Restaurant Roundup – New places to eat in WeHoBy: Brittany Nicole La Hue
Hungry? You’re in luck. West Hollywood is home to some of the most delicious dining in SoCal. From top chefs to celebrity owners and fine dining, you’ll satisfy your stomach and your taste buds. Read below for Part 1 of our “Restaurant Roundup” series in which we detail the newest, hottest and yummiest restaurants in WeHo.
8741 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069
Master Chef Celestino Drago adds yet another top-notch Italian restaurant to his collection. Osteria Drago fuses classic Italian interiors with contemporary cuisine for an atmosphere of casual luxury. You’ve never seen asparagus, prosciutto, cured meats, mozzarella, seafood and pasta combined in this delicious way!
Must-Order Dish: Whatever you decide to order for an entree, start with the carpaccio di capriolo. Venison carpaccio, brussels sprouts, balsamic, parmesan and hazelnuts will get your taste buds watering.
8225 Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069
What’s better than a Mexican restaurant with great drinks? Three floors of a Mexican restaurant with great drinks! Pink Taco Sunset Strip is the chain’s newest location, and a trendy addition to WeHo’s nightlife. You’ll find every Mexican specialty dish, from tamales to quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and ensaladas. Of course, the highlight of your visit will be the house drinks. Pink Taco Sunset offers Blanco, Reposado, Aneja and Extra Aged Anejo tequilas, along with an extensive bar list.
Must-Order Dish: Fish tacos tacos, served with grilled mahi mahi, shredded green cabbage, jalepeno aioli, pico de gallo, serrano-cilantro sauce and guacamole. Oh, and of course, a pitcher of strong authentic margaritas.
7100 Santa Monica Boulevard Suite 150 West Hollywood, CA 90046
In the mood for delicious seafood? Before, one had to drive all the way to Vegas. Luckily for us, Hot’N'Juicy Crawfish has now opened a location on the corner of Santa Monica and La Brea in West Hollywood. Choose from various types of seafood like crab, oysters, lobster, shrimp and, of course, crawfish. Then choose a seasoning like Louisiana Style, Lemon Pepper or Juicy Cajon. Then pick your spice level, from mild to extra spicy. Add on Cajon fries, potatoes, corn and more, and top it off with a cold beer.
Must-Order Dish: Crawfish…of course.
7984 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90046
Literally housed in a former hardware store, Laurel Hardware now offers more delicious (and edible) items. The back garden and lounge make Laurel Hardware the perfect date-night venue, and the communal tables and bar seating make the restaurant perfect for an outing with a few friends or a large group. Snacks, small plates, fresh vegetables, surf’n'turf and creative takes on pizza will energize your taste buds.
Must-Order Dish: The yellow corn small plate always gets rave reviews. Made with truffle butter, parmesan reggiano and chives, you’ll be tempted to skip the delicious entrees and keep the orders of yellow corn coming!
8768 Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, CA
Although admittedly not a new WeHo restaurant, Mirabelle is still an amazing restaurant to rediscover. Open since 1971, the fact that Mirabelle has survived through Los Angeles’ many dining trends and crazes says a lot about the delicious Mediterranean menu and cozy atmosphere. Redesigned in 2012, the restaurant serves brunch, lunch, dinner, lounge and drinks. Flatbreads, pasta, meat dishes and appetizers boast feta, almonds, dates, fruit and other Mediterranean influences. Spice up the usual with dinner at Mirabelle tonight!
Must-Order Dish: The ahi tuna tartar with ginger cream and avocado if you’re into seafood, the braised short ribs served with sweet corn polenta pudding, pickled celery, collard greens and crispy onions if you’re not.
8917 Sunset Boulevard West Hollywood, CA
Many years ago, French soldiers heading into battle yelled “A la gorge!” meaning “to the throat!” Now, GORGE’s chefs may not be heading into a literal battle, but they are certainly serious about serving delicious food in West Hollywood’s newest charcuterie. Executive Chef Elia Aboumrad, along with Top Pastry Chef Uyen Nguyen, offers homemade dishes, time honored cooking techniques, seasonal flavors and specially-chosen beverage pairings to make GORGE the most intimate and delicious dining experience possible.
Must-Order Dish: The most popular combination of dishes at Gorge seems to be to start with the FRISÉE Salad (bacon flan, chive, poached egg, crispy shallot rings, warm mustard vinaigrette), share the Chicken Liver Parfait and order the Vegetable Terrine for an entree (Swiss chard, asparagus, poached leeks, olive tapenade, dried bougainvillea and marigold flowers).