My husband is not a drinker. He is thrilled that so many Los Angeles restaurants and bars are now offering alcohol-free cocktails and house-made sodas. Here are some favorites.
Suzanne Goin and David Lentz's forerunner in the seafood and fresh cocktails trend is famous for its raw bar, lobster dishes and, of course, a meaty Pug burger with blue cheese, bacon and avocado.
Like seafood? Celebrating something special or just willing to splurge? This upscale Melrose restaurant fits that bill.
One of the first LA bars to master the steampunk vintage look, this back-alley hideaway is a hit for mellow after-work drinks and livens up later in the night.
Excellent mix of a formal restaurant and trendy motif, this is the place for high-end Latin fare and intense cocktails.
Ricardo Zarate's hip, high end Peruvian eatery maximizes flavor in small plates like albacore causas (similar to sushi, but potatoes instead of rice) and lobster tartare.
Not nearly as foamy as you'd think. While Michael Voltaggio has made a name for his risk taking dishes, just about every combination worked.
Josef Centeno's popular, lively downtown hotspot was made famous by it's rich "bacos" (sandwiches) that are filled with fried shrimp, oxtail or other specialties, but the ample menu also has flatbreads, vegetable dishes and larger items that require guests to come hungry and often.
House-made pastas, truffle-laden pizzas and lots of Italian-style strong plates (chicken gizzards or beef heart tartare anyone?) help make this downtown restaurant a must stop for any foodie with street cred.
A taste of New England in Hollywood, with lobster rolls, streamed snow crab and even "fish sticks." Strong specialty cocktails like a play on gin and tonics help it all go down easy.
Ari Taymor's ambitious farm-to-table downtown restaurant uses seasonal ingredients to create dishes like smoked sablefish and seaweed and tofu beignets.