Enjoy a Santa Monica Dining Experience at FIG Restaurant

 

Experience Fig Restaurant

People travel from all over the world to experience Santa Monica’s sunny weather and waterfront attractions. FIG Restaurant is a beachside restaurant that encapsulates the Santa Monica lifestyle with outdoor, poolside seating and a menu of indulgent dishes. During your stay in Los Angeles, book a reservation at this inviting venue to wine and dine in style on the Westside.




Location

FIG Restaurant is located in the stunning Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in the heart of Santa Monica’s Downtown area. Just minutes from the Santa Monica Pier, and steps away from the bustling 3rd Street Promenade, FIG offers a prime location for beginning a day of exploring or starting off a night on the town. Popular neighborhood bar The Bungalow is right next door, giving FIG guests an ideal destination to mix and mingle after dinner. FIG is a favorite for those looking to enjoy a fine dining experience with a California coastal ambiance.




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Atmosphere

Walk through the lobby of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows to check in for your reservation at FIG Restaurant. Enter to find a welcoming atmosphere of rustic furnishings with modern touches. Greenery hangs from above as you dine in the inviting bright and airy dining room. An indoor-outdoor feel is created through floor-to-ceiling windows that open into an unparalleled patio space. Take in the ocean breeze with a seat on the terrace overlooking The Fairmont Miramar’s sparkling swimming pool, surrounded by the classic California backdrop of palm trees and sunny skies.




Menu

The star of FIG Restaurant is a menu of thoughtfully crafted, seasonal cuisine guests can enjoy during breakfast, brunch or dinner. Ingredients come from locally-sourced farmer’s markets and handpicked speciality foragers throughout Southern California. This means FIG dishes may change depending on ingredient availability, placing the quality of the final product as a top priority. The modern style of cooking comes from French-trained Executive Chef Jason Prendergast, who champions his relationships with local farmers to maintain access to the best harvests.

Start your morning with an enticing Smoked Salmon Benedict or Mexican-style Chilaquiles Rojo, or try out more traditional breakfast dishes like pancakes and waffles. Get in the Santa Monica brunch spirit by visiting midday to enjoy their fresh Market Oysters, signature Maine Lobster, or delicious Foraged Mushroom pizza. Dinner will be unforgettable when you feast upon their selection of appetizers like Wagyu Beef Tartare, pastas like the Cacio e Pepe or Maine Lobster Rigatoni, and entrees like the California Halibut or Mary’s Half Roasted Chicken. Top your night off with a scoop of Housemade Sorbet or Ice Cream for a sweet and satisfying dessert.




Poolside Cinema

During the summer, FIG Restaurant adds to the already impressive dining experience to include a Poolside Cinema program. Buy tickets to watch classic, family movie favorites screened around the Fairmont Miramar’s swimming pool. Your ticket is credited towards your meal at FIG and includes complimentary popcorn, with guests of the hotel receiving the extra perk of a complimentary cinema ticket. Enjoy dinner and a movie in a unique way by reserving your spot for this fun, summer experience.

 

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    Guide to the Best Hotels & Restaurants in Tulum

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    Tulum Hotel & Restaurant Guide

    Tourism to Tulum has boomed over the past decade due to its peaceful, bohemian atmosphere that stands out in contrast to Mexico’s party towns of Cabo and Cancun. Tulum travelers experience laid back city and beach living through enjoying fresh seafood restaurants, rustic luxury hotels and a bevy of activities fit for rest and relaxation. Book your flight for a rich, cultural trip and experience some of the best hotels and restaurants in Tulum.




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    Casa Malca

    Take in views of the white, sandy beach at this luxury hotel made to focus on design and contemporary art. Mixed materials like velvet and concrete depart from typical Tulum styling with three onsite restaurants and a bar featuring walls covered in a Keith Haring print. Art pieces from owner Lio Malca’s private collection adorn the walls throughout the property offering an eye-catching backdrop to your stay.




