Brand New Eateries to Check Out in Los Angeles

Larchmont Has a Handy New All-Day Restaurant, Bar, and Gourmet Market

A new casual Indian restaurant in Palms, and a new Laotian eatery in the Valley

Every week Eater LA compiles some of the more notable new restaurant openings scattered throughout Los Angeles. Find new places to check out in various neighborhoods from East to West, and from SGV to South Bay to the Valley.

October 10, 2018

Larchmont — Mathew Cape and Spoon Singh opened Le Petit Marche on September 17, their neighborhood all-day French eatery. The walkable restaurant and market appeals to locals, but the massive 45-seat bar with Chris Kramer’s inventive cocktails are a draw for all. 5665 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Westwood — The Artisanal Brewers Collective debuted Broxton’s in Westwood this week. It’s a comfort food-filled experience with baby back ribs, grilled steak, and buckets of biscuits. Plis the on-site facility churns out 12 house made beers on tap. 1099 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Echo Park — LA’s second Baby Blues BBQ location opened late last month, complete with a massive mural of Dodgers third baseman, Justin Turner overlooking the former Costa Alegre space. It’s open early, and keeps serving until 10 p.m., right in the middle of Echo Park. 1901 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

West LA — Westsiders are likely rejoicing now that Sichuan Impression opened its new location last week. They’re no longer required to drive to the San Gabriel Valley for quality Chinese. The place is consistently packed in the densely-populated West LA restaurant area. 11057 Santa Monica Boulevard. Los Angeles, CA

West Adams — The midcentury vibes are strong at Alta Adams Coffee Shop, complete with vintage furniture, wooden accents, and throwback colors. Chef Daniel Patterson and chef Keith Corbin created a daytime menu with comfort food items like cold fried chicken sandwiches, bowls, and stews all under $12. 5359 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

August 13, 2018

Palms— There’s a new casual Indian restaurant called Tandoori Eats that takes over a former butcher shop in Palms, just across the way from the Expo Line station. Opened last Friday, the eatery serves a slew of Indian and Pakistani classics like biryani, karahi, goat curry, and chicken tikka masala. Prices are reasonable, the place is already packed with locals. 10004 National Boulevard.

Koreatown— A new chicken spot called The Pollo does a sort of non-chain version of roasted chicken and sides that one might find at El Pollo Loco, but with a bit more quality. Opened on August 1, early reviews seem very positive for the affordable fast casual chain-in-the-making. 3183 Wilshire Boulevard. Suite 172.

Culver City— The former OOAK in Main Street Culver City has turned quickly into a new dim sum destination called Fifty One. The extensive menu also goes into some fusion-style dishes, with a large portion of vegetarian plates as well. There’s even koi-shaped fish pudding, something that likely hasn’t cross over the 110 freeway, ever. 9540 Washington Boulevard.

Redondo Beach— Another day, another South Bay ramen spot, this one called Rakkan that opened just steps from the beach. This ramen spot focuses on vegan broth, and already has a location in Little Tokyo. Like its Downtown LA counterpart, they’ve got ramen bowls with everything from miso and shio to tomato and soy sauce. 629 South Pacific Coast Highway.

Mission Hills— It’s not every day that a new Laotian restaurant opens in LA. A new place called Kop Jai Lai serves a combination of Thai and Lao dishes that has all the hallmarks of a homecooked meal. There’s a Lao-style papaya salad, spicy chicken mint, and larb. Fans of northeastern Thai or Isaan cuisine might really enjoy Kop Jai Lai, as a lot of those Isaan dishes are actually Thai versions of classic Lao fare. 15423 Chatworth Street.

August 6, 2018

Burbank— A taste of Rome is hitting Burbank thanks to Gourmet Romano. Its multigrain dough is fermented for 72 hours, and serves as a backdrop for toppings like prosciutto, ndjua, and smoked salmon. There’s also panini, suppli (rice balls), and salads for the full Italian experience. 4017 W Riverside Dr Unit C, Burbank

Hollywood— It’s nice to see hometown Korean food breaking out of K-Town. BBQ + Rice is attempting to do just that with a simple menu of rice bowls and salads. Select from proteins like bulgogi, spicy pork, black pepper chicken, and galbi, or braised short ribs. There’s even mandoo and Korean fried chicken for all sorts of Korean snack cravings. 7363 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles

Koreatown— K-Town sure does love its cutesy coffee shops, as another one has opened, this time adjacent to California Ramen Factory. Dubbed Mint Whale 2018, it is unclear whether or not the name will change with each passing year. With a full roster of espresso drinks, fruity beverages like smoothies and mojitos, and sugary ice blended concoctions, it seems like a nice post-ramen treat. Bonus points for an Instagram-worthy purple flower ceiling. 4008 W 3rd St, Los Angeles

Inglewood— While there may not be enough Caribbean restaurants in LA, drive south of the 10 to satisfy jerk cravings. And with Karuba’s Yardy Kitchen, there are more places for a taste of the islands. The strip mall contender on Centinela sounds like an outstanding place for oxtails, curry goat, and even the Jamaican classic ackee and salt fish. 1300 Centinela Ave Unit 103, Inglewood

Highland Park— While Korean fried chicken is definitely a thing in LA, dedicated Thai chicken specialists haven’t quite broken the mold. That is until now with the opening of Hot Gai Thai Fried Chicken. As the name intimates, it’s all about the fried bird here, with a tight menu that also includes an interesting fried chicken laab and phanaeng curry fries. 5043 York Blvd, Los Angeles

July 26, 2018

Chinatown— Hoping to give Tsujita a run for its money as the best tsukemen specialist in LA is Okiboru House of Tsukemen. The Chinatown shop makes its own noodles, a thicker variety ideal for dunking in the restaurant’s long-simmered broth. Beyond the standard chasu offerings, the specialty here is grilled pork ribs that adorn the “okiboru,” or “big bowl.” 635 N Broadway, Los Angeles

Koreatown— Koreatown sure does love its drinking dens, where locals congregate over free-flowing soju and beer. Secret IZT is a new bar that encourages imbibers to pour their rice wine over cotton candy while nibbling on K-Town favorite corn cheese and dried cuttlefish. 301 S Western Ave. Ste 201, Los Angeles

Downtown— The Spring Street Arcade has another business to its name, and although Los Angeles is most certainly a taco town, this one specializes in burritos. Calavera Burrito Co goes beyond that standard offerings with options that include chile relleno, beef birria, and chili verde shredded chicken. The burritos even come with chips and guacamole included. 541 S Spring St. Ste 106, Los Angeles

Pico-Union— It isn’t often that one hears of a modern Nicaraguan restaurant opening up in the City of Angels. Portobanco’s Restaurant on Venice Boulevard brings people together over plates of fritanga and tostones in a nicely revamped, expansive space. 1225 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles

Eagle Rock— Pasadena’s My Vegan opened a second location on Eagle Rock’s Colorado Boulevard. While the menu leans heavily Thai, there are plenty of eclectic options that include vegan chili cheese fries and an assortment of Impossible burgers. With a hipster-friendly space adorned with exposed light bulbs and concrete walls, it should surely become a welcome addition to the neighborhood. 1759 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles

July 18, 2018

Koreatown— Another day, another home-style Korean restaurant opening in K-town. With a name like YUKGA gogi house, it’s clear the restaurant focuses on meat, or gogi in Korean. Diners can expect plenty of meaty offerings in the form of soups like suhlungtang, braised short ribs galbi jjim, and hot stone bibimbap. 608 S New Hampshire Ave, Los Angeles

