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4 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in Los Angeles

Your handy guide on where to eat from the editors at Eater LA

Mexican ribs, pickled onions, arugula, and vegan mayo on ciabatta at Maciel’s Plant Based Butcher & Deli in Highland Park.
For the meatiest vegan sandwiches around: Maciel’s Plant Based Butcher & Deli
Wonho Frank Lee

Every Friday our editors compile a trusty list of recommendations to answer the most pressing of questions: “Where should I eat?“ Here now are four places to check out this weekend in Los Angeles. And if you need some ideas on where to drink, check out our al fresco cocktails map for the latest.

August 12, 2022

For an East Coast alternative to West Coast sandwiches: Bronx Sandwich Co.

Sandwiches are perhaps the most egalitarian food available. They’re for everyone, and can be scaled up or down with ingredients and culinary directions depending on the chef, the diner, or even the part of town one finds themselves eating in. In Orange County, Bronx Sandwich Co. is offering its own take on the timeless dish by skewing decidedly East Coast — think Italian sandwiches on long, soft baguettes, like a roast beef and Muenster cheese or the Boss, with capicola, salami, mortadella, provolone, and lots of olive spread. This being Southern California, there are also loaded fries, pastrami options, and lots of ways to add avocado, but at its heart, Bronx Sandwich Co. is precisely as its name suggests; a spot for all, with a workaday East Coast perspective. 13041 Newport Avenue, Tustin. —Farley Elliott

For out-of-the-box pizza: Full Proof Pizza

Fans of Lodge Bread Co. in Culver City have been privy to the sourdough pizza made by Or Amsalam and Alex Phaneuf for quite some time, but Full Proof Pizza’s first standalone location in Beverly Hills opens up its sphere of pizza-influence. Housed in a former Domino’s, the takeout and delivery-only spot is decked out with retro ‘80s details, like a Stranger Things pinball machine and an E.T. doll perched on a shelf. Pizzas come in 12- or 18-inch sizes, and are thin enough to fold but with a nice amount of chew and a hint of that signature sourdough tartness. The beauty of Full Proof Pizza is that you can get a classic cheese or pepperoni pie, or explore more creative “signature” pizzas, which are given a lot of care. On a recent visit, a tomato-slathered pizza was topped with soft roasted eggplant, fiery housemade sambal, and a flurry of chopped cilantro. The heat slowly inched up with each crispy bite, securing its spot as one of my new favorite pies in town. 371 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. —Karen Palmer

For the meatiest vegan sandwiches around: Maciel’s Plant-Based Butcher & Deli

Reuben sandwich with pastrami, sauerkraut, vegan cheese, and vegan Russian dressing on rye bread at Maciel’s in Highland Park.
For the meatiest vegan sandwiches around: Maciel’s Plant-Based Butcher & Deli.
Wonho Frank Lee

It’s been a little over a month since Maciel’s Plant-Based Butcher & Deli opened in Highland Park and the interest in LA’s first-ever vegan butcher shop hasn’t let up. And for good reason — the sandwiches are seriously good. Swing by this weekend to see what the excitement is all about. The Reuben, with its ‘kraut, cheese, and pastrami filling, is hard to beat, but the jackfruit-based Flores packs some heat and gives it a run for its money. While lesser meatless sandwiches can be too flimsy to be filling, Maciel’s creations served on Rockwagner bread are generously stuffed with protein, chock-full of flavor, and can keep one satisfied for hours. 5933 York Boulevard, Los Angeles. —Cathy Chaplin

For a beef noodle soup escape in Las Vegas: Shang Mian

If you’re like me, you can only take about 36 hours in Vegas, especially when staying on the Strip. My sensibilities go for the Red Rock Overlook, treks through the Neon Museum sign graveyard, and heading towards the suburbs for hidden eats. A friend recommended that I snag a table at Shang Mian, which resides in a nondescript shopping center about 20 minutes away from the casinos. Open since 2020, Shang Mian is a casual spot that cultivates food from Shanxi Province. It’s possible to watch staff carefully and meditatively knead and hand-pull dough into dishes that are simple and wonderful. While the beef pancakes are must-haves, the dish to order is the Shang beef noodle with brisket. This herby, deeply flavorful, gelatinous stock is the base for a stunner of a dish, complete with the noodles that maintain an ideal bite. You’ll pick up that bowl to get every bit of the stock, but only after finishing the tender pieces of braised brisket. It’s the kind of dish that’s got me wondering when I can head back there to try them again. It gets crowded on weekends, so either order to-go, or settle in to wait for a freshly prepared dish. 9882 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas. —Mona Holmes

