The tri tips at Los Angeles's Wood Ranch take an entire day—and night—to prepare.
First, they slow-roast overnight. The following day, chefs grill them over a mesquite wood fire and add the sauce to-order. In fact, chefs prepare every barbecue dish that way, including premium American baby back pork ribs, certified Angus beef prime rib, and fresh chicken. Perhaps that's why this Los Angeles barbecue joint and its 13 sister locations won the Los Angeles Daily News's award for Best BBQ six years in a row.
It could also be the ambience, which reflects the American grub with roomy booths, tons of wood in warm earth tones, and a full bar. In addition to the tri-tips, regulars recommend trying the garlic rolls or mac and cheese. You can cap off your meal with a house-made dessert such as deep dish peach cobbler or warm chocolate cake.
189 The Grove Drive Y-80
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Joan's on Third is a gourmet market and cafe just a short trip away from Park La Brea in Los Angeles. The space combines a delightful market with a convivial eatery, and it's become a favorite of locals who appreciate great food.
In the space, visitors will find a number of gourmet food items. The market's bakery has sweet treats such as cupcakes, lemon bars, and more, along with freshly baked bread. A cheese and charcuterie section offers a huge number of cheeses from around the world, while a deli case has a changing roster of fresh fish, poultry, and produce. Joan's on Third also has a selection of grocery items including olive oil, sea salt, and wine.
One of this place's biggest draws is its cafe. Diners order at a counter, choosing from a selection of sandwiches, salads, omelettes, and more, and then can dine at a communal table.
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Joan's on Third
8350 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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For an elegant Japanese experience in the Hollywood Hills, come to Yamashiro Hollywood. It’s a beautiful spot for a special occasion or a romantic meal. You will love the restaurant’s ambiance, decorated to resemble a classic Japanese home. The outdoor dining area is decorated with fountains and foliage, and offers an amazing view of the city. (Make sure you reserve a spot early.)
Fresh fish selections can be made into sushi, sashimi, or a roll, or get one of the Yamashiro signature rolls, which can also be made as a vegetarian option. (The Black Forbidden Rice Roll is a big favorite with regulars.) The kitchen specials are also popular, and all can be enjoyed with a glass of wine or sake. The service ensures that you will have a night to remember.
1999 N. Sycamore Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068
Los Angeles is undergoing a real food renaissance, and one of the best places to enjoy it might be West Hollywood’s Salt’s Cure.
Chefs Chris Phelps and Zak Walters opened the doors here in 2011 with a simple mission: source all ingredients from within the great state of California and prepare them expertly. If it’s not from within six hours of the restaurant’s front door, it won’t show up on the plate. This has won Salt's Cure raves from local foodies, and one meal here may make you a fan, too.
Because the meal is ultra-seasonal, it’s hard to recommend dishes and guarantee they’ll be available, but some past favorites have included the Berkshire pork chop with homemade applesauce and the butter-poached lobster with whole turnips. They’re also open for breakfast, with the “2x2x2” being a popular option.
Located in the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, RH transcends the stereotype of a hotel restaurant. The Andaz used to be known as the “Riot House,” a favorite spot for hard-partying rock bands like Led Zeppelin and Motorhead. The stylish, attractive restaurant applies a cohesive farm-to-table philosophy on its extensive menu, with classic California cuisine traditions receiving colorful and innovative twists.
The atmosphere is lively and exciting, with a large open kitchen at the center of the space giving each diner a view of their meal being prepared. Some favorite appetizers on the menu include the French-style shrimp cocktail, the truffle shoestring fries, and the Pata Negra ham with tomato crostini. For entrees, you can’t go wrong with the duck confit or truffle risotto. Prices are a little high, but the quality is top-notch and the place is really something special, perfect for date night.
8401 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Scratch Bar offers diners a unique experience from start to finish, making it stand out from its neighbors on LA’s infamous “restaurant row.” From the food to the decor, everything here is made from scratch. Inside the cozy space you’ll find handmade furnishings like leather banquettes and hand-carved, woodgrain table tops. The walls are painted tattoo-style by the same artist that inked owner-operator Chef Phillip Frankland Lee. The creativity even continues in the bathroom, where you’ll find chalkboard walls and a basket of chalk for leaving messages.
Scratch’s inventive nature is easily seen in the cuisine. For dinner, start off with a green mussel and sea urchin sake shooter, or share some honey fried stuffed olives or garlic and thyme popcorn across the table. Dinner entrees include crispy skin Pacific salmon and dry aged hanger steak. A chef’s tasting menu, solid wine list, desserts, and late night Mexican fare are also at your disposal.
Taste on Melrose is an exceptional eatery with three locations in the Los Angeles area, all of which are known for high-quality new American cuisine with a gourmet twist. The menu here is heavy on comfort food favorites executed with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Start your meal with the incredible white truffle oil and mushroom macaroni and cheese, which is a decadent delight. If you’re feeling a little more health-conscious, the Thai chicken cups with crispy rice are exceptional. The salads are fresh and delicious; try the shaved Brussels sprouts with pancetta or the red and yellow beets with arugula and herbed goat cheese. For entrees, regulars rave about the crispy parmesan chicken paillard with roasted garlic potato puree and the grilled cheese sandwich with short ribs. Taste on Melrose also offers a number of gluten-free choices. Prices are fair, and the service is uniformly excellent.
Taste on Melrose
8454 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
WeHo Bistro is a neighborhood institution that serves high-quality European-style bistro food at reasonable prices, and legions of West Hollywood locals fill the restaurant's tables on a daily basis.
Breakfast is the most popular meal served here. Most dishes come served with excellent roasted potatoes and fresh greens. Some of the more popular options are the breakfast croissant with eggs, Emmental Swiss cheese and prosciutto, and the corned beef hash topped with two sunny side up eggs. If you have a sweet tooth, the French toast made with croissants is unbelievable. For lunch, be sure to try one of the filling savory crepes; the Milano with eggplant, tomato and parmesan is very good. Dinnertime specialties include the duck breast with cognac and honey sauce, a number of bistro pastas, as well as the filet mignon with peppercorn mushroom sauce.
Take-out and delivery are available if you can’t get a table.
There are literally hundreds of top-tier chefs making their mark on Los Angeles right now, but one who seems to always win raves is Suzanne Goin at Lucques. She apprenticed at some of the best kitchens in the world, including Chez Panisse and L’Arpege before opening her own spot in 1998. Walk through the ivy-covered front of the building and you’ll find yourself transported to a magical land where food is king.
The menu is diverse and constantly changing with the seasons, but some can’t-miss dishes include the incredible braised short ribs, which are cooked agonizingly slowly to bring out the tenderness of the meat, as well as the lobster beignets. The ricotta dumplings with sunchokes, winter squash, and chanterelles are exceptional as well. The wine list is extensive, with the servers happy to recommend pairings for your dishes. Prices are a little steep, but you’re going to get your money’s worth here.