Pico-Robertson— Hoping to bring a taste of Chicago to LA is Mild Sauce, a retailer specializing in the beloved condiment from the Windy City. The sweet and slightly spicy sauce apparently is prevalent at chicken joints and other restaurants in the city’s West and South sides. At the new eatery on Olympic and La Cienega, get it doused on chicken, catfish, shrimp, and okra in a fast-casual setting. 8500 W Olympic Blvd Ste B, Los Angeles

Downtown— Taking over the former Tacos Tu Madre address Downtown is Chiquitita, a similar concept that also serves Mexican fare. The new Corporation Food Hall tenant serves everything from breakfast tacos and burritos to spicy tuna tostadas. 724 S Spring St, Los Angeles

Mid-Wilshire— LA sure does love its casual taco spots, as yet another strip mall contender, Soto’s Kitchen, has opened up on on La Brea. The eatery currently operates within the extremely limited hours of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The family-owned Mexican cafe sells simple breakfast and lunch fare of tacos, burritos, and tortas. 1292 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles

Exposition Park— There aren’t nearly enough Turkish restaurants in LA. Luckily for USC students, a catering company, Halaloglu, has opened a brick-and-mortar location that specializes in halal bowls, sandwiches, and wraps. Certainly seems like a nice break from the massive number of surrounding poke and sandwich joints. 3742 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles

July 13, 2018

Koreatown— With this blazing heat, it’s officially cold noodle weather in Los Angeles. And given the long lines at Koreatown hot spots like Yuchun, it’s nice to see a new entrant in the noodle game. Wonsan Myunok on Western is currently hawking a menu of all the summertime favorites like naengmyun, or chewy noodles that come served in an icy beef broth or spicy sauce. Tack on an order of mandoo, or Korean dumplings and kalbi, and call it a perfect afternoon. 901 S Western Ave Ste 101, Los Angeles

Koreatown— Wonsan Myunok isn’t the only new opening in Koreatown, as the neighborhood rife with strip mall eateries has yet another newcomer. Bukchon offers a more varied menu of homestyle classics that range from whole chicken soup samgyetang and soybean stews. 361 S Western Ave Ste 101, Los Angeles

Fairfax— An ultra hip new Thai joint has opened west of Thai Town on West Third. Dubbed The Thai Thing, the sleek space with subway tiled accent walls should certainly be a welcome addition to the neighborhood that could use a solid Southeast Asian restaurant. Expect all the standard dishes like ka prao, curries, pad see ew, and, of course, pad thai, that can be ordered with a selection of proteins. Bonus points for a quaint patio lit with bistro lights. 6015 W 3rd St, Los Angeles

Studio City— Breakfast for lunch is officially a thing at the Valley’s new Belgian Waffle House. Similar to Orange County’s beloved Bruxie, sweet and savory waffles are the name of the game here, along with a full roster of espresso drinks. Think options like the prosciutto and scrambled egg, and the smoked salmon croque madame. 11211 Ventura Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles

East Hollywood— Breaking out of the standard Thai restaurant mold is Love Shrimp Thai Thai. The appropriately named eatery combines the concept of peel-and-eat shrimp spots with Thai flavors. With lobster, snow crab legs, and Thai seafood soup, it sounds like a haven for crustacean lovers. 4814 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles

July 6, 2018

Redondo Beach— Remember when Suburbia opened at a Redondo Beach strip mall? After a few years, Tin Vuong has converted the all-around restaurant into another branch of his Southeast Asian-inflected Little Sister, placing it just a few miles away from the Manhattan Beach original. It’s not clear when the flip took place, but the last Yelp reviews for Suburbia came out in May 2018. Either way, early results for the third Little Sister branch (the other is in Downtown) are pretty solid out of the gate. 247 Avenida Del Norte, Redondo Beach, CA.

Montrose— C’est la Vie, from Little Flower’s Christine Moore, has closed and made way for another friendly neighborhood eatery called Cafe Montrose. Some of the ownership is the same, as is much of the food, which leans on seasonal and easy-going sandwiches, salads, and pastries. 3459 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA.

Little Tokyo— A new Korean fried chicken joint called BBQ Chicken (which has another location in K-Town) has opened in Little Tokyo with a slew of sweet-savory-spicy chicken and some comfort fare to go on the side. It’s a pretty affordable affair, with whole chickens running around $24, good for two to three people to share. 442 East 2nd Street, Little Tokyo.

Glendale— Another fried bird specialist, this one called Trap Fried Chicken, has opened on Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale. Serving Instagram-friendly fried chicken sliders, mac & cheese, and grilled corn, this one’s been drawing long lines since opened a few weeks ago. Open 6 p.m. to midnight, which is a pretty late closing time for Glendale. 1600 E. Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale, CA.

North Hollywood— Muddle & Twist is a strange combination of a barbecue joint and trendy watering hole at Magnolia Square in North Hollywood. Early reports for the smoked meats are fairly solid, with a parking lot patio and late hours which works well for any studio workers coming out of Burbank. 10865 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA.

June 27, 2018

Sawtelle— The Korean fast-casual chain Bibigo, which wants to give Chipotle a run for its money with sizzling hot bibimbap bowls, has opened a bright new location on Sawtelle. They’ve got a few new innovations at this spot, like scrambled egg poured right into the stone bowls, traditional crispy Korean seafood pancakes, and bulgogi steak. It’s Bibigo’s return back to standalone restaurants vs. the mall-based model they’d tried for a while. 2210 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

Century City— Westfield Century City’s food court has a new Brazilian barbecue option called La Vaca, which serves churrasco in a by-the-pound cuts like picanha, garlic chicken, and liguica sausage paired with a buffet-style salad bar. It’s similar to the popular Pampas, which occupies space at The Original Farmer’s Market and Culver City. Hours run 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily., with a later closure on weekends. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Century City

West Hollywood— A new sushi roll and ramen spot takes over a prime slot in West Hollywood called Akuma. The casual roll specialist serves reasonably priced tuna and crispy rice along with some standard-looking tonkotsu ramen. The happy hour prices are very good, and there’s even a nice patio space for summer outdoor dining. 8267 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood

Inglewood— A unique new Mexican seafood spot called Lalo’s Mariscos combines Italian pasta with shellfish cocteles. Located just a few miles from LAX, they’ve got reasonably priced pasta bowls with shrimp and scallops, along with large salsa-laden fresh seafood cocktails. Despite the odd pairing, early reviews are pretty solid. 4820 West Century Blvd.

