Kelly is the Food & Drink Editor of Time Out Los Angeles. Prior to joining Time Out, she interned at Insider, The Daily Beast, and Los Angeles Magazine. She majored in Human Biology and Society at UCLA and has a master's in journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. To find out where she's eating, follow her on Instagram @froginawell69.
The best holiday bars in L.A.
After a long sleep, L.A.’s best chintzy holiday bars (and their expertly made drinks) are back, baby. Unwind after a busy day of shopping for Christmas gifts and mentally preparing to interact with your family in person again with a seasonal cocktail from one of these drinking spots spreading Yuletide cheer and festive vibes—maybe after a trip to see some Christmas lights. Note: Most of these holiday pop-ups will run from now through the end of December, so we suggest booking a visit ASAP to secure a table at your preferred date and time. Editor's note: Haven't seen your favorite holiday bar from last year yet? Many restaurants and bars have yet to release their seasonal drinking and dining plans—so check back in early December for the most up-to-date guide to L.A.'s best holiday bar pop-ups and events.
The best boba shops in Los Angeles
Bubble tea. Boba. Pearls. Tapioca balls by any name would taste as sweet, but that doesn't mean they're all equally delicious. Taiwan first got the ball rolling in the '80s, but over the last decade, the humble boba tea has become a mainstream treat all around the country, and especially in California. American-owned shops have brought their own artisan spin to the table, and Taiwanese chains have expanded and flourished here from the Bay to L.A., introducing the art of drinking colorful, sweet (and non-alcoholic) teas to new generation of consumers once relegated to coffee shops and bars. The options might be endless across L.A., but not all of them are great—so we tracked down the créme de la créme in our guide to the best boba shops in Los Angeles.
The best fireplace bars in Los Angeles
Contrary to popular belief, winter does exist in Los Angeles. For a few fleeting months, the Santa Ana winds litter our streets with palm fronds, cravings for ramen and pho are at an all-time high and, yes, even the leaves change colors (you might just have to drive to see them). So when the sun sets early and that Pacific Ocean breeze blows in, it’s time to head for the fire pits and other cozy places around L.A. These fireplace bars are keeping us warm with crackling flames and seasonal cocktails all fall and winter long. Now—let’s get lit!
Settle in at L.A.’s 16 coziest restaurants and bars
What makes a restaurant cozy? For some diners, it’s the feeling of a lived-in relationship or maybe the warmth of a bar’s central hearth or fire pit on the patio. For those few months when L.A.’s temperatures dip, perhaps there’s nothing better than a night eating corn cheese at a pojangmacha-style bar in Koreatown or sliding into a booth at one of the city’s old-school haunts. No matter how you define hygge (the Danish concept of coziness), we’re likely to have it covered in our guide to the 16 coziest restaurants in Los Angeles.
The best Vietnamese restaurants in Los Angeles
It is a truth universally acknowledged that L.A.'s Vietnamese food scene has nothing on the culinary diversity of Orange County, but that doesn't mean you necessarily need to drive all the way to Westminster's Little Saigon for an amazing bowl of pho or a great bowl of bun (rice vermicelli). Sure, we may not have the culinary riches of Garden Grove or Fountain Valley, but L.A. County more than holds its own thanks to the San Gabriel Valley, where many immigrant-run Vietnamese shops offer amazing regional specialties you won't find at your standard neighborhood pho shop. In general, as with Chinese cuisine, L.A.'s best Vietnamese joints pointedly skew suburban, from the deep recesses of the San Fernando Valley to the inland South Bay. Across these less densely populated regions of Los Angeles, you'll come across hard-to-find delicacies that will transport you to the streets of Saigon, Hanoi and Hue, Central Vietnam's major culinary powerhouse. While researching this guide, we came across plenty of new-to-us delights, including several outstanding varieties of goi cuon (literally, "salad roll"), the freshly wrapped rice paper rolls that offer so much more than shrimp or tofu with a side of peanut sauce.Still, not all of us live in these neighborhoods, or are willing to spend 45 minutes to an hour driving for a meal—so we've tracked down the best of the more centrally located options from the Westside to Downtown L.A. We even found the best vegan and vegetarian options among L.
