Freds Picks LA_OC Restaurants


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The latest gourmet food and drink destinations in Los Angeles & Orange County from fancy shmancy to hole-in-the-wall (mostly the latter)

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Freds Picks LA_OC Restaurants

  1. 1. LA Restaurants ndDowntown Art Walk, 2 Thursday of every month Noon-9:00pm, self-guided public art phenomenon nd thOn Spring and Main Streets between 2 and 9 Streets.Galleries, restaurants, bars, etc. all open.As feat’d on Triple D: Duck Fat Fries w/cracklins, confit and raspberry mustard!532 S Western Ave, LA (Koreatown) (213) 387-2337, open 7 days In the Palihotel 7950 Melrose, West Hollywood. Go for the biscuits, stay for theBrussel sprouts!Cinco LA, 7241 W Manchester, LA (near airport), Open 7 days Authentic Oaxacan food inexp. Ultra ingredients Japan-inspired menu, new restaurant from David Myers (Pizzeria Ortica) 10 WCentury Dr, Century CityHatfield’s -- 10 Best New Restaurants in America 2010 Bon Appetit6703 Melrose Ave, LA (Hollywood) Vegetarian prix fixe menu every night, standout desserts. 9725 Culver Blvd 310/815-81001301 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach 310/798-8227 Same chef/owners as WildCraft
  2. 2. Japanese twist on American comfort food. 8321 Lincoln Blvd (Hiway 1) just north of LAX.Open M-Th & Su till 10 F/S till 11.#9 Top Ten Restaurants in the country 2012 (Bon Appetit) thChef: Josef Centeno -- 408 S. Main St, in the historic Old Bank district of downtown LA. Coming soon: his Bar Amá, 118 W 4 St. Super homemade bread and bagels feat. in F&W. Breakfast, lunch, pizza, salad, small plates beer & wine2723 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, 8am-11pm daily1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica Su-Th 5:30-10:30, F/Sa 5:30-11:30 th Amazing ice cream menu! Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26 St, #51, Santa Monica Chef Jesse Barber trained at French Laundry.Rustic, surrounded by greenery, local and seasonal ingredients, a hearty and honest bite. Great beer & wine list. Authentic Spanish tapas bar, unique combination of food and drinks in a warm andinviting atmosphere; restaurant and retail store. “Best Spanish restaurant in Los Angeles.” 109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica Bryant Ng “Best New Chefs 2012” 114 S. Central Ave. LA Singapore & Vietnam cuisine 1145 S. Western Ave. LA, open lateKorean BBQ and small plates, charcoal grills at each table for Hwa Ro but also get Yori small plates,
  3. 3. The Umami of Grilled Cheese 1634 Cahuenga, Hollywood Aliso Viejo, MV, Culver City, TO. + Beer & Wine, salads, burrata, veggies, ready in 60 seconds.Austrian restaurant with eaux de vie (schnapps) tasting including Reisetbauer(the best! LA Times) also sausage and beer tasting. 9669 Little Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. Open MTThFSa noon-midnight.Closed W Su. 2012 Top 20 new restaurants in US. Zagat 1 of 10 hottest restaurants in LA.
  4. 4. A-Frame Restaurant“Dancing Bonito” 2119 Sawtelle Blvd. (310) 478-0521
  5. 5. L.A. Times Feb 2011: Best Tonkatsu ever. “Liquid pork!” All dishes < $10. NOWIN COSTA MESA: 1175 Baker St 714/556-0091229 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach also 5271 E 2nd St, Long Beach
  6. 6. LA Times article 3/9/13. 1501 Main St #105, Venice
  7. 7. 1 Roast chicken dinner at Farmshop 2 Burgers at Short Order 3 Asador Etxebarri, Spanish Basque country 4 Takeout brisket from Bludso’s BBQ in Compton 5 Tapas and paella at Jaleo in Vegas 6 Seafood at Hungry Cat in Santa Monica Canyon 7 Rustic Italian at Cotogna in San Francisco 8 Rivera in downtown Los Angeles 9 M.B. Post in Manhattan Beach 10 Soulful Turkish cuisine at Oleana in Boston
  8. 8. New Location: 609 N La Brea Ave, LA. Great Beers!!! Old Location: 811 S Long BeachBlvd, Compton
  9. 9. THE FOUNDRY on MELROSE (Grilled Cheese!)Best Thing I Ever Ate: Bacon—“Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar” at Animal Restaurant ! ! !
  10. 10. 11520 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 479-3000,, Gastropub, fried Brusselssprouts w apple cider glaze is worth the drive (LA Times), seriously good beer and cocktails, best enjoyed when it’s notcrowded.641 North Highland Ave., LA 90036 323-297-0101
  11. 11. 6602 Melrose Ave., LA 90038 323-297-0100800 East 3rd Street, LA 90013 (213) 687-444424 Belgian beers on tap, Belgian fries, gourmet sodasOpen every night till Midnight
