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. 

Petit Trois

For when you're feeling “un peu de fantasie” (that’s French for “a little bit fancy”, thanks Google Translate!) it’s all about Petit Trois (“Little Three”, dang, we’re on a roll). They’ve got two locations, one in Highland Park and the other in The Valley. Petit Trois’ Bistro offers breakfast through dinner service, which means: croissants and quiche in the morning, salads and shrimp cocktails for lunch and confit duck legs and Beef Bourguignon for dinner. Don't worry: both locations offer the Big Mec, a double cheeseburger smothered in a foie gras infused red wine Bordelaise. Pro-Tip: Sherman Oaks location takes reservations, Highland Park does not.     

Angelini Osteria

A classic Italian eatery, Gino Angelini and his wife Elizabeth opened Angelini Osteria in 2001. Since opening, it has become one of LA's most celebrated restaurants. They are famous for their Linguine with Sea Urchin, the Grilled Octopus Salad and the much-coveted Spaghetti Norcina with Summer Black Truffles. They are open for lunch and take reservations for dinner.      

Jitlada Thai Restaurant

This East Hollywood institution has been around since the early 1970s and dishes out some of the hottest regional Southern Thai classics you’re likely to find outside of Thailand. Our experts say it’s all about their Deep-Fried Fish Rubbed with Fresh Turmeric, the Khao Yam rice salad, and the Soft-Shell Crab, fried and tossed with Sator Beans. If you're lucky, Jazz, the chef/owner, might offer to make you her Jazz Burger: a patty laced with garlic, palm sugar, and spices nestled in a giant lettuce leaf and topped with red chilies, special sauces, and Thai basil. We’re getting a contact capsicum buzz just thinking about it. No reservations here, you'll have to sign in on the clipboard hanging by the door.     

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