The best pho in Los Angeles
The most recognizable dish in Vietnamese cuisine is pho, and it's for good reason: The long-simmered beef broth (sometimes available in chicken and veggie varieties) delivers maximal flavor and delight in a light, comforting noodle dish perfect for colder weather, sick days and just about any day, in our opinion. Traditionally consumed as a breakfast food, you'll find Vietnam's national dish at any hour of the day here in Los Angeles—with as many subtle variations as Japanese ramen.While we're no strangers to tricking out a lackluster bowl of pho with hoisin sauce, Sriracha and a twist of lime, every single bowl of pho in this guide will satisfy without the need for a heavy dose of condiments; some run lighter, others funkier, but all shine with the necessary amount of allium, spices and—let's not forget—time needed to produce a high-quality bowl of pho. If you're looking for a nourishing, inexpensive meal, head to one of these pho spots (they're not all in the San Gabriel Valley!), grab a soup spoon and dig in.
The best Thanksgiving dinners to go in Los Angeles
Over the last few years, plenty of Angelenos have discovered the beauty of ordering a premade, restaurant quality Thanksgiving meal at home. Between the cleanup, the potential for dry turkey and the possibility of forgotten ingredients, there’s plenty of stress that comes with cooking your own turkey at home, so why not leave it all to the pros? For those who’d rather leave the house this year, some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles are taking all the hassle out of Turkey Day with out-of-the-house Thanksgiving feasts, but for those who'll be at home with family and friends, several L.A. restaurants are offering an entire Thanksgiving dinner to-go—complete with all the fixins. If you’re looking to avoid the stress of cooking for (and entertaining) your relatives, hang up your apron and order one of these premade Thanksgiving meals. Oh, and just make sure to put in an order for a pie, too.Editor’s note: For more take-home Thanksgiving picks, check back here throughout the first half of November—we’ll be updating our seasonal guide as restaurants announce their holiday cooking plans.RECOMMENDED: See our full guide to Thanksgiving in Los Angeles
Where to have Thanksgiving dinner in Los Angeles
Despite the rising costs of Thanksgiving and a literal turkey shortage, the Turkey Day show must go on, and plenty of L.A. restaurants (especially those in hotels) have risen to the task of helping Angelenos and visitors celebrate Turkey Day. If you'd rather not stay at home this year, enjoy a gourmet holiday feast at a cozy restaurant—no dishes or kitchen clean up required. (For those who’d rather snuggle up at home, plenty of restaurants have continued their takeout Thanksgiving offerings from last year). Editor's note: Restaurants are listed in order of least to most expensive per head. For more budget-friendly picks, check back here throughout the first half of November—we'll be updating our Thanksgiving restaurant guide as businesses announce their holiday cooking plans. RECOMMENDED: See our full guide to Thanksgiving in Los Angeles
The best restaurants in West Hollywood
In West Hollywood, restaurants are typically better known for celebrity sightings and outrageous menu prices than truly amazing food, and upscale nightlife-oriented eateries are a dime a dozen within the tiny city.After all, WeHo has Boystown—the largest queer nightlife corridor across all of Los Angeles—and newer influencer favorites like Saddle Ranch and BOA Steakhouse, where the party doesn’t stop even if the food is terrible. For hardcore fans of Vanderpump Rules, SUR, PUMP and TomTom are all within city limits, the restaurants featured in the E! show and its subsequent spin-offs. The area also boasts L.A.'s most centrally located Norm's, a regional 24-hour diner stalwart housed in one of the finest examples of Southern California's Googie architecture. It's also worth noting international sushi chain Nobu and over-the-top Miami export Barton G call the neighborhood home as well, while icons like Craig's and Cecconi's (whose reputations surpass their culinary chops) cater to Hollywood power brokers, stars both wannabe and actual and the wayward tourists and paparazzi who trail in their wake. Even more people who prefer to be seen (and drink, rather than eat their calories) flock toward the Tower Bar—a West Hollywood institution with five-star service, old Hollywood style and the blandest salmon poké bowl this side of the Mississippi. In short, West Hollywood is a little bit of a clusterfuck, and while this makes parking terrible, especially on weekends, this dense locale
All 27 of L.A.’s Michelin star restaurants, updated for 2022
