Food & Drink

Our Editors Share Their Neighborhood Haunts

Favorite Ways to End the Week


Carmaggedon is nigh. In anticipation of next month’s dreaded 405 freeway shutdown, we’ve asked our editors and writers to dish on their favorite Friday-night neighborhood haunts.

Here, a delicious drill to prep for when the mother of all traffic jams traps you in your zip code.

West Hollywood/Fairfax District
Evelyn C., L.A. editor
Warm Up: An Evelation (gin, ginger, lemon, rose water) at The Eveleigh. I tell people it was named after me (it wasn’t).
Main Course: The giuggiolosa salad and tagliatelle al ragu at Terroni. Steal bites of fried zucchini and ricotta off friends’ plates.
Next Level: People-watching at Chateau Marmont or/and a banana peanut malt at Milk.

Silver Lake/Echo Park
Jaclyn B., writer
Warm Up: A postwork brew from El Prado’s rotating taps (along with charcuterie and olives).
Main Course: A bottle of vino verde from Silverlake Wine to brave the wait for a spicy Moroccan kale salad at Elf Cafe.
Next Level: Handcrafted whiskey-centric cocktails and jukebox jams at The Thirsty Crow, followed by late-night carnitas tacos at Tacos Arizas.

Crystal M., deputy editor
Warm Up: Get my land legs back after the crosstown drive from Silver Lake to visit pal and DC contributor Andrea A. with a glass of vino and chips and pickles at Venice Beach Wines.
Main Course: Dinner and drinks (pineappley ’57 Chevy, please) at The Tasting Kitchen. It’s no wonder why it won DailyCandy’s Sweetest Things in 2009.
Next Level: A sleepover at Andrea’s house. The morning brings a bike ride to Schulzies Bread Pudding for Blue Bottle Coffee and some deliciousness.

Hollywood/Franklin Hills
Rachel K., editorial intern
Warm Up: Spare Room Snaps, bowling, and a session in the hidden photo booth at The Spare Room.
Main Course: Truffled mac ’n’ cheese (to share) and the burrata and bacon burger at La Poubelle. For dessert, the Nutella and banana crepe.
Next Level: Harvard & Stone to nurse a few Baby’s First Bourbons.

Jaime C., Kids L.A. editor
Warm Up: Ray’s & Stark Bar for an Owl and Pussycat or Morning Glory Fizz on the patio (especially excellent on Jazz Fridays).
Main Course: The best Korean BBQ this side of the Pacific is at Soot Bull Jeep. Or grab tacos, washed down with watermelon lemonade, at Tinga.
Next Level: Red Medicine for caramelized profiteroles with cognac custard, mango, cola, and black sesame, and a Leblon, rhubarb, and lime ginger ale.

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Tacos Arizas
W Sunset Blvd
@ Logan St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
La Poubelle
5907 Franklin Ave
@ N Bronson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Venice Beach Wines
529 Rose Ave
@ Rennie Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90291
Schulzies Bread Pudding
1827 Ocean Front Walk
bt 18th & 19th Aves
Los Angeles, CA 90291
7000 Hollywood Blvd
@ N Orange Dr, in The Roosevelt Hotel
Los Angeles, CA 90028
5905 Wilshire Blvd
@ Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
5221 Hollywood Blvd
bt N Harvard Blvd & N Kingsley Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90027
8400 Wilshire Blvd
@ S Gale Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Silverlake Wine
2395 Glendale Blvd
bt Silver Lake Blvd & Earl St
Los Angeles, CA 90039
8752 W Sunset Blvd
@ N Sherbourne Dr
West Hollywood, CA 90069
142 S La Brea Ave
bt W 1st & 2nd Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Thirsty Crow
2939 W Sunset Blvd
bt N Vendome & Reno Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Elf Cafe
2135 W Sunset Blvd
bt Marathon & N Alvarado Sts
Los Angeles, CA 90026
3136 W 8th St
bt S Catalina St and S Kenmore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005
8221 Sunset Blvd
@ Marmont Ln
Los Angeles, CA 90046
1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
bt Palms & Venice Blvds
Venice, CA 90291
El Prado
1805 W Sunset Blvd
bt Glendale Blvd & Lemoyne St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
7605 Beverly Blvd
@ N Curson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
7290 Beverly Blvd
@ N Poinsettia Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90036