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The 25 Hottest Restaurants in LA Right Now, Aug 2014

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2008_10_hasmapsla.jpgMore often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one 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 essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heatmap, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

Check out the map of Los Angeles' 25 hottest restaurants below.


7/3 Added: Mastro's Ocean Club, ChocoChicken, Alimento, Blue Plate Oysterette, La Boulange, Saint Martha, Beelman's Pub, Madera Kitchen, Tipple & Brine, Ladies Gunboat Society, Escala
8/7 Added: Petit Trois, KazuNori, Barton G., Sushi Akatora, HYDE Sunset, Field Trip

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Maude is chef Curtis Stone's first restaurant, an intimate dining experience with just 25 seats in Beverly Hills. Here Stone is serving a $75 nine-course seasonal California prix fixe menu centered on one theme ingredient per month. Tip: The best seats in the house are the four rear chairs at a bar that overlooks the open kitchen.

Night + Market Song

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Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market is back with this Silver Lake sequel equally dedicated to Northern Thai cuisine consumed in a colorful 50-seat space. Although Yenbamroong wants Night + Market Song to be a locals spot, the chef has earned enough of a reputation for his flavor-packed plates to attract Angelenos from across the city. Keep in mind this place doesn't accept reservations, so expect to wait for a table.

Pot at the Line Hotel

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Roy Choi's first restaurant in Koreatown is an incredibly authentic and thoughtful rendition of some of the best that Korean cuisine has to offer. While the large family-style pots full of everything from braised beef to seafood are the star of the menu, the other shareable bites like dumplings, squid, pollack roe, and fried rice are also worth trying. An unbeatable scene, too.

Faith & Flower

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Faith & Flower is Coastal Luxury Management's redo of the old Towne space into a fun, boisterous New American eatery cheffed by Michael Hung of La Folie in SF. The AvroKO-designed space is supposed to pay homage to Los Angeles during the 1800s and early 1900s. The menu has everything from uni and fava bean toast to kimchi-spiked deviled eggs to oxtail agnolotti, and the pizzas here are pretty on point as well. To drink, go with the milk punch.

Wexler's Deli

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Micah Wexler has changed the deli game in L.A. completely, with this modern take on classics like pastrami, lox, corned beef, and pickles. For a change, nearly everything is done in house, from the smoking to the curing, and the result is fantastic: thick, hand-cut slices placed between plush rye bread or kaiser rolls. And the lox is so perfectly cured it's nearly translucent. With all the great places opening up at Grand Central, it's hard to find the best one right now, but Wexler's might be the most popular at the moment.

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Perfecto Rocher is finally doing the kind of cuisine that he's wanted to bring to Los Angeles: soulful and elegant Spanish tapas in the former Angeli Caffe space on Melrose. It definitely makes this block more interesting, especially with that super-smokey wood-fired grill whose aroma tends to pervade the space. Try the grilled Iberico, uni flan, and house-made olives.

Pine & Crane

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Vivian Ku and Allan Lai decided to bring something that Silver Lake really needed: a modern Chinese restaurant in a beautiful space. And this casual eatery in the heart of Silver Lake is just what the neighborhood needed. Handmade noodles, fresh produce straight from the family farm, and top-notch tea service. Pine & Crane is an oasis of Chinese cuisine for the Eastside.

Superba Food + Bread

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With a cheerful, open design that's perfectly reflective of the current laid back, upscale culture of Venice at the moment, Superba Food + Bread churns out a rather tight menu of focused American dishes, with some artisanal toasts (of course) and simply prepared hot plates like arctic char with pea tendrils. And don't miss the breakfast/brunch with some of the best pastries and baked goods in the city.

Playa Provisions

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Brooke Williamson and husband Nick Roberts have finally opened this seaside eatery touting everything from a bakery, deli counter, and sandwich shop to ice cream made in house. Throw in the new Dockside, the more composed dining environment, just opened this week, featuring Williamson's take on seafood.