Let’s be real: Could a French tire company really encapsulate what good dining in Los Angeles entails? Apparently, they’re still going to try. After Michelin took a yearlong hiatus in California, the largely Eurocentric international guide is back in the state, and thus the City of Angels, with seven new Michelin starred restaurants in 2021—and the promotion to two stars for an eighth. With all its picks this year in the three dollar sign range and above, the nearly century-old red restaurant book is proving to us all that while age is just a number, culinary elitism is timeless. For those blissfully unaware of what the Michelin Guide is, here’s how it all goes down: The star ratings, while controversial, are considered essentially the most prestigious award a restaurant could ever receive. One star denotes “a very good restaurant,” two signifies “excellent cooking that is worth a detour” and three stars, most coveted of all, translates to “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey.” A new Bib Gourmand category, added to their 2019 guide to California, also recognizes more affordable spots, with 10 new L.A. area additions in 2021. To determine these ratings, the guide’s anonymous inspectors visit and judge restaurants according to quality, atmosphere, service and even nominal details, such as how far apart the tables are spaced. With a clear bias towards fine dining and blatant roots in a culture of Western imperialism, the Michelin Guide is just one measure of ex
The best sports bars in L.A. to watch the big game
L.A. sports bars are packed with fans ready to throw down for their team. With the right vibe—and plenty of TVs—the best bars have the power (and libations) to squash even the fiercest Lakers vs. Clippers battle. If swanky hotel bars or dressed-up cocktail bars are more of your thing, these fan-heavy watering holes may be a step in the wrong direction. But if you’re looking for a makeshift stadium, we’ve rounded up the city’s quality sports bars—some of which are on our list of the best beer bars—where you can grab a drink, enjoy bar food and cheer for your team. RECOMMENDED: Best bars in Los Angeles
This new Melrose speakeasy will transport you to the Roaring ’20s
Los Angeles speakeasies generally run on the gimmicky side, but one new exception just might be Bathtub Gin, the Melrose Avenue offshoot of a popular NYC coffee shop-slash-speakeasy that first debuted to the public last December. Just like the original Bathtub Gin in Chelsea, all-day café Stone Street serves coffee and lunch-friendly plates during the day—while its sultrier Prohibition-inspired upstairs counterpart offers a slate of gin and tonics, bar bites and dinner entrées by nightfall. “I love that time period,” says Bathtub Gin founder David Oz. “A lot of cocktails came out of Prohibition, and I’m a big fan of gangster movies.” The Brooklyn native moved to L.A. with his partner and their infant child to oversee the West Coast expansion, which ultimately took four years to open. Almost a year past Bathtub Gin’s initial debut, plenty of Angelenos have made their way to the unmarked door behind Stone Street, where an intimate cocktail lounge full of antique furniture awaits, as well as one of L.A.’s only floor-style burlesque shows (where a performer walks around the room versus on-stage). Photograph: Courtesy Sydney Brown Designed by L.A. burlesque maven Donna Hood (who’s also designed productions at Black Rabbit Rose and the Hollywood Roosevelt), the live performances make Tuesday evenings one of the most popular nights at Bathtub Gin. During each show, the burlesque dancers work the room, sometimes getting close and personal with patrons, as servers bring food and d
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My Dung Sandwich Shop
It’s easy to get caught up in the flashier new restaurants and pop-ups in Chinatown, but this classic banh mi shop at Broadway and Ord offers one of the cheapest and best Vietnamese sandwiches in the city. Besides crates of also-affordable fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors, the sizable $5 sandwiches come with fillings like grilled pork (sausage), chicken and pâté—and they all involve cilantro, jalapeño, shredded carrot and pickled radish on a crusty French loaf. Just note: This spot is cash-only.
If you know, you know: This nondescript restaurant at the edge of Chinatown is home to some of L.A.’s best pho. With a deep, almost funkily beefy taste, Pho 87’s delicious namesake has drawn hungover Angelenos from near and far on late weekend mornings, but even the stone-cold sober will appreciate the affordable, steaming hot bowls of noodle soup. The family-run shop also offers a solid array of khai vi and combination plates with your choice of rice, vermicelli or banh hoi, but the reason to come to this lonely and desolate stretch of North Broadway is the pho.
Banh Xeo Quan
Literally translating to "sizzling cake," the namesake dish of Banh Xeo Quan is a crepe-like delicacy originally from southern Vietnam. Deriving its bright yellow hue from turmeric, each half moon-shaped crispy pancake at this daytime-only Rosemead specialist comes stuffed with shrimp and pork, fish filet or a vegan-friendly mix of mushrooms and mung beans. Served with lettuce, herbs and nuoc cham, the banh xeo here is easily the best in Los Angeles. Best ordered to go (there's basically zero atmosphere inside, and opening hours are extremely limited), each one feeds one or even two people—but if you're on the hungrier side, there's four other well-executed homestyle menu items to take home, including the delicious Cornish hen over tomato rice and a warm, comforting bowl of egg noodle soup topped with duck.
