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Pan-Asian dishes from Sa’Moto in West Hollywood.
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18 Hottest Restaurants in Los Angeles, October 2021

Where to eat right now around the City of Angels

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Pan-Asian dishes from Sa’Moto in West Hollywood.
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The past year and a half has been an incredible challenge for restaurants across the country. Los Angeles has been no different, though the year 2021 has already seen a significant return to on-site dining due to eager diners looking for experiences and amazing food. LA’s restaurant scene seems to be mostly back to its pre-pandemic shape, though of course challenges remain with safety, staffing, and finances. The Eater LA heatmap has existed for more than 15 years as a place to answer the age-old question of “Where should I eat tonight?”

Typically restaurants here are less than six months old, giving a sense of what’s new to Los Angeles’s dining scene. For restaurants that have established themselves as one of the city’s essential places to eat, check out the Eater LA Essential 38. Restaurants are placed on the map in geographical order, from west to east.

Removed: Valeu Espetos, Mom’s Touch, Vegan A.F. Truck, Daedo Sikdang, Danny Boy’s

Added: Chef Tony, Caboco, Gogo’s Tacos, Sa’Moto, Little Coyote Long Beach

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Winston House

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23 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291

One of LA’s most unexpected openings, this supper club and music venue nestled into the Venice Boardwalk has a bit of that Delilah vibe but next to the beach. The fare is classic American with some Asian influences, and the music is a surprise every night in terms of star power but more than likely to be someone you’ve heard on the radio. —Matthew Kang

Winston House, Venice.
Winston House, Venice.
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2. A.O.C. Brentwood

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11648 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 806-6464
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Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne have transformed the former Tavern into a wonderfully composed outpost of their West Third Street restaurant, with a similar Mediterranean rustic menu that should appeal to Brentwood diners. —Matthew Kang

A.O.C. Brentwood dining room.
A.O.C. Brentwood dining room.
Wonho Frank Lee

3. Matū

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239 S Beverly Dr Suite 100
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(424) 317-5031
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Beverly Hills certainly has plenty of places to get steak, but Matū might be the most compelling place for beef right now, with a gorgeous and understated dining room along South Beverly Drive. The menu has a five course tasting that offers various cuts of the restaurant’s trademark New Zealand-grown wagyu beef from First Light. What’s on the tasting menu changes every day, but the grilled ribeye, wood-grilled maitake mushrooms, and iceberg lettuce salad are highlights. Finish the meal with the delicious flourless chocolate cake. —Matthew Kang

Matu restaurant’s dining room in Beverly Hills, California
Matu’s dining room in Beverly Hills
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4. Bicyclette

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(424) 500-9575
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Walter and Margarita Manzke have finally opened their ode to Parisian bistros in this subterranean space that used to be Sotto (and Test Kitchen before that). The wood-lined space with green hues feels intimate but energetic, serving excellent renditions of French classics from beef bourguignon to duck confit, though the bread and butter service, taking a page from their other restaurant République, is a stellar way to start every meal here. —Matthew Kang

Bicyclette Bistro dining room
Bicyclette
Wonho Frank Lee

5. Wise Sons Jewish Deli

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9552 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(424) 298-8205
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San Francisco deli chain Wise Sons has expanded to Los Angeles from founder Evan Bloom and brother Ari Bloom into a prime Culver City location that was once Bacoshop and Amacita. Serving sandwiches, bagels, and other deli favorites, Wise Sons fills in a major gap in deli food for this part of LA.

Bagels at the counter of Wise Sons in Culver City.
Bagels at the counter of Wise Sons in Culver City.
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6. Sa'Moto

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9077 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 777-0266
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Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has opened restaurants across the globe but this is the Food Network chef’s latest foray into Los Angeles. Previously the Japanese chef had opened a kiosk at LAX, but this is a fuller version of Morimoto’s pan-Asian outlook, with dumplings and sushi rolls to noodle soups.

