If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Los Angeles, you might go a little wild. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential—although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
Those who spent their pre-teen years wandering around the Glendale Galleria know Massis well. The famous kababory (is that a word?), now with six food court locations across town, has opened its first brick-and-mortar on Glendale Ave., where you can enjoy their popular kabob plates, falafel pitas, and gyros without braving the bleak landscape of an indoor mall in 2022.
The Lonely Oyster might sound like the title of a cute children’s book, but it’s also Echo Park’s newest raw bar and seafood restaurant. This intimate spot consists of a few tables and a slick, black-tiled bar that serves chilled martinis with an optional caviar-topped oyster on the side. The shellfish here comes with condiments like citrus soy and Calabrian chili oil, but we’re particularly curious about the crispy shrimp arancini on the menu.
Breakfast burrito pop-up Lowkey Burritos has proven to be high-key popular, which is why they just opened their first brick-and-mortar shop in Hollywood. (Did the fact that they landed on our Best Breakfast Burrito guide help? Perhaps.) Expect the same loaded burritos filled with scrambled eggs, tater tots, and the restaurant’s signature griddled jalapeño cheese crust that gets folded over the flour tortilla like shiny wrapping paper.
We’ve recently been to a Hawaiian diner inside a bowling alley and a tasting menu at a Japanese garden, but Tet-a-Tet is a restaurant inside–get this–another restaurant. The new dinner concept at All Day Baby in Silver Lake ditches the chicken sandwiches and hotcakes you can get here during the daytime in favor of a Vietnamese menu with a few Latin twists. Look out for dishes like blue crab fried rice, smoked wings with salsa macha, and jidori chicken liver patê with mango jam and lemongrass chili crunch.
Tacos 1986 should teach a Masterclass on pervasive marketing because, in four years, they’ve gone from Hollywood cart to mini taco empire with multiple locations, media appearances, and even a merch collab with H&M (we low-key love the white hoodie). Their Studio City location off Ventura Blvd is their newest opening, and you can find the same Tijuana-style asada, flour tortillas, and juicy al pastor trompos that have turned this chain into a borderline lifestyle brand.
Levant Bistro is a gluten-free bakery and Middle Eastern restaurant that originally started as a food blog before trading in SEO keywords for retail baking. The Echo Park space is a cozy mix of industrial and cozy farmhouse touches with brick walls, cement floors, and exposed wooden beams on the ceilings. Expect various types of gluten-free manouch flatbreads topped with things like merguez sausage, mushrooms, and smoked salmon, as well as various pastries and cookies.
Professional surfers-turned-sushi chefs sound very LA, but the people behind Fiish aren’t just serving a very “LA” menu (i.e., $20 orders of crispy rice). The dark, wood-filled sushi bar in Culver City’s Platform is focusing on nigiri and maki made from locally sourced fish that has been dry-aged to boost its umami-ness, but you can also take your plant-based friends here for vegan sushi like miso eggplant nigiri, and a dragon roll with sweet potato and avocado.
Santa Monica brunch spot Blue Daisy has opened a second location inside West Hollywood’s Palihotel where you can enjoy teddy bear-shaped latte art, breakfast sandwiches, and a mimosa to the sweet sound of sports cars revving their engines down Melrose. Breakfast and brunch are available until 4pm, when the menu transitions to dinner, which includes dishes like fish tacos, saffron-infused risotto with salmon, and a Turkish-style pizza topped with ground beef and za’atar.
Via The Infatuation