12517 W. WASHINGTON BLVD., LOS ANGELES (310) 391-4222
Hatchet Hall is al fresco dining at its best.
You’ll find a gorgeous, dimly lit dining room, a 13-table outdoor patio, a 10-seat oyster bar and a 12-seat cocktail bar at this new hot spot in the former Waterloo & City space.
Executive Chef Brian Dunsmoor has prepared a menu that can best be described as American-South-meets-SoCal. Items like bay scallops with creamed corn and brown butter and roasted game hen with polenta reign supreme.
Try a weird, yet wonderful craft cocktail, such as Beet Medicine: Famous Grouse scotch, smoked beet, lemon, ginger and Laphroaig cask-strength Scotch.
Nothing whets our whistle and sates our sweet tooth better than the strawberry cream float or the absolutely scrumptious coconut cake.
1314 7TH ST., SANTA MONICA (310) 393-6699
This warm and unpretentious restaurant in Santa Monica’s historic Telephone Building combines the energy of a French brasserie with the fresh, vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia.
Expect innovative brasserie fare from Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Bryant Ng, including Vietnamese “sunbathing” prawns: a seafood bar specialty marinated in garlic, Fresno chiles and Vietnamese hot sauce.
You must try dessert duo Zoe Nathan and Laurel Almerinda’s French meets Southeast Asian-inspired sweets, such as Vietnamese Coffee Pudding with a coconut shortbread.
You’ll have a ton of fun exploring former Bestia bartender Kenny Arbuckle’s cocktail list.
A must try: his Lava Flow Piña Colada.
7645 MELROSE AVE., LOS ANGELES (323) 592-3226
From the hidden entrance to its patio-only seating, this Beverly Hills eatery from celebrity chef and owner Eric Greenspan is absolutely magic.
Expect to find a seafood-dominated menu at Maré, such as whole branzino with fig pomegranate sauce and fried smelt. You can also design your own meal with personalized choices of shellfish and broth.
Order the blood orange trifolo with semolina cake and fruit compote without hesitation.
Try an esoterically-paired fruit-muddled cocktail, like mescal with roseberry and smoke, or whiskey with fig and oregano.
OX & SON
1534 MONTANA AVE., SANTA MONICA (310) 829-3990
Expect a modern-yet-rustic ambiance at this stunning, 54-seat eatery with earthy touches like a granite bar top bar.
Partner and Executive Chef Brad Miller cooks up a menu of seasonally-inspired, farmers’ market-sourced modern American small plates, like sticky pig cheeks and chicken-fried duck confit.
If you have to pick just one, we suggest the coffee and butterscotch with shattered meringue, smoked salt and burnt cinnamon ice cream.
16th & Son—soju, pineapple, lime and hoisin sauce—is refreshingly inventive.