Two years ago, I crossed the border into California from Arizona, took a picture next to the “Welcome to California” sign and lost my wallet along a highway. California has given me quite the adventure since day one, and as I mark my second year in the Golden State, specificially in Los Angeles, I haven’t begun to explore a fourth of what the state or the city of L.A. has to offer.
Maybe I’m afraid of losing my identity again or maybe I’m still trying to acclimate myself to a city that still doesn’t quite feel like home. Either way, my one and only New Year’s resolution this year is to knock the following items off my bucket list. And because I’m food and beverage-obsessed, this list only contains restaurants and bars in Los Angeles County.
You gotta start somewhere.
Bottega Louie for the macarons and Instagram photos
Love & Salt for the ricotta pancakes
Perch for the view
Toast Bakery Café for the chance to see what the line is about
Viviane Restaurant at the Avalon Hotel for the Kelly Wearstler designed interior
Winsome for the quinoa, wild rice and toasted almond horchata…yeah, that’s a mouthful.
A.O.C. for the wine list
Howlin’ Ray’s for the hot fried chicken…because what else?
LocoL for the community
Maude for the tasting menu and extravagance
Petit Trois for the omelette, Big Mec and croque monsieur
Pizzaria Mozza for the Nancy Silverton legacy
The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel for the people watching
Salazar for the margarita and esquites
Silverlake Ramen for the tonkotsu spicy ramen
Union for the pork ragu tagliatelle
Break Room 86 for the karaoke
Clifton’s Republic (The Pacific Seas) for the kitsch
The Edison for the classy ambiance
Mama Shelter for the roof and happy hour
Tiki-Ti for all the rum, coconut and pineapple I can handle…