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. 

Osteria Mozza

Another LA Italian staple by the great Nancy Silverton and her amazing team. Come in for the house-made mozzarella bar, then get down on the Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Mint, Almonds and Pecorino. Get in an order of the Calf’s Brain Ravioli or Linguine with Clams, Pancetta and Fresno Chilis, then share the Pan Roasted Sea Trout with Bagna Cauda and Dandelion Greens. Obviously you are staying for dessert. Our experts like the Chocolate Budino paired with something off the Amari and Digestivi list. Osteria Mozza takes reservations up to a month in advance, and since you’ll want to savor every bite, you may as well plan for a leisurely evening in advance. 

Sqirl

Sqirl is Silverlake's "breakfast all day" kind of cafe. Beat the rush and go early or risk standing in line. Order at the counter and take a seat on the patio. They do have a rotational menu but the staples include sweet and savory porridges, an assortment of teas, juice and tonics and the famous Ricotta Toast–thick crispy brioche, slathered in ricotta cheese and housemade jam. This place is also super vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free friendly, so if you’re feeling like you’ve got to balance out some of your indulgences from the night before, Sqirl is the place. Don’t forget to grab a jar of homemade jam on your way out the door (but you know, pay for it first).

Sqirl Kitchen
Hot Spot
East Hollywood, Los Angeles
$$, Outdoor Seating, Café, Modern, Breakfast, New American
8 Recommendations

Kismet

The mother of Kismet Falafel, Kismet is the delicious work of co-chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson. This sit-down restaurant combines Middle-Eastern flavors and a modern aesthetic for contemporary California, family-style eating. Our experts say a must-try is Kismet’s signature Jeweled Crispy Rice: a sizzling cake of saffron-yellow grain fried to a crunch. The menu is vegetable-forward, focusing on small, shareable bites. Kismet takes reservations for dinner starting at 5pm. Daytime service is walk-in only.     

Kismet
Hot Spot
East Hollywood, Los Angeles
$$, Café, Reservations, Modern, Breakfast, Mediterranean
8 Recommendations
Displaying items 13 - 15 of 20 total