An overhead shot of a table of pan-Asian fare, including dumplings, crispy rice shell tacos, and more.
Dishes at Sa’Moto
Sa’Moto

7. Ardor

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9040 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 310-1572
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Without a ton of fanfare with its original November 2019 opening, Ardor has been mostly closed for the past 15 months before reopening in June. John Fraser, who has earned Michelin stars in New York City, brings an elegant mostly vegetable menu with some meaty highlights as well. —Matthew Kang

Ardor West Hollywood
Ardor West Hollywood
Matthew Kang

8. etta Culver City

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8801 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(424) 570-4444
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Chicago’s popular Italian-inspired restaurant feels right at home in Southern California, with pastas, blistered pizzas, rustic grilled proteins, and seasonal produce dishes in a modern space in Culver City.

Pizza, steak, and more from Etta Culver City.
Pizza, steak, and more from Etta Culver City.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

9. Melanie Wine Bar

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8310 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 592-3390
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David Gibbs, who operates Augustine, Mirabelle, and Sushi Note in the Valley, expands into West Third Street with partner Andy Paxson (Simplethings) with a friendly neighborhood bar serving a tight, wine-friendly menu (with help from consultant Shane Lopez) and an extensive set of vintage and mostly Old World picks by the glass. —Matthew Kang

Melanie Wine Bar on West Third Street in Los Angeles.
Melanie Wine Bar on West Third Street in Los Angeles.
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10. Gogo’s Tacos

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3660 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Taking over a former neighborhood taco stand, Guerrilla Tacos co-founder Brittney Valles has opened Gogo’s Tacos on the busy intersection of Beverly near Virgil in Silver Lake/Virgil Village/Rampart Village with reasonably priced carne asada, mushroom, and shrimp tacos, burritos, and quesadillas that will please a crowd. —Matthew Kang

Interior of Gogo’s Tacos in Los Angeles, with lines and white trim and red chairs.
Gogo’s Tacos.
Sergio Robleto

11. Rumba Kitchen

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown, 123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #204
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 507-6404
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Puerto Rican food hasn’t had a standout new opening for a very long time, but Triple Threat Truck owner Omayra Dakis has landed with this exciting new restaurant in Little Tokyo’s Doubletree Hotel. Serving classic Puerto Rican street fare inspired by kioskos in Playa Pinones, as well as more composed dishes, it’s a party almost every night here. —Matthew Kang

Chuleta can-can, a grilled then deep-fried pork tomahawk at Rumba Kitchen.
Chuleta can-can, a grilled then deep-fried pork tomahawk at Rumba Kitchen.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

12. Girl and the Goat

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555-3 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 799-4628
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Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard brings her popular Chicago restaurant Girl and the Goat to a trendy Arts District space with all of the style and verve of Los Angeles. The menu takes plenty of ingredients and flavors from the global pantry, but with a foundation of fresh produce. —Matthew Kang

Girl and the Goat Los Angeles.
Girl and the Goat Los Angeles.
Wonho Frank Lee

13. Caboco

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1850 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 405-1434
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Brazilian chef Rodrigo Oliveira has teased LA for years about opening a restaurant here. Now he’s working with chef Victor Vasconcellos to do a modern Brazilian restaurant that this city has never seen, with Oliveira’s signature crispy tapioca cubes all the way to a fantastic carne de sol with dry-aged beef. —Matthew Kang

Caboco Arts District with mural by Speto.
Caboco Arts District.
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14. Afuri

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688 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 221-7206
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Tokyo’s highly regarded Afuri has finally brought its yuzu-inflected shio ramen to Los Angeles, starting with this bright, airy space in Arts District that offers its signature ramen plus noodles made on the premises in a dedicated room. So far, the place is buzzing with people that come all the way until it closes for the night. —Matthew Kang