This restaurant with outposts in Alhambra and San Gabriel traces its culinary lineage to Pho 79, the James Beard Award-winning eatery down in Orange County. Run by another branch of the Tran family, Saigon Eden offers a bright, clear beef pho simmered for 12 hours—and so much more. The dizzying all-day menu offers a breadth of well-executed Vietnamese cuisine you won’t find outside of the 626, but you can winnow your focus with a few of our personal favorites: the banh cuon, which folds springy wood ear mushrooms and ground pork into steamed rice paper crepes; the bun rieu—a northern tomato-rich broth full of shrimp and crab; and a solid version of bright yellow banh xeo. Unlike other spots around town, Saigon Eden also serves chao—a simple, nourishing rice porridge perfect for sick days or cold weather.
Sáu Can Tho
You won't find pho or summer rolls on the dinner menu at Sáu Can Tho, a Rosemead eatery with an amazing baked catfish (ca dut lo hau giang). While you'll find those old standbys at lunch, the dinner-only family-style meal sets for two, four or six offer a culinary tour of southern Vietnam; think dishes like mixed seafood hot pot, caramelized pork and stir-fried tamarind shrimp. With a whole section dedicated to various bubbling broths, plus venison and goat dishes, Sáu Can Tho offers a rare glimpse of Vietnamese cuisine that isn't centered around the country's national dish. Of course, the must order is the signature whole baked catfish (which is also available for preorder). Wrapped in a rice paper-clad mix of pickles, herbs and vegetables, each bite offers a delicious blend of sweet, savory and salty flavors.
We searched far and wide among Koreatown's many strip mall pho joints for the area’s best Vietnamese noodle soup, but none came close to Khanh and Helen Tan's pho shop hidden along a busy commercial stretch of Western Avenue. Though consistency and excellence aren't words we’d necessarily apply to every dish, Tan's above-average pho stands out from the crowd with a beautiful, deeply aromatic broth and high-quality toppings. Unlike other minimalist pho shops in the neighborhood, Ktown Pho also serves an excellent banh mi, combination plates and delicious fresh rolls whimsically named after all four seasons.
This family-run pho shop with locations in Little Tokyo, Gardena and Alhambra offers a deceptively simple menu that packs flavor into excellent versions of Vietnam’s greatest culinary hits. While you’ll find matriarch Lani Nguyen steaming up made-to-order artisanal mooncakes and a few more creative dishes at the newest location in Alhambra, both Downtown and South Bay locations offer impeccably made broth simmered for 16 hours, as well as a bountiful cold-cut banh mi served with a side of the same delicious pho for dipping. Pho Ever’s approachable take on bun bo hue, tasty combination plates and cafe sua da (condensed milk coffee) are also worth an order—if you can tear yourself away from their delicious, flavorful bowls of pho.
Since 2018, this bright, airy strip mall eatery along Lincoln Boulevard has delighted Marina del Rey and Venice residents with a rich, dark brown pho with strong notes of anise, cloves and cardamom. Simmered for 72 hours (versus just 12 to 16 at other spots), Camp Pho’s namesake soup showcases the deeper, funkier but no less delicious side of Vietnam’s national dish. On the appetizer side, the restaurant offers well-executed creative takes on Vietnamese classics, from a delightful shrimp toast riff on goi cuon to a baby-back rib version of ram rang, or traditional caramelized short ribs. A handful of vegan-friendly items, including two kinds of plant-based pho, help round out the menu selection—and the all-around delicious offerings mean Camp Pho easily ranks as one of the best Vietnamese options on the Westside.
Since 2003, this strip mall restaurant has quietly kept the South Bay fed on the kind of breadth of high-quality Vietnamese cuisine that wouldn’t be out of place in OC’s Little Saigon. You’ll find a deeply satisfying beef pho and the familiar Vietnamese takeout appetizers, but a step outside of your comfort zone yields solid versions of bo luc lac, broken rice combo plates and even the usually lackluster bun bo hue. A separate section offers Teochew-style egg noodle dishes (reflecting the Chinese ethnic group’s cultural influence in Vietnam). An expanded outdoor seating area and remodeled dining room have given Saigon Dish a more polished look and feel, but the brisk, no-frills service and weekday crowds showcase the fact that this busy spot in Lawndale hasn’t lost touch with its neighborhood roots.
