perks for your palate.
Reviews of the restaurants we love.
Neighborhood: Santa Monica, Westwood
120 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401 310-566-0801
10889 Lindbrook Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90024 310-443-1911
The entrance to 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria leads you right into the build-your-own pizza assembly line, where you can heap on toppings from a list of luxury ingredients like prosciutto di Parma sliced to order, Sonoma County goat cheese, and marinated Italian artichokes.
Neighborhood: Beverly Hills, Glendale, Sherman Oaks, West Hollywood, Thousand Oaks
490 N. Beverly Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 91201 310-275-5277
Glendale Galleria, 1164 Glendale Galleria Way Glendale, CA 91210 818-551-9021
Westfield Fashion Square Mall, 14006 Riverside Dr. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 818-728-9021
7950 W. Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046 323-656-9021
2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 805-494-6633
New executive chef Kevin Hee—formerly of Gordon Ramsay Steak and Fig & Olive—has retooled the old menu here to create a new, exciting intersection of East and West.
AMMO to go $$
Cuisine: American, Bakery, Californian, Sandwich
6909 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038 323-930-2666
Best known for offering a cornucopia of reasons to wake up in the morning—from scones and muffins, to breakfasts fueled by the local bounty, to a multitude of caffeinated daydreams—the to-go oriented Melrose location of AMMO is expanding it’s reach with a novel step: a dinner menu.
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
8478 Melrose Ave. West Hollywood, CA 90069 323-655-6333
As classic as a martini, Ago is the epitome of LA glamour, though it is cozier than you’d think. Luxe leather banquettes, pearl-handled steak knives, and polished service are the restaurant’s earmarks, but the food’s simple execution with high-quality ingredients and cheerful bar with the game onscreen, reveal a neighborhood joint’s charm—in that Old Hollywood way, of course.
Cuisine: New American
Neighborhood: Culver City
9543 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232 310-845-1700
Akasha Richmond traveled the globe as Michael Jackson's tour chef for over a dozen years, shopping at local farmers' markets and crafting healthy, international cuisine fit for a king (of pop). Now she brings her passion for local, organic and fair-trade fare to the rest of us.
Neighborhood: Mid-City West
7111 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles , CA 90036 323-930-8989
Soft, crisp-crusted loaves at the eastern end of Melrose's trendy shopping corridor have ensured that a certain Santa Monica sub shop (that’s right, Bay City) doesn’t dominate the entire LA sandwich scene. Here, the Signature option comes stacked with juicy roasted turkey, provolone, and “the works” (a.k.a. lightly-dressed lettuce, tomatoes, and onions), plus condiments and hot, Chicago-style peppers.
909 S. Santa Fe Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90021 213-239-9100
Inside this trussed and skylighted space, you'll find house-made raw tea blends and delicious, sophisticated beverages, but one need not be a tea expert to navigate the world of choices at the American Tea Room.
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, LA 90024 310-443-7037
In keeping with the recent LA fashion of world-class museums offering food to match the masterpieces they showcase, Ammo has arrived at The Hammer Museum—in the space of the former Wolfgang Puck Café—making for a new Westside destination dining spot. The beloved LaBrea eatery brought along favorite staples dishes such as Alexander’s brown rice, with veggies, red onion, jalapeño and chicken or organic tofu.
Angelini Osteria $$$
Neighborhood: Mid-City West
7313 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 323-297-0070
For almost a decade, Angelini Osteria has been a huge draw, especially for Italian expats hungry for the hearty cooking they miss paired with some fine boutique wines from back home.