August 5, 2022

For patio margaritas and big-plate basics: Mijares

Mijares is the oldest Mexican restaurant in Pasadena, which makes it among the oldest restaurants in all of Los Angeles County. It’s hard not to be impressed with the staying power of this former boarding house and tortilla factory, particularly because of its location a few blocks south of the now-prominent Colorado Boulevard stretch with its chain restaurants and big retail stores. Locals still flock here for a mix of nostalgia, cheap drinks, and an unfussy patio that offers a bit of something for everyone. While there are better places to score an enchilada combo plate around greater Los Angeles, there are few more historic ones — and that, in an age of ghost kitchens and multi-million-dollar restaurant build-outs, is all the more meaningful. Stop by soon to see what has made Mijares the century-old legend it has become. 145 Palmetto Drive, Pasadena. —Farley Elliott

For taco night under string lights: Tallula’s

Nachos dressed with crema mexicana, cheese, and sliced chiles on an ornate blue plate.
Loaded nachos from Tallula’s in Santa Monica.
Nicole Adlman

Tallula’s, a Rustic Canyon Group restaurant serving modern coastal Mexican dishes along the border of the Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica, never disappoints, especially around sunset time. Here, you can find the best nachos in Los Angeles in the restaurant’s arresting nachos sencillo dish, piled high with blistered cheese, black beans, cilantro, and spicy pickled chiles (and the achiote-rubbed chicken is a smart addition). The rest of the menu shines as well, from a kanpachi aguachile negro swimming in a stormy leche de tigre broth; street tacos with shrimp diablo or fried avocado; and its revelatory esquites, kicked up with a chipotle aioli that will make you hold tightly to your water glass while eating it. The service is warm and attentive, and the patio is extremely dog-friendly. Bring your pup for a night out. 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica. —Nicole Adlman

For a Middle Eastern moment: Saffy’s

A wide shot of five metal skewers of grilled meat, plus bread, on a plate at a restaurant.
Kebabs from Saffy’s.
Wonho Frank Lee

Plenty has already been said about Saffy’s, the new-ish East Hollywood shawarma and kebab destination from Bestia and Bavel’s Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis. But I’m here to say: Get the challah. Even if you don’t order something that comes with challah, request thick slabs of the fluffy, ever-so-gently sweet bread baked with a crunchy black sesame crust. Whether it’s the turmeric-laced coconut cream ladled over plump, juicy mussels, or a smoky eggplant puree hiding under a pile of cherry tomatoes and cilantro, the soft bread is a must to sop it all up. (I actually preferred the challah to the crisp toasted flatbread that comes with the mussels because it provides maximum sopping ability.) At a dinner this week, two slices of the challah came with a $5 up-charge, but it’s so worth it. 4845 Fountain Avenue, East Hollywood. —Karen Palmer

For a parade of modern Asian dishes in Hollywood: Gunsmoke

Soy butter garlic mushrooms with warm baguette and slice of lemon.
Soy butter garlic mushrooms with warm baguette at Gunsmoke.
Matthew Kang

Brandon Kida last made his mark at the excellent Hinoki & the Bird, an arresting Century City restaurant that felt too good for a chef of his skills. Now Kida, along with a slew of Asian American cooks, has unleashed a variety of Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and Chinese flavors at the tucked-away Gunsmoke in Hollywood. The warm cabbage salad is a napa cabbage ode to Caesar salad laced with tiny Korean smelts. It’s one of the best new salads in town. The soy garlic-butter faux escargot with shiitake mushrooms is triumphant — easily one of the best non-meat dishes I’ve had this year. And the shareable lamb sisig with a ssam-style accoutrement is a fusion I can get behind: the gamey but tender lamb swimming in fat and tossed egg yolk is contrasted by pickled green papaya and crisp mini lettuce. Gunsmoke is still fairly young, and will likely crystalize into better shape over the next few weeks, but so far it’s an exciting addition to the Hollywood scene. 1550 N. El Centro Avenue, Hollywood. —Matthew Kang