Inside Afuri in Arts District, Los Angeles
Afuri Los Angeles
Wonho Frank Lee

15. Agnes

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40 W Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 389-3839
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Pasadena’s new Agnes is full of color and pop, from the plaid banquettes to the orange sizzle and glow of the open hearth. The restaurant feels energetic all day long thanks to its multi-purpose approach, with a cheesery and marketplace up front, bar in the middle, and indoor-outdoor dining room towards the back. This is the place to be in once-quiet Pasadena right now, watching the increasingly busy stand-alone city whiz by. —Farley Elliott

Round four-top tables and brick walls inside a new restaurant with tall ceilings.
Agnes, Pasadena
Wonho Frank Lee

16. Little Coyote

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3500 N Los Coyotes Diagonal
Long Beach, CA 90808
(562) 352-1555
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Long Beach’s popular Little Coyote has more of a full service restaurant with its second location on Los Coyotes Diagonal, with a full patio dining area, and an expanded menu of “fried things” like wings, mozzarella sticks, and eventually a chicken parm sandwich if all goes well. The location doesn’t do slices, instead focusing on whole pies and grandma-style pizzas. Not surprisingly, the place is jam packed already. —Matthew Kang

Little Coyote’s patio in Long Beach, California
Patio at Little Coyote’s new location on Los Coyotes in Long Beach.
Pascal Shirley

17. BLVD MRKT

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520 Whittier Blvd
Montebello, CA 90640
(323) 863-5566
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Montebello’s shipping container destination BLVD MRKT opened in late August. The bright food hall houses eight restaurants as well as Alchemy Craft, which serves beer from LA County breweries, plus options from Rosarito wineries. In addition to new spots like Los Taquero Mucho, Cafe Santo, and Nola’s Cajun Cuisine, there’s also a familiar name that setup shop on the corner of Sixth and Montebello Boulevard: a smaller outlet of Pez Cantina. Take a lap, figure out what to order, sit in the cozy courtyard, and prepare to hang out. —Mona Holmes

18. Chef Tony

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1108 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 623-6668

LA’s got quite a scene for Cantonese food, but there’s nothing wrong with adding another star player in Chef Tony, a Vancouver restaurant from the founder of Sea Harbour. Tony He’s elegant, polished dim sum had debuted in Pasadena before the pandemic struck, leading to a long term hiatus there. So Arcadia gets to benefit from a longer opening of Chef Tony in the former Din Tai Fung space, and the results are excellent from the get-go. —Matthew Kang

Cold lobster salad at Chef Tony.
Cold lobster salad at Chef Tony.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

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1. Winston House

23 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Winston House, Venice.
Winston House, Venice.
Local Los Angeles

One of LA’s most unexpected openings, this supper club and music venue nestled into the Venice Boardwalk has a bit of that Delilah vibe but next to the beach. The fare is classic American with some Asian influences, and the music is a surprise every night in terms of star power but more than likely to be someone you’ve heard on the radio. —Matthew Kang

23 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291

2. A.O.C. Brentwood

11648 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
A.O.C. Brentwood dining room.
A.O.C. Brentwood dining room.
Wonho Frank Lee

Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne have transformed the former Tavern into a wonderfully composed outpost of their West Third Street restaurant, with a similar Mediterranean rustic menu that should appeal to Brentwood diners. —Matthew Kang

11648 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

3. Matū

239 S Beverly Dr Suite 100, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Matu restaurant’s dining room in Beverly Hills, California
Matu’s dining room in Beverly Hills
Virtually Here Studios

Beverly Hills certainly has plenty of places to get steak, but Matū might be the most compelling place for beef right now, with a gorgeous and understated dining room along South Beverly Drive. The menu has a five course tasting that offers various cuts of the restaurant’s trademark New Zealand-grown wagyu beef from First Light. What’s on the tasting menu changes every day, but the grilled ribeye, wood-grilled maitake mushrooms, and iceberg lettuce salad are highlights. Finish the meal with the delicious flourless chocolate cake. —Matthew Kang