This tiny old-school establishment inside Chinatown’s Far East Plaza might only be open during the day, but the zippy, clean-tasting bowls of steaming hot pho, budget-friendly banh mi and other well-executed dishes all make a morning or afternoon visit here worth the time, planning and money. One of the most centrally located spots on this list, Thien Huong is the rare restaurant where everything—and we mean everything—is solidly delicious. In recent years, the former cash-only spot has begun taking credit cards, and a remodeled dining room and extra outdoor seating have made this place our go-to place for Vietnamese food around Downtown. Note: This place fills up quickly on the weekends, so head here early or you’ll have to wait for a table.
Little Sister - Downtown
A decade later, prolific South Bay chef Tin Vuong’s flavorful dishes still make for a delightful upscale-casual meal rooted in the fundamentals of Vietnamese cooking. Now with locations in Downtown, Redondo Beach, El Segundo and Irvine, the eclectic East-meets-West concept offers modern takes on bo luc lac, nem nuong and imperial rolls, caramelized shrimps, banh mi and even pho and chao (the latter two only at lunch). Not every dish completely lands, but the ambitious genre-bending menu, lively dining room atmosphere and a couple of standout dishes—we’re looking at you, escargot poppers—keep Little Sister top of mind whenever we’re in the mood for an elevated Vietnamese dining experience.
Pho So 1
The undisputed pho king of the greater San Fernando Valley (with a stray location in the South Bay), this neighborhood Vietnamese restaurant offers the 818's best beef noodle soup and a plethora of other solid menu items, including hard-to-find rice porridge and traditional sweet iced drinks. Transparent slices of onion, strips of beef brisket and glistening cubes of beef tendon mark Pho So 1's delicious, murky broth with notes of charred onion and cloves. The meal is completed by a plate of garnishes that catches the light like an herbaceous still life, if you sit by the window at the right time of day.
Here are the newest 10 L.A. restaurants that made Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list
A little under a week before the December 5 stars ceremony, Michelin is back with California's Bib Gourmand picks for 2022—including ten new restaurants in Los Angeles. Regular readers of Time Out will recognize quite a few of them, including Flavors From Afar from our hidden dining gems guide (now sorely in need of an update!) and Pijja Palace, Pizzeria Bianco and Saffy's from our monthly best new restaurants updates. For those unfamiliar with how Michelin restaurants are selected, here's how it works: Anonymous Michelin inspectors travel across a given region, awarding the best of the best anywhere from one to three stars. Here in L.A., that’s meant both ultra-special occasion meals like Vespertine and Sushi Ginza Onodera, as well as more date-night friendly restaurants like Orsa & Winston and Osteria Mozza. Bib Gourmand makes up a second category of budget-friendly restaurants considered notable by inspectors. RECOMMENDED: All of L.A.'s Michelin star restaurants In order to be considered for the more affordable category of the French tire company's world-renowned dining guide, Bib Gourmand restaurants must offer a full menu that makes it possible to order two courses and drink or dessert for under $49 (sans tax and gratuity). These days, of course, that's a tall order, particularly when you factor in rising inflation. Across California, Michelin added 15 new restaurants (out of a total of 141 statewide), with ten of them being in the greater Los Angeles area. Other nearb
L.A.'s best pasta maker is opening a multi-level restaurant in Beverly Hills
Details are scant, but one thing is for sure: Evan Funke, the chef behind Venice's Felix Trattoria and Mother Wolf in Hollywood, is opening a new eponymously named three-story restaurant next spring. Located at 9388 South Santa Monica Blvd, the new culinary concept will not be regionally specific (as with Mother Wolf's menu of regional Roman cuisine), but instead purportedly will be a "paean to regional Italian traditions." For now, the Beverly Hills restaurant space is is still a work in progress. Construction will be led by Intension Design, a design-forward construction company, with local architect Dan Brunn (who also designed Melrose Avenue's Coffee for Sasquatch) and interior designer Clint Nicholas also on the project. View this post on Instagram A post shared by DAN BRUNN ARCHITECTURE (@dbarchitecture) RECOMMENDED: Best restaurants in Beverly Hills
