Everyone in the City of Angels needs to eat, including the stylish set. Whether you’re craving cuisine from LA’s trendiest cafes or looking for a haute date night at a five-star eatery, these Los Angeles brunch and dinner spots are ideal for your next fashionable food adventure.
A tastebud-awakening, multicourse experience awaits at Trois Mec, where a coveted counter spot offers the best seat out of all 24 seats in the house. Angelenos should be so lucky that once-nomadic superstar chef Ludo Lefebvre settled into an unassuming Hollywood strip mall for his first permanent restaurant, which still bears the name of the space’s previous inhabitant on the marquee.
Your evening kicks off with a handful of amuse-bouches, like toasted cornbread topped with green onions and cheese or a bite-sized cube of tapioca fritters. Naturally, you’ll engage in thought-provoking convos with your seat mates—maybe they’re your friends, or maybe they’re strangers, but either way there’ll be much to talk about as you sink your teeth into a host of inventive small plates. The fare varies by season—no justice can be done by describing each dish, but rest assured this hipster foodie haven deserves every gold star awarded by the likes of Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly, and Zagat’s roll call of the world’s ten best eateries. Like Trois Mec’s sign—or lack thereof—there’s no bragging needed.
Joan’s On Third
You can spot a foodie fashion blogger by the way they expertly snap their dish from above at Joan’s On Third, a modern Los Angeles brunch and lunch cafe that’s a popular refueling spot for hungry shoppers. After you grab a healthy green juice (Joan’s stocks a selection of sips from its nearby neighbor, Juice Served Here), walk up to the counter and order a fluffy Bon Femme Omelette, a delish egg dish filled with potatoes, onions, bacon, and jack cheese, and served with a dollop of sour cream. Don’t forget to take the perfect aerial photo to post on Instagram, of course.
When your crew’s looking to check off an iconic fine-dining institution from LA’s classic culinary itinerary, reserve a table at Spago. Indulge in legendary chef Wolfgang Puck’s seasonal tasting menu, which pairs rich locally crafted wines with six courses of California-inspired dishes. Salivate over a host of grilled and roasted meats and seafood, like Dungeness crab with eggplant, shibazuke cucumbers and kelp, with kuzu noodles on the side. Save space in your tummy for the decadent chocolate truffles that’ll arrive at the end of your meal, along with an autographed Wolfgang Puck cookbook that’s yours to take home. Odds are you’ll be inspired enough to try out some recipes in your own kitchen.
It’s all in the family at Prova, a fast-casual pizzeria with a modern vibe in stylish West Hollywood. The menu offers an array of authentic Italian pies and modern healthy fare—all crafted with fresh, natural ingredients. If you’re seeking the safest bet for your table of picky eaters, go for a classic margherita pizza, a guilt-free creation made with San Marzano plum tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sweet basil, and olive oil.
For your famished carnivore parties, opt for the signature Vesuvio pizza, a two-person pie with all the aforementioned ingredients, plus salame from southern Italy, fresh ricotta cheese, and ground pepper. Looking to take your pie fanaticism to the next round? Try Prova’s hands-on pizza-making class, which puts you behind the kitchen counter as you learn to toss dough freestyle and craft your own delicious concoction. Just like that, you’re part of the Prova family.