239 S Beverly Dr Suite 100
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

4. Bicyclette

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Bicyclette Bistro dining room
Bicyclette
Wonho Frank Lee

Walter and Margarita Manzke have finally opened their ode to Parisian bistros in this subterranean space that used to be Sotto (and Test Kitchen before that). The wood-lined space with green hues feels intimate but energetic, serving excellent renditions of French classics from beef bourguignon to duck confit, though the bread and butter service, taking a page from their other restaurant République, is a stellar way to start every meal here. —Matthew Kang

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

5. Wise Sons Jewish Deli

9552 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Bagels at the counter of Wise Sons in Culver City.
Bagels at the counter of Wise Sons in Culver City.
Dylan + Jeni

San Francisco deli chain Wise Sons has expanded to Los Angeles from founder Evan Bloom and brother Ari Bloom into a prime Culver City location that was once Bacoshop and Amacita. Serving sandwiches, bagels, and other deli favorites, Wise Sons fills in a major gap in deli food for this part of LA.

9552 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

6. Sa'Moto

9077 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
An overhead shot of a table of pan-Asian fare, including dumplings, crispy rice shell tacos, and more.
Dishes at Sa’Moto
Sa’Moto

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has opened restaurants across the globe but this is the Food Network chef’s latest foray into Los Angeles. Previously the Japanese chef had opened a kiosk at LAX, but this is a fuller version of Morimoto’s pan-Asian outlook, with dumplings and sushi rolls to noodle soups.

9077 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

7. Ardor

9040 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Ardor West Hollywood
Ardor West Hollywood
Matthew Kang

Without a ton of fanfare with its original November 2019 opening, Ardor has been mostly closed for the past 15 months before reopening in June. John Fraser, who has earned Michelin stars in New York City, brings an elegant mostly vegetable menu with some meaty highlights as well. —Matthew Kang

9040 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

8. etta Culver City

8801 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Pizza, steak, and more from Etta Culver City.
Pizza, steak, and more from Etta Culver City.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Chicago’s popular Italian-inspired restaurant feels right at home in Southern California, with pastas, blistered pizzas, rustic grilled proteins, and seasonal produce dishes in a modern space in Culver City.

8801 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

9. Melanie Wine Bar

8310 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Melanie Wine Bar on West Third Street in Los Angeles.
Melanie Wine Bar on West Third Street in Los Angeles.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

David Gibbs, who operates Augustine, Mirabelle, and Sushi Note in the Valley, expands into West Third Street with partner Andy Paxson (Simplethings) with a friendly neighborhood bar serving a tight, wine-friendly menu (with help from consultant Shane Lopez) and an extensive set of vintage and mostly Old World picks by the glass. —Matthew Kang

8310 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

10. Gogo’s Tacos

3660 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Interior of Gogo’s Tacos in Los Angeles, with lines and white trim and red chairs.
Gogo’s Tacos.
Sergio Robleto

Taking over a former neighborhood taco stand, Guerrilla Tacos co-founder Brittney Valles has opened Gogo’s Tacos on the busy intersection of Beverly near Virgil in Silver Lake/Virgil Village/Rampart Village with reasonably priced carne asada, mushroom, and shrimp tacos, burritos, and quesadillas that will please a crowd. —Matthew Kang

3660 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004

11. Rumba Kitchen

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown, 123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #204, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Chuleta can-can, a grilled then deep-fried pork tomahawk at Rumba Kitchen.
Chuleta can-can, a grilled then deep-fried pork tomahawk at Rumba Kitchen.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Puerto Rican food hasn’t had a standout new opening for a very long time, but Triple Threat Truck owner Omayra Dakis has landed with this exciting new restaurant in Little Tokyo’s Doubletree Hotel. Serving classic Puerto Rican street fare inspired by kioskos in Playa Pinones, as well as more composed dishes, it’s a party almost every night here. —Matthew Kang

