What’s hot now: The most popular spots have a more relaxed aesthetic and vibe – think gastropub, but taken to a whole new Los Angeles level. Our chefs are redefining what it means to cook ‘California cuisine,’ and it’s usually very seasonal, global-hopping and personal. Sharing is encouraged; using utensils is optional. Here are the 10 hottest openings so far this year, from Downtown to Santa Monica and everywhere in between.
“There’s a new Austrian chef in town, and at 6’7″, Bernhard Mairinger barely fits in his tiny kitchen. But what he does there is fantastic. This Beverly Hills newcomer is the perfect spot for a plate of schnitzel and really great potato salad, German sausages and ice cold radlers (beer and lemonade). Definitely try a shnapps – it’s an impressive list.”