8 L.A. Dishes Already on Their Way to Legendary Status
Old Hollywood may run through our veins, but this town is constantly being shaken up with new stars rising to the top. And by stars, we’re talking about food (of course). So while we will always have a place in our hearts for the legendary Mr Chow, it’s time to welcome the new class of iconic Los Angeles foods—most of them are not being served in a fancy restaurant.
Sorrel Pesto Rice Bowl at Sqirl
House-made lemon preserves on fancy rice with pesto, sheep feta, poached egg and a watermelon radish. It sounds random, but it’s the strange and creamy flavor profile that packs in the Silverlake throngs.
720 Virgil Ave.; 323-284-8147 or sqirlla.com
Short Rib Taco at Kogi Food Truck
Double caramelized Korean short ribs, a Mexican-Korean salsa, cilantro-lime relish and soy slaw on a corn tortilla—yep, it’s the taco that could launch a thousand ships (as well as Roy Choi’s incredible food career).
Various locations; kogibbq.com
Soup Dumplings at Din Tai Fung
Each of these juicy broth-filled packages, called xiaolongbao, are made with exactly 18 folds by a crew of chefs in white lab coats and surgical masks. Translation: This international chain of Chinese restaurants is not messing around with its consistently delicious dim sum.
At Americana at the Brand, 177 Caruso Ave., Glendale; 818-551-5561 or dintaifungusa.com
Office Burger at Father’s Office
Gastropubs are cool, and this Santa Monica (and now Helms Bakery) restaurant’s elevated hamburger (and 36 craft beers on tap) is why: a super-thick slab of beef topped with blue cheese, caramelized onions and onion jam, from a chef so confident, he allows no substitutions. (Trust us—do not ask for ketchup.)
1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310-736-2224, and 3229 Helms Ave., 310-736-2224; fathersoffice.com
Greenhouse Chip Smoothie at LifeHouse Tonics
Biohacking your body’s health, energy level and beauty with superfood drinks is all the rage. And after you have this icy, alkalizing mint-infused drink on a hot afternoon, you’ll understand why $14 is so fair for such a beverage.
Lifehouse Tonics, 7515 Sunset Blvd.; 323-378-5691 or lifehousetonics.com
Siphon Coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee
Unless your cup is brewed using a mad scientist's creation invented in the 1830s that deploys an open flame and a vacuum seal, it’s not cool. (All kidding aside, it produces a delicate and tea-like flavor.)
Various locations; bluebottlecoffee.com
Avocado toast at Superba Food and Bread
Pickled Fresno chiles, radish sprouts and cilantro keep this version of L.A.'s favorite new comfort food from being bland. And that thick slab of rustic bread keeps you satisfied.
1900 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310-907-5075, or 830 S .Sepulveda Suite 100, El Segundo, 310-906-459; superbafoodandbread.com
CROISSANT DOUGHNUT AT KETTLE GLAZED
Doughnuts are a staple in Los Angeles, but now this more pastry-like iteration is the luscious way to break your diet. It’s croissant dough baked in the shape of a doughnut, with vanilla custard put in between its flaky layers. Oh, and a cinnamon sugar dusting and maybe a chocolate drizzle topping. Believe the hype.
6211 Franklin Ave., Hollywood; 323-462-2344 or kettleglazed.com