All The Places I Wish to Eat & Drink in 2017

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.

 

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Sqirl

Breakfast/Brunch:

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.

 

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Night + Market

Lunch/Dinner:

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

 

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Bar Amá

Bars:

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…

 

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