Melrose— One of LA’s earliest acai bowl spots, Ubatuba, has expanded to West Hollywood on Melrose just east of Fairfax. The menu here hews closer to what one might find in Brazil, and they’ve even got pao de quiejo (chewy tapioca cheese balls), which works as a nice after school snack for nearby Fairfax high school students. 7751 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood

June 15, 2018

Redondo Beach— Drive too fast, and it is easy to miss Pursue Coffee, a new strip mall coffee shop located on Aviation Boulevard. The mom and pop shop offers a menu of espresso drinks, matcha, tea, and morning pastries that are served with care. With plenty of outlets and friendly ownership, this third wave coffee shop certainly sounds like a boon for the neighborhood. 1503 Aviation Blvd, Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach— Taking over the former Hostaria Piave space on the intersection of PCH and Torrance Boulevard is family-run Mexican restaurant Maderos Cocina Mexicana. Expect standard Mexican American fare that can be enjoyed in a nicely remodeled indoor/outdoor space. 231 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach

Koreatown— Another day, another cutesy coffee shop opening in Koreatown. URBAN cate is especially notable thanks to its second-story space that provides pleasant views and a design that looks as if it were plucked right out of Europe. Expect plenty of pastries and macarons to pair alongside espresso drinks, as well as hearty plates of bulgogi sandwiches and egg salad served on Instagram-friendly black squid ink buns. Enjoy it all on the rooftop patio space. 300 S Mariposa Ave, Los Angeles

Koreatown— While there is a seemingly endless supply of all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue joints in K-Town, newcomer TGI Korean BBQ promises a standout price-to-quality ratio. And with a $14.99 special that includes brisket, bulgogi, pork belly, steamed egg, and more, it could very well deliver. 2585 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles

Downtown— Located at the base of an office building across the street from MOCA is For Five Coffee Los Angeles. The recently debuted space boasts hip, third wave coffee shop vibes with everything from blonde wood to hanging greenery. Here there are all the standard espresso drinks along with specialties like a lavender matcha latte. Bonus points for comfortable furniture and early favorite stuffed cookies. 333 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

June 6, 2018

Long Beach— The Filipino movement continues to have a stronghold in Los Angeles, with the newest opening setting up shop down in the LBC. Cuizina Filipino Cuisine, with Tuesday through Sunday hours that stretch from 7 a.m. to early dinner, offers breakfast all day. That means Filipino morning classics like pork tocino and tinapa bangus served with complimentary coffee for well under ten bucks. Add on a selection of grilled skewers, and this could very certainly be Long Beach’s next great hidden gem. 2533 Santa Fe Ave, Long Beach

Lomita— The sleepy town of Lomita in the South Bay has an under-the-radar food scene with places like Miura, Ruiji Sichuan Cuisine, and, more recently, Tasty Noodle House. Adding to the mix is Sampa’s Gourmet Pizza by Brazilian-born chef and pizza fanatic Marcus Roberto. Expect Italian and American-inspired pies, with a few signature pizzas that utilize Brazilian ingredients like hearts of palm and Brazilian cheese. 2413 Pacific Coast Hwy, Lomita

Koreatown— As restaurants continue to grapple with the extraordinary cost of operating a brick and mortar establishment, new business models seem to be developing in the food industry. Delivery service-only eateries have taken off with the popularity of services like Postmates and UberEats, but Don’t Skip Breakfast blends the two models by utilizing both delivery services and a pick-up counter, but without any customer seating. With a tight menu of egg-based fillings that can be ordered as a burrito or as a scramble, it’s certainly an interesting eatery worth following. 3160 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles

Little Tokyo— Bishamon Ten Restaurant Group, which has a pretty massive family of establishments everywhere from Japan to Tokyo to the SGV, has added a new member to its roster: Hachioji Craft Ramen. The sister restaurant to noodle legend Daikokuya, Hachioji specializes in shoyu and shio ramen bowls topped with smoked duck that also can be ordered a la carte or as a rice bowl. 313 E 1st St, Los Angeles

Redondo Beach— Competing for punniest new restaurant name is Redondo Beach’s Redondough, a bakery and cafe that offers classic deli sandwiches, churro doughnuts, and surfboard cookies. Seems ideal for picking up a quick beach picnic. 1218 Beryl St, Redondo Beach

May 30, 2018

Koreatown— Another day, another sushi restaurant opening in Koreatown. Sushi Hon serves seemingly everything, from and sashimi to kushiyaki, which is great for those looking to get their grilled meat on. 3929 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles

South LA— Can’t decide between chicken or seafood for dinner? Ocean Baskets Restaurant, a strip mall establishment in West Adams offers both. Everything seems to be deep fried here, with dishes that run the gamut from chicken gizzards to oysters. 2851 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles

Downtown— Speakeasies certainly had a moment a few years back, but keeping the trend alive is The Burrow. Head down a flight of stairs off Flower Street and push a metal horn to enter this subterranean oasis below the O Hotel. Expect sandwiches and charcuterie plates to soak up cocktails in an exceptionally cozy room. 821 S Flower St, Los Angeles

Valley Village— The Valley sure does love its gastropubs. Newcomer The Thirsty Merchant adds yet another option to Riverside Drive with daytime friendly cocktails and the standard menu of burgers and shared plates to soak it all up. An expansive indoor/outdoor patio with games like cornhole should add to its appeal. 12430 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles

Westlake— A new entrant in Historic Filipino town celebrates an important aspect of Filipino culture: karaoke. Chibogs hawks a menu of the country’s staples from sinigang to sisig to grilled pompano. But the real draw here is the evening entertainment that includes karaoke and comedy. 1925 W Temple St Ste 103, Los Angeles

May 24, 2018

Hollywood— Club rats and late night diners have a new place to soak up a night of excess, right in the heart of Hollywood. Window 44, tucked in an alley off Cahuenga just steps from Hollywood Boulevard, has set up shop serving an oddly eclectic menu of everything from Peruvian ceviche to fish tacos to a burger to flat iron steak. Open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 1644 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles

Koreatown— It certainly seems like shabu shabu is gaining popularity in LA, with AYCE hot pot specialists sprouting up in Koreatown and beyond. The newest one is called Brothers-Shabushi, where, as the name would suggest, diners can feast on unlimited quantities of beef and vegetable hot pots and sushi rolls. Come in during lunch for affordably priced combo meals. 210N Western Ave Ste 103, Los Angeles

Hollywood— Popping up in the former Farmer’s Belly Cafe space is a similarly minded concept, Duidough Cafe & Cookie Lab. The brainchild of a passionate baker nicknamed Duidough, the cafe serves all-day breakfast, sandwiches, and salads to go alongside an extensive cookie and baked goods menu. Highlights include shakshuka, challah French toast, and “The Millenial,” or sourdough toast layered with avocado and topped with two eggs any style. 6334 Selma Ave, Los Angeles

Downtown— Apparently the previously covered Guadalaharry’s Burrito Joint isn’t the only eatery operating out of the 541 S Spring Street address in the Spring Street Arcade. Sharing the space is yet another concept, BayLeaf Fast-Fresh-Fare. Those looking for a healthier lunch alternative can order from its menu of sandwiches, salads, wraps, and breakfast staples. 541 S Spring St Ste 106-107, Los Angeles

Westchester— Angelenos sure love stuff in bowls. Specializing in all things trendy is Sustainabowl, an airy fast-casual spot filled with natural wood. Here the menu consists of poke, acai, and vegan bowls that’s available on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 8338 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles

May 16, 2018

Koreatown— A new yakitori restaurant has sprouted up in Koreatown, dubbed Yakitori Ten. The skewer specialist is the sister restaurant to Ten Ramen, and hawks a bill of fare that goes beyond meat on sticks grilled over charcoal to other Japanese favorites, including donburi, udon, and small plates. 3470 W 6th St Ste 2A, Los Angeles

South Central— Outside of Fairfax, Ethiopian restaurants in Los Angeles are unfortunately few and far between. Putting its own spin on Ethiopian staples is T&T Lifestyle, a vegan cafe that only holds Sunday through Thursday breakfast and lunch hours. Look out for morning dishes of things like kinchay and firfir, and later afternoon specialties of chickpea dumplings. Not everything is Ethiopian, with items like meat-free tacos and apple pie parfaits. 2222 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles

Eagle Rock— Pasadena’s Matsuri has opened an offshoot location, Matsuri Bowl. The little sister eatery serves up a wide range of Japanese-American favorites that include bowls of teriyaki, poke, and udon. 3756 W Ave 40 Unit 2A, Los Angeles