    Azulik Tulum

    Get in touch with nature at Azulik Tulum, a luxury eco-resort for those willing to experience a distraction-free vacation. The experimental property places sustainability as its top priority, skipping the inclusion of air conditioning, lights and showers to opt for candle lit rooms, bathtubs and the ocean breeze. Each villa comes with a private jacuzzi or pool to relax with a view of the cozy beach in the distance.




    Ahau Tulum

    One of the best hotels in Tulum, Ahau offers a luxury experience along with the classic bohemian ambiance of the town. Palapas with high ceilings surround guests in a relaxing sanctuary with easy access to delicious restaurants nearby. Take a yoga class or go scuba diving before retreating to their serene beach cabanas.

    Mi Amor

    This romantic destination offers tropical sophistication fit for a sumptuous getaway. Mi Amor is just a short walk to dazzling restaurants, soft, sandy beaches or to Tulum’s historic ruins. Embrace a lavish stay with a private terrace in each suite of this trendy, boutique hotel, offering a breathtaking landscape no matter your view.

    Nest Tulum

    One of the best hotels in Tulum, the exclusive property of twelve rooms has a beautifully-designed interior surrounding guests in a cozy space. Breakfast is all-inclusive and impeccable service elevates your experience as you enjoy the stunning beach by day and pamper yourself with an evening of fine dining at their onsite restaurant.

    Gitano

    Dinner and drinks at Gitano are a must as this highly-rated destination creates an ambiance you’ll never forget. Contemporary plates are served beneath lush greenery and sparkling lights while a DJ plays music to set the mood. The mezcal bar serves up inventive, fruity drinks while guests dance the night away on the dance floor.

    Posada Margherita

    Head to Posada Marhgherita to experience the best Italian restaurant in Tulum. The rustic, al fresco dining overlooks a breathtaking ocean view made perfect by a dreamy sunset. The mostly-Italian staff create an authentic setting where fresh, housemade pasta pleases your palate at this essential beachfront venue.

    Arca

    Enjoy a wood-fired dining experience at Arca, an intimate destination surrounded by greenery. The farm-to-table menu means you’ll experience a delicious meal made from locally-sourced ingredients. Innovative cocktails will add a buzz to your evening at one of the best restaurants in Tulum.

    Hartwood

    Possibly Tulum’s most well-known eatery, Hartwood mixes the best of American and Mexican with fresh-caught seafood dishes, drawing in long lines of guests each night. Secure your reservation a month in advance to ensure you get a seat at this open-air restaurant with a daily rotating menu.

    Casa Jaguar

    Whether you’re stopping by for drinks before dinner, after dinner, or for a full dining experience, Casa Jaguar is sure to impress in their jungle-inspired atmosphere of rustic charm. Their menu of fresh seafood and flavorful, wood-fired plates makes for an unforgettable experience, or choose your own drink ingredients to have the bartender concoct a refreshing, custom cocktail.

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      Best Restaurants in LA to Order Delivery and Takeout

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      Best Takeout and Delivery

      In response to the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus and Mayor Garcetti’s ruling to shut down all in-house dining, Los Angeles restaurants have stepped up to offer delivery and takeout options to satisfy their guests’ cravings. You can now dine at home while enjoying some of LA’s finest restaurants along with neighborhood favorites. Have a five-star feast in your own kitchen when you order delivery and takeout from these delicious restaurants in LA.




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      Katsuya

      This Japanese favorite is offering an appetizing curbside pickup menu with items like Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Sashimi and Miso-Marinated Black Cod. Guests can order by phone to save 20% from any of their Hollywood, Brentwood and Downtown LA locations.




      Spago

      Order dinner from Spago’s to-go menu in Beverly Hills to enjoy Wolfgang Puck cuisine right in your own home. Choose from a curated selection of appetizers and entrees along with a limited wine list as well as “Bake at Home” desserts.




