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3 of the Best Places to Get a Steak in L.A. (That Aren’t Steakhouses)

December 4, 2020

Apologies to any vegetarians reading this, but we love a good steak. So of course we’ve driven far and wide for the best places to get steak in LA.

fancy meat dinner on plate with rosemary and fork
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And while nothing compares to dining in an actual steakhouse (here’s looking at you, BOA), this may not always appease your accompanying dinner guests. In the case that you have to compromise, we have a few options.

As a lover of fine dining—steak dinners in particular, West Hollywood’s experimental pop artist Adam Cola dishes (pun intended) to skyelyfe about going out in the city, and what he considers the best places to get steak in L.A. (that aren’t steakhouses).

“Since we’re in a city where Old Hollywood nostalgia runs wild, I love the dining and hospitality scene in L.A. more so than other cities because dining here feels more like an experience,” the Canada-bred singer, who just released his new track “Mark Your Mark,” explains. “There’s an ‘industry’ undertone that’s unique to this city. Whether it’s dining next to a big celebrity at Tower Bar on the Sunset Strip or dining at an iconic spot like the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills, the energy is electric.”

Keep scrolling for Adam’s L.A. steak suggestions, and why these are the spots to know.

Toca Madera

I always enjoy the scene at Toca Madera. the aesthetic of the restaurant is very sexy. Also, their Carne Asada is top notch. 

Il Cielo

While this place might be known for its pasta and lovely romantic garden, the filet here is to die for.

Culina

I like dining in hotels. The Four Seasons Beverly Hills is such a beautiful one, and is home to one of the best hotel restaurants. Their NY Strip is delicious.

For more fine dining in L.A., click HERE for our review of Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills.

Food Angelenos

These 5 Mexican L.A. Staples Will Give You the Best Cinco de Mayo Experience Without the Hollywood Scene

May 5, 2016

Photo courtesy of ilovemole.com

Photo courtesy of ilovemole.com

To most people, the thought of Mexican food goes hand-in-hand with margaritas and Mariachi bands – but to a resident of Los Angeles, the way your Carne Asada is cooked for your fajitas takes a backseat to the possibility of who you might end up standing next to on the smoking patio of the trendy, South-of-the-Border-themed eatery cooking up that hot plate.

Mexican restaurants in L.A. are no joke, and when it comes to Cinco de Mayo, you can bet on the most scene-y individuals making it out to one of the city’s many sit-down hotspots (El Compadre, El Coyote, El Cholo, Gracias Madre, Don Antonio’s, Mercado, Toca Madera, Mexicali, Casa Vega, to name a few) known to provide quite the wholesome Hollywood crowd.

Not to say there’s anything wrong with wanting a vibrant ambiance, but if you’re looking to avoid obscene lines and save hours on getting overly glam for the night – yet still have a swell time with super cool folks – there are several under-the-radar mainstays in the City of Angels that are a must for events like these.

Keep scrolling to read about five consistent Mexican hotspots that you can visit today to avoid “the scene,” but still keep the festive fun!

  • Guelaguetza – If it’s crickets (AKA chapulines) you fancy, then you’ve come to the right place! Jk (well, not really – they do serve these as an automatic appetizer) – this Koreatown-based hotspot is also known for its Oaxacan-style cooking, particularly its mole.
  • El Condor – When I think Mexican food on Sunset Blvd., El Compadre is obviously the first thing that comes to mind – but head 20 minutes east and you’ll approach Silverlake’s laid-back, but lively El Condor. I can tell you firsthand that their various queso dips, mini tacos and cool vibe make the visit very worthwhile.
  • Sol Y Luna – Tarzana’s highly touted festive space boasts decorative folk art and a mural of Mexican icons. Added bonus? Their tableside guac is Zagat and Yelp-acclaimed! This restaurant has been referred to as the best Mexican food in the Valley.
  • La Serenata de Garibaldi – If authenticity is what you’re after, this is it. Located in the heart of East L.A., this cozy little spot offers a selection of specialty seafood dishes unlike any other, in a colorful atmoshphere.
  • Candela – Located just south of La Brea and Wilshire in a humble setting, this sit-down taco bar draws crowd of all kinds for its laid-back, social atmosphere and yummy, inexpensive offerings.

Food Angelenos

Ryan Phillippe, Jhene Aiko, Ed Westwick & More Stars Attend Toca Madera Mexican Restaurant’s Packed Grand Opening in L.A.

May 5, 2015

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage

Thursday night was a who’s who of industry elite and tastemakers at the grand opening of EveryDay Life (EDL)’s modern organic Mexican restaurant and lounge, Toca Madera in L.A.

Taking over what was formerly St. Nick’s Pub, the 8450 W. 3rd St. space has been transformed into an upscale, dim-lit, Dia de los Muertos-themed eatery owned by Tosh Berman and Amrou Manaseer.

Guests at the packed event (including Jhene Aiko, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Ed Westwick, Michael B. Jordan, Emanuelle Chriqui, Cheryl Burke and a very casually clad Ryan Phillippe with girlfriend Paulina Slagter) sipped on red wine and margaritas, while noshing on signature appetizers from the main and vegan menus cooked up by Executive Chef Raymond Alvarez (I highly recommend the mixed mushroom and sweet corn tacos and churro ice cream sandwich!)

Complete with characters roaming around on stilts, women covered in body paint and tunes spun by Ruexx, the evening certainly did not go without entertainment!

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage

EDL's Grand Opening Party For Toca Madera

Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren/WireImage