These 34 L.A. restaurants could receive stars in this year’s Michelin guide
Star-chasers, mark your calendars: The annual Michelin Guide for Los Angeles will arrive quite late this year—with stars not being announced until December 5. But until then, the restaurant guide is teasing dozens of “new discoveries” that it’s added to its website in 2022—one round in August, which covered Los Angeles in particular, and a second round today across all of California. (To be clear, none of these restaurants is guaranteed to be awarded stars.) The second round of teased additions brings the total number of mostly new, or at least new-to-inspectors, restaurants in L.A. with Michelin recognition to 34. Photograph: Courtesy Jim SullivanPrawns with Brentwood corn, sungold tomatoes and chile ancho from Asterid by Ray Garcia—one of the new 2022 additions teased this year. The internationally renowned guide upheld the status quo in 2021 by awarding stars primarily to French, Japanese and fine-dining restaurants—a gross misrepresentation of the rich diversity within the L.A. dining scene. The anonymous guide inspectors dine throughout the region and bestow recognition upon restaurants considered destination-worthy, the best of which are awarded one to three stars (think: once-in-a-lifetime meals like n/naka and Hayato). Just below that, Bib Gourmands celebrate more budget-friendly, outstanding restaurants where it’s possible to order two to three courses for a reasonable price. If last year’s teased picks are any indication, only a small fraction of this year’s new
This enduring steakhouse in Beverly Grove has kept Angelenos satisfied for 21 years and counting
In truth, a daytime visit to Jar feels like sacrilege. Billed as a modern chophouse, the restaurant along Beverly Boulevard comes into its own under cover of night, when accent lighting and retro design flourishes imbue the dining room with the kind of cinematic elegance that’s led to on-screen appearances over the years, including La La Land and I Love You, Man. Most evenings, you'll find the 21-year-old restaurant in full swing: a mostly older clientele will drop in, the host greeting many by name, the bartender mixing drinks at the gleaming bar made of Italian zinc. A newer sidewalk dining area, added during the pandemic, presides over dates conducted under string lights. As cozy and timeless as a pure cashmere sweater, and just as upscale, the restaurant thrives under special occasion circumstances, but Jar's familiar faces, including chef-owner Suzanne Tracht, have kept plenty of Angelenos coming back on a more casual basis. Photograph: Courtesy Anne FishbeinJar's iconic dining room. During the day, however, with the window shades up, Jar's midcentury-meets-postmodern interiors seem a little dated. Those same visual elements read as a distilled showcase of restaurant design trends from the early aughts, when the new-school steakhouse—which opened just days before 9/11—was one of the hottest restaurants in town. We might have preordained ideas of what a classic dining institution in Los Angeles entails, but twenty-odd years past into the "new" millennium, a few places
These Randy’s Donuts sunnies are the coolest piece of L.A. food merch we’ve seen in a while
Fairfax hypebeast brands might have introduced L.A. restaurant merch to the masses, but these limited-edition Randy’s Donuts sunglasses hit the perfect trifecta of affordable, practical and stylish. Made by Randy’s Inglewood neighbor, active shades company Goodr, the $25 Circle G running shades will drop online this Friday, September 23. Each lens definitely resembles Randy’s instantly recognizable giant doughnut sign—so you can rep your love of the iconic L.A. doughnut shop on your face every time you leave the house. Photograph: Courtesy Goodr All Randy’s Donuts locations will also begin offering a Goodr-inspired piña colada creation beginning Friday at 8am. Why piña colada? To channel the vacation vibes sunglasses naturally give off—even if it’s almost always sunny here in L.A. The limited-edition doughnut features coconut shavings, pineapple jelly, whipped cream, tropical pink icing and a little paper umbrella. More importantly, the first 100 customers at the Inglewood flagship who buy the piña colada doughnut on the 23rd will also receive a free pair of said super-cool, super-practical themed sunnies. Note that you have to buy the specific Goodr doughnut to qualify for the deal—not just any menu item. Whether you opt to just order them online or stop into Inglewood this Friday morning for a chance at discounted sunnies, this pair of sunglasses are one of the few pieces of L.A. food and restaurant merch we’d go out of our way to snag.
