“Where to eat” is an ongoing list series that will be updated frequently
$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $20
$$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $40
$$$: Price per person, before alcohol, under $60
- BJs ($) While I cannot comment on the rest of the expansive menu, I will say that BJs famous "Pizookie" (a cookie "pizza") is fcuking DYNAMITE. Served warm -and with ice cream - there's not a more delicious "comfort food" destination-worthy dessert.
- Piknic ($) Reliable breakfast/lunch spot with a wide array of cold/hot/grill options.
- South Beverly Grill ($$) Although it’s technically a chain (Hillstone/Houston’s), SBG is nothing short of reliable, comfortable and, in the parent company’s true fashion, strangely romantic. With a solid selection of wines, cocktails, and food options for every diner/palette, SBG is always a sure bet.
- The Stand ($) One of my favorite joints to grab a healthy-ish weekday work lunch. While they're famous for their beef burgers, I really enjoyed my handmade veggie burger enveloped by a "lettuce bun." Fabulous breakfast egg dishes that are served all day!
Cuisine: Bakeries, coffee, sweet shops
- Froyo Life ($) Great array of “serve yourself” flavors and a topping bar with something for everyone. Last time I was there, I saw Rachel Zoe!
- Noah's New York Bagels ($) What Houston's is to Hillstone, Noah's is to Einstein Bros.
- Peet’s Coffee & Tea ($)
- Starbucks ($)
- The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. ($) Carbs schmarbs. The more the merrier, in my opinion. After all, I knew it was only a matter of days before I would sink my teeth in to a bagel from this joint. Look, I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t skeptical; I mean, could they really get the whole ‘Brooklyn water thing’ right? Actually, TOBWBC makes a near-perfect, New York-style bagel with just enough chew, crunch, and spot-on crust-to-bread-fluff ratio. Plus, the fact that they carry frozen coffee cubes for your iced beverage (instead of boring old ice) says it all. Oh, and Larry King is a daily fixture at the S. Beverly Drive location. You know, if you’re a star-struck fame whore like myself.
- Vanilla Bake Shop ($) Seriously delicious cupcakes that are made from ingredients of the highest quality. Even the chocolate icing tastes more robust and intense.
Cuisine: Grab ‘N Go
- Mrs. Winston’s Green Grocery ($) If you’re a salad bar connoisseur like I am, this is the end-all-be-all. The spread here is so notable, that I consider it to be destination-worthy. Beyond every type of organic green imaginable, think mix-ins that range from flavored hummus, roasted beets, and crunchy jicama spears to a variety of seasonings and “toppers” that aren’t just limited to croutons. You’re welcome in advance.
Cuisine: Grocery stores
- Pavillions Impressive wine selection
- Seiki-Shi Sushi ($) For “mall food-court sushi,” this dine-in/carry-out joint hits the spot. Enjoy a refreshing green iced tea, sliced cucumber salad, and a spicy tuna roll for under $15.
- Sugarfish ($$-$$$) This meal changed the course of my life in food. I had never truly had sushi until this experience! Are you aware that sushi rice is to be served slightly warm, creating a "melt in your mouth" experience? Neither did I. Get. Here. Now.
- Sushi Kiyono ($-$$) So far, this is my favorite sushi joint in LA. If you're looking for atmosphere, this isn't the place; but if you want the freshest fish, a selection of beer/sake/wine, and great service, look no further than this Beverly Hills gem.
- Sushi Sushi ($$-$$$) Decent for a neighborhood joint, but certainly not a destination-worthy sushi restaurant.
- Yu-N-Mi ($$-$$$) Of the sushi that I've had in Los Angeles, to date, this is my favorite. If you're looking for a fancy atmosphere and colorful cocktails, go elsewhere; however, if it's the freshest fish you fancy, look no further than Yu-N-Mi.
- Momed ($-$$) Seriously legit “Modern Mediterranean” cuisine served in a laid-back atmosphere with indoor/outdoor seating and a full bar. I was particularly taken by the addictive ‘Avocado Hummus’ and the Khachapouri flatbread (<– Don’t try to pronounce it, just order it. Trust me.).
- Don Antonio ($-$$) Being that this was/is Speidi's favorite restaurant, I had to check it out for myself. Via delivery. Here's the verdict: I really enjoyed the handmade chips and salsa and, while I found the red enchilada sauce to be too mild and, perhaps, canned, the enchiladas, themselves, were tasty, as was the rice and beans. I was underwhelmed by the horchata, but I suppose that's the price I paid for having an iced drink delivered.
- Pink Taco ($-$$) Spacious indoor/outdoor bar area and dining room; fabulous happy hour boasting an attractive array of eats and drinks for under $10; and, best of all, they serve homemade chips and chile-con-queso!
Cuisine: Pan Asian
- Sen Asian Kitchen ($) A bouquet of pan-Asian dishes, including sushi, are offered at this Century City fast casual restaurant. Conveniently located near my office, I enjoy a a fresh sushi roll and delicious side of sautéed spinach with garlic at least once/week.
- Geenleaf Gourmet Chopshop ($) A bit too pricey for my taste, but you cannot beat the organic, high quality ingredients. While there is the option to "make your own salad," it's not a visual production; you tell the expediter what you want, and it is prepared for you behind the scenes in the kitchen. A bit different from what I'm typically used to.
- Mastro’s Steakhouse ($$$) Stereotypical Beverly Hills steakhouse…only this one delivers. Stay away from the $20 cocktails and opt for an affordable bottle of wine (think along the lines of the $33 Sterling cabernet). Whether you choose surf or turf, don’t miss the Gorgonzola Mac & Cheese. And the celeb/cougar spotting!
Lindsay, Beverly Hills Bites