Looking to experience LA through its colossal culinary culture? Our Local Cuisine Expert Matthew Kaner—co-owner of the beloved Bar Covell and a 2013 Food & Wine sommelier of the year has crafted a Featured Trip that will take you through some of the culinary musts of LA’s food scene. Along the way, you’ll encounter premiere wine bars, unique cocktails, craft beer and carefully constructed atmospheres.
Matthew Kaner says: “Make sure you get the Spicy Duck Curry with Panang sauce. It’s worth the journey over to this Thai Town establishment solely for that dish.”
Inspired by the quaint bistros in France and the simultaneous ”bistronomique” movement that combines French bistro fare with modern gastronomy, the cuisine at Papilles is just that, a beautiful combination of tradition and innovation. Their wonderful wine selection has a focus on French and other Old World wines that will pair perfectly with the flavors of the delicious cuisine.
A definite must for any beer lover heading to LA. With 24 speciality craft beers, a cask ale, and well sorted list of bottles as well, if you’re looking to try some spectacular beer in a friendly unpretentious environment, then this your spot.
If you love unique cocktails, Sassafras is a must. They carefully craft cocktails, adding to them exceptional details that make them unlike any you’ll find in the city such as cinnamon and sugar-crusted glasses. Come here for barrel-aged cocktails that taste dreamy, made with historic techniques to create beverages that you want to sip all night.
Co-owned by three French chefs, République offers a gastronomic experience of French history and grandeur, from the beautifully preserved 1920s brick building (a wonderful environment to relax and enjoy your food) to the authentic and flavorful meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Domaine LA is one of LA’s premiere wine retailers. The staff is enthusiastic and is ready to help you find the perfect bottle.
Whether it’s date night or you’re simply looking for a classy night out; whether you feel like having your fine wine and dinner indoors or outside on the patio, AOC is the place to be. Impeccable style and incredible cuisine meet here.
Not only are the drinks incredibly made, down to the last detail, but the staff is impressively professional and helpful. Here is the place to be a little adventurous and let the bartneder create a new concoction just for you.
The Surly Goat is a pretty typical dive bar with a few special characteristics that make it stand out as a favorite LA neighborhood bar. With a great rotating tap selection of tasty and seasonal microbrews, a shuffle board table, outdoor patio, and fun but laid back crowd, what’s not to like?
Offering an extensive and highly curated collection of local and international wines, Silverlake is recognized for their outstanding collection of interesting, rare, or unique wines. This is the type of place where wine snobs or newbies alike can come together to learn, talk, and taste good wine.
Matthew Kaner says: “Kris Yenbamroong is the next generation of rockstar chefs in Los Angeles. his second restaurant is in my hood, SONG means second. this is where you go for proper Thai street food that will make your lips numb, your fingers twitch, and when you cry tears of joy you know you’ve arrived. this location is in Silverlake.”
A result of the creative collaboration between Matthew Kaner and Dustin Lancaster, Bar Covell is much loved wine bar in Los Feliz. Here, it’s all about conversation, and from the servers knowing just which wine to recommend based on your preferences to the atmosphere (think dim lit, and mellow: ideal for carrying on conversations with whomever you’re traveling with), Bar Covell is an excellent place to hole up with fantastic wine and friends and spend an evening.
If you are looking to have a chill evening that includes some delicious wines and tasty snacks head to Venice Beach Wines. This place has a great selection and a casual, friendly atmosphere.
A really beautiful space with a clean aesthetic that doesn’t feel sterile, Scopa Italian Roots is an Italian-themed bar that offers delicious drinks, Italian bites, and great vibes by the boatload.
Matthew Kaner says: “not for wine, but for UDON. the best I’ve ever had, though I haven’t yet been to Japan. you can sit at the noodle bar and watch the noodlemakers’ precise movements as He and his protege are encased in a glass housing to showcase their excellence! on 2nd Street in Downtown Los Angeles.”
Looking to sip on some wine in a cool and casual atmosphere while playing board games and noshing on charcuterie? If yes, then Pour Haus is your kind of spot. This great local hangout has a wonderful wine selection and a staff that truly knows what they are talking about; so don’t hesitate to ask questions in order to find that perfect wine for your mood.
If you are a true oyster fan, go with the daily dozen and get a selection of oysters from both Pacific and Atlantic waters, all depending on what’s fresh. In Silverlake, this oyster bar serves carefully selected oysters and fresh seafood in a casual atmosphere.
Villains Tavern is a low key place. Decked out like a futuristic apothecary’s shop, it’s an unpretentious lounge that serve righteous cocktails that one might be tempted to dub potions.
With over one thousand Californian wines alone and about another 6,000 other international or domestic wines, you will undoubtedly have plenty to choose from. Don’t let the numbers scare you; take advantage of the helpful and knowledgable staff! Or, stop in for a tasting to learn more about the wines they offer.
Lukshon by Sang Yoon is a modern take on South-East Asian Cuisine. In this casual, but elegant setting, Sang Yoon creates the dishes to be paired and ordered in particular ways, so don’t be too surprised if you are pushed towards certain choices by the waitstaff.
36 rotating beers on tap! Come here to sample microbrews, wines, and spirits that you won’t find elsewhere. This is a popular and lively local spot. Many rave about the burger, too.
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