Chef-driven, fully vegan and newly featured in the New York Times and our best ice creams list, Zen Ong’s coconut-based ice cream might be the trendiest frozen treat of the summer. Each of the tiny West Hollywood takeaway window’s rotating flavors are made with gourmet ingredients, including Valrhona chocolate, arava melon and even ripe summer mango. Unlike other plant-based ice creams, Awan’s scoops completely disguise the taste of coconut for an ultra-smooth, creamy base—the perfect blank canvas for Ong’s Indonesian-inspired flavors, seasonal produce and everything else in between.
No matter where you are in Los Angeles, the thermostat says it all: summer’s here, folks. Though the heat might be unbearable across most of the Southland, we’ve got plenty of beaches to cool off on weekends, with even more amazing citywide eats that capture the essence of summer in L.A. Think picnics stocked with gourmet goodies (perfect for the Hollywood Bowl or LACMA’s Friday jazz concerts), freshly made sandwiches destined for long days on the beach and scoops of ice cream eaten right on the sidewalk.
For the most dedicated fans of the hottest season of the year, we’ve also compiled a definitive checklist to dine well this summer, mixing iconic L.A. eats with the most of-the-moment dishes and drinks from the best new restaurants right now. Whether old or new, these 20 different items (some also offered at other just-as-excellent restaurants) will help you spend this summer in (culinary) style.