With the influx of hot new restaurants in Los Angeles opening left and right, it’s getting harder and harder to keep up with who’s hot and who’s not. Luckily, Eater LA’s Matthew Kang spills the dish on where you need to eat right now with his latest Eater heatmap. Here are the top 10 hottest new restaurants in Los Angeles from that list.
Cassia is probably one of this year’s most celebrated new restaurant openings. The much anticipated restaurant caught wind early on with a visit and a promising review from Jonathan Gold. The dish to get is the pot-au-feu, a traditional French beef soup, which Chef Ng has revamped with cinnamon and star anise, classic flavors used in Vietnamese pho. This clay pot dish is the ultimate culmination of Chef Ng’s traditional Vietnamese roots and his classic French culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris–a feat worthy of deserving the title of hottest new restaurant in Los Angeles.
2. Catch & Release
Since leaving Superba Snack Bar last year, Chef Jason Neroni has been working on a new seafood concept in Marina del Rey with partner Bill Chait (Bestia, Republique). The focus of Catch & Release is New England seafood, influenced by the chef’s “California roots.” On the menu you’ll see classic dishes including the lobster roll, fish and chips, and even a clam bake, along with wildcard Californian inspired dishes such as octopus a la plancha, black kale salad, and Dungenous crab with house made bucatini. Be sure to order the bake-to-order Parker House rolls as well.
3. Alexander’s Steakhouse
Alexander’s Steakhouse can easily be called the temple of steak. The Bay Area restaurant has expanded its kingdom into Pasadena where you the largest selection of wagyu beef in Los Angeles. It’s also home to the most expensive steak in Los Angeles—a Washugyu wagyu tomahawk steak, dry-aged for 28 days, and costs $315 a pop.
4. Bierbeisl Imbiss
Last year, Chef Bernhard Mairinger shut down BierBeisl to open BierBeisl Imbiss—a cafeteria style resurrection of his former Beverly Hills bistro. Here you can pig out on sausages, beer, and pretzels. It’s one of the few places where you can find authentic Austrian cuisine and pig out on sausages, beer and freshly baked pretzels.
5. Rice Bar
There are a couple chefs who have made the transition from fine dining to fast casual. Chef Charles Olalia, formerly Patina, celebrates traditional Filipino comfort fare at Rice Bar, all served over a solid foundation of non-GMO heirloom rice. Popular items include the pork longannisa rice bowl served with an egg over easy, crispy fried anchovies, and the chicken tinola served with a rich ginger broth. Grab one of the 7 seats at the counter, it’s the perfect place for a quick bite during lunch hour.
The former chef/owner at Waterloo & City has re-emerged with the opening of Birch. Here, Chef Brendan Collins offers larger shared plates, with a smaller menu of about 10 items featured each evening. Notable dishes include a monkfish tikka masala, rabbit baklava with dates, and whole fried snapper. The eclectic menu really speak for itself, especially against the Scandinavian designed minimalist interior.
7. Broken Spanish
Chef Ray Garcia elevates Mexican cuisine at Broken Spanish, located near the Staples Center. Here he focuses on recreating the traditional Mexican dishes his grandmother made, using better farm-to-table ingredients. Lamb neck tamales and the chicharron served with elephant garlic mojo and freshly picked herbs will be sure to make you think twice about Mexican food.
8. Esters Wine Shop and Bar
This is a great place to grab a glass (or a bottle) of wine and enjoy a beautiful day on the patio. Their wine selection is insane, with floor to ceiling racks of wines from both small producers as well as high end wines. The snack menu is definitely a must, with its extensive cheese and charcuterie list and small plates including summer panzanella salad with house-cultured yogurt, and a baked ricotta with garlic confit.
Yes, LA now has an upscale seafood restaurant that’s actually affordable. Located in Fairfax, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere by dining al-fresco in the large outdoor area with ambient string lights twinkling above. The menu is simple, fresh, seafood. Share a whole roasted branzino for just $19, or a skirt steak with oregano chimichurri and a luxurious uni butter for $16. You can mix and match shellfish with choice of broth, and whatever combination you choose, you will certainly not be disappointed.
Hailing from Austin, TX is Hopdoddy—a burger bar known for its selection of locally crafted beers and freshly juiced cocktails. The beef is not to be overshadowed, however, which is humanely raised and hormone and antibiotic free.
There seems to be a common thread between these hot new restaurants trending right now in Los Angeles. When artfully designed minimalistic interiors meets traditional flavors executed through colorful Californian ingredients, an elevated casual dining experience is created that is both comfortable and accessible.
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