We're just two months into 2014, but one Chowhound has already declared this the sandwich of the year: porchetta on toasted rye, made at A Cut Above Butcher Shop in Santa Monica. Beyond sandwiches, chef/owner Eddy Shin is offering meat-market fare such as grass-fed rib-eye, head cheese, and pâtés.
Omakase at Shunji Japanese Cuisine is “laid back perfection” to 'hound Ciao Bob, while the chef’s choice at Urasawa is sublime in dndicicco’s eyes. Depending on the depth of your wallet, there’s a boatload of quality counters for outstanding omakase in LA—let the experts on Chowhound steer you in the right direction.
After hours in the surf—or in the car—a meal at a coastal taqueria can wash away any ills. Share your favorite beachside Mexican joint on Chowhound, or get an idea from beach bums in the know.
Cremesicle, carrot cake pineapple, and bourbon pecan pie (pictured) are some of the wild donut options at Glazed Donut Bistro, West Hollywood’s newest late-night sweet stop (open until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays). Eye-catching savory offerings include fried chicken beignets and a Monte Cristo wrapped in donut dough.
Barbershop Ristorante, the pop-up Italian kitchen from Chef Walter el Nagar, most recently made its home at The Farmer’s Kitchen in Hollywood. Classic dishes get a modern, molecular twist here, from ink pasta with lemon foam to prawn with powdered olive oil. Follow the team on Twitter for updates on where they’ll show up next.
Certain occasions call for drinks in a cavernous, slightly seedy bar, and Southland residents have plenty of such watering holes to choose from. In some, beer prices are as low as the lights and frozen burritos popped in the microwave count as dinner.