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown, 123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #204
Los Angeles, CA 90012

12. Girl and the Goat

555-3 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Girl and the Goat Los Angeles.
Girl and the Goat Los Angeles.
Wonho Frank Lee

Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard brings her popular Chicago restaurant Girl and the Goat to a trendy Arts District space with all of the style and verve of Los Angeles. The menu takes plenty of ingredients and flavors from the global pantry, but with a foundation of fresh produce. —Matthew Kang

555-3 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

13. Caboco

1850 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Caboco Arts District with mural by Speto.
Caboco Arts District.
Dylan + Jeni

Brazilian chef Rodrigo Oliveira has teased LA for years about opening a restaurant here. Now he’s working with chef Victor Vasconcellos to do a modern Brazilian restaurant that this city has never seen, with Oliveira’s signature crispy tapioca cubes all the way to a fantastic carne de sol with dry-aged beef. —Matthew Kang

1850 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

14. Afuri

688 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Inside Afuri in Arts District, Los Angeles
Afuri Los Angeles
Wonho Frank Lee

Tokyo’s highly regarded Afuri has finally brought its yuzu-inflected shio ramen to Los Angeles, starting with this bright, airy space in Arts District that offers its signature ramen plus noodles made on the premises in a dedicated room. So far, the place is buzzing with people that come all the way until it closes for the night. —Matthew Kang

688 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

15. Agnes

40 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105
Round four-top tables and brick walls inside a new restaurant with tall ceilings.
Agnes, Pasadena
Wonho Frank Lee

Pasadena’s new Agnes is full of color and pop, from the plaid banquettes to the orange sizzle and glow of the open hearth. The restaurant feels energetic all day long thanks to its multi-purpose approach, with a cheesery and marketplace up front, bar in the middle, and indoor-outdoor dining room towards the back. This is the place to be in once-quiet Pasadena right now, watching the increasingly busy stand-alone city whiz by. —Farley Elliott

40 W Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105

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16. Little Coyote

3500 N Los Coyotes Diagonal, Long Beach, CA 90808
Little Coyote’s patio in Long Beach, California
Patio at Little Coyote’s new location on Los Coyotes in Long Beach.
Pascal Shirley

Long Beach’s popular Little Coyote has more of a full service restaurant with its second location on Los Coyotes Diagonal, with a full patio dining area, and an expanded menu of “fried things” like wings, mozzarella sticks, and eventually a chicken parm sandwich if all goes well. The location doesn’t do slices, instead focusing on whole pies and grandma-style pizzas. Not surprisingly, the place is jam packed already. —Matthew Kang

3500 N Los Coyotes Diagonal
Long Beach, CA 90808

17. BLVD MRKT

520 Whittier Blvd, Montebello, CA 90640

Montebello’s shipping container destination BLVD MRKT opened in late August. The bright food hall houses eight restaurants as well as Alchemy Craft, which serves beer from LA County breweries, plus options from Rosarito wineries. In addition to new spots like Los Taquero Mucho, Cafe Santo, and Nola’s Cajun Cuisine, there’s also a familiar name that setup shop on the corner of Sixth and Montebello Boulevard: a smaller outlet of Pez Cantina. Take a lap, figure out what to order, sit in the cozy courtyard, and prepare to hang out. —Mona Holmes

520 Whittier Blvd
Montebello, CA 90640

18. Chef Tony

1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
Cold lobster salad at Chef Tony.
Cold lobster salad at Chef Tony.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

LA’s got quite a scene for Cantonese food, but there’s nothing wrong with adding another star player in Chef Tony, a Vancouver restaurant from the founder of Sea Harbour. Tony He’s elegant, polished dim sum had debuted in Pasadena before the pandemic struck, leading to a long term hiatus there. So Arcadia gets to benefit from a longer opening of Chef Tony in the former Din Tai Fung space, and the results are excellent from the get-go. —Matthew Kang

1108 S Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

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