  12. 12. GJELINA L.A. Times Venice neighborhood restaurant. Stellar food. Get their pizza or gnocchi.
  13. 13. Top Chef Season 4 Ilan Hall -- Bacon-wrapped matzo balls, best ribs in L.A., Jewish-Scottish inspired menuIn the Alexandria Hotel 501 South Spring Street, Downtown L.A. (213) 488-3408M-W 6pm-12am, Thu-Sat 6pm-2amMOTHER DOUGH 4648 Hollywood Blvd., Loz Feliz, LA CA 90027Art Galleries, Café, Exit 26th Street2 525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica next to Santa Monica Museum of ArtMargherita Pizza Burrata Salad 850 degree Pizza Oven630 W 6th St. (corner of 6th & Hope) Downtown LA -- L.A. Times thin-crusted, bubbly-edged, Neopolitan-NYhybrid de riguer SoCal pizza. Craft American & Italian beers on tap.
  14. 14. Food & Wine high rated new seafood restaurant (same owners as “Animal”) Su-Th 6-11, F-Sa 6-1amCommunal table + separate tables + bar seating, small restaurant “This Place Stinks”728 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica. Mozarella Madness class, Grilled Cheese and Beer nights!M-F 11-7, Sa 10-7, Su 11-6Coffee and Pretzels! 11309 Mississippi Ave, LA (Olympic & Sawtelle), M-F 7-10:30, Sa 9-10:30, Su 9-9LA Times July 21, 2011 - Fresh spin on Mideast cuisine, near Beverly Center, 401 N. La Cienega Blvd. 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach (310) 545-5405In the old post office, terrific new restaurant, Chef David LeFevre, long tables, casual atmosphere Opened Feb 2011Creative, contemporary Latin cuisine L.A. Times, Chef-Owner is John Sedlar, opened Saint Estephe 30 yrs ago
  15. 15. Lukshon, Spicy Chicken Pops, “Best Thing Ever” 3239 Helms Ave., Culver CityLunch T-F 11:30-2:30, Dinner M-Sa 5:30-10:30 Top 10 Spots to Dine in LA (as of August 2011):1-Osteria La Buca, 2-The Spice Table, 3-Picca, 4-Manhattan Beach Post, 5-Lukshon, 6-Son of a Gun, 7-L’Epicerie, 8-Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA, 9-Night + Market, 10-Hatfields 176 N. Canon Dr., Kaiserschmarrn, StrawberryCrepe Dessert, “Best Thing Ever” Whiskey bar, 515 W 7th St 2nd Floor LA 90014, (213) 614-0736 131 ½ Main St., Seal Beach, CA 90740(562) 493-4500 Gourmet BBQ and 22 craft beers on tap (BA #9 Top Beer Bars on Planet Earth) + Hop CamTue-Sun 11:30am-9:30pm
  16. 16. Astounding Wine Bar, $7-13 by the glass, small plates, relaxed atmosphere,4628 Hollywood Blvd. Los Feliz, Su-Th 5-Midnight, F-Sa 5-2am at the Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street (& San Vicente Blvd)in Santa Monica. Jeff Cerciello (Culinary Director for Bouchon, French Laundry, El Bulli). “Country Cooking” inthe City. Also, same address, is Barney’s Burgers, Caffe Luxxe, Frida Taqueria, Sweet Rose Ice Cream. 2005 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock, Los Angeles. Best burger, juiciestpastrami, N Carolina sauced pulled pork; wine, beer and sodas. Off the 134 bet Glendale and Pasadena. Salted Caramel, ChocolateHazelnut, Rosemary Olive Oil, Blueberry Earl Grey, etc.!
  17. 17. OC Restaurants 220 E 4th St, Santa Ana. For the beer AND the food! Dinner only, 7 days156 Avenida del Mar, San Clemente, great beers, wines, cheeses and short ribs! Open 1/31/13. Craft cocktail and burgers + more. 34235 Doheny Park Rd, Capo BeachHead to Artists Village area, park in the structure at N Broadway and W 3rd St. Go to gallery spaces such as OCCenter for Contemporary Art, Grand Central Art Center and Santora Arts Building. Good restaurants are GypsyDen and Memphis. Also
  18. 18. Gabbi’s Mexican RestaurantAlso: Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Van Nuys and W LA
  19. 19. The Camp, 2937 Bristol Street, Costa MesaTaco Asylum, Ecco Pizza, Umami Burger, Old Vine Café, etc.
  20. 20. Now Open:Eco-Shopping Center, ala Ferry Building w comfy couches, firepit, wine tasting, olive oil store, coffee, etc.3313 Hyland Avenue & South Coast (off Harbor Blvd behind SOCO Center) 190 S. Glassell St., Old Towne Orange - Open Every Day 11am - 2am 277 N. Broadway, Santa Ana Artists Village-Open Every Day 11am - 2am Mexique French Cuisine. OC Weekly: “Best new restaurant in OC.”Lunch and Dinner, great beer and wine. 3737 West Chapman Avenue, Orange, in the Ayres Inn; 415 SouthMain Street, Orange (breakfast and lunch only).“Finest Italian sausage in America!” OC Weekly. Artisanal sausage. Full dinner menu.251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach. Open Daily 8:30am-10:00pm.
  21. 21. Nor CalFeat’d on Triple-D. 566 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA. Closed Mon. Dempsey’s Restaurant & Brewery, 50 E Washington St, Petaluma, CA (707) 765-9694