Restaurants in Los Angeles
Celebrated chef David Myers opened this rustic-cum-modern spot in January 2013, and the food cognoscenti is still buzzing about the fusion fare, which re-imagines California cuisine through an Asian lens in dishes like hinoki wood-scented black cod and green curry lobster roll.
Catering mostly to the West-LA office crowd, Lemon Moon Café serves American lunch and breakfast classics with a twist.
Grilled meat on a stick over an open fire pit and lots of free-flowing sake: this is how one dines at Kokekko, a longtime fixture in Little Tokyo and go-to spot for Angelinos craving authentic Japanese yakitori.
The Chef: Rick Bayless is often credited with introducing Americans to more refined south-of-the-border cooking at his Chicago restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo (a favorite of the Obamas).
Established by movie producer turned barbecue master Jonathan Burrows, Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs has a Sherman Oaks branch on Ventura Boulevard.
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles is what happens when a Waffle House marries a Memphis meat ‘n’ three and drives off to find fame in the Hollywood hills.
Kyoto native Akira Hirose honed his culinary style under the tutelage of famed Frenchman Joel Robuchon and opened this refined Asian-influenced restaurant in 1998. The brick building with a black awning boasts floral-patterned red drapes, high-backed chairs, and tables touting white tablecloths.
A vibrant neon sign illuminates the front patio seating at this authentic Thai café, where patrons can savor affordable, homemade dishes until 3 a.m.
Japanese tapas and sushi scene
Suzanne Goin’s breezy 2010-opened restaurant-café-food shop in Brentwood is precisely the sort of place where unadventurous diners order salads as a main course.
Simon L.A., located inside the Sofitel Los Angeles, is the creation of Chef Kerry Simon, known as the “Rock and Roll Chef.” Simon, who has garnered a celebrity his “wild food,” honed his culinary skills in such renowned establishments as the Plaza in New York City.