Glendale— Glendale has no shortage of Middle Eastern eats. A new stall in Armenian market Big Square brings yet another eatery in the mix, Hot Pan Shawarma. While it looks like a chain restaurant, this mom and pop shop offers all the usual suspects: hummus, kabobs, wraps, and, of course, shawarma. 831 N Pacific Ave, Glendale

Boyle Heights— A restaurant specializing in Mexican antojitos, or street food snacks, debuted on Whittier in Boyle Heights. With a menu of aguachile, calabacitas, empanadas, and menudo dip, Tolosa certainly seems like an exciting place to check out. 2635 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles

May 9, 2018

Koreatown— Koreatown sure does love its food courts, often with vendors that demonstrate Korean influence no matter what style of cuisine it specializes in. Such is Sushi Kiss, a Japanese stall that offers everything from sushi rolls to bento boxes to udon. Expect a small side of kimchi to come with combo plates, with al bap, or Korean mixed rice with flying fish roe, available as a special. 3250 W Olympic Blvd Ste 308, Los Angeles

Downtown— Cereal bars have yet to become a thing, for some obvious reasons (like, how hard is it to make?). Looking to change that is Gizmo’s Cereal Bar, the brainchild of Alejandro Casado. Build-your-own cereal creation with a wide variety of nostalgic cereals, assorted toppings, and milks, or order a signature $5.99 regular size or $7.99 large size bowl. Think concoctions like the Cookie Monster with Cookie Crisp, Oreo O’s, Teddy Grahams, Koalas, Pocky Sticks, and a choice of milk. Interested in franchising? The company is looking for takers. 215 W 6th St Unit 109, Los Angeles

East Hollywood— There is no shortage of fantastic Thai eateries on the eastside of Hollywood, but what looks like a very strong addition to the mix is Mesa Thai. The specialties here lean towards the northern part of the country, so it seems worthy of looking past the English-translated portion of the menu (read: pad thai and egg rolls) to get to the rather roughly translated Thai specialties by chef Apple. Just like at LA icon Luv2eat, there’s also crab curry with vermicelli, along with a wide range of other more obscure dishes. 820 N Western Ave Ste 101, Los Angeles

Around Town— More and more eateries are forgoing the enormous expense of opening a brick and mortar space, and opting for the delivery service-only business model instead. Such is Brekkie Breakfast Burritos, a new UberEats (PostMates and Grub Hub coming soon) retailer hawking, as the name would suggest, a variety of morning burritos with a range of fillings.

Around Town— Vegan pop-ups are all the rage nowadays. Avocadamama is the latest of the meat product-free concepts. This one specializes in vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, with a residency outside Block Party in Highland Park on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

April 26, 2018

Boyle Heights— Textile magnate-turned restaurateur Asher Shalom has finally debuted his first eatery, Asher Caffe & Lounge. The breakfast and lunch spot keeps weekday-only hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and hawks a fully kosher menu of salads, sandwiches, and flatbreads, along with coffee, beer, and wine to wash it all down. 945 S Boyle Ave, Los Angeles

Downtown— Former Cakeworks founder Diane Jacobs has taken her talents to vegan ice cream making, opening up her new shop Divine Dips on Los Angeles Street Downtown. Expect a wide variety of animal product-free scoops that can also be ordered as a shake, sandwich, float, or $13 sundae. 601 Los Angeles St, Los Angeles

South LA— Grand Central Market’s carnitas specialist Villa Moreliana has made its first expansion out of the food hall confines with a new location just south of Downtown. The new swap meet stall offers all things pork from tripa to buche to lengua served as anything from a taco to torta ahogada. 4433 S Alameda St, Los Angeles

Glendale— Glendale has no shortage of outstanding Middle Eastern eats, but adding to the mix is Lebanon Shawarma. Beyond the namesake shaved meats, the specialty here seems to be the Maria sandwich, built with ground beef, pepper paste, mozzarella, garlic sauce and cumin. Add a side of manti soup for a complete meal. 303 1/2 N Brand Blvd, Glendale

South LA— Los Angeles isn’t known for its Cuban fare. However, Huntington Park newcomer Los Tostones is looking to become the go-to for cuban sandwiches, congri with yuca frita, and lechon asado con tostones. Don’t skip the fresh green juices, either. 2881 E Gage Ave, Huntington Park

April 12, 2018

Los Feliz— La Pergoletta has been serving Eastside denizens with pasta and antipasto for several years, but now the Italian restaurant that took over the Dumb Starbucks space is expanding next door to open a sister concept, La Pergoletta Deli. Locals should be lucky to have the casual, counter-service establishment in the neighborhood with an easygoing menu of paninis and Italian grocery imports. 1800 1/2 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles

Fairfax— A nice new amenity to the massive apartment complexes on West Third surrounding The Grove is B’Koah Cafe, a laid back all-day spot that serves from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The menu reads much like a diner, with classic omelets and griddle items alongside a full roster of espresso drinks. 6009 W 3rd St, Los Angeles

Koreatown— Another day, another counter-service establishment popping up in K-Town. This one is dubbed CUP’S, and as the name would intimate, serves the majority of its food in bowls. So there are the standard rice bowls with things like spicy pork and fried fish, but also Korean style ramen known as ramyeon. Order the noodle soup with toppings that include hot cheetos, popcorn chicken, mozzarella cheese, and spam. 3064 W 8th St, Los Angeles

Downtown— Los Angeles is most certainly a taco town, which makes it notable when a burrito specialist opens up in these parts. The Spring Street Arcade’s Guadalaharry’s Burrito Joint is now slinging a simple menu that doesn’t stray too far from a tight collection of burrito variants, like the Mexico City with steak, black beans, nopales, and Oaxacan cheese. 541 S Spring St, Los Angeles

Downtown— Sharing a kitchen with Downtown’s The Little Easy is sultry new bar Adelitas Cantina. The kitchy, Day of the Dead-themed decor makes it an ideal space to snack on mole fries, tacos, and, of course, plenty of margaritas. 210 W 5th St, Los Angeles

April 4, 2018

Echo Park— While build-your-own poke shops were at one point on nearly every block in Los Angeles, it isn’t often that one comes across customizable teriyaki bowls. Similar to the Mongolian barbecue stalls located in malls, Yami Yaki on Alvarado allows diners to select their own meats and vegetables that are weighed by the pound before being stir fried with a choice of sauce. Sounds like a tasty lunchtime option. 1107 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles

Eagle Rock— While vegan food certainly has a stronghold in LA, it isn’t often that one considers vegan diner fare. Such is The Vegan Hooligans, a weekend pop-up that takes over Abby’s Diner from 6 to 10 p.m. The brain child of Jose Mejia and Franky Melikidse, the duo create Mexican and American dishes like animal product-free burritos, chili cheese fries, and empanadas. 4862 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles

Koreatown— It isn’t just AYCE Korean barbecue in Koreatown, as unlimited sushi also has a strong showing in the neighborhood. Located in the same plaza as The Boiling Crab, Pier 69 hawks three tiers of unlimited sushi and small plate options, ranging from $22.99 to $44.99 per person. Should be quite the haven for bottomless sushi lovers. 3377 Wilshire Blvd Ste 200, Los Angeles

South LA— Now this is an interesting combination of specialties. Manchester Avenue’s new Wings & Pot is slinging a menu of chicken wings and loaded potatoes. The oddly abbreviated restaurant seems to be an early hit with locals for its menu of gut-busting fare. 2108 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles

Eagle Rock— In a feat of endurance, the poke trend refuses to die in LA. Eagle Rock has scored a new build-your-own raw fish specialist, simply dubbed Eagle Rock Poke Shack. This follows the same format as most, but boasts an endearing Hawaiian vibe to fit is menu, and is family owned rather than being another branch of the major chains that spread across the city. 2152 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles

March 28, 2018

Los Feliz— Finally, Los Feliz’s new Sushi Ai has opened its doors after an extended revamp. News first broke that the Long Beach Japanese restaurant would expand to the Eastside town back in September of last year, and now locals seem to be enjoying the menu of rolls and happy hour deals. 1972 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles

Pico-Robertson— The longstanding Got Kosher? on Pico recently rebranded into Harissa, a Tunisian concept that comes by way of Alain Cohen. With North African restaurants being few and far between in Los Angeles, the eatery certainly seems worthwhile of checking out for its list of Kosher wines, tagines, briks, and perhaps most interesting, Tunisian street food samplers. 8914 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles

Los Feliz— Pho VT, an aptly named strip mall restaurant specializing in both Vietnamese and Thai food is now slinging bowls of both the famed noodle soup and Northern Thai classic khao soi. Sounds like a one-stop shop to satisfy cravings for everything from pad see ew to spring rolls and bun. 1906 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles

Beverly Hills— Has there ever been a more straightforward moniker than Thai Vegan? We doubt it, but the new Beverly Hills eatery is not only meat product-free, but completely gluten-free as well. That makes it a haven for those with dietary restrictions, who can get their spicy-sweet-sour fix from the restaurant that also has locations in Santa Monica and Marina del Rey. 9907 1/2 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills

Culver City— Wall St Pizza is currently slinging New York-style thin crust slices to the denizens of Culver City. With a casual bar with a nice selection of beer and wine, it should become a nice local hangout. 11955 W Washington Blvd Ste 101, Los Angeles

March 21, 2018

Koreatown— Koreatown has a plethora of eateries that specialize in a singular dish. Such is Sinuiju Chapssal Soondae, a chain from South Korea that has soondae, or blood sausage, at the forefront of its menu. Order it a la carte, as a soup, or in an extra spicy stew with rice cakes and glass noodles. 698 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles

Hollywood— The former Chelle’s Seafood has made a quick flip into Tipsy Tails. Very little has changed of the kitchy, nautical space. New management still swings a menu of fried seafood, peel and eat shrimp, and a variety of sandwiches and burgers. With a prime Hollywood Boulevard location, expect plenty of shots to go around. 6325 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

Little Tokyo— Hiroshima-born brand Chinchikurin has opened its second location of Chinchikurin Hiroshima Okonomiyaki, now expanding from Sawtelle to Little Tokyo. The chain that has over a dozen locations in Japan specializes in the namesake pancake that is built with batter, cabbage, noodles, a variety of toppings, and otafuku sauce. Here the toppings could include everything to shrimp, squid, broccoli, and beef shioburiyaki. 350 E 1st St, Los Angeles

Koreatown— Has there ever been a more adorable kimbap eatery than Mari Kimbap Shop? The popular Korean snack food roll comprised of rice, seaweed, and a variety of vegetables and meats starts at $1.25 per piece here, so it’s an ideal place to try iterations that range from bulgogi to spam to katsu. And the hipster coffee shop-inspired space is certainly a pleasant place to pass the time. 3417 W 6th St, Los Angeles

Palms— If one is still in need of good places for pho and nem nuong after perusing Eater LA’s map of essential Vietnamese restaurants, there’s newcomer Phovorite Vietnamese Kitchen. The exceptionally punny eatery slings a straightforward menu of pho, bun, and rice dishes. 10026 Venice Blvd, Culver City

February 28, 2018

Koreatown— Angelenos sure do have a love affair with uni, and with LA’s proximity to some of the best in the world from Santa Barbara, it’s easy to understand why. With a purposefully misspelled name à la Luv2eat Thai Bistro, Uni Luv is the new go-to for all things sea urchin. Like Torrance’s Miyabi Uni, expect to find the delicacy served on everything from rice to pasta. And with prices that float around the $10, it is likely the most affordable way to indulge in the ice cream of the sea. 928 S Western Ave Ste 132, Los Angeles

Century City— A sleek pre-packaged sushi spot sprouted up in the revamped Westfield Century City. Dubbed Tosai Sushi, the business that comes by way of sushi chef Tonny Soesanto and chef Ando Yoshiharu focuses on sustainable seafood. That means it’s line-caught fish with no unagi, or eel, to be found at this Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch-certified eatery. Grab pre-made trays to-go, or ask for custom rolls to be made to order. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles

Franklin Village— While LA has seen a massive rise and collapse of the cold pressed juice industry, one small business is making an expansion. Press Brothers Juicery, what was once just a vendor at Grand Central Market, has made its sophomore effort in the Hollywood Hills with a menu of just about everything healthy. That means juices, tonics, salads, acai bowls, and the requisite avocado toast. 5913 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles

West Hollywood— Opening up on the most bustling stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard is cutesy cafe Choko. While the focus seems to be on sweets, namely rolled gelato and waffles, there are a few sandwiches and salads for all sorts of afternoon pick-me-up needs. 8703 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood

Burbank— Looks like there’s new ownership over at Viva Rancho Cantina. While there’s not much to say about the standard fare Mexican American menu, it still looks like a kitchy place to listen to live music. 900 W Riverside Dr, Burbank

February 22, 2018

Harvard Heights— It isn’t often that we hear of a Nicaraguan restaurant opening in Los Angeles. Looking to change the game is Sabor Nicaragüense Restaurant located on Western just north of the 10. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the strip mall gem sounds like quite the place to satisfy cravings for gallo pinto, or mixed rice and beans, with everything from fried cheese to whole tilapia to pork loin. 1927 S Western Ave, Los Angeles

Koreatown— All-you-can-eat fanatics will be please to learn that a new cheap grilled meat contender has sprung up in K-Town. This one’s called Wi Korean BBQ, and offers unlimited quantities of bulgogi and pork belly for $13.99. Looking to ball out? Upgrade to the $19.99 option to tack on shrimp, sirloin steak, and “LA Galbee.” Just be wary of the fee for any leftovers. 1101 S Vermont Ave Ste 103, Los Angeles

West Hollywood— There could be no better location for Muscle Maker Grill than in the 8000 Sunset Plaza at the base of the Hollywood Hills. Taking over a short-lived Subway, the East Coast franchise with locations across New York and New Jersey will bring its healthy takes on sandwiches, salads, wraps, and bowls to the post-workout crowd of neighboring Crunch gym. 8000 Sunset Blvd B130, Los Angeles

Beverly Hills— There’s not much in the way of all-day eateries near the cluster of office buildings near Wilshire and San Vicente. Filling the void is Continental Kitchen, exactly what the office working set needs to keep them fueled throughout the day. With hours that stretch from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and American and Mediterranean breakfast and lunch classics, it should be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. 8300 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills

Hollywood— An apparent non-believer in the Cahuenga Curse, Elbow Room is rolling the dice on its new Hollywood Boulevard space. With standard gastropub fare, cocktails, beer, and wine, it’s anyone’s bet how long the concept will last. 1634 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles

February 14, 2018

Hollywood Hills— A quaint Persian restaurant sprung up on Cahuenga just across the street from Universal Studios. With glam, deep teal booths and gold frames dotting the wall, Kaban Persian Restaurant certainly looks like a nice place to get one’s fix of kabobs and shirazi salad. 3250 Cahuenga Blvd W, Los Angeles