Bruce and son Max Marder have revamped the former House Cafe with the help of Steven Arroyo (signature hanging ornaments line the ceiling). Touting a simple menu of small plates with a French slant, such as steak tartare, asparagus with fried egg, and roasted chicken to go with the well-curated wine list, it's a place for oenophiles and Francophiles to converge.

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1933 Group's newest nightlife venue takes over the old Crown Bar in WeHo, with a striking old-time design focused on classy antiques and an elegant Pre-Prohibition style. Cocktails might be the best of the 1933 group's bunch while bites come via Eric Greenspan.

Zinc Café & Market

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John Secretan, founder of a handful of Zinc Cafes in Orange County, decided to come up to Arts District, one of the hottest dining neighborhoods in L.A., with a massive rendition of his popular concept. And for the most part, the early reception is quite exciting. The fare is straightforward, with some European angles, but the bar program, called Bar Mateo and put together by Proprietors, LLC, might be the real reason to linger after dinner.

Mastro's Ocean Club

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Mastro's decided to up the game in L.A. with this surf and turf eatery right on the seaside in Malibu, taking over the former Chart House location. So far, it's been wildly popular in a part of town that just wakes up during the summer. Grab a platter of oysters and check out the long sunsets.

Alimento

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Zach Pollack brings an innovative take to Italian to a part of Silver Lake that's just screaming for a marquee restaurant. And Silver Lake denizens might have finally gotten what they wanted: next-level pasta, composed meat dishes, and a tiny yet convivial room that's an ideal neighborhood spot.

Saint Martha

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This stylish new nook of a wine restaurant opened unexpected in a Koreatown strip mall, bringing composed culinary execution to a part of town rife with dumpling shops and Korean BBQ spots. Bites from chef Nick Erven include wood-smoked brisket with hoisin.

Beelman's Pub

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It's great to see a budding empire like ACME step it up another level in terms of décor, drinks, and food, and Beelman's Pub might be their most ambitious project yet. But despite that ambition, this Downtown spot is still a fantastic every day hang, with solid cocktails and delectable bites from chef Tom Block, who hails from NYC. Try the tarte flambe and sit out on the patio.

Tipple & Brine

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The Valley deserves better dining and drinking options, and Tipple & Brine is starting to bring a buzz to the neighborhood. With a wide selection of oysters and other seafood, as well as well-executed drinks, it's hard not to enjoy this place as an everyday spot.

The Ladies' Gunboat Society at Flores

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Brian Dunsmoor of The Hart & The Hunter is kicking things up a notch at Flores, which now rocks an unusual but catchy name on Sawtelle. With elevated Southern dishes like chicken fried rabbit, fish and grits, and chickory salad, it's great to see a great non-Asian concept on this block. Don't skip that maple blueberry creme brulee for dessert.

Chris Oh decided to take a completely new culinary direction when he helped open this Colombian restaurant in Koreatown. Unexpected? Yes, but the evidence of the chef's skills is right there on the plate, with great spicy chicken wings, whole fried fish, pork belly with aji verde, and marinaded ribeye.

Petit Trois

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Ludo Lefebvre, in conjuction with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, have created the ideal casual bistro right next to their first effort together, Trois Mec. Petit Trois serves beef tartare, omelettes, pan bagnat, and other French regulars in near perfect form in a charming room that also produces fantastic cocktails.

Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails

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Chris Crary helps SBE revive the former XIV into a massive drinking den and small bites restaurant. With possibly the most stylish interior to hit Sunset Strip in a long time, it's a great place to hang out, see, and be seen right in the heart of West Hollywood.

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The SugarFISH/Nozawa empire has finally spawned a likeable fast-casual with pristine hand rolls served to order. Prices run well under $20 any time of day, with rolls served right at the counter. There's also cut rolls for take out, which works great for Downtown office workers.

Field Trip

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Minh Phan and Sarah Lange have given new life to the Farmer's Kitchen, with some of the best pastries available this side of Hollywood, and a seasonal menu that works perfectly at this location. The airy confines are a nice respite from the bustle of the streets outside.