      Cassia

      Order from Cassia in Santa Monica to enjoy Asian dishes like Organic Chickpea Curry, Spicy Vietnamese Cajun Crawfish Noodles and Smoked Beef Short Ribs. Request takeout, curbside pickup or delivery to dig into their delicious fare.

      The Nice Guy

      If you’re hungry in West Hollywood, The Nice Guy is the place to go with favorites like Rigatoni Bolognese and Chicken Parm available to satisfy your craving. Pizzas are currently 30% off along with free delivery at this go-to hot spot.

      Employees Only

      This lounge in West Hollywood is getting creative with their services and offering both dining options and Cocktail Kits for guests to make their own DIY Employees Only drinks. Just mix their ingredients with the suggested spirit to enjoy a craft cocktail with an Employees Only flair.

      Gwen

      Order delivery or takeout from this in-house butcher shop and restaurant in Hollywood. Serving up delicious items from 10am-7pm, you can enjoy quality meats and flavorful vegetables right in your own home.

      Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe

      You’ll have breakfast in Santa Monica all figured out when you order from Huckleberry’s menu of coffee, pastries, muffins and more. The expanding menu of dishes is available for delivery or takeout for your convenience.

      Tocaya Organica

      Tocaya Organica has been a Los Angeles delivery favorite for years and is the perfect choice for a healthy lunch. Whether you’re in West Hollywood, Venice or Downtown LA, their bowls, burritos and salads will hit the spot, along with meal prep options to keep you full all week long.

      Delilah

      This buzzworthy lounge in West Hollywood is offering free delivery for guests to chow down on their elevated American fare. Get 30% of their popular item “The Burger” or opt for Mac n Cheese or the Cauliflower Steak to satisfy your taste buds. 

      Republique

      This Downtown LA hot spot is offering a limited delivery and takeout menu for you to order some of your favorite dishes. They’re offering items from their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus from 8am-7pm and guests can order via phone or in person.

      Crossroads Kitchen

      You can’t go wrong ordering delivery or takeout from West Hollywood’s Crossroads Kitchen. Their dishes serve a table for two, with pastas like Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfredo and Lasagna packed up as a Meal Kit for you to enjoy right in your own home.

      Sqirl

      Sqirl isn’t just for brunch anymore–you can now order from 8am-8pm from this Silver Lake favorite. Not only can you dine from their classic restaurant selections, but you can also order things like jam and marmalade from their online store.

      Tacos 1986

      Try out the buzzworthy Tacos 1986 for takeout tacos in Westwood Village. Their delicious selection of tacos started as a food truck and are gradually expanding to brick and mortar locations across Los Angeles. Try out their Tijuana-style Mexican cuisine yourself to add some flavor to your night in.

      Milo & Olive

      This Santa Monica favorite is offering up Pasta Meal Kits to keep you filled with delicious Italian cuisine. Stop by for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery of delicious dishes like Spaghetti with Organic Chicken Meatballs. Their selection of mouth-watering pizzas also make for the perfect staying-in dinner.

      Bar Restaurant

      Order from Silver Lake’s Bar Restaurant for a creative selection of dishes and produce boxes to stock your fridge. Produce, meats, spices, pastas and wines can be delivered right to your door for you to make your own Bar Restaurant-style meal.

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        15 of the Best Brunch Spots in Los Angeles

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        Best Brunch in Los Angeles

        The people of Los Angeles have a reputation for laid back work schedules and a weakness for a midday brunch outing. If you’re in town and looking for a spot to quiet your half-breakfast half-lunch craving, the range of options in LA are sure to satisfy. Some of the best brunch spots in Los Angeles are known to turn your average meal into a necessary social event.




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        A.O.C.

        One of the best brunches in Beverly Grove, A.O.C. boasts a delicious food menu along with a quality wine list filled with selections to complement your meal. The spacious, airy dining room with vines covering the walls adds a touch of Spanish inspiration to the environment.




