The 16 Hottest Restaurants in LA Right Now, November 2019 – Eater LA

The 16 Hottest Restaurants in LA Right Now, November 2019 – Eater LA

Where to eat right now in the City of AngelsWhere to eat right now in the City of Angels

People dining in Los Angeles, whether local or tourist, have one important question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort.People dining in Los Angeles, whether local or tourist, have one important question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood restaurants across the city, it is not a chronicle of the ‘it’ places of the moment. Restaurants are placed on the map in geographical order, from west to east. Generally these restaurants are younger than six months old.And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood restaurants across the city, it is not a chronicle of the ‘it’ places of the moment. Restaurants are placed on the map in geographical order, from west to east. Generally these restaurants are younger than six months old.

1. Fuku1315 3rd Street PromenadeSanta Monica, CA 90401(310) 584-7836Visit WebsiteDavid Chang’s popular fried chicken sandwich spot has opened on the ground floor of this Third Street Promenade food hall serving his signature spicy chicken sandwich loaded with shredded cabbage. Off menu there’s a super-spicy version of his cold chicken leg for anyone willing to test their willpower.

1. Fuku

1315 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401(310) 584-7836

David Chang’s popular fried chicken sandwich spot has opened on the ground floor of this Third Street Promenade food hall serving his signature spicy chicken sandwich loaded with shredded cabbage. Off menu there’s a super-spicy version of his cold chicken leg for anyone willing to test their willpower.

Loaded fried chicken sandwich at Fuku
 Wonho Frank Lee

2. Onda700 Wilshire BlvdSanta Monica, CA 90401Visit WebsiteIn what might be the most anticipated restaurant in LA, Sqirl chef Jessica Koslow teams up with Contramar/Cala chef Gabriela Cámara to open Onda in Santa Monica’s Proper Hotel. The ground floor restaurant exudes so much energy already, blending Koslow’s intuitive, delicious cooking with Cámara’s more precise outlook of Mexican dishes. The inside-out turkey al pastor quesadilla with hoja santa is an early winner.

2. Onda

700 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

In what might be the most anticipated restaurant in LA, Sqirl chef Jessica Koslow teams up with Contramar/Cala chef Gabriela Cámara to open Onda in Santa Monica’s Proper Hotel. The ground floor restaurant exudes so much energy already, blending Koslow’s intuitive, delicious cooking with Cámara’s more precise outlook of Mexican dishes. The inside-out turkey al pastor quesadilla with hoja santa is an early winner.

Turkey al pastor quesadilla at Onda
 Wonho Frank Lee

3. Pasjoli2732 Main StSanta Monica, CA 90405Visit WebsiteDialogue chef Dave Beran opens his ode to fine French cuisine in the former Omelette Parlor space in Santa Monica Main Street, making this the most notable new restaurant to open on the block in years. Expect polished throwback French dishes like beef tartare as well as an amazing pressed duck served tableside for two.

3. Pasjoli

2732 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Dialogue chef Dave Beran opens his ode to fine French cuisine in the former Omelette Parlor space in Santa Monica Main Street, making this the most notable new restaurant to open on the block in years. Expect polished throwback French dishes like beef tartare as well as an amazing pressed duck served tableside for two.

Pasjoli Santa Monica
 Wonho Frank Lee

4. American Beauty425 Rose AveVenice, CA 90291(310) 412-0075Visit WebsiteThis Venice steakhouse feels like a throwback to the 1970s, with vintage-style appointments and even a menu that feels lifted out of the bygone era. Expect chops from local farms and sustainable ranched cooked over wood fire and served with butter. They’re not trying to rewrite the rules here, though the squid with shishito pepper or charred hamachi collar on the appetizer section reminds you we’re still in 2019.