Sushi Akatora

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Michael Cardenas' first effort in the South Bay is a welcome change for people looking for a higher cut of sushi and izakaya-style Japanese fare. Served in a rustic dining room, it's the place to be right now in Manhattan Beach.

Barton G.

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Barton Weiss' over the top eatery right on La Cienega couldn't have found a better home in LA. With outlandish bites like a cotton candy wig or steak served with a three foot fork, it's a fun place to launch the night. Just don't get too serious about it.

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Maude

Maude is chef Curtis Stone's first restaurant, an intimate dining experience with just 25 seats in Beverly Hills. Here Stone is serving a $75 nine-course seasonal California prix fixe menu centered on one theme ingredient per month. Tip: The best seats in the house are the four rear chairs at a bar that overlooks the open kitchen.

Night + Market Song

Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market is back with this Silver Lake sequel equally dedicated to Northern Thai cuisine consumed in a colorful 50-seat space. Although Yenbamroong wants Night + Market Song to be a locals spot, the chef has earned enough of a reputation for his flavor-packed plates to attract Angelenos from across the city. Keep in mind this place doesn't accept reservations, so expect to wait for a table.

Pot at the Line Hotel

Roy Choi's first restaurant in Koreatown is an incredibly authentic and thoughtful rendition of some of the best that Korean cuisine has to offer. While the large family-style pots full of everything from braised beef to seafood are the star of the menu, the other shareable bites like dumplings, squid, pollack roe, and fried rice are also worth trying. An unbeatable scene, too.

Faith & Flower

Faith & Flower is Coastal Luxury Management's redo of the old Towne space into a fun, boisterous New American eatery cheffed by Michael Hung of La Folie in SF. The AvroKO-designed space is supposed to pay homage to Los Angeles during the 1800s and early 1900s. The menu has everything from uni and fava bean toast to kimchi-spiked deviled eggs to oxtail agnolotti, and the pizzas here are pretty on point as well. To drink, go with the milk punch.

Wexler's Deli

Micah Wexler has changed the deli game in L.A. completely, with this modern take on classics like pastrami, lox, corned beef, and pickles. For a change, nearly everything is done in house, from the smoking to the curing, and the result is fantastic: thick, hand-cut slices placed between plush rye bread or kaiser rolls. And the lox is so perfectly cured it's nearly translucent. With all the great places opening up at Grand Central, it's hard to find the best one right now, but Wexler's might be the most popular at the moment.

smoke.oil.salt.

Perfecto Rocher is finally doing the kind of cuisine that he's wanted to bring to Los Angeles: soulful and elegant Spanish tapas in the former Angeli Caffe space on Melrose. It definitely makes this block more interesting, especially with that super-smokey wood-fired grill whose aroma tends to pervade the space. Try the grilled Iberico, uni flan, and house-made olives.

Pine & Crane

Vivian Ku and Allan Lai decided to bring something that Silver Lake really needed: a modern Chinese restaurant in a beautiful space. And this casual eatery in the heart of Silver Lake is just what the neighborhood needed. Handmade noodles, fresh produce straight from the family farm, and top-notch tea service. Pine & Crane is an oasis of Chinese cuisine for the Eastside.

Superba Food + Bread

With a cheerful, open design that's perfectly reflective of the current laid back, upscale culture of Venice at the moment, Superba Food + Bread churns out a rather tight menu of focused American dishes, with some artisanal toasts (of course) and simply prepared hot plates like arctic char with pea tendrils. And don't miss the breakfast/brunch with some of the best pastries and baked goods in the city.

Playa Provisions

Brooke Williamson and husband Nick Roberts have finally opened this seaside eatery touting everything from a bakery, deli counter, and sandwich shop to ice cream made in house. Throw in the new Dockside, the more composed dining environment, just opened this week, featuring Williamson's take on seafood.

Marvin