The Required: Los Angeles

The Required: Los Angeles

A definitive guide to Los Angeles' tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

July 16, 2019
The Required: Los Angeles

The Required: Los Angeles

A definitive guide to Los Angeles' tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

July 16, 2019

There are a lot of "musts" in this world. 

And yes, we'll admit it, this list is absolutely littered with them, but we can promise you this: they weren't appointed by a lone critic, or by write-in votes from well-meaning foodies. Instead, The Required is comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, and the like. There's no black box of arbitrary editorial committees or user surveys with obtuse criteria fueling this list: just plain, crave-able truth.
Read on to plan your next trip—or just be sure you've checked all the best boxes on your home turf. 

Son of a Gun

Son Of a Gun is just one of many delicious spots from restaurateurs and chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook.  This nautically themed seafood joint, with its hip-yet-kitschy décor of vintage life preservers and decoy ducks on its walls, focuses on New England and American style seafood classics of the 20th and 21st Century. Our experts all agree that the Shrimp Toast sandwich, which is both creamy and tangy, should be bigger, it's so good. With options ranging from Linguine with Aglio e Oglio and Clams, to the Fried Chicken Sandwich, the menu stays true blue to longstanding crowd-pleasers. This is a joint that manages to feel both unpretentious yet elevated at the same time and is a great venue for kicking back with friends or a particularly fun-loving date. Son of a Gun takes reservations and offers private dining.  

Son of a Gun
Hot Spot
Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
$$$, Happy Hour, Reservations, Modern, Full Bar, Seafood
12 Recommendations

Kismet Falafel

Formerly known as Madcapra, Kismet falafel shop is nestled inside the bustling Grand Central Market. Meant for a casual sandwich and salad, the ingredient-driven shop is an extension of Kismet in Los Feliz. Try the classic falafel on freshly baked pita with fries–and don't forget to add the feta. Order your food to go or try and snag a table nearby for prime people watching. 

Animal

If the name hasn't already given it away, meat is the main event at Animal, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo's flagship restaurant. You can find three different types of bacon and pork on just about everything - Animal is the epitome of New American, meat driven, "snout-to-tail" comfort food. Start with the Chicken Liver Toasts, move on to the Duck Confit and finish with the Tres Leches Cake. As Shook and Dotolo aren’t complete animals, they also have a pretty impressive offering of seasonal vegetarian salads and sides, should you have an herbivore in your group, or just want to balance out the richness of all that meaty goodness with some fresh veg. Insider tip–if you can’t snag a reservation, there’s a small bar for walk-ins.     

Animal
Hot Spot
Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
$$$, Reservations, Modern, Full Bar, New American
17 Recommendations
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