4. American Beauty

425 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291(310) 412-0075

This Venice steakhouse feels like a throwback to the 1970s, with vintage-style appointments and even a menu that feels lifted out of the bygone era. Expect chops from local farms and sustainable ranched cooked over wood fire and served with butter. They’re not trying to rewrite the rules here, though the squid with shishito pepper or charred hamachi collar on the appetizer section reminds you we’re still in 2019.

American Beauty, Venice
 Wonho Frank Lee

2421 Michigan AveSanta Monica, CA 90404(310) 310-3616Visit WebsiteJeremy Fox’s new restaurant in Santa Monica’s industrial Bergamot Station area is already packed with eager diners. The menu is an ode to the big American flavors of his youth, inspired by his grandmother Gladys’s cooking. The Hangtown fry is a remade version of the California diner classic while the desserts are sure to steal the show.

5. Birdie G’s2421 Michigan AveSanta Monica, CA 90404(310) 310-3616Visit WebsiteJeremy Fox’s new restaurant in Santa Monica’s industrial Bergamot Station area is already packed with eager diners. The menu is an ode to the big American flavors of his youth, inspired by his grandmother Gladys’s cooking. The Hangtown fry is a remade version of the California diner classic while the desserts are sure to steal the show.

5. Birdie G’s

2421 Michigan Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90404(310) 310-3616

Jeremy Fox’s new restaurant in Santa Monica’s industrial Bergamot Station area is already packed with eager diners. The menu is an ode to the big American flavors of his youth, inspired by his grandmother Gladys’s cooking. The Hangtown fry is a remade version of the California diner classic while the desserts are sure to steal the show.

Birdie G’s, Santa Monica
 Wonho Frank Lee

6. Amacita9552 Washington BlvdCulver City, CA 90232(424) 523-3300Visit WebsiteJosef Centeno brings his trademark Tex-Mex while throwing in a dose of California at the former Bacoshop space in Culver City. From lunch to dinner, and happy hour in between, think reasonably priced favorites like carne guisada tacos and a mound of loaded nachos. Wash it all down with hibiscus frosé or a wide selection of craft beers.

6. Amacita

9552 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232(424) 523-3300

Josef Centeno brings his trademark Tex-Mex while throwing in a dose of California at the former Bacoshop space in Culver City. From lunch to dinner, and happy hour in between, think reasonably priced favorites like carne guisada tacos and a mound of loaded nachos. Wash it all down with hibiscus frosé or a wide selection of craft beers.

Stacked nachos at Amacita, Culver City
 Wonho Frank Lee

7. Angler

8500 Beverly Blvd Suite 117
Los Angeles, CA 90048(424) 332-4082

Joshua Skenes, one of the Bay Area’s most celebrated chefs, has opened a second location of his Embarcadero restaurant Angler onto a ground floor of the Beverly Center. Inside, there’s a dimly lit open dining room with faux taxidermy and the blue glow of fish tanks. Everything on the menu here takes on Skenes’s unique, elemental style of cooking that leans heavily on Michelin-level finesse and the kiss of wood fire.

Angler Los Angeles
 Wonho Frank Lee

8. Lowell Cafe

1201 N La Brea Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90038

There’s only one place in America where people can legally smoke up a joint or hit a bong while enjoying thoughtful food: Lowell Cafe in West Hollywood. The restaurant draws massive lines every day as curious diners experience legal cannabis, either smoked or eaten, in a public establishment. Other cannabis consumption cafes will follow in WeHo, but for now, Lowell is the only game in town. Chef Andrea Drummer puts out tasty comfort fare (not infused with cannabis) all meant to pair with the restaurant’s unique aspect.

Sticky tamarind wings with cannabis at Lowell Cafe
 Wonho Frank Lee

9. Antico

4653 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004(323) 510-3093

Former Chi Spacca chef Chad Colby has opened his own ode to Italian cooking along the eastern edge of Larchmont adjacent to Koreatown called Antico. The vibe here is minimal and rustic, aiming to focus on the plate. Find excellent handmade pasta and well-grilled meats from the open kitchen. Everyone’s talking about the fresh ice cream — be sure to order that too.

