve up expertly-prepared tacos and quesa- dillas, refreshing ceviches, and an impressive take on nachos. Give shuffleboard a shot after downing a few “Banana Hammocks.”
Chef Ricardo Zarate’s Picca presents an exciting new take on Peruvian food. The atmostphere is constantly abuzz, and the churros are unforgettable.
Joan’s On Third is an LA institution, plain and simple. This brightly-lit culinary emporium includes a staggering array of fresh salads and pastas, a gourmet bakery, and a cheese counter. Take a load off in the outdoor seating area and people-watch while you eat.
The line might be long, but Jessica Koslow’s Sqirl is worth the wait. Satisfy your sweet tooth with fresh- made organic jam on toasted brioche, or keep things light with a bowl of brown rice mixed with pesto, feta, San Marzano tomatoes, and a poached egg.
Using almost exclusively homemade ingredients, this casual bakery and cafe caters to the breakfast and lunch crowd with pastries, sandwiches, and Stumptown coffee. Order at the register inside, then take a seat on the outdoor patio.