This summer, I've been on the lookout for exotic and far-flung experiences within the U.S. And I have another find for you, dear reader: the casual new Los Angeles restaurant Street, where chef Susan Feniger serves up dishes inspired by the food at casual stalls and markets around the globe. (You may know her cooking from LA restaurants Ciudad and Border Grill, but this is her first solo venture.)
When I first visited Street in July, just three months after it opened, I tried the kaya toast (a Singaporean variation on grilled cheese, topped with a soft-boiled egg), paani puri (spiced potato and beans in a puff of dough), Thai bites (baby collared greens with toasted coconut and dried shrimp), and the delectable mung bean pancake (a Korean-style dish with anise-glazed pork belly, scallions, and kimchi). Next time: Catalonian pan-seared striped bass and Turkish doughnuts! And you can't miss the transportation-themed wall murals by London-based design duo Huntley Muir.
But of course, don't stop at dinner. The perfect complement to Street is a late-night movie at the ArcLight Hollywood theater, inside the iconic 1963 Cinerama Dome building just a few blocks away. And for more fun ideas in the City of Angels, go to T+L's Los Angeles destination guide, co-written by yours truly.