Antico
 Wonho Frank Lee

10. Spoon & Pork

3131 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026(323) 922-6061Visit Website

Silver Lake’s crowded dining scene still has room for more Filipino food, like this casual rice bowl-based menu at Spoon & Pork. While partners Ray Yaptinchay and Jay Tugas operated as a food truck for years (and still serves the crowds at Smorgasburg), this Sunset Boulevard restaurant came to life in early summer with creative, and soulful Filipino dishes like pork belly adobo and a whole crispy patita pork leg. Don’t skip the egg-topped pork chorizo burger either.

Dishes from Spoon & Pork, Silver Lake
 Spoon & Pork [Official Photo]

11. Sibling Rival

1060 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015(323) 405-9992Visit Website

Brooklyn restaurant group Sunday in Brooklyn has taken over the ground floor (Sibling Rival) and rooftop restaurant (which is called Pilot) at Downtown LA’s new Hoxton Hotel. The menu at Sibling Rival plays all day from a chocolate-hazelnut praline smothered set of pancakes to elegant seasonal dishes for dinner. Downtown LA always felt a bit like pockets of New York City, so this pairing seems pretty on point.

Hazelnut maple pancakes with brown butter at Sibling Rival
 Wonho Frank Lee

12. V DTLA

515 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

This incredible space takes over the former Clifton’s Silverspoon Cafeteria and Mas Malo underneath Seven Grand with a jewelry counter-style front bar and over 5,000 square feet of dining and lounge space over two stories. While the design is truly incredible, the food stays toward the familiar, with pizzas and salads that should cater to the Downtown design crowd.

V DTLA’s interior in Downtown LA
 Wonho Frank Lee

13. Tacos 1986

609 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014Visit Website

Tacos 1986 is now permanently in a Downtown LA standing room-only restaurant after roving in pop-ups for months. Expect Tijuana-style tacos, including carne asada, adobada (al pastor), and even chicken and mushrooms. Fresh tortillas go into either quesadillas, vampiros, or mulitas, all at reasonable prices. LA has many new taco spots, but right now, Tacos 1986 is the hottest of them all.

Carne asada taco at Tacos 1986
 Wonho Frank Lee

14. Bon Temps

712 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021(213) 784-0044Visit Website

Lincoln Carson finally has a restaurant to call his own at the suave, multi-story Bon Temps. The day starts with coffee and truly amazing pastries while the evening transforms into a raw bar, cocktail hangout, and refined dinner affair up on the mezzanine. Expect fine dining-level fare from a gorgeous lamb ribeye to nettle English pea pasta. And since Carson specializes in pastry, one would be remiss not to order the St. Honore dessert with pecan mousseline, chantilly, and caramel.

Bon Temps, Arts District
 Wonho Frank Lee

15. Portuguese Bend Distilling

300 The Promenade N
Long Beach, CA 90802(562) 435-4411Visit Website

Long Beach’s first-ever distillery comes into a big corner space with a full gin and vodka production, and eventually rum and other spirits. In addition to cocktails, the place offers lunch, brunch, and dinner with a friendly menu of burgers, chicken and shrimp pasta, and a Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich that appeals to the diverse crowd that drops in on weekends.

Portuguese Bend Distilling
 Wonho Frank Lee

16. Yang’s Kitchen

112 W Main St
Alhambra, CA 91801(626) 281-1035Visit Website

One of LA’s most creative new menus, this Chinese-influenced casual restaurant in Alhambra comes from restaurant veterans who spent time at Cassia and Mozza. The menu has some familiar Chinese dishes like beef noodle soup and scallion pancake, but also things like pork strozzapreti and roasted squash and kale salad wouldn’t be out of place in West Hollywood or Venice.

Yang’s Kitchen, Alhambra
 Wonho Frank Lee

Source: Eater LA