dineLA: 7 Delicious Neighborhoods to Explore
The Los Angeles dining scene has evolved quite a bit since the city’s official founding in 1781 and subsequent chuck wagon days. And although you’re sure to find some retro meals among LA’s 8,400-plus restaurants (according to TripAdvisor), you’ll also discover contemporary cuisine, up-and-coming chefs and global influences.
There’s no better time to take a bite out of The City of Angels than during dine LA - LA’s 12-day dining event that offers prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at some of the hottest spots around town as well as breakout establishments newly on the scene.
More than 300 restaurants are participating in dineLA’s Restaurant Week, which runs from Jan. 20-31. EDGE’s first installment in a three-part series offers you a snapshot of seven neighborhoods worth exploring including can’t-miss dining destinations. Our only suggestion: arrive hungry and bring friends.
It’s only two square miles, but West Hollywood packs a punch as an LGBT hub as well as offering celebrity-tinged dining destinations like Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood. We say, go big or go home. The luxurious setting includes five private salons and central cocktail bar. But it’s the seasonal dishes with local flair that will have you salivating, including tempura-style monkfish with lobster sauce, braised pork belly and scallop, and in the spirit of Ramsay’s mother country, English sticky toffee pudding with brown butter ice cream.
Food Network fans may recognize Scott Conant as one of the tight-lipped judges on "Chopped," hosted by one of our favorite gay TV personalities, Ted Allen. But Conant is a serious restaurateur/chef and thought the lush neighborhood of Beverly Hills the perfect fit for his Italian-inspired restaurant Scarpetta. "The name [which means "little shoe"] lends itself to being soulful. It has a rustic element," says Conant. Be sure to try one of the homemade pastas such as the tagliatelle with sausage sugo and ceci beans or the mushroom and mascarpone ravioli.
This funky neighborhood is dotted with art galleries, bars restaurants and nightlife. The Metro Expo Line opened in late 2012, offering residents and visitors alike easy access from downtown to the west side. Public transportation in Los Angeles? Yes! Once there, stop by Ford’s Filling Station for eclectic American gastropub fare such as veal tartare, smoked barbecue brisket and pecan pie ice cream.
Head northwest of downtown LA and you’ll find yourself in Burbank. Once home to Lockheed Aircraft Company, the area saw a residential renaissance in the late 90s and now has a cozy small town feel amid LA’s bustle. Settle in for a hearty meal at Granville, which offers up made-from-scratch classic dishes such as macaroni and cheese with aged gruyere, Cajun-rubbed thick-cut pork chops, and berry patch shortcake.
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