This beloved SGV sushi counter just opened up shop on the Westside
Known across the San Gabriel Valley for delicious, budget-friendly sushi, Yama Seafood has now softly opened a second location in Mar Vista, with Japanese market items, snacks and drinks in tow. The longtime quick-service counter and mini-mart—one of Time Out’s favorite hidden gems in the 626—debuted its new Westside location quietly in mid-July for lunch. Dubbed Yama Sushi Sake & Attitude, the sleeker follow-up to the original outpost in San Gabriel will soon extend its daily hours of operation from 11am–3pm to 11am–7pm beginning on August 11. Photograph: Time Out/Patricia Kelly Yeo Since 1984, the family-run business has offered SGV residents enormous pre-ordered platters of maki for parties and large gatherings, plus freshly cut trays of affordable sashimi and California rolls. All three popular options are also available now in Mar Vista at Yama Sushi Sake & Attitude, located on the corner of National and Barrington, along with vegan sushi rolls and other takeout-friendly cold case items freshly made in-house. Though Yama Sushi’s exact fish selection varies daily, patrons can reliably find more everyday cuts like salmon, tuna, yellowtail and octopus available at the counter, plus a few more premium selections like scallop and fatty tuna. A large, colorful array of drinks and snacks rounds out the Westside location’s lunch-friendly offerings, which has already attracted plenty of locals and longtime Yama fans alike. Photograph: Time Out/Patricia Kelly Yeo Yama Sushi
Why the long-running King’s Hawaiian restaurant is a beloved South Bay family favorite
From the moment you walk in the door, the aloha vibes are strong at King's Hawaiian Bakery & Restaurant in Torrance. Mochi doughnuts, rainbow-hued paradise cakes and more variations of the international company's signature bread than one could dream of grace the bakery section at the entrance. A giant pineapple statue welcomes patrons to the cavernous dining room, where servers in Hawaiian shirts navigate around a floor-to-ceiling tropical aquarium to serve island staples like loco moco and spam musubi, plus French toast made with King's Hawaiian sweet rolls. Photograph: Time Out/Patricia Kelly YeoThe pineapple dressed up for the 4th of July. Though the headquarters of King's Hawaiian moved from Honolulu to the mainland—and more precisely, Torrance, home to a large population of Hawaii transplants—in 1988, seemingly few Angelenos are aware that the grocery store bread company calls greater Los Angeles home. A factory near the 405 in Torrance makes much of the packaged baked goods available in SoCal, while a second facility in Georgia also produces a few distinctive items and other baked goods, primarily for the East Coast. Outside of the South Bay, even fewer seem to be aware that the iconic supermarket brand has two L.A.-area restaurants: the full-service Torrance flagship and its fast-casual sibling, the Local Place, in nearby Gardena. Both eateries have become mainstays for South Bay residents in search of a casual everyday meal, as well as former islanders looking for
Iconic L.A. hot dog stand Tail o’ the Pup reopens in West Hollywood
In yet another retro-cool comeback for the area, the Tail o’ the Pup is back up and running at 8512 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. After years of back and forth, the quirkily shaped hot dog stand made its grand debut today at its new address, located right next to Shake Shack. The new Pup comes complete with indoor-outdoor seating, menu additions that include beer and wine and an extra dose of plaque-commemorated history: In 1971, the Doors recorded their hit song “L.A. Woman” in the same building the expanded eatery now occupies. Photograph: Courtesy Maxim Shapovalov The original 1946 stand, beloved by countless celebrities over the decades, was first located on La Cienega Boulevard near Beverly, where you’ll now find Sofitel Los Angeles. In 2002, the Pup even made an appearance on A Cook’s Tour, one of late Anthony Bourdain’s earlier TV shows. The preservationist-oriented 1933 Group, which acquired ownership of the Pup in 2018, first announced plans to restore and expand the stand with an on-site dining area and new menu items. Now, the Pup’s years-delayed grand opening is finally here. Red and white stripes, bright mustard yellow accents now further distinguish the 76-year-old Pup, with the current colors chosen by 1933 Group’s Bobby Green intended to resemble the original iteration as closely as possible. (Over the years, the stand has received about five different paint jobs.) Photograph: Courtesy the 1933 Group Beyond classic hot dogs with every topping u
