Welcome to the Year in Eater 2022 — an annual tradition that looks back at the highs, lows, and in-betweens of Los Angeles’s restaurant scene. Today, LA’s finest food writers, editors, reporters, and a few select others with strong opinions share their most anticipated openings of 2023.
Farley Elliott, Senior Editor, Eater LA
I admit to being curious about Daniel Boulud’s plans for Los Angeles (or Beverly Hills, as it were), though I’ll probably spend more time down the road at La Dolce Vita when it reopens.
Oren Peleg, Freelance Writer
Very curious about Evan Funke’s mega-project in Beverly Hills. Has he overextended himself at the cost of quality, or will he deliver another knockout?
Sharon Lee, Content Creator, @helloimsharon (TikTok)
Matthew Kang, Lead Editor, Eater LA
I think Somni’s sequel in West Hollywood should be very exciting for the top-tier of LA’s dining scene.
I’m excited to see Jason Neroni’s sequel Best Bet opening in Culver City in the former A-Frame space.
Steve and Dina Samson’s Superfine should be a fun addition to the Westside.
I am curious to see how Za Za Za will do in relatively sleepy Elysian Valley, but I think given the space (and its proximity to our office) should make it one of our new go-tos next year.
And I’m quite certain that Corridor 109, which returns to Chinatown at Far East Plaza, is going to be the most interesting modern Korean restaurant to fully debut in LA. Previously it had been a once-a-week pop-up but chef Brian Baik is extremely talented and has an incredible pedigree.
Baxter Holmes, Senior Writer, ESPN
Danielle Dorsey, Senior West Coast Editor, Thrillist
I am waiting with bated breath for Evan Funke’s eponymous Funke, a multi-level spot set to launch in Beverly Hills, as well as Superfine Playa from Dina and Steve Samson, which is coming to Playa Vista. Za Za Zá, a seafood-driven spot that’s landing in Frogtown courtesy of the folks behind Cha Cha Chá also has my attention.
Jenn Tanaka, Contributor, Eater LA
SmokeQueen Barbecue and/or the Heritage Barbecue craft brewery in Oceanside.
Dave Holmes, Editor-at-Large, Esquire
The Studio City Jon & Vinny’s cannot come quickly enough.
Gary Baum, Senior Writer, The Hollywood Reporter
The return of Somni and the resurrection of La Dolce Vita.
Cathy Chaplin, Senior Reporter/Editor, Eater LA
The rebirth of Somni and sushi magic at Nakazawa.
Alison Herman, Staff Writer, The Ringer
The restaurant in the lobby of the resurrected Arclight Hollywood. Oysters! Parker House rolls! A liquor license!
Bill Esparza, Contributor, Eater LA
I’m excited to see what Tamales Elena y Antojitos will do in 2023. The talent of that family is unlimited, and they still have so much to offer the world.
Hadley Tomicki, Deputy Editor, L.A. TACO
I’m looking forward to seeing what former BierBeisl chef Bernhard Mairinger has in store for Helms Bakery. I’m picturing some kind of decadent stream-crossing of Austrian Gruner and pork belly at Lukshon with schnitzel and zwicklbier at Lustig.
Josh Lurie, Founder, FoodGPS.com
I’m pretty stoked for Queen St., the Charleston inspired seafood spot from chef Ari Kolender and his Found Oyster partners in Eagle Rock. My parents lived near Charleston for 20 years and Kolender is a seafood wizard, so I’m excited to see what he does here. It also helps that I can walk there.
Andy Wang, Contributor, Robb Report and Food & Wine
The return of Aitor Zabala’s Somni.
Alissa Walker, Senior Writer, Curbed
Fingers crossed, but I’ve heard that Minh Phan is planning to re-open Porridge and Puffs.
Esther Tseng, Freelance Writer
Superfine Playa. I tend to enjoy most everything Steven and Dina Samson put out so I am excited to see what they have in store for Playa Vista.
Mona Holmes, Reporter, Eater LA
Za Za Zá. I look forward to seeing what the Cha Cha Chá owners bring to this cozy LA nook of Elysian Valley/Frogtown.
Lesley Suter, Special Projects Editor, Eater
I don’t know what Ludo Lefebvre is up to exactly — he’s been doing a lot of moving and shaking behind the scenes this year — but he is always sure to surprise, so whatever new openings he has planned for next year (and it seems there may be a couple), I’m in. I still miss Trois Mec, and would love to see him do something big and ambitious and wacky, as he’s so known to do — and do well.
Meghan McCarron, Special Correspondent, Eater
Curious about Jason Neroni’s pizza project in the old A-Frame space!