July 29, 2022

For cocktails and ceviche: Causita

An assortment of plates at Causita restaurant in Silver Lake, California.
Dishes from Causita in Silver Lake.
Wonho Frank Lee

Ricardo Zarate knows his way around Peruvian food (see: Rosaline and countless other Peruvian places he’s opened in LA over the years). So it’s no surprise that his Silver Lake restaurant Causita delivers both maximum flavor and restrained balance in dishes like a bright, citrusy ceviche mixto, a rich kanpachi uni tiradito, and roasted whole branzino that combine Peruvian ingredients with Japanese technique (also known as the Nikkei style of cooking).

On a recent visit, I was also really taken with the cocktails, created by Ramsey Musk. I’d been a fan of his drinks over at the now-shuttered Filipino restaurant Ma’am Sir, and here at Causita, he’s playing with traditional Peruvian and Japanese spirits like pisco and whisky to create truly innovative cocktails like the Carrot (​​macchu pisco, Lo-Fi sweet vermouth, Hans Reisetbauer carrot eau de vie, carrot top oil) and Miami Vice milk punch (a clarified blend of rums, Remy 1738, pineapple, coconut, and spices paired with strawberry daiquiri dust). Add to all of the above a lush outdoor patio on which to sip said drinks, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous Friday or Saturday night. 3709 Sunset Boulevard, Silver Lake. — Karen Palmer

For a rooftop sunset with mariscos and aguas frescas: La Cha Cha Chá

Collection of modern Mexican dishes on blueish plates on a wood table.
Tostada, scallop ceviche, and beet salad from La Cha Cha Chá.
Stephanie Wu

Tucked behind a solid jade-green door in the Arts District, La Cha Cha Chá — Los Angeles’s sister restaurant to Terraza Cha Cha Chá in Mexico City — offers casual but transportive rooftop dining just a story or two above ground level. Our corner table was soon decorated with the works from chef Paco Moran’s seafood-leaning menu: shallot-flecked guacamole drizzled with jalapeno oil; Baja bay scallops bathed in a yuzu salsa negra broth; blue fin tuna kicked up with crispy cilantro and chile morita aioli; an asada taco dripping in its marinade with salsa de arbol alongside a bright heirloom tomato and melon summer salad and elote-ified baby corn with grated parm and chapulines.

Main dishes are no slouch either: from the achiote-rubbed pollo a la brasas to a substantial carnitas platter brightened by kumquat juices and pico de gallo (all served with warm blue corn tortillas). As the sun sets over the city, shadows will begin to dance on the table as your last dish arrives: it might be the arroz con leche, with punchier notes from its coconut pudding base and mango passionfruit bits. This isn’t a weekend experience to miss this summer, so get it while you can. 812 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles. —Nicole Adlman

For spectacular Lebanese fare in the Valley: Hayat’s Kitchen

Foul, a bean stew with tomatoes and chopped parsley, at a Lebanese restaurant.
Foul, a bean stew with tomatoes and chopped parsley, at Hayat’s Kitchen.
Matthew Kang

I’m always in favor of leaning on Mediterranean/Middle Eastern when the dinner situation is unclear. LA has a wealth of great Lebanese, but Hayat’s Kitchen is up there for me along with Skaf’s, conveniently located nearby a conference I was attending this week. Lebanese dishes have their own take on the canon, their own perspective kofta, hummus, and foul. The whole experience at Hayat’s does it for me, from the airy outdoor patio (with cigar smokers tucked to one side) to the sticky baklava that comes with the check. While the lamb kebabs were the best entree of the table, tender but gorgeously browned from the grill, our favorite dish might have been the stewed foul, sporting melt-away-tender garbanzo and other beans, plus a generous sprinkle of chopped parsley. It’s a dish for which I knew the recipe in order to impress my friends at home. 11009 Burbank Boulevard, Unit 117, North Hollywood. —Matthew Kang

For friendly sushi and more from a longtime LA chef now serving in Gardena: Toshi Sushi

Colorful sushi nigiri on a rectangle plate.
Sushi lunch from Toshi Sushi in Gardena.
Matthew Kang

