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Hollywood’s Essential Restaurants – Spring 2018

Hollywood’s best restaurants don’t always have a gimmick, but when they do they resemble a summer blockbuster more than a favorite film you decide to return to again and again. The latest en vogue tendency for Hollywood restaurants is actually no gimmick at all, but instead a worthy reclaiming and reimagining of urban blight: Hollywood’s best restaurants are taking back the strip mall. The strip mall is, of course, not unique to Los Angeles at all, but it does feel like a Los Angeles signature, especially when you are driving down Hollywood’s most famous streets like Hollywood, Sunset, Melrose, and Santa Monica.

Of course, not all of Spring 2018’s essential Hollywood restaurants are packed like sardines inside a strip mall, many are sprawling and grand architectural and artistic works in themselves, Provençal cafés, or sleek and modern spots with menus to match. Here, we take a look at 14 of Hollywood’s best restaurants including Baroo, Chi SPACCA, Gwen, Kali, Trois Mec, and more.

Also, for the purpose of this article – let’s define exactly where Hollywood is. We only looked at restaurants above Melrose, below Franklin West of the 101, and east of Fairfax. Give or take a block or two. If we’ve left any incredible restaurant out, please let us know! We love trying at least one new restaurant each week.

Enjoy!

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Amazing Spots for Mother’s Day Brunch in Los Angeles

Making last minute Mother’s Day plans? You’ll want to take a list of these amazing spots for Mother’s Day brunch that, against all odds, still have a table or two open. While we may celebrate Mom every day in our own way, here’s where to take Mom for a brunch to remember.

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A Bit of Los Olivos in South Pasadena – Crossings Restaurant Relaunches

Of the moment, yet not on the nose, Crossings in South Pasadena is your newest Los Angeles dining destination. Crossings uses hyper-local ingredients for its hyper-modern California cuisine. You’ll love it. I did. And don’t let Crossing’s off the beaten path location deter you – you won’t find food this good, a vibe this cool, and a wine list this extensive, anywhere else in Southern California. It’s the fine dining establishment South Pasadena needs, the of one-of-a-kind restaurant that, before iPhones and Instagram and Yelp, you felt lucky to have stumbled upon and discovered.

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Nancy Silverton’s Chopped Salad Goes National – Recipe

Nancy Silverton Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images for NYCWFF

If you’ve ever been to Pizzeria Mozza, chances are on your way to those delicious pizzas you started with “Nancy’s Chopped Salad.” Nancy Silverton’s chopped salad has been a staple on her world famous restaurant’s menu for decades. In her cookbook from 2011, The Mozza Cookbook, she notes that she’s been perfecting the chopped salad since the 1970s, and you better believe the version from her Melrose outpost is near perfect. Silverton has now partnered with upscale salad chain Sweetgreen to serve her salad in stores nationwide.

Along with the Sweetgreen collaboration, Silverton is also embarking on another new venture: the opening of her newest establishment, Triple Beam Pizza in Highland Park.

Perhaps the only Los Angeles salad that rivals Nancy’s in terms of renown is Wolfgang Puck’s Cobb Salad from Spago. Of course, Silverton’s famous chopped salad is no secret. You can make the salad at home with her cookbook’s recipe! The original recipe has a little bit of everything—radicchio, chickpeas, pepperoncini, provolone, and salami. And the vinaigrette is simple, refined, and the sort you’ll be dressing all of your salads with in the future.

Behold, Nancy Silverton’s chopped salad recipe!

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Côté Est in Highland Park Adds Brunch & Perfects Dinner

Approaching their third month in business, Highland Park eatery Côté Est has added weekend brunch hours while at the same time perfecting their dinner service. The York Boulevard restaurant, from the team behind Barbrix in Silver Lake and All’Acqua in Atwater Village, has become a destination for both locals in the neighborhood and those of us traveling from the other side of the 5 Freeway. After a short span of new restaurant jitters and hiccups, both large and small, Côté Est now feels like a well-oiled machine and it’s difficult to imagine a time when the restaurant wasn’t a favorite meeting place for this tight-knit community.

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Making Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Plans in Los Angeles?

It’s almost New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles and around the world. You might be furiously trying to find some last minute entertainment to ring in the new year only to find tickets have sold out or open tables are impossible to find. Below, we’ve compiled a list of 16 things to do this NYE in LA, from the free to the pricey, the swanky to laid-back, the family-friendly to the adults only.Wherever you are this New Year’s Eve, here’s wishing everyone a very happy new year!

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EastSide Food Fest Returns to Mack Sennett Studios This Sunday 10/22

The EastSide Food Festival returns to the gorgeous and historic Mack Sennett Studios this Sunday, October 22. The Food Fest is a gathering of the best of the best and rising stars from LA’s East side gastronomic scene. We’ll highlight a few below, but before we go further – for the next 24 hours you can purchase seriously reduced discount tickets via Groupon by clicking here. Be good to your stomach and your wallet at this year’s food fest.

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The Best Deals at dineL.A. Summer Restaurant Week

dineL.A. Summer Restaurant Week is back! And it’s actually two weeks, July 14-28 to be exact. dineL.A. Restaurant Weeks offer fix-priced lunch and dinner menus at discount prices to newcomers, fans, and foodies. But not all of the restaurants participating offer, well, quite as great deals as we’re led to believe. So collected here are truly the restaurants with the best deals. I did the math so you don’t have to. Happy eating!

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A Foodie’s Guide to Studio City Restaurants

All the best Studio City restaurants you need to try and none of the ones you don’t. Plus a few restaurants to venture off the beaten path of Ventura Boulevard, if you dare…

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The Best Cheese (and Wine) Stores in Los Angeles

The best cheese stores in Los Angeles, from the beach all the way to Northeast LA. Oh, and these shops sell excellent wine too.

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