76-year-old Irv’s Burgers returns to West Hollywood after four years
Just for you! In one of the city’s most surprising restaurant comeback stories, Irv’s Burgers reopened last Friday with proprietor Sonia Hong’s iconic paper plate doodles and messages in tow. Now located at 7998 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood (half a block from its original location), the septuagenarian burger stand will offer its longtime double cheeseburgers and pastrami sandwiches, plus a slate of newer, equally all-American items under new culinary director Armen Piskoulian of Oui Melrose. Think hot dogs, tuna melts and milkshakes, plus a charitable add-on known as Brady’s Way that donates $1 from each sale to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. First established as Queen’s in 1946, the original burger stand served countless celebrities, West Hollywood locals and tourists along a stretch of the historic Route 66—which in this part of town runs along Santa Monica Boulevard. (Today, the structure itself still exists in front of Conservatory.) The stand took on the name of Irv’s Burgers in 1970, after then-new owner Irv Genis, and attracted the likes of Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. Thirty years later, Hong and her family took over the stand from Genis, with the former becoming a local celebrity in her own right for her friendly hospitality and adorable paper plate drawings. They faced eviction from Irv’s original location in 2013, relocation a year later (to a storefront next door to its current spot) and closure in 2018 after failing to gain traction. Now, a newer,
Amazon’s creepy palm recognition service is coming to two L.A. area Whole Foods
Paying for groceries with your phone or watch might already be easy, but Amazon now wants you to pay with a swipe of the palm of your hand. In another round of potential privacy-encroaching convenience, the tech giant has rolled out its palm recognition payment service, Amazon One, in two Southern California Whole Foods locations (Silver Lake and Irvine), with plans to add the capability to the organic grocery store’s Playa Vista location in the weeks to come. The device creates a unique palm signature for each user, which is then saved for future purchases. Per the multi-billion dollar company’s spokesperson, the touch-free service promises to protect your data by storing users’ palm images in a secure part of the Amazon Web Services cloud, rather than locally on each palm recognition device itself. Users can elect to enroll one or both palms in the service, along with a credit or debit card. A single hover of one’s palm will charge the card on file. It’s that simple, and it’s that unsettling. This isn’t the first time Amazon One has made an appearance in the L.A. area. As of writing, the palm recognition service is already available at Amazon Fresh stores in Moorpark, Woodland Hills, Ladera Heights and Cerritos, as well as the Whole Foods in Sherman Oaks.
ロサンゼルスのダウンタウンに、フィリピン生まれの大手ファストフードチェーン、ジョリビー（Jollibee）がオープンした。ローケーションは、ショッピングセンターであるBlocの向かい（住所：729 Seventh Street）。 同チェーンはこれまで、ロサンゼルス郡イーストハリウッド、イーグルロック、アルハンブラ、パノラマシティ、トーランス、カーソン、アルテシアに7店舗を出店。この新店のオープンにより、看板メニューの『Chickenjoy』や甘い味付けのスパゲティが、ロサンゼルスの中心部でより気軽に食べられるようになった。ダウンタウン店では、DoorDashを利用したデリバリーサービスも提供する予定だ。 Photograph: Courtesy Jollibee USA ジョリビーは「フィリピンのマクドナルド」として同国民や同国にルーツを持つに人たちに広く知られ、愛されている。1998年にアメリカ進出し、2019年にはロサンゼルスを「重要なハブ」として、4年以内にアメリカの店舗数を3倍にする拡張計画を発表していた。 原文はこちら 関連記事 『カナダ発のビーガンファストフードチェーンがニューヨークに進出』 『人気バーガーチェーンのソニックがマンハッタンに出店』 『国産フライドチキンショップ4選』 『アラウンド・ザ・ワールド、ご当地グルメ10選』 『海外旅行、隔離なしで入国できる国リスト』 東京の最新情報をタイムアウト東京のメールマガジンでチェックしよう。登録はこちら
Filipino fast food giant Jollibee opens in Downtown L.A.
Pure, unbridled Chickenjoy has come to Downtown L.A., where a brand new Jollibee location has just opened. Located at 729 Seventh Street across from the Bloc outdoor shopping center, the international Filipino fast food chain will offer Angelenos a more centrally located outpost to get their fried chicken and sweet spaghetti fix. The brand already has seven L.A. County locations in East Hollywood, Eagle Rock, Alhambra, Panorama City, Torrance, Carson and Artesia. The Downtown location will also offer delivery through DoorDash. In 2019, Jollibee announced expansion plans that would triple the number of U.S. outlets within four years, with Los Angeles as a “key hub.” The beloved chain is largely billed as the McDonald’s of the Philippines and its diaspora. Photograph: Courtesy Jollibee USA The Downtown Jollibee's initial opening hours are from 9am to 9pm daily.