GUIDE: Los Angeles


    189 by Dominique Ansel

    2/F 189 The Grove Drive, H-10, 2nd floor


    Cuisine: Californian, French


    Dominique Ansel entrusts execution of this story-driven, interactive vision to 189 executive pastry chef LeeAnn Tolentino. The incredible results make up this truly one-of-a-kind BBE exclusive five-course dessert tasting. READ REVIEW



    1301 Manhattan Ave.

    Hermosa Beach

    Cuisine: Bar, Californian, New American, Pub, Tapas


    What do you get when you cross a Baptist church with punk rock royalty? A hip farm-to-table haunt in Hermosa Beach, of course. READ REVIEW



    9543 Culver Blvd.

    Culver City

    Cuisine: New American


    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. READ REVIEW


    Alexander's Steakhouse

    111 N. Los Robles Ave.


    Cuisine: Fusion, Japanese, Steak


    Set in the foreground of Pasadena’s historic City Hall stands Alexander’s Steakhouse, a much-lauded recent arrival that traces its roots back to an original Michelin-starred location in the Bay Area. READ REVIEW


    All About the Bread

    7111 Melrose Ave.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Sandwich


    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. READ REVIEW


    Angelini Osteria

    7313 Beverly Blvd.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Italian


    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. READ REVIEW


    Ashland Hill

    2807 Main St.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Bar, New American, Wine Bar


    This Main Street favorite showcases myriad influences—everything from Mediterranean to German to Mexican, all tied together by the common thread of commitment to local ingredients. READ REVIEW


    Ayara Thai Cuisine

    6245 W. 87th St.


    Cuisine: Thai


    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. READ REVIEW


    Baby Blues BBQ

    Multiple Locations:
    West Hollywood, Venice

    Cuisine: Barbeque


    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. READ REVIEW


    Bacaro LA

    2308 S. Union Ave.

    South Los Angeles

    Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar


    Upscale small plates and big wines deserve top marks at this right-off-campus, USC-adjacent vino bar. The floor-to-ceiling chalkboard highlights by-the-glass options READ REVIEW