Keen Little Tokyo dining fans might recall Toshi Sushi, which had served in the Downtown LA neighborhood for years. Now, chef Toshihiko Seki has landed in Gardena in the former Painter’s Tape space, refreshing the dining room to accommodate a wide swath of sushi and casual Japanese food fans. Toshi-san still stands behind the bar here, with all of his warmth and enthusiasm, slicing fish with incredible speed. The sushi plates are very good, with decently seasoned rice and good construction. The lunch sushi nigiri is satisfying enough, but more substantial eaters will want to order a tray of the Nagano-sourced soba noodles, which feature a deeper buckwheat flavor. Toshi Sushi might not be a destination sushi spot, but for South Bay locals, it’s a fine addition to the neighborhood. 1725 W Redondo Beach Boulevard, Gardena. —Matthew Kang

July 22, 2022

For a highly-delicious dinner in Highland Park: Hippo

With so many new restaurants opening in Los Angeles, and many of them following the same successful Cal-Ital formula, a restaurant like Hippo in Highland Park can get lost in the mix. But consider this a hearty recommendation to make time for this Northeast Los Angeles gem. After four years of business, the restaurant still slaps big time. Start with a strong cocktail and an order of the namesake rolls served hot from the oven with cinnamon-honey butter. The array of thoughtfully prepared vegetables makes for a fine foundation before diving into oodles of noodles. This time of year, it doesn’t get any better than the corn cappellacci — bite-sized parcels filled with summer’s sweetest ears. The ocean trout makes for a fine follow-up and of course, finish with the butterscotch budino. 5916 1/2 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles. —Cathy Chaplin

For a timeless summer hot dog: Earle’s on Crenshaw

Chili-slathered hot dog with pickled onions on a slate gray background at Earle’s on Crenshaw.
For a timeless summer hot dog: Earle’s on Crenshaw.
Farley Elliott

There’s something about South LA icon Earle’s on Crenshaw that is intangible and profound: maybe its closeness to the community or the familiarity of a business that opened up shop at its current location more than 30 years ago. Also of note is the consistent goodness of the food, which I encountered this week after ordering a large to-go feast of hot dogs (a behemoth spicy beef and chicken link), chili-loaded fries studded with chopped red onion, Fritos smothered in vegan chili, and an assortment of mercilessly flaky Jamaican patties. The goodness comes from the quality ingredients and inclusive approach to comfort food: I could have my chicken link (decked with mustard, ketchup, “New York-style” grilled onions, relish, sauerkraut, and hot peppers) on a gluten-free bun; the somewhat sweet vegan chili was complemented by a nuttier non-dairy cheddar. If you’re in need of a great summer hot dog, Earle’s is the moment, and always has been for discerning Angelenos. 3864 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles. —Nicole Adlman

For a spice-riddled, fresh noodle snack in Arcadia: 1919 Lanzhou Beef Noodle

For a spice-riddled, fresh noodle snack in Arcadia: 1919 Lanzhou Beef Noodle.
For a spice-riddled, fresh noodle snack in Arcadia: 1919 Lanzhou Beef Noodle.
Matthew Kang

Arcadia seems to be the unofficial center of the Gansu region’s dedication to hand-pulled noodles, evidenced by multiple Lanzhou-style noodle restaurants. Lan Noodle along East Huntington might appropriately be considered the most popular spot, but this even humbler restaurant, dubbed 1919 Lanzhou Beef Noodle for the year the spicy beef soup of this Chinese city was supposedly invented. With up to seven different kinds of noodle choices, from thin spaghetti-like strands to wide, flat pasta-level noodles, 1919 Lanzhou follows the typical formula of chile-topped broth, tender chunks of braised beef, and wonderfully hand-pulled carbs. For my visit, I opted for the middle-of-the-road noodle, a little thicker than bucatini without the filling pulled out. It was tender to the bite with just enough softness on the outside to pull up the soup’s flavor with every slurp. Another specialty of the shop is the beef roll, rolled into tight cylinders and sliced for ideal display. These scallion pancake marvels aren’t quite as impressive as the ones at 101 Noodle Express, but paired with the stellar noodle soups, this side dish plays for pure comfort. 148 East Duarte Road, Arcadia. —Matthew Kang

