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Los Angeles’s Hottest New Restaurants

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Can’t get a reservation to Curtis Stone’s new West Hollywood restaurant Gwen until September? There’s plenty of other Los Angeles hotspots that have opened in the past few months that are delicious (and affordable). Here are the best new restaurants in LA.

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  • By Chloe at 365 Whole Foods, Silver Lake – By Chloe’s first location outside of New York, By Chloe is a wonderful vegan option located in the newly opened 365 by Whole Foods. Shoppers can enjoy purchasing quality food at 365 and pop into by Chloe for some delicious sustenance. Everything on the menu is vegan, plant-based, and kosher. Whether you’re looking for a quick smoothie, a cold pressed juice, or a sit-down meal of healthy kale caesar, mac n’ cheese (made with sweet potato-cashew cheese sauce, shitake bacon, and almond parm), by Chloe is quickly becoming an East side destination that won’t break the bank that offers guilt-free eating. Plus, those hanging swing chairs!

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  • Chica’s Tacos, Downtown – The best new tacos in town! Chica’s Tacos offers a unique twist on the Los Angeles staple, plus salads, aguas frescas in a corner shop in DTLA with a funky outdoor dining space. It’s fast, casual, organic, non-GMO, never frozen, free range, and wild caught Mexican at its best. For downtowners and workers it’s the perfect grab and go option. Get the whole flight of tacos – fish, veggie, steak, chicken, pork – and order Mama’s Style for an authentic #bettertaco. As the head chef says, “When you eat with us…you are my familia!”

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  • Flower Child, Santa Monica – Healthy food for a happy world, Flower Child finally moves into downtown Santa Monica and offers a huge menu of delectable bites, plus local craft brews and glasses of red and white wine. The owners of Flower Child only work with ranchers they know personally, so you are guaranteed proteins that are all raised naturally, without additives. You will love the Madras Curry bowl, made with organic potato, heirloom carrot, green bean, sweet onion, cilantro, garam masala, and coconut. Their whole grain wraps are a quick and easy lunch fix and my favorite was the Flying Avocado, smoked turkey, gouda, romaine, tomato, and avocado hummus.

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  • Georgie, Beverly Hills – For a more upscale lunch or dinner, Georgie at The Montage hotel in Beverly Hills offers a sleek and sophisticated garden-like space for upscale Modern American fare and unique cocktails. Evening dinners showcase traditional fare including shared items, pastas, larger plates, and sides. Large format and tableside preparations bring the dinner experience to life, connecting guests and the dining room to the energy of the kitchen. Of course, begin with the East & West Coast oysters, then, if you’re on a date segue into Dry Aged Creekstone Farms Tomahawk for two, PP Shallot Confit, Watercress, and Noble Sherry Vinegar. Since it’s still Summer, pair with a glass of Rosé, either the Château Saint Maur “L’Excellence from Provence, France or the Château D’Esclans “Whispering Angel, also from Provence.

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  • Gwen, West Hollywood – Perhaps the hottest ticket in town as mentioned above, Gwen from celebrity chef Curtis Stone accepts reservations on a rolling monthly basis, so it may be difficult to secure a table for the foreseeable in the prime time of 8-10pm. But, there are plenty of tables still available in the early 6pm range. Dinner at Gwen consists of a five course tasting menu. Guests are surrounded by raw meat visibly hanging in a glass-enclosed dry age room and whole animals roasting over an open fire pit, making the meal a visceral dining experience for meat lovers. The seasonal menu pulls all their produce from the nearby Hollywood Farmers Market.

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  • Kali, Hollywood – With a menu that changes daily based on availability of the freshest ingredients, Kali feels like a new and exciting restaurant each time you go. But one thing you can count on is the quality of the food. Standout first courses for me were the Beet Tartar with mustard greens, almond, and preserved lemon, the Charred Avocado with shaved vegetables, pistachio, ash, and kale. Next up, the Black Cod with peas, mint, almond, and white chocolate was a refreshing and delightful main course.

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  • Miro, Downtown – For pasta, wine, and whiskey lovers Miro in downtown Los Angeles is the place to go. Before dinner, grab a Manhattan at Miro’s Basement Bar whiskey lounge, then go upstairs to their beautiful but casual dining room for handmade pastas, charcuterie, pizza, and wine. Their wine list is extensive for any budget. Over twenty bottles of champagne alone! The pan-seared Gnocchi with roasted corn and gorgonzola dulce was decadent and wonderful. Their pizzas are perfect for sharing. Try the Summer Squash, with burrata, thyme, and onion soubise for only $12.

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  • Norah, West Hollywood – The Observer called it West Hollywood’s “sexiest new restaurant.” And it’s true, upon entry you’ll be dazzled by the immaculate design and the open layout. Even more impressive are the dishes by chef Mike Williams. You will be tempted to order all of the first course plates which include cast iron cornbread, freshly made ricotta, cauliflower popcorn, fried hominy cakes, lamb meatballs, oysters, and delicious potatoes bravas.

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  • Paley, Hollywood – Swanky, mid-century, old Hollywood glamour all combine to make this new restaurant one of Hollywood’s greatest new additions. Chef Greg Bernhardt is at the forefront of the California farm to table movement and serves a dynamic menu of seasonal and local ingredients in classic dishes with a modern twist. Get the Sea Bass with yuzu nage, radishes, and turnip and the Canoe Harvest Wild Ricewith sweetheart cabbage, ginger, and Blue Lake beans. Pair the meal with one (or two) of their innovative cocktails. I was partial to the Minor Situation made with whiskey, house sour, blackberry, and basil.

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  • Ramen of York, Highland Park – If you can snag a rare table (or a seat at the bar) at this just opened and much anticipated outpost of Silverlake Ramen on trendy York Boulevard, consider yourself lucky. Busy every night since opening, Ramen of York offers more of the same dishes you’ve come to love. Start with the Paitan Chicken, share the Dipping Noodles, and top it off with the awesome Salmon Poke Bowl.
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  • Salazar, Silver Lake – Salazar’s now legendary website may be retro and early ’90s internet inspired, but their food is anything but. From chef Esdras Ochoa, Salazar in Frogtown offers a deceptively simple menu of tacos, quesadillas, salads, proteins, and, thankfully, a deadly house margarita on draft. The new East side hotspot is becoming a favorite among locals as an outdoor oasis for all day dining, and drinking, thanks to the brilliant landscaping and design.

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  • Wolf, Hollywood – Wolf is a new restaurant featuring seasonal Los Angeles cuisine by celebrity chef Marcel Vigneron. Wolf boasts “zero waste cooking” – which means the menu will utilize “every possible edible part of the product, from seed to stalk, very much like a wolf would do for a meal.” With Thai, Japanese, and Middle Eastern flavors, the menu highlights are the mushroom risotto, white miso black cod, and the vadouvan lamb rack. At the chic bar, get the Oaxacan to the Beet – Montelobos mescal, red apple, ginger, lemon, and beet.

Enjoy!


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