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.
Fried chicken is simple in theory, but hard to master in practice. But Status Kuo, a new Mar Vista haunt, deep-fries their free-range birds in just the right amount of batter so they’re crispy, juicy and not too bready. They also do rotisserie. This is the ideal casual dinner, lunch and take-out spot.
3809 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
Redbird is set in a 1933 Spanish baroque manse that still has its original hand-painted ceiling in the bar. Inside, you'll find Julian Cox (Brilliant Shine, Petty Cash) pouring new spins on classic drinks. There’s a retractable ceiling in the dining room, where Chef Neal Fraser (BLD, Fritzi Dog) plates tasty dishes like 24-hour veal cheeks with aplomb (menu).
114 E. 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Love & Salt
Love & Salt is Bestia-level Italian. Chef Michael Fiorelli is roasting, braising and doing all manner of saucing. We’re talking dishes like corned lamb tongue, a whole rabbit porchetta (meant for a group) and a bowl of bone-marrow cavatappi that comes with a spoon so you can scrape the marrow onto your noodles. It’s fantastic.
317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
The guy behind Umami partnered with the chef behind Guisados to give us TacoTeca, a mezcal and taco joint in Santa Monica. Consider it your SoCal-style local, home to smoky beverages and delicious tacos.
2460 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge
If Vegas crooners and smooth jazz are your bag, then you’ll love Spaghetinni & the Dave Koz Jazz Lounge. This is pure Beverly Hills swank, with clean California cuisine (poached shrimp on a light potato chip; creamy and pungent risotto) and lots of celebrities in the audience. Definitely wear a suit.
184 N Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210