Culture | August 30, 2016 9:00 am

Table Stakes: August

Tex-mex, Carolina biscuits and fine Italian. Let’s eat.

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.

Alma at the Standard

You’re dining on: renowned Chef Ari Taymor’s chickpea fritters, kimchi cashews and a tender octopus either poolside or in the swanky booths in the restaurant proper.

8300 Sunset Blvd (map)

El Tejano
North Hollywood

You’re dining on: cheesy frito-pies and saucy enchiladas while downing margaritas on a sun-drenched patio.

11122 W Magnolia Blvd (map)

Beverly Hills

You’re dining on: exceptional flaky biscuits and a juicy burger with house-made pimento cheese melted over top while drinking stiff cocktails at the best bar in Beverly Hills.

184 N. Canon Dr. (map)

Kettle Black
Silver Lake

You’re dining on: doughy wood-oven pizzas, hand-pulled pastas in rich sauces and a roasted chicken that is comfort food done right. Say hello to your new spot for first dates and couples nights. And don’t forget to order the table some housemade vermouth at the end of the meal.

3705 Sunset Blvd (map)

Photo credit: Kim Mahair

Santa Monica

You’re dining on: a plant-based dinner that’ll leave you full. You’ve got to get the spiced carrots with the shaved, iced coconut. The combo of flavors will blow your mind.

514-516 Santa Monica Blvd (map)