Table Stakes: April

Five new restaurants for all you dilettantes and bon vivants

By Reuben Brody

Table Stakes: April
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28 April 2017

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.

Prank Bar
Downtown

You’re here for: Day drinking in downtown and/or solace from a hangover
You’re dining on: Cannabis-infused cocktails that are guaranteed to put the kibosh on your katzenjammer, and a big juicy burger that’ll soak straight through its buttery brioche bun.

1100 S. Hope St. (map)
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Pizzana
Brentwood

You’re here for: A nice wine-fueled dinner with friends
You’re dining on: The Neapolitan pizza is built on a crispy, wood-burned dough that was raised for 48 hours. The tomatoes came from Italy, where, predictably, they taste way better.

11712 San Vicente Blvd. (map)
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Verlaine
West Hollywood

You’re here for: A big night out … oh look, there’s a Kardashian.
You’re dining on: We love food in whipped form, so we’re suckers for the fennel mouse, which is rich even though it’s vegetarian — no easy feat.

8715 Beverly Blvd. (map)
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Tower 12
Hermosa

You’re here for: The patio and lounge, which come with comfy leather furniture. It sort of feels like a well-heeled surfer’s manse.
You’re dining on: Tough call, as this gastropub serves lots of Instagrammable foodstuffs. We like the simplicity of the double cheeseburger, as well as the runny egg on avocado toast. 

53 Pier Ave (map)
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The Flats
Beverly Hills

You’re here for: A business lunch or casual dinner
You’re dining on: The savory mushroom flatbread and the fennel salad will please the senses without sending you for a Costanza-style respite beneath your desk.

8400 Wilshire Blvd. (map)
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