Culture | January 5, 2015 9:00 am

The 5 Restaurants Every Man Should Know Right Now

January: Jazz lounges, mezcal bars and more, oh my

By The Editors

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.

A couple of big things happened over the holidays.

Not just talking about the rain or snow (WTF?). Talking about five restaurant openings — which is a lot for this time of year, if you keep track of these things, as your correspondent happily does.


But these weren’t just five regular ol’ openings. These were five high-end, high-quality spots sure to inspire food-lover giddiness. (Please don’t be giddy in public though; it’s uncouth.)

And so we’re pleased to present this month’s Table Stakes, the restaurants you must try as soon as humanly possible.


  • A new taco and mezcal bar from the Umami guys

  • A gorgeous new date spot in a historic Spanish building

  • And quite possibly the best fried chicken this side of the Mississippi

They’re all there, so hop to it. Because these reservations aren’t gonna make themselves.

Stay hungry.