Fairfax— One of LA’s enduring juice bars, Naturewell, has debuted a sister concept dubbed Chop Salad within its prime Melrose shopping district space. While New York has many build-your-own chopped salad concepts, LA primarily relies on Sweetgreen for such healthy lunchtime eateries. Beyond customizable and signature bowls, Chop Salad also has sandwiches, wraps, and all of Nautrewell’s acai and juice offerings. 7261 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles

Koreatown— While there are many tofu soup restaurants in Koreatown, not many can claim that they make their own tofu in-house. Enter Sol Lip Tofu, where tofu is made on-site daily. Expect varieties of soondubu, popularized by LA icons like Beverly Soon Tofu and BCD, along with other tofu-based soups and barbecue meats. Those who really love soybean products will be happy to know that one can purchase the restaurant’s tofu and biji, the fiber-rich soybean pulp that is a byproduct of the tofu making process, on the way out. 414 S Western Ave Ste D, Los Angeles

Downtown— Angelenos sure do love their fried chicken sandwiches, with a pretty impressive roster of the fried birds to their name. A new stall in Downtown’s Corporation Food Hall, South City Fried Chicken, specializes in the stuff, and comes with Samuel Monsour-ideated sandwiches inspired by a slew of cities across the South. Think options like the New Orleans with creole remoulade and collard green kimchi, and the Chapel Hill with pimento cheese and country ham. 724 S Spring St, Los Angeles

Glendale— From the owners of Glendale’s local hangout Moto Sushi on Pacific comes Maki & Don. As the name would intimate, cut rolls and rice bowls are the name of the game. Fitting of the sleek new digs, diners order their eel donburi and baked maki from self-service kiosks. 104 N Glendale Ave, Glendale

February 7, 2018

Koreatown— Well this is exciting news for karaoke fanatics. Star Night recently debuted on Wilshire near Western. And unlike the dark confines of most of the neighboring karaoke joints, this one sports a large patio to kick off a night with Korean bar bites and copious amounts of soju under the (presumably) starry sky. Then head upstairs for booze-fueled karaoke debauchery. 3855 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Beverly Grove— The third location of Kai Ramen has sprouted up in the former Soda Pop’s space in a prime storefront right on La Cienaga. Like the two other locations in Sherman Oaks and Alhambra, expect a variety of pork, chicken, and vegetable bases along with the standard assortment of Japanese small plates. Should be a nice option after perusing the newly revamped Beverly Center. 349 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles

Hollywood Hills— Looking for a restaurant that fulfills all sorts of male stereotypes? Enter Buff Buffalo on Cahuenga in the Hollywood Hills. This is the type of place for dishes like a “Brotein Burger” made with cheddar, spicy mayo, bacon, and slaw, sandwiched between two fried chicken breasts. Are there chicken wings and poutine tots? No need to ask. 3315 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles

Beverly Grove— Australian expats have been quick to flock to Point Five, a new espresso bar in the heart of Melrose’s shopping district. Along with a tight selection of espresso drinks, a breakfast and lunch menu boasts dishes that would make any Aussie yearn for home like the bacon and egg roll-resembling uovo sandwich. 7965 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles

Palms— Love banh mi and extra strong coffees? Palms denizens are in luck with the opening of Lokal Sandwich Shop. Expect an expansive menu of the Vietnamese sandwiches filtered through a variety of cultural lenses. That translates to sandwiches made with everything from Korean bulgogi to Italian salami and pork loaf. 10433 National Blvd 1A, Los Angeles

February 1, 2018

Koreatown— There’s not much in the way of Argentinian food in Los Angeles, let alone K-town. Looking to change that is It’s Mpanada. As the name would suggest, expect a variety of savory pies filled with things like tuna and spicy chicken. With the interesting addition of bulgogi and spicy pork onigiri, the eatery seems to be taking a cue from the neighborhood that surrounds it. 147 N Western Ave, Los Angeles

Koreatown— Looking to unseat Sun Nong Don for braised Korean short rib dominance is newcomer Kkini. The restaurant located on Western south of 8th that just opened in January has been on the receiving end of overwhelmingly positive early reviews for its home-style soups and stews. Sounds like a strip mall gem worth discovering. 859 S Western Ave, Los Angeles

Arts District— Well this is an interesting take on a taco shop. Medtillas puts a cannabis spin on its menu with hemp-infused tortillas used to wrap fillings such as potato, carne deschebrada, and chorizo beans. Even better? Wash it all down with Hemp20 and CBD water. 1335 Willow St, Los Angeles

Mid-City— Delivery service-only restaurants are all the rage these days, and could be the wave of the future, what with the rising cost of operating a restaurant in Los Angeles. The newest concept in this growing market is Mama Lee Vegan, a plant-based Asian fusion operation servicing West Hollywood, Culver City, Beverly Hills, and Mid-Wilshire. The menu offers an interesting variety with everything from coconut curry “laksa” to bibimbap bowls to spicy bamboo al pastor tacos.

Pico-Robertson— Pico-Robertson is always in need of a solid neighborhood go-to, and that’s just what one gets with Dough & Joe. The name leaves little to the imagination, as, as one would suspect, the strip mall establishment serves everything from the morning espresso drink to evening pizza pie. Hours stretch from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, with a 10 p.m. closing on weekends. 1708 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles

January 25, 2018

Koreatown— Japanese dessert specialist Curious Goldie opened five weeks ago in Koreatown’s Square Mixx food court with custard-filled pastry fish. The affordable snack serves each fish for $3.45 and comes with standard custard, red bean, and even mac & cheese. 450 S. Western Ave.

Pasadena— It’s not every day a sushi restaurant opens in Pasadena. The unconventionally named Ichi Gyo Ichi Et debuted around January 10 on Fair Oaks in Old Town Pasadena with a slew of rolls and nigiri in a modern space. Chef Mamoru Tatemori owned a namesake restaurant in Japan and notably refused a Michelin star because he thought it would make it too difficult for regulars to get reservations. They have an omakase for $70 a person plus a wide bill of fare with Japanese classics. 61 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, cA

Pasadena— Eight weeks ago, Chamo Venezuelan opened along Colorado Blvd with affordably priced arepas, empanadas, and pabellon criollo plates. They’ve also got Venezuelan tamales, something that’s not easy to find in LA. The arepas get creative fillings like stewed pork cracklings or gouda cheese, though classics like beans and cheese or shredded beef show up too. 950 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

Hermosa Beach— A new Italian pasta restaurant named Radici opened earlier in January in Hermosa Beach, offering pappardelle bolognese, fried calamari, and tiramisu. Early reviews are pretty solid, and some Yelpers are reporting some high-priced wine bottles on the list for any oenophiles hanging out in Hermosa Beach. 934 Hermosa Ave. Hermosa Beach.

