by Mar Yvette - 482 Reviews - 150 List
Looking for the hottest new restaurants in LA? Even if you're watching your wallet a little more closely these days, you still have to eat. So you may as well do it in style. Get the lowdown on which Los Angeles restaurants are worth your time ... and your dime. (Photo: Mas Malo by Mar Yvette)
Updated: March 11, 2011
It's all in the name at Supperclub, Hollywood's latest hotspot that offers both dinner and dancing under one roof. Dancing goes on after 10pm, there are aerial acrobats and wild performances and the kitchen is dramatically set on the stage. If that makes you wonder if the food is secondary, take note: the menu changes every few weeks and includes deliciously prepared courses depending on the evening's theme.
Silver Lake's favorite Mexican joint has opened up downtown in a former jewelry store on the ground floor of Seven Grand. Expect all the original favorites (chewy chips, chicken pozole, beef & pickle tacos, anyone?) from chef Robert Luna with a handful of new options such as bacon-wrapped prawns and a Boyle Heights picnic.
Culver City continues its culinary hold with this sleek-looking newcomer located next to Father's Office. The Southeast Asian menu fuses traditional flavors and homemade sauces with a modern approach. To wash it down, find a hand-picked selection of Belgian craft beers and Central European wines.
Finally, an adorable corner cafe on Santa Monica's Montana Avenue that opens before the work day starts (6:30am daily)--and actually stays open well past the kids' bedtime (11:30pm Thursday-Saturday). Everyone knows SLJ for those incredibly delicious and beautiful cakes (the Triple Berry Shortcake is practically a celebrity itself) from the original West Hollywood location, but you can also get breakfast, brunch and lunch here, along with an eye-boggling array of desserts including made-from-scratch croissants, pies, cupcakes, danishes and cookies. How sweet it is.
The name might mean "beach" in Spanish, but super-chef John Rivera Sedlar's latest dining destination is all about urban Latin cuisine. Drawing from iconic foods and influences across the Spanish-speaking world, Rivera offers artfully prepared dishes (from the maize cakes to the twice-seared duck) that are almost too pretty to eat. Expect lots of creative cocktails a la Rivera as well as fine wines and a tortilla bar.
Now that just a little of the Red O heat has cooled, along comes this other hotshot dining spot ripe for the picking. Teal leather booths, lots of mahogany, and more American-Italian classics than you can shake a steak at are what you get at this Hollywood newcomer opened by the former manager of that already legendary Hollywood restaurant Dan Tana's.