Five Restaurants to Try This Weekend in Los Angeles

Five Restaurants to Try This Weekend in Los Angeles

Every week, Eater editors offer spots to eat at over the weekend.

Every Friday, you probably think of the same question: where should I eat this weekend? Well, every week Eater LA will compile a handy dandy set of recommendations.

Here now, five places to try this weekend in Los Angeles (also, check out our new weekend bar guide):

February 5, 2016:

For Lebanese food you don’t want to miss: Saj Bakery

Saj's Bakery Interior

Granada Hills has been in love with Saj Bakery for some time now, but word is starting to spread that the place deserves a wider following. That’s because everything at this strip mall gem, from the shawarma to the falafel to the namesake saj bread, is an absolute delight. It’s certainly worth a quick weekend trip to the north Valley, though odds are once you’ve been in you’ll want to become a regular, no matter how far away you hail from. 11146 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. —€” FE [Photo: Joshua Lurie]

For a boozy brunch on the Eastside: MessHall Kitchen

When you finally have a day to yourself, you probably want to spend it on a patio with friends sipping solid iterations of Bloody Marys and taking down down a simple, juice-down-your-arms kind of burger. When you’re on the Eastside, there’s MessHall, Los Feliz’s answer to leisurely afternoon. Sit outside near one of the many fireplaces, throw back a few oysters, and TGIF. 4500 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles —CC

For some Whittier tacos you don’t want to miss: Colonia Tacos Guisados

Colonia Taco Lounge

Photo: Yelp

Yes, Colonia Taco Lounge in La Puente closed down, in part due to an odd location. But now it’s back-ish, thanks to chef/owner Ricardo Diaz, who has rebranded the concept as Colonia Tacos Guisados and brought the whole thing into the fold with his other Whittier restaurants. The results are meltingly-soft stewed meats on pliant fresh tortillas, with side offerings of ceviche and agua fresca to boot. This is less the dinnertime spot that the original incarnation was, but with drive thru availability you may end up favoring this iteration even more. 11114 Whittier Boulevard, Whittier. —FE

For a trip to Spain without the the thirteen hour flight to Barcelona: Moruno

Moruno Brings to the Original Farmers Market

David Rosoff and Chris Feldmeier have finally unveiled their excellent Spanish-tinted restaurant at the Original Farmer’s Market, and the results are pretty darn spectacular from the get-go. Start with some house-pickled vegetables or a delicious roasted butternut squash covered in Egyptian dukkah, a mixture of nuts, spices, and herbs.

Bite into the hearty, but diminutive subMORUNO, a grilled lamb or chicken sandwich, or try the whole sea bass on the plancha. Oh, and the house-made vermouth and gin & tonic are about as Spanish as you can get in the drink department. Word was The Goldster, Ruth Reichl, and Peter Meehan (Lucky Peach) already dined there this week, so get there before it’s impossible to nab one of the few seats they have in the dining room. 6333 W 3rd St —MK [Photo: Wonho Frank Lee]

For a chef at the top of her game: Leona

Nyesha Arrington is finally getting comfortable in Venice after opening Leona in the middle of last summer. She opened a cookie window this week to give locals a sweet treat before heading to the beach. And she also launched lunch service, offering an epic burger and the shareable smoked salmon pizza of your dreams. But Arrington is best when you belly up to the chef’s counter and just let her cook dinner. Have a few glasses of wine and unwind in the airy confines of the beachside restaurant. Then delve into a creative array of plates, like crispy smelt and chips, black cod with sweet onion jus, cauliflower aligot, and bulgogi-braised short rib. 123 Washington Blvd, Venice —MK [Photo: Wonho Frank Lee]

January 29, 2016:

For pricey pastas in Santa Monica: Forma

Forma Brings All-Day Italian Excellence to Santa Monica's Montana Ave. Strip

Sometimes you just want to sink into a seat and let someone send you endless bowls of starch and cheese, right? Tack on a glass of wine maybe, or a charcuterie plate. Well that’s sort of the vibe at Forma, where $22 cacio e pepe is the norm and big wheels of cheese are hollowed out to act as a finishing device to lots of Italian dishes. The prices are steep even for Montana Avenue, but when a carb-heavy meal and some top-notch service is all you can think of, there are few better places to enjoy. 1610 Montana Ave., Santa Monica. — FE [Photo: Wonho Frank Lee]

For your perfect weekend hangover cure: Jinsol Gukbap

Jinsol Gukbap

You might already know about suhllungtang, that beef bone soup that’s probably the best hangover cure you’ve ever had. But, for a porky alternative, try Jinsol Gukbap, which Eater LA contributor Euno Lee wrote about this week for Dining on a Dime. The Busan-style restaurant, which features a tight selection of pork belly and pork-broth dishes, is worth checking out after your Friday and Saturday evening nights out. 4253 3rd Street, Koreatown —MK [Photo: Matthew Kang]

For your next Eagle Rock burger that won’t break a $5 bill: Pete’s Blue Chip

Pete's Blue Chip

Pete’s Blue Chip Menu, Eagle Rock [Photo: Yelp]

A longtime staple on Colorado Boulevard, Pete’s Blue Chip is still as classic as it gets. There’s the PURE BEEF sign hanging outside, the no-frills interior, and the politely gruff service that somehow feels like a throwback in its own right. And then there are the burgers, as commercially sourced and wonderfully simple as any sub-$5 place with a takeout window could ever be. They’re not the best burgers in town, but no one’s asking them to be. They’re simply Pete’s Blue Chip burgers, and on some weekends, that’s more than enough. 1701 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock. —FE

For the ultimate pairing of your favorite foods: Blue Ribbon Sushi

Blue Ribbon Sushi & Grill Is The Grove's Culinary Superstar

After a long week, you deserve to indulge in your favorite dishes. For a lot of us, those dishes include fried chicken and sushi. Can’t decide whether to go for finger lickin’ fried poultry or pristine cuts of raw fish? Thankfully there’s Blue Ribbon, where you can indulge in that crazy delicious, matzo-crusted fried chicken with wasabi honey and sushi that comes by way of a Morimoto-trained chef. Get a prime education in sake via its bespoke flights to really make it a special night out. 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles —CC [Photo: Wonho Frank Lee]

For a fantastic outdoor brunch in West Hollywood: Connie & Ted’s

Connie & Ted's crab and lobster omelette

Photo: Matthew Kang

If you haven’t checked out Connie & Ted’s new brunch service in West Hollywood, which runs weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., go before it gets too crowded. The french toast is pretty spectacular, the crab and lobster-filled omelette covered with beurre blanc, and the Nor’easter sandwich with neuske’s bacon, clam strips, and Hook’s cheddar is worth the price of admission alone. Sip on a $5 bloody mary seasoned with old bay seasoning, and finish off with a platter oysters, because they’re never sweeter than in the winter. 8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood —MK

Bonus: For the most exciting restaurant to open in Los Angeles in the past year: Baroo

Baroo Interior

Seriously, just go. It’s amazing. And go early, because they’ve been selling out. 5706 Santa Monica Blvd. —MK [Photo: Wonho Frank Lee]

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