For a wonderful start to any day: Delicias Bakery & Some

A Highland Park institution, Mexican bakery Delicias started making its legendary sandwiches, salads, coffee, and juices back in 1990. This is where to go for pan dulce, egg bread, puerquitos, and conchas. There are two shelves dedicated to plant-based pan dulce, which is one of the many reasons why Delicias stands out. Staff will explain every ingredient and help select something appealing, but it’s impossible to find a bad meal or pastry. Get there early — especially on weekends — because the display case thins out substantially as the hours go by. Don’t leave without ordering the fantastic, reasonably priced coffee before exploring Figueroa Street by foot. 5567 North Figueroa Street, Highland Park. —Mona Holmes

July 15, 2022

For an Italian feast in the garden: Ghisallo

I love a pizza ranking just as much as the next slice-obsessed girl (and especially one that may raise a few eyebrows). As a Westsider who’s always on the hunt for a good pie, I’ve been thrilled to have Ghisallo close by — but one of the things I love about the place is that wood-fired and New York-style pizzas are the menu stars, yes, but everything else the restaurant makes is really, really good, so you can build a lingering Italian meal with or without the pizza. Cases in point: I’m obsessed with the arancini, fried rice balls flecked with saffron and served atop a hearty oxtail ragu. And the tender beef and pork meatballs, served with zippy pomodoro, a generous dollop of ricotta, and griddled garlic bread baked in-house, are a go-to as well. Add to all of the above solid pastas and chicken Parm, as well as a relaxing back garden with tons of greenery, and you’ve got yourself one delicious evening. 1622 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica. —Karen Palmer

For an inventive pop-up journey into modern Korean cuisine: Sunny Jang at All Good Things

Chef Sunny Jang cooking in the kitchen at All Good Things.
For an inventive pop-up journey into modern Korean cuisine: Sunny Jang at All Good Things.
Matthew Kang

Easily one of the most talented new chefs in town without a permanent position, Sunny Jang, who worked at New York City’s Atomix and San Francisco’s Quince, and arrived in LA to help set up the menu (that they’re still serving) at Tokki in Koreatown, is doing a pop-up in Koreatown for the rest of this month from Wednesday to Saturday evenings. The mostly counter experience is a peek into Jang’s modern Korean sensibility, from thinly sliced geoduck cold somen noodles and Korean fried quail to an epic braised pork belly ssam entree. The ambience is hip and raw, taking place inside a natural wine bar called All Good Things (the bubbly prosecco is a great way to start). The whole endeavor reminds me a lot of the early days of Ludo Lefebvre at Bread Bar, when the French chef started making ambitious fare in an unlikely location. Jang’s talents and attention to detail are far greater than this somewhat sleepy and strangely laid out strip mall, but there’s a thrill in getting an early look at food like this before it reaches a more mainstream audience. More information on Jang’s Instagram. 2748 W 8th Street, Unit 107, Los Angeles. —Matthew Kang

For a breezy rooftop dinner in Hollywood: Mother Tongue

Outdoor seating at Mother Tongue in Hollywood.
For a breezy rooftop dinner in Hollywood: Mother Tongue.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mother Tongue recently opened atop the Heimat fitness complex in Hollywood and in just a few short weeks, both the restaurant’s food and service seem to be hitting their stride. Book a table either inside or out — both areas are designed by Martin Brudnizki — and soak in one of the most well-appointed spaces in town. Sip a cocktail to start, the Deep Space is ideal for whiskey lovers, while nibbling on a trio of dips served with warm pita bread. The toasted walnut muhammara is terrific. From there, criss-cross the menu and order whatever fits the mood. The lumpiang sariwa with shaved vegetables and caramelized coconut sauce works for lighter eaters, while the moqueca (Brazilian-style seafood stew) and roasted Peking duck satisfies larger appetites. Everyone loves the soft serve for dessert. 960 North La Brea Avenue, 4th Floor, Los Angeles. —Cathy Chaplin

For dozens of unique options on a mild summer day: Smorgasburg LA

If the mercury reads below 90 degrees in July, it’s a good day to be out in Los Angeles. These conditions make it ideal to venture into Smorgasburg this Sunday, where the food vendors are plentiful. From the family-operated Bungkus Bagus making spice-filled Indonesian fare to Super Frites’ gargantuan triple-cooked, beef tallow fries with aioli, Smorgasburg is an assembly of LA’s best. Many are not brick-and-mortar businesses, so arrive curious, very hungry, and with a group to sample a bite from at least four or five vendors. But if the heat is too much, head to the Kinrose Creamery stand for a scoop of the creamy saffron pistachio rose. The ice cream maker starts a weekly residency at Smorgasburg starting Sunday until Labor Day. 777 South Alameda Street, Los Angeles. —Mona Holmes

