I was recently on a trip to Los Angeles to visit friends and was really impressed by the culinary scene in the city known for eschewing carbs and calories in favor of juice cleanses.
Here are our top picks for lunch and dinner in the city of Angels.
Ink: In West Hollywood is Ink, a hip restaurant geared toward foodies who like to share. My friend and I went this week and had such a hard time choosing between all of the plates because everything sounded awesome. We opted for the little gem burrata salad (a must!), the salt and charcoal potatoes (also a must, and enough to get me off of my no-carbs policy), the Alaskan halibut and the wagyu beef cheek. We also got two desserts and cocktails. From start to finish, the meal was amazing and the presentation and flavors were delightful. It’s LA chic in terms of dress code.
Cleo: Also in West Hollywood is Cleo, a Mediterranean restaurant with awesome cocktails and tons of great sharing plates. This is the perfect spot to go to with a group of friends. We ordered everything from hummus and tzatiszki to eggplant and scallops. The drinks are stiff, and the black and white checkered floor makes a wonderful backdrop for your insta shots.
The Ivy isn’t just for celebrity spotting, although chances are that you’ll spot a celeb or two if you dine here. This Robertson Blvd. institution is impressive on a number of levels. Let’s start with the decor, which in a word was simply charming. The restaurant feels like you are walking into a friend’s home. Brightly colored bouquets adorn the entire restaurant and beautiful mixed pattern china hangs on the wall and is used to serve tea and coffee. I had dinner at The Ivy and was greeted with a glass of champagne — it was like they knew me!
Surprisingly, the food was just as lovely as the atmosphere. I opted for an amazing grilled vegetable salad with grilled shrimp and it was absolutely delicious. Added bonus: The Ivy is on a great street for shopping, so save some time before or after your reservation for retail therapy!
Craft Los Angeles: From the owners of New York’s Colicchio & Sons, Craft LA is a bright and sleek restaurant with great eats. My girlfriend and I had lunch here and were really impressed by the fare. The restaurant is apt for dining out with friends or for a business dinner or lunch. I opted for a delish salad with roast chicken and my friend had the avocado and tomato salad. Don’t worry, we did splurge a bit with brussel sprouts and bacon and mashed potatoes.
Cut: A trip to LA wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Beverly Hills and the famed Beverly Wilshire. Here you will find Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, Cut. Cut attracts a sexy clientele who flood their banquettes. The food and wine is absolutely delicious, and added bonus, the night I ate there, Wolfgang was on the premises making the rounds. The star of the show here is steak, but the menu had other great options and sharing plates.
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