perks for your palate.
Reviews of the restaurants we love.
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.
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.
Ashland Hill $$
Cuisine: Bar, New American, Wine Bar
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
2807 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-392-3300
Striking that irresistible balance between beer garden and wine bar, this patio and tap room in Santa Monica brings craft beer and small production wines together with a local, seasonal menu of international flavors that still screams "comfort food."
6245 W. 87th St. Los Angeles, CA 90045 310-410-8848
Staying true to the theme of family, Ayara promises home-cooked Thai at its best, starting with the owner Vanda Asapahu family’s go-to Thanksgiving dish, while the rest of the menu follows suit with plenty of regional Thai favorites.
Neighborhood: West Hollywood, Venice
7953 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046 323-656-1277
444 Lincoln Blvd. Venice, CA 90291 310-396-7675
Meat up at this Weho take on a down-south smokehouse—Baby Blues fires up savory by the pound, serving quality ‘que to LA’s throngs of Dixie transplants.