The Best New Restaurants in L.A.: Fall 2015
Here are fall’s hottest openings including hot wings like you’ve never tasted
The cornucopia that is L.A. dining right now continues to overflow, with so many talented chefs and inventive locales. This season, our discoveries include a shipping container down by the river and a pool deck in Beverly Hills. Work up an appetite and pull up a chair--these hot new restaurants are worth putting off that cleanse ’til next week.
This Westside French-inspired Japanese restaurant is a great place to dine after a show at the Hammer Museum. Enjoy everything from the market-driven apps, such as a haricot vert salad, to small plates like a duck-risotto cake and heavenly nigiri assortments.
Maru, 12400 Wilshire Blvd., #150; 424-832-7118 or marusantamonica.com
This Culver City bakery/breakfast-and-lunch joint has been open less than a month, and its wild-fermented loaves of olive bread, toast bar and desserts (hello, moist pumpkin cake!) are getting raves.
11918 Washington Blvd.; 424-384-5097 or lodgebread.com
You’re not going for the “meh” corned beef, OK mac and cheese or simple Jello desserts, which this revamped Depression-era diner is famous for. You are going to gawk at the theme park-like interior’s massive faux redwood tree, the dioramas of wolves and the third-floor booth where author Ray Bradbury held court.
Clifton's, 648 S. Broadway; 213-627-1673 or cliftonscafeteria.com
Splurge on the lemon-ricotta pancakes at this new all-day restaurant at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. Sit around the pool in an alcove with a happy new paint job from decorator Kelly Wearstler and think, Ahh, the California good life.
Viviane, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310-407-7791 or vivianerestaurant.com
Wax Paper Co.
This just-opened Frogtown sandwich shop has a great gimmick: Every sandwich is named after an NPR host (try the Alex Cohen, with brioche and poached egg). We also like the thoughtfully sourced fare (pole-caught tuna for Ira Glass) and the welcoming vibe--they even spin vinyl!--inside this retooled shipping container.
Wax Paper Co., 292 Knox Ave.; waxpaperco.com
Want to clean up your diet in a delicious and foodie-approved way? Order from Crateful, which isn't a restaurant but a new meal-delivery service run by Michelin-starred chef Cristina Bowerman. Menus include vegetarian, pescatarian, calorie-conscious and chef's choice options. Basically, Bowerman has us by the lightly fried chicken meatballs.
Crateful, 310-200-9799 or crateful.la
James Beard Award-winning chef Andy Ricker’s just-opened Los Angeles branch of his Portland Thai joint is getting buzz for its food, including his signature fish sauce-marinated chicken wings. Also noteworthy: the restaurant’s online reservation system, which discourages no-shows with a $20 a person nonrefundable deposit.
Pok Pok, 978 N. Broadway; 213-613-1831 or pokpokla.com