Osteria Mozza | HOLLYWOOD
Located on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Highland, Osteria Mozza boasts one of the city’s highest acclaimed menus and a neighboring pizzeria. Nancy Silverton’s eatery is a regular celebrity haunt, so expect to see your favorite stars (or Nancy herself) while enjoying a burrata from the mozzarella bar or my personal favorite, the grilled octopus.
Guerilla Tacos | DTLA
This cult favorite has come a long way since its days as a mobile taco truck. It’s meals on wheels has since closed, but Guerilla Tacos has happily found a new home in up-and-coming downtown. An open air patio invites guests to enjoy experimental tacos and a full bar while watching a line form outfront. Try their hamachi tostada or my favorite, the sweet potato taco. Yes, sweet potato taco.
Chateau Marmont | WEST HOLLYWOOD
If these walls could talk, this Sunset Boulevard hotel would tell the tales of Hollywood icons dating back to the days of Marilyn Monroe. The garden restaurant is one of the few spots to be considered an L.A. institution. But don't expect to pay a visit without a reservation.
THE NICE GUY | West Hollywood
No L.A. heatmap would be complete without a nod to The Nice Guy. Avoid the weekend crowd by going on a weekday and order the kale salad for a surprisingly flavorful vegetarian option. Don't leave without taking turns in their famous photo booth. Pics or it didn't happen.
cafe stella | silver lake
Cafe Stella is everything you want your neighborhood "hang" spot to be. Hipster models and Silver Lake locals occupy candlelit bistro tables filled with French fare. Grab a digestif (or two) at adjoining Bar Stella. The only thing better than a cozy dinner at Cafe Stella, is brunch the very next day.
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Little Ruby - Santa Monica | 4 pm - 6:30 pm
Terroni - Mid city + DTLA | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Petit Taqueria - West Hollywood | 5 pm - 5:30
Sawyer - Silver Lake | 4 pm - 6 pm
Zinque - West Hollywood + Venice | 4 pm - 6:30 pm
Cecconis - West Hollywood | 5 pm - 7 pm
Gracia Madre - West Hollywood | 3 pm - 6 pm