GUIDE: Los Angeles


    Revolutionario North African Tacos

    1436 W. Jefferson Blvd.

    South Los Angeles

    Cuisine: Mexican, Moroccan


    French-Algerian chef Farid Zadi and Susan Park have laid down a manifesto that crosses borders, continents, and oceans to bring the distinctive—radical even—influence of a North African sensibility to one of LA’s most familiar foods. READ REVIEW



    755 N. La Cienega Blvd.

    West Hollywood

    Cuisine: Steak


    Action! The Hollywood crowd is out to be photographed. The music—Led Zeppelin, Mötley Crüe, Prince, Eric Clapton—is ready to roll. And the bone-in filets and cowboy rib eyes are sizzling on the grill. You will never confuse STK (pronounced ess-tee-kay) with a vegan teahouse. And steak lovers are in their glory here, with juicy meat bursting with flavor and cooked just the way carnivores like them (which ought to be medium rare). READ REVIEW


    Saddle Peak Lodge

    4149 Cold Canyon Rd.


    Cuisine: New American


    The mounted animal heads decorating this woodsy Malibu mainstay provide a great preview of what to expect from the menu, which includes highlights such as sumptuous elk tenderloin and chef Christopher Kufek’s carefully curated wild game trio. READ REVIEW


    Saffron Spot

    18744 Pioneer Blvd.


    Cuisine: Dessert


    The small parlor, in the heart of Artesia’s Little India, offers creamy confections like whimsical faloodas—India’s take on the classic ice cream float. READ REVIEW


    Sage Vegan Bistro

    Multiple Locations:
    Echo Park, Culver City, Pasadena

    Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian


    It’s clear that these co-executive chefs have put a lot of love into their dishes, as they source nearly all their produce from farmers with whom they’ve shared close relationships for years. READ REVIEW


    Samosa House Sunset

    3200 W. Sunset Blvd.

    Silver Lake

    Cuisine: Indian


    Los Angeles’ first Indian grocery store, Bharat Bazaar, first opened back in 1979; renamed in 2006, Samosa House quickly became the casual vegetarian Indian food bar to beat in LA. The newest location, a colorful restaurant in Silver Lake, is Bhojak’s most polished venture yet. READ REVIEW


    Sam's by the Beach

    108 W. Channel Rd.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Mediterranean, New American


    Other hotspots at the base of Channel Road may draw more paparazzi, but Sam’s by the Beach, where a bright yellow awning greets guests (along with a provocative stained-glass door depicting members of a harem), has all the flash when it comes to food. READ REVIEW


    Say Cheese

    2800 Hyperion Ave.

    Silver Lake

    Cuisine: Deli


    Long before Trader Joe’s set up shop on Hyperion, Say Cheese—the gourmet market housing cheese, tea, wine, and cookbooks—was already a Silver Lake institution. READ REVIEW


    Seoul Sausage Company

    236 S. Los Angeles St.

    Little Tokyo (Downtown)


    No other place in the city does Korean BBQ quite like Seoul Sausage Company, and the gutsy, revamped menu at their sit-down outpost in Little Tokyo takes munchie grub to new heights. READ REVIEW



    1505 Mission St.

    South Pasadena

    Cuisine: Asian, French


    Chef Mota, as he is known, continues the tradition of founder Hideo Yamashiro's elegant Continental cuisine with Asian accents at Shiro. READ REVIEW