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. 

Cal Mare

Cal Mare’s name is a reference to the mash-up of coastal Italian, Californian seafood, handmade pastas, and pizzas it specializes in. Our experts say try the Crab Agnolotti, Fried Blowfish Tails, and the Mozzarella topped with Caviar. Of their many brick oven pizzas, the Patate alla Carbonara is a show stopper with thinly sliced potato, guanciale, coarse black pepper, and pecorino, topped with a lightly beaten egg poured over the top tableside, where it cooks to a custard-like finish. If you’re feeling like making an evening of it, Cal Mare also offers two separate tasting menus: one of them is a tour of the menu, curated by the chef and served family-style, the other a decadent twelve-course menu, featuring plenty of caviar and truffles. Their dining room, with its’ azure mid-century style leather chairs and cobalt blue tile, reminds you of the sea for which this place is named. You'll need a reservation for this one. 

Cal Mare
Hot Spot
Beverly Grove, Los Angeles
$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Modern, Full Bar, Seafood, Italian
9 Recommendations

Langer's Deli

Langer's Deli has been around since 1947. The place has got all the charm of an authentic vintage diner, serving up indulgent comfort foods of the last century: Chili Cheese Fries, Pastrami Sandwiches, Matzo Ball Soup and Fried chicken. Experts specifically go for the famous #19 Sandwich: Pastrami, Swiss Cheese, and Coleslaw, dripping with Russian Dressing.     

Park's BBQ

If you're looking for Korean BBQ look no further than Park's. Since 2003, Park's has remained at the top for its Kobe-style beef and marinated short ribs. Whether you’re a Korean BBQ veteran or a first-timer, Park’s menu can be a little overwhelming. There are pages and pages of a la carte meats so insider tip: while munching on the fresh Banchan, focus your energy on the tiny section of the combo platters on the back. Listed in the menu as P1 - P3, order one of these for the table and you’ll receive a food parade of the best Park's has to offer. Note, Park's only takes phone reservations!    

Park's BBQ
Hot Spot
Koreatown, Los Angeles
$$$, Happy Hour, Outdoor Seating, Korean, Reservations, Bbq
9 Recommendations
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