Table Stakes: July

Five new places to get your nosh on this month

By Reuben Brody

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28 July 2016

Because every Angeleno loves to eat, even if he has to valet, we bring you Table Stakes: a series that answers man’s eternally recurring question (“Uh, what’s new?”), and recurs once every lunar cycle or so. Bon appétit.

71Above
Downtown

If staring down over the entire Los Angeles metro area from the 71st story of the tallest building in town sounds like fun, you’re in business: Chef Vartan Abgaryan’s is plating delicate, inventive flavors from the new “skylounge” at the U.S. Bank Tower. And if Abgaryan can rouse excitement from English peas, he can do the same for you.

633 W. 5th Street, 71st floor (map)
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Craft Shack
El Segundo

Craft Shack is a beach shack full of local craft brews and greasy summer food from the Simmzy’s guys. Best thing on the menu: the Quesadilla Foldover, a tortilla filled with caramelized Oaxacan cheese and topped with seasonal veggies that you fold in half and shove in your cakehole.

850 S. Sepulveda Blvd (map)
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Chicas Tacos
Downtown

LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold once told us that Caesar salad was our city’s signature dish. Tacos would probably have been our choice. Chicas, a new joint in Downtown, gives you the best of both worlds by topping beer-battered (and sustainably caught) fish tacos with fresh Caesar. It’s delicious. So are the salsas and cinnamon and watermelon fresca.

728 S. Olive St (map)
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Baldoria
Little Tokyo

Downtown is not light on beer joints these days, but it now has a return-trips-necessary gastropub in Baldoria. Housed in Little Tokyo, the deep beer menu is accompanied by shareables like charred octopus pizza and a charred BLT wedge.

243 S. San Pedro St (map)
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Gwen
Hollywood

It’s great to see our city’s pre-war architectural history brought back to life, as Chef Curtis Stone has done with his new spot, Gwen. It’s part butcher shop, part gothic landmark, part restaurant roasting choice, premium cuts over a flame that’s visible from nearly every seat in the house.

6600 Sunset Blvd (map)
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