July 8, 2022

For a fancy French feast in Newport Beach: Marché Moderne

For a fancy French feast in Newport Beach: Marché Moderne.
For a fancy French feast in Newport Beach: Marché Moderne
Marché Moderne

It’s not unusual for decision fatigue to settle in after a long week of work and personal responsibilities. During moments like these, restaurant tasting menus are just the thing to leave me feeling pampered and refreshed. It’s kind of magical how the good food arrives, course by course, and I don’t have to make a single decision for a three hour period. For those feeling similarly inclined this weekend, book a table at Marché Moderne and leave everything in the hands of hospitality experts. The current tasting menu includes a Dungeness crab preparation served with bottarga brioche and a petite mug of the greatest bisque ever. Also on the menu is an impeccably seared scallop with a kumquat jam. 7862 Pacific Coast Highway, Newport Beach. —Cathy Chaplin

For a burger and martini night: the Golden Bull in Santa Monica

Much of LA is on Team Smashburger, but I have an occasional hankering for a more substantial restaurant burger — especially paired with a Hendricks martini (up with a twist, thank you very much). To satisfy that craving, I often find myself at old-school chophouse the Golden Bull in Santa Monica Canyon. There, a big, juicy patty is cloaked in melted smoked cheddar and topped with a slab of red onion, butter lettuce, tomato, pickles, and housemade “fancy” sauce. The sesame-dotted brioche bun is soft and sweet, the cheddar is just subtly smoky, and the kitchen gets your requested temperature on the patty correct (which I find essential when you’re ordering a larger burger like that). Yes, you should order a side of garlic and herb-dusted fries, served nice and hot, to go with it. And yes, you should have a martini, served ice-cold with a sidecar. I like to do all of the above in the bar, so I can have a view of the restaurant’s irreverent fish tank, but it’s an equally enjoyable burger-and-martini experience on the enclosed outdoor patio as well. 170 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica. —Karen Palmer

For all-day options in Orange County: Paragon

For all-day options in Orange County: Paragon.
For all-day options in Orange County: Paragon.
Farley Elliott

Sure, there are options for brunch all over Orange County. It’s the land of sun and surf and strip malls and easy eats, so brunch is a natural fit with the landscape. Still, few places are capable of turning an AM menu of avocado toast, chicken fried filet mignon, and duck fat gravy over tater tots into an experience. Here, weekend jazz helps to elevate the mood, fried chicken keeps people nibbling for hours, and a small, breezy patio keeps them comfortable. Paragon isn’t alone in what it’s trying to offer, but it is singular in its approach — and in a county with 8,000 other restaurants and only so much waterfront real estate, this laid-back spot with a full bar in Costa Mesa is doing more than enough. 33321-E Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa. — Farley Elliott

For beachy vibes 25 miles away from the Pacific: De Buena Planta Silver Lake

Weekend brunch is served at De Buena Planta in Silver Lake.
For beachy vibes 25 miles away from the Pacific: De Buena Planta Silver Lake.
De Buena Planta

Smack in the middle of Silver Lake is De Buena Planta, the Northeast LA sister restaurant with the same name in Venice. The restaurant leans towards both vegan and vegetarian dishes, but if there’s anywhere to be on a warm summer weekend, it’s the patio. It’s massive and festive, feeling very much like a party with lo-fi, relaxing beats from actual DJs. Owner Heather Tierney launched brunch in May, so that stunner of an open space is ready for weekend daytime hangouts that includes an incredible fluffy pancake with piloncillo maple syrup. No one will ever know it’s gluten-free. Try the huevos divorciados or chef Chaza Smith’s delicious plant-based take on chicharrones with rice paper. Not to be overlooked is the mezcal collection and refreshing cocktails and inventive bar team lead by Lee Zaremba. Note: always ask Pip for a recommendation. Book a reservation asap, this place fills up quickly. 2815 Sunset Boulevard, Silver Lake. —Mona Holmes

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