As the adage goes, we always want what we can’t have. That “something” is often finding a table at LA’s most exclusive restaurants. Some are members-only clandestine retreats for the rich and famous while others require a bit of chutzpah and finagling to gain entry.
Because half the fun is in the chase and the game, here are our some tips for getting into LA’s most desired, yet most elusive, dining destinations.
Celebrities are as much a part of Los Angeles as four-day cleanses, palm trees and bizarre street performers. To city-dwellers, it’s commonplace to see Zac Efron on a Runyon Canyon hike or Cameron Diaz grabbing her morning java, but celebrity sightings are on the to-do list of every visitor. For those who want a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous, the following LA restaurants are celebrity hot spots—just don’t disturb them during their dinner. (Last Updated May 26, 2015)
Authentic Mexican taquerias and craft cuisine stalls coexist in downtown LA’s Grand Central Market, giving visitors the opportunity to try dishes from a variety of cultures. The market’s reinvention began in 2011 with the opening of Eggslut. Since then, LA’s top culinary talent have been setting up shop in GCM’s historic Homer Laughlin Building, including Valerie’s Confections and Wexler’s Deli. Even with the new developments, the long-time classics like Las Morelianas are still incredibly popular.
The bustling atmosphere, narrow walkways and overall chaos fill some with a sense of adventure and others with a sense of being lost. To make navigation easier, we’ve gathered the must-visit stalls and their best dishes.
The classic Hollywood dream of becoming an actress brought Katie Maloney from Utah to LA more than eight years ago. What made her stay was West Hollywood’s SUR restaurant, where her job as a waitress earned her a role on Bravo’s hit reality show “Vanderpump Rules.”
On Monday evenings, America watches the waitresses, bartenders and owner Lisa Vanderpump as they navigate through the drama and chaos involved in working at one of LA’s hippest restaurants and bars. Maloney is a recurring cast member whose life and relationships we follow. When she’s not waitressing at SUR, she runs a fashion and beauty blog at PuckerandPout.com.
Following a scandalous episode of “Vanderpump Rules,” we caught up with Maloney to chat about life on reality TV, her favorite clothing stores and her love of LA’s music scene.
The holidays in LA are a great time for locals to pretend there’s a winter season and for visitors to escape the harsh weather back home. Many LA hotels get into the holiday spirit by offering a variety of specials and activities. By staying at one of these LA hotels for the holidays, guests can easily experience the season’s festivities without having to worry about snow pants.
The cupcake landscape in America was bleak before Candace Nelson and her husband opened their first Sprinkles cupcake shop in Beverly Hills in 2005.
Credited with instigating the country’s cupcake craze, it’s now nearly impossible to drive five miles in LA without encountering the bakery’s signature pastries. With Sprinkles shops in 17 locations across eight states, the Sprinklesmobile on LA’s streets and their unique cupcake ATMs, a sweet fix is rarely out of reach.
Following her sweet success in the cupcake business, Nelson joined the judging panel of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars to share her expertise. We sat down with Candace Nelson to get the inside scoop on her life as a food judge, cupcake connoisseur and long-time LA resident.
Krystal Bee began working at hip-hop radio staton Power 106 when she snagged an internship during her first year at Cal State LA. From there, she moved up the ranks and was eventually offered a full-time spot, right next to radio personality Big Boy on his morning show Big Boy’s Neighborhood.
On-air, Krystal is usually the one asking hip hop’s latest and greatest the tough questions (and redirecting queries about her love life). We recently talked with her about her favorite celebrity interviews, LA’s best music venues and what she loves about life on the Eastside.
As the Senior News Correspondent at E! Online, Ken Baker has spent the last 7 years breaking celebrity news. Despite his deep involvement with Hollywood, Baker has also established himself in the literary sphere. In fact, he’s published six books so far, including a memoir about his professional hockey career, a book on the pursuit of happiness (co-authored with Olympic skater Scott Hamilton) and his most recent release, a novel, How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love.
While Baker is usually the one asking the questions, we put him in the hot seat to give us the inside scoop on the most popular celebrity hangouts, the Kimye wedding and his interviews with Miley Cyrus.
If the name Katherine Schwarzenegger sounds familiar, it may be because of this 24-year-old’s best-selling book “Rock What You’ve Got” which she wrote as an undergrad at USC. Or because of her involvement with Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty.” Or for her interview with First Lady Michelle Obama at the “Let’s Move” event in Florida. Or for any of her numerous accomplishments that set her apart from her well-known father Arnold Shwarzenegger and mother Maria Shriver.
Despite her upbringing as the Terminator-turned-governor’s daughter, Katherine Schwarzenegger is driven to establish herself on her own merits. She began working in retail at age 14, co-hosted the Anderson Cooper show and was appointed the youngest member of the Girl Scouts’ Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthy Media for Youth.
We caught up with Schwarzenegger to talk about vegetarian dining, her favorite LA clothing shop and her newest book, “I Just Graduated… Now What?”.
Summertime in LA takes many forms: it’s a time for beach bonfires and tanning, county fairs and carnival games, starlit concerts and outdoor movies. It’s also the time when food and wine festivals set up shop around the city, bringing gourmet bites and heady booze to the masses.
There are LA food and wine festivals happening almost every weekend, so even if one slips by, there’s another right around the corner.