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Chef Evan Funke’s Mother Wolf Follow-Up Has a 1,500-Person Wait List

Auteurs forever chase final cut and a blank check. L.A. chef Evan Funke, the acclaimed phenomenon behind two of the toughest reservations in town, Felix and Mother Wolf, has attained both with his latest restaurant in Beverly Hills, the eponymous Funke, which opened May 5. “I told Evan, ‘This is your Spago,'” says Kurt Rappaport, […]

La Dolce Vita, Funke and Steak 48 Lead a Wave of New Beverly Hills Restaurants

With the opening of Funke this month — and last year’s arrival of a Jon & Vinny’s as well as Mexican steakhouse Hideaway — the Beverly Hills dining scene is on a roll. Three other new restaurants of note have just debuted as well as a slew of others on the way. ESPELETTE French chef […]

How Chain, B.J. Novak’s Concept Restaurant, Built a Nostalgia Factory With Hollywood’s Help

During a podcast interview in 2018, actor and foodie B.J. Novak teased an idea he had for a chain-themed restaurant that would, contrary to the fundamental business model of chain restaurants, consist of a single brick-and-mortar location. It would be a nostalgia play, drawing on a collective wistfulness for the menu items and now-kitschy aesthetic […]

Casa Madera Opens at the Mondrian Los Angeles in Famed Asia de Cuba Space

In 1996, hotelier Ian Schrager, along with SkyBar’s Rande Gerber and designer Philippe Starck opened the 30-foot “doors to Wonderland,” as the Los Angeles Times put it, with the Morgans Hotel Group transformation of the Mondrian Hotel.  The L.A. Times described the vibe as “chilled glamour achieves a dreamlike sensuality. … Its public spaces … […]

Seven Days of Out-There Eating and Drinking During Miami Art Week

Food is art, too, and nowhere is that statement more on trend than during Miami Art Week. Across the city, art patrons came out to eat and explore the area’s food scene, which was recognized this year for the first time by the Michelin guide. Aerobanquets RMX By Mattia Casalegno at Superblue Miami, a gallery […]

Walton Goggins Shares His Five Favorite L.A. Spots for Holiday Drinks

Walton Goggins is having a busy winter. The versatile leading man is filming a live-action adaptation of the hit video game Fallout, set to stream next year on Amazon Prime. Earlier in the year, he worked on the upcoming third season of HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones. And he just announced the launch of an equity […]

How Messhall Kitchen Staffers Mounted the Restaurant’s First Film Festival With No Budgets, Overnight Shoots and Talented Regulars

Los Feliz gastropub Messhall Kitchen has a new (and Hollywood-approved) item on its menu this November: a film festival. It’s one that couldn’t happen anywhere else. The fest features eight short films, all of which were produced and filmed entirely at Messhall over an eight week period, accomplished by talent that is either on staff […]

5 New Los Angeles Restaurants to Try Now

Los Angeles’ dining culture is as diverse as its neighborhoods and the people who inhabit them. And with each new restaurant opening, the scene becomes broadened by unique dishes, elevated cocktails and smart atmospheric design that add color and texture to the city. In a place where there’s no shortage of sunlight — and where […]

L.A. Food and Drink Pop-Ups to Catch Before They’re Gone

As the topography of Los Angeles changes with the addition of countless new restaurants and bars, pop-up concepts are adding a uniquely temporary yet powerful shift to the culinary landscape. More than ghost kitchens and yet not fully independent establishments, these destinations can take different shapes: some are limited-edition experiences, traveling from city to city; […]

How Streamers Are Making Culver City a New Dining Mecca

In recent years, Culver City — known for its small-town vibe within the larger L.A. megalopolis — has welcomed a growing number of new-media companies to its streets, including Amazon Studios, Apple and TikTok, plus HBO and other divisions of Warner Bros. Discovery. This entertainment industry influx — which is bringing an estimated 7,500 to […]

Beloved Brentwood Restaurant Closes Due to Rent Hike

After 25 years hosting such regulars as Harrison Ford, Rob Reiner, Ted Danson, Diane Keaton and Frank Gehry, the much-loved Italian eatery Vincenti Ristorante shuttered Oct. 15. Opened in 1997 by Maureen Vincenti (whose late husband owned the famed Rex Il Ristorante, featured in Pretty Woman) and chef Nicola Mastronardi, its Brentwood building was purchased by […]

Where Matty Matheson, the Only Real Chef on ‘The Bear,’ Eats in Toronto

On the Hulu hit show The Bear, set in the anarchic disarray of a malfunctioning Italian sandwich shop in Chicago, Matty Matheson plays Neil Fak, a handyman who never handles food. In real life, Matheson is the only trained chef among the cast. The Bear centers on “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), an uncompromising culinary […]