It’s no secret, the L.A. food scene is thriving and constantly evolving. From the Michelin-star establishments helmed by celebrity chefs to the sizzling delicacies offered at food trucks, it’s virtually impossible not to be inspired to eat. It seems the Times agrees as three local spots made their 2022 Restaurant List of “50 places in America we’re most excited about right now” which is the second-highest number of eateries per city on it.
Now, this isn’t just an exclusive roster of places you might find on the Michelin trail; their editors and critics scoured every corner of the country from obscure towns to major cities to find the most exciting places to dine this year. They’ve included places that have opened doors this year and places that have consistently tantalized palates for years.
These are the restaurants you’ll want to make dinner reservations at in L.A.
1. Anajak Thai
Those lucky enough to have dined at Anajak Thai will know exactly why it has continued to rack up accolades in the dining space since it opened its doors. It oozes charm and beams with a festive spirit from the handwritten menus to the 14-course outdoor Thai omakase that challenges everything you know about cuisine. Unsurprisingly, that makes getting a table quite a story.
Location: 14704 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
2. Here’s Looking At You
There are few things as delightful as the news of this Koreatown gem reopening after its lockdown-induced closure. Here’s Looking At You is where culinary cultures, craft and creativity collide to create unique offerings that you simply cannot find anywhere else and a menu you might only ever find on that night. This ever-evolving restaurant mirrors the dynamism of the food scene in L.A. with flawless execution. It’s undoubtedly one of the most exciting places to dine in L.A.—and apparently the country!
Location: 3901 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Gorgeous marble countertops, lacquered concrete floors and wooden furnishings welcome you into L.A.’s Kato. But the sleek interiors are merely a precursor to the sumptuous Taiwanese menu that awaits you. Diners will experience an instant sense of serenity at the Michelin-star spot where every single thing is done with intentionality. You can expect a low-key ambiance with elevated Asian American cuisine featuring artful dishes that are almost too beautiful to eat.
Location: The Row, 777 S. Alameda St., Building 1, Suite 114, Los Angeles, CA 90021