Torrance— Popular catering company and cafe Lisa’s Bon Appetit has opened a new location along PCH in Torrance. The former location closed a while back with plans to open again nearby. With an extensive menu of sandwiches, salads, and a few soups, it’s an affordable everyday place to eat in the South Bay with a strong local following. 2809 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA

January 10, 2018

Koreatown— Does Koreatown need another cutesy, Instagram-friendly tea house to fawn over? Probably not, but that isn’t stopping White and Brown from opening on 6th and Mariposa. On the menu is a variety of smoothies, teas, and cheese foams that follows in the line of Downtown’s Little Fluffy Head. 603 S Mariposa Ave Ste 101, Los Angeles

Hollywood— A rather straightforward eatery has set up shop on Melrose. The aptly-named Melrose Bistro Cafe offers an all-day menu of comfort food classics, with everything from morning omelets to pizzas and pastas. 5003 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles

East Hollywood— The former Beverly Chicken has rebranded into Jerusalem Restaurant, serving a similar menu mezze and halal meats. The self-described Palestinian-inspired restaurant offer a menu chock full of kibbeh, arayes, and, of course, plenty of shawarma and kebabs. 3909 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

Torrance— Another day, another Japanese strip mall gem opening in the South Bay. This one has a particularly interesting concept thanks to its customizable curry menu and industrial vibes that even comes with an indoor motorcycle. Curryfornia offers a build-your-own experience where diners first select rice or baguette, then choose from an assortment of standard and premium toppings, and finally pick a spice level. Seems like a much more interesting take on the rampant poke chain model. 2140 Artesia Blvd Ste N, Torrance

Gardena— Gardena has another massive peel-and-eat shrimp spot to its name thanks to The Crab Shack. Full of kitchy, nautical decor and a wide variety of seafood and sauces, it seems like quite the place to get your cajun fix from this growing chain of restaurants. 1451 W Artesia Blvd Ste 1, Gardena

January 5, 2018

Beverly Grove— In a huge win for Mid-City denizens, one of Los Angeles’ best Japanese barbecue restaurants has opened on West 3rd. With locations throughout Japan and branches on Sawtelle and in Torrance, Manpuku Yakiniku is known for its salted beef and luxurious items like Santa Barbara uni and Kobe sukiyaki. 8486 W 3rd St, Los Angeles

Koreatown— Koreatown sure does love its fried chicken, as yet another poultry specialist has set up shop on 6th. Director Gol Tong’s Chicken is a brand imported directly from Korea, and hawks a menu that includes soy garlic chicken, chili chicken, and spicy stir-fried octopus. 3625 W 6th St, Los Angeles

University ParkThick crust and Chicago-style pizza isn’t always easy to come by in Los Angeles. Luckily for USC students and Downtown denizens, one of LA’s best offerings, Long Beach’s Rance’s Chicago Pizza, has expanded to University Village, bringing its buttery crusts and gut-busting fillings along with it. 835 W Jefferson Blvd Ste 1740, Los Angeles

Torrance— The South Bay already has a wealth of outstanding Japanese restaurants, but that isn’t stopping international Japanese hot pot chain Mo-Mo-Paradise from opening a branch of Torrance. The all-you-can-eat shabu shabu and sukiyaki spot offers a wide range of broths, meats, and vegetables for a customizable dinner and lunchtime adventure. Just be prepared to wait for a table. 21641 S Western Ave Unit A, Torrance

Torrance— It isn’t always easy to find restaurants that specialize in the specific subset of cuisine at the intersection of Chinese and Korean cooking. Torrance newcomer Masi China offers just that, with a menu of dishes the define the fusion fare: jajangmyeon (noodles with black bean sauce), jjamppong (spicy seafood soup), and tangsuyuk (sweet and sour pork). 1585 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance

December 20, 2017

Fairfax— Coffee shops are plentiful on Melrose, but even still, the bustling shopping district always welcomes new places to grab a quick caffeine fix. Enter the aptly named Vogue Cafe on Melrose and Martel, with espresso-based drinks, baked goods, and an interesting assortment of savory pastries like the lamb and basil option. Sounds like a nice way to fuel a busy afternoon. 7407 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles

West Los Angeles— Located right below the Betty Ford Center on Santa Monica Boulevard is a new Italian cafe, Tuscan Son, that seems to satisfy all breakfast and lunch needs. Open on weekdays only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the former Bru’s Counter space, the restaurant comes by way of chef Massimo Ormani, formerly of Massimo in Beverly Hills. Pop in for everything from breakfast paninis to an assortment of salads and pastas. 10700 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 150, Los Angeles

Toluca Lake— Another day, another vegan eatery opening in Los Angeles. The simply named Something Vegan has an eclectic menu that leans largely Thai, but expect dishes like nachos, burgers, and orange “chicken” to pop up as well. 10000 Riverside Dr, Toluca Lake

Glendale— Directly across the street from The Americana at Brand is Karas, a fast casual Armenian and Russian restaurant. While there is no shortage of fantastic Middle Eastern eats in this part of town, the restaurant seems like an interesting place for borscht, kebabs, and khachapuri. 158 S Brand Blvd, Glendale

Glendale— Although poke mania has certainly slowed down, apparently it hasn’t come to a full close yet, as is attested by the recent opening of Glendale’s Toro Sushi Poke House. The restaurant offers both build-your-own poke bowls and rather affordable rolls. 730 S Central Ave Ste 104, Glendale

December 13, 2017

Sawtelle— San Gabriel Valley’s Tasty Noodle House is on a westward tear, expanding to West Third, Lomita, and now one of the city’s best streets for Asian dining, Sawtelle. Expect the same deal as the other locations, meaning an extensive menu of Shanghainese fare, including those signature shen jian bao. 2117 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles

University Park— A nice break from the myriad Starbucks locations that litter the USC campus, a new small coffee shop, Dulce, has opened up on Hoover. While the main attraction seems to be the wide variety of caffeinated beverages and colorful donuts, there’s also sandwiches and breakfast fare to keep fuel coffee shop warriors. 3221 S Hoover St Ste 1420, Los Angeles

Pico-Union— It’s isn’t every day that a new Salvadorean eatery opens in Los Angeles. Located at the intersection of the 110 and 10 freeways is La Pupusa Urban Eatery, a family-run Central American restaurant with friendly vibes. Looks like quite the place to get a fix of the eponymous pupusas, choripan, pan con pollo, and pastelitos. 1051 W Washington Blvd Ste G, Los Angeles

Koreatown— Another day, another handful of restaurants opening in Koreatown. One of the more interesting of this week’s bunch is Geisha Japanese Restaurant on Wilshire. With beautiful, clean digs and gorgeous plates of live octopus, bento boxes, and omakase menus, it definitely seems worthy of checking out. 3680 Wilshire Blvd Ste 201, Los Angeles

Eagle Rock— There’s something to be said for those fantastic hidden gem restaurants tucked in the back of Asian supermarkets. What may be the best named new entrant is Crispy Town located in the Eagle Rock branch of Filipino supermarket chain Seafood City. As the name intimates, most of the menu is fried, with plenty of tasty snack items like fried smelt and chicharon to nibble on while picking up the groceries. 2700 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles

November 29, 2017

Hollywood— Acai bowls almost had a moment earlier this year before the trend seemed to patter off. Welltopia, located right next to the tourist megacenter that is the Hollywood and Highland complex, is attempting to keep the trend alive with its organic acai berry bowls and housemade nut milks and butters. If nothing else, the bowls certainly look highly instagrammable. 1716 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles

Sawtelle— As if Sawtelle needed even more exceptional Asian restaurants, Flaming Pot has now opened its doors on the happening street. Taiwanese hot pot is the name of the game here, with options that range from stinky tofu to sour lamb. 2222 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles

North Hollywood— The Filipino movement keeps on chugging in Los Angeles, with more and more chefs deciding to share their heritage in the form of homestyle eateries. The latest addition is Tatang, a beautifully renovated North Hollywood operation that has a menu of all the Filipino hits, that is everything from lumpia to sisig to adobo and even ube fries. 10829 Oxnard St, Los Angeles

West Hollywood— With so many people electing to follow a vegan lifestyle, it is little surprise that a new vegan Mexican restaurant has opened on Santa Monica Boulevard, giving locals a break from Gracias Madre when cravings for tacos and queso hit. Dubbed 5 Elementos, the eatery should be a welcome addition to the bustling ‘hood. 8743 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood

Culver City— True izakaya lovers will do well to visit the newly opened Harajuku Taproom, the first US location of Baird Brewing, an American-Japanese family operated brewery. While the Japanese craft beer seems to be the star of the show, there’s an expansive selection of meaty skewers and small plates to soak it all up. 4410 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City

November 22, 2017

Van Nuys— In what sounds like the greatest mashup ever, a pinball arcade speakeasy has opened in the back on an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant. Dubbed On Tilt, the bar is quite the place for free-flowing beer and soju after a meal at AYCE Gogi. There’s even pinball tournaments and leagues for those so inclined. 7126 Van Nuys Blvd, Los Angeles

Palms— The Valley isn’t the only place to get a new Korean eatery, with Emily Grill opening up on Venice Blvd. The fast casual restaurant seems like a nice place to get a fix of kalbi and bulgogi bowls, soontofu, and bibimbap. 10020 Venice Blvd, Culver City

Boyle Heights— Everyone needs an old fashioned strip mall red sauce joint in their neighborhood. Boyle Heights denizens now have Red Stone Bistro to their name. The eclectic menu moves beyond pizza and pasta with favorites like chicken wings and meatball subs to satisfy all sorts of comfort food cravings. 2635 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles

South LA— While there are plenty of build-your-own poke eateries across Los Angeles, there isn’t much in the way of customizable ceviche shops. Located in Plaza Americana, Ceviche Gloria’s is looking to change that. Select from a variety of seafood, vegetable and fruit mix ins, chilis, and sauces, all offered at extremely reasonable prices. 6260 Wilminton Ave, Los Angeles

Burbank— If there’s one thing visitors can expect when trying to dine at The Original Farmer’s Market, it’s that there will be a line at Pampas, the pay-by-the-pound Brazilian churascaria. It only makes sense that the eatery makes it second expansion, now opening in Burbank after getting settled in Culver City. Expect the same deal at the third location, but this time with the bonus of a full bar. 269 E Palm Ave, Burbank

November 15, 2017

Koreatown— Pork lovers will find a happy home at To Soc Chon, an east coast import that specializes in soondae, or Korean pork blood sausage, soup. The sleek new eatery isn’t all porcine, though, as dakdoritang, spicy chicken stew, also makes the cut on the tight menu. 356 S Western Ave Ste 106, Los Angeles

Beverly Grove— Rick Caruso’s tourist-heavy complex The Grove has been the beneficiary of some major updates, largely thanks to the addition of Dominique Ansel’s 189. Yet another addition is The Fountain Bar, a stunning marble counter placed under the sprawling branches of a massive tree. Expect craft cocktails and light American bites. 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles

East Hollywood— Peruvian fare doesn’t always get the love it deserves in LA. Helping to make the cuisine even more accessible is Tomboloco Peruvian Restaurant, a family-run eatery on Beverly that looks like a nice place to get that lomo saltado fix. Cash only. 4103 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles

Chinatown— The passion project of a pair of Cordon Bleu-graduates, Tirsa’s is a weekday all-day option that opened on Caesar E Chavez Ave in Chinatown. While the menu leans heavily Mexican with an extensive variety of tacos, burritos, and plates, expect “Korean style Mexican steak” to pop up here and there. 701 W Cesar E Chavez Ave Ste 108, Los Angeles

Downtown— Located on the very southern border of Downtown is Il Bambino. As if LA needed yet another Italian restaurant, this newcomer hawks all the Italian-American favorites from bolognese to chicken parm. 1403 S Hooper Ave, Los Angeles

November 9, 2017

Koreatown— Koreatown is a hub of restaurant activity, with a plethora of new spots opening every week. This week’s major opening comes by way of Mimimyunga, a Japanese eatery that specializes in hot and cold soba, hand rolls, and donburi. The menu is presented in English and Korean, which means the dishes could very well be filtered through a Korean lens. 450 S Western Ave, Los Angeles

South LA— It isn’t always easy to find great Jamaican food in LA. Thankfully those looking for a taste of the Caribbean will find solace at Little Kingston Jamaican Restaurant on Slauson. Expect traditional takes on oxtails, curry goat, and ackee and saltfish that come served with rice and beans, cabbage, plantains, and festival bread. 4716 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles

Boyle Heights— Ever heard of “Oaxacan Arabesque” cuisine? That’s the name of the game at X’tiosu Kitchen, a new strip mall restaurant in Boyle Heights. And while Lebanon and Oaxaca are on opposite sides of the globe, the flavor profiles are closer relatives than one may assume. At X’tiosu, that translates to chicken shawarma tacos, nopalitos tabbouleh salad, and Oaxacan hummus. Definitely seems worthy of checking out. 923 Forest Ave, Los Angeles

Palms— It seems like it was only yesterday that Taj Tandoori opened in Palms. After a quick flip, the Venice Boulevard restaurant has transformed into Abhiruchi Grill. The revamped space offers more than standard tandooris and tikka masalaw, with specialty dishes like chicken kodi vepudu, aapam, apollo fish, and pepper goat. 10823 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles

Manhattan Beach— What may be the cutest new eatery has opened in Manhattan Beach. Dubbed Les P’tits Bretons, the Brittany, France-inspired cafe with indoor/outdoor seating is a francophile dream, what with its azure blue chairs, whimsical wallpaper, and menu of crepes, galettes, and croque madames. Added bonus? The restaurant is located just a few blocks from the beach, ideal for walking off that extra helping of Nutella. 2201 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach

November 1, 2017 —Matthew Kang

Koreatown— Another day, another specialty coffee shop opens in caffeine-riddled Koreatown, this one called Sharp Specialty Coffee. The well-laid out interior serves pourover and espresso drinks with plenty of room for laptops and conversation. And for those avoiding caffeine, there’s flavored milk drinks like the strawberry milk. They’ve got donuts and waffles too, in case hunger strikes. 3421 W. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA

South Bay, Around TownStop Bye Cafe, the Indonesian-inflected Lawndale restaurant that recently took the streets with a food truck, reopens with a menu of kebabs, 18-spice chicken, beef satay, and more. It’s an eclectric, even oddball menu, for sure, but their fans are rabid and passionate. Roaming locations.


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Torrance— A new shabu-shabu specialist has opened as of two weeks ago in Torrance called Mo-Mo Paradise. Sure, the name’s weird, but early returns on the all-you-can-eat hot pot are pretty good. Diners get 90 minutes and pay between $20-25 for lunch and $30-35 for dinner. Broth types extend beyond the simple kombu variety, with kimchi, sukiyaki, and tonkotsu broth as meat-dipping options. 21641 S. Western Ave Torrance, CA

Lake Balboa, The ValleyBar Uerukamu is a whimsical new sushi bar opened about three months ago serving in this Northridge-adjacent location. With everything from nigiri to more creative hot plates like crab cake croquette or “hambagu”, it’s a bit of a catch all for anyone craving Japanese comfort fare. 17633 Sherman Way, Lake Balboa

Palms— A bibimbap restaurant has opened in Palms as of a few weeks ago along Venice Blvd with bento boxes and mixed rice bowls. These kinds of approachable Korean eateries are common in city centers in the East Coast, but they’re hard to find in LA proper because of the wealth of quality Korean restaurants. Still, what’s wrong with a bulgogi or galbi bowl, or some spicy chicken with banchan at a $12 price? 10020 Venice Blvd, Palms



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