Thursday, September 25, 2014

Where to eat: Westside 'Coastal'

“Where to eat” is an ongoing list series that will be updated frequently

Pricing key:
$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $20
$$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $40
$$$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $60



Cuisine: American
  • Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails ($-$$) 
  • Belcampo Meat Co. ($$-$$$) Best. Burger. In. America.
  • Burger Lounge ($) This isn’t your run-of-the-mill fast food burger joint, folks.  Not when they’re making theirs with grass-fed beef.  Or organic chicken.  Or albacore tuna.  If you’re looking for a $0.99 value menu, this is not the place.
  • Duke's Malibu ($-$$)
  • Estate Restaurant & Bar ($$-$$$)
  • Lemonade ($) A fast-casual cafeteria that focuses on fresh Southern California comfort foods (think bountiful veggies, grains, and hearty mains)…plus a variety of fresh-squeezed, fruit-infused lemonades (ahem, guava!).  And don’t miss the sinful house-made desserts!
  • Mastro's Ocean Club ($$$)
  • Rustic Canyon ($$)
Cuisine: Bakeries, coffee, sweet shops
  • Groundwork Coffee ($) Look beyond the stereotypical artisanal coffee house ‘hipster intimidation’ and just do what I tell you: Order the Vietnamese Iced Coffee.  It will change your life.
  • Joan's On Third ($)
Cuisine: Californian
  • Coast at Shutters on the Beach ($$-$$$) Located a mere beach chair’s length away from the sand, Coast serves California cuisine in a lovely, casually sophisticated space.  My only gripes were the pre-packaged breadsticks instead of fresh bread and butter (upon seating), and slow/aloof service.  For dessert, indulge in a slice of one of Susie Cakes‘ finest.
  • FIG ($-$$) Revel in seasonal, local California-centric cuisine in The Fairmont Miramar Hotel’s poolside restaurant.  For a healthy breakfast/brunch entree, I recommend the ‘Frittata Verde’ with a double-side of the tomatillo-avocado salsa.  And a table al-fresco.
Cuisine: Italian
  • Capo ($$$) 
  • Giorgio Baldi ($$$)
  • Gjelina ($-$$) While this may be one of the most famous restaurants in LA, I didn’t want that to prevent or intimidate me from going last weekend while in Venice.  So, in order to avoid a hellish wait, Shelley and I arrived at 3pm and were seated immediately. Save for Italy, I never thought I’d eat better pizza outside of NYC.  That was until I had Gjelina’s “Pomodoro Crudo.”  Best. Pizza. Ever.
  • Hostaria del Piccolo ($$) Sexy and dependable Italian with indoor/outdoor space and a killer cocktail list.
Cuisine: Mexican
  • Gilbert's El Indio ($) Delicious, "Texas comfort food" style Mexican with a full bar, friendly service, a lively atmosphere, and mouth-watering plates.  Don't miss the fabulous chips and salsa and the Mexican jardiniere!
  • Marix Tex Mex Playa ($) "Meh" Tex-Mex
  • Tacos Por Favor ($) "Hole in the wall" spot that offers a lengthy menu of Mexican favorites, including jamoncillo candies and dessert. 
Cuisine: Seafood


Lindsay, Beverly Hills Bites