        Rossoblu

        This Italian eatery is a great destination for brunch when you’re in Downtown LA. The breakfast plates and mouth-watering burgers supply you with everything you need to recover from the previous night’s adventures.




        Fia

        Fia has quickly become one of Santa Monica’s best options for a weekend brunch, with an alluring outdoor space perfect for taking in the California sunshine. The Italian and globally-influenced menu means there’s something for everyone at this attractive locale.

        Gjusta

        This sprawling Venice bakery and restaurant offers up a mouth-watering brunch menu of savory bites. Their fresh ingredients sourced from Southern Californian farms ensure a fresh-tasting dining experience to put a quality touch on your day out.

        Yours Truly

        Venice’s beautiful space Yours Truly lures in brunch-goers with unique dishes like Nashville Hot Shrimp and Avocado Hummus, making it a solid choice for a memorable weekend meal.

        Margot

        You’ll get a rooftop view to go with your dining experience at this Culver City spot perfect for brunching. The modern decor with wooden accents lets you nibble and sip in style at their outdoor seating, ideal for taking in the Los Angeles breeze.

        Republique

        This innovative brunch destination will put you in a food coma with their filling dishes of sandwiches, chicken and waffles, pastries and anything else you can think of that’s required for tasty afternoon eats.

        Elephante

        This Santa Monica hot spot is a go-to due to its indoor-outdoor space with an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean. Modern, eccentric decor pairs perfectly with signature cocktails and a menu of thoughtful dishes in this trendy space.

        Little Doms

        Head to the Eastside to get a taste of everything that’s best about brunch—the in-house deli at Little Dom’s provides all the best meats along with breakfast pizza that will fulfill your Italian brunch dreams.

        Kismet

        For a Middle Eastern twist on your brunch outing, Kismet in Los Feliz provides a delicious spot for filling up on homemade breads and satisfying egg dishes. Their Turkish-ish breakfast is a signature choice for starting off your day right.

        Sqirl

        This Silver Lake hot spot is known for putting together a tasty selection of unique dishes. The long line will be worth the wait as their signature seasonal spreads are sure to bring something sweet to your afternoon.

        Neighbor

        This hidden Abbott Kinney resraurant boasts a bright outdoor patio for you to take in the breeze as you dine. Their granola is a popular treat to get your day started after recovering from a busy weekend.

        Salts Cure

        The mouth-watering eats at Salt’s Cure come from a collection of ingredients locally sourced from California. Their in-house butchering gives dishes fresh cuts that will make your mouth water.

        Heres Looking at You

        Head to Koreatown to experience the inventive dishes at Here’s Looking at You, a menu filled with seasonal ingredients and soul food-inspired plates. Cocktails are equally innovative making it a great destination to sip and savor.

        Huckleberry

        Waiting in line at Huckleberry is just a part of the experience, but sitting down to dine on their delicious eats makes it all worth it. Their freshly baked pastries are a must-try as the fresh, local ingredients make it easy to indulge.

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          The 9 Best Farmers Markets Around Los Angeles

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          Experience a Farmers Market in Los Angeles

          Farmers’ markets are a great place to go for locally-sourced, organic produce, handmade products, and other great commodities. With the vast number of markets in Los Angeles, it’s easier here than anywhere else to buy groceries that support the city’s variety of local businesses. Consider taking your next shopping trip to these options for the best farmers markets around Los Angeles.




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          South Pasadena Farmers Market

          There are quite a few farmers’ markets to choose from in Pasadena, but out of all of them, the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market rises to the top. Held every Thursday from 4-8 pm, this market offers a large selection of vendors no matter what your diet, ranging from vegan wheatgrass to locally raised beef. Located right next to the Gold Line’s South Pasadena station, it’s an easy destination for anyone to get to for a quality shopping trip.




          Silver Lake Farmers Market

          If you’re looking for a great farmers’ market that offers more than just produce, this is the place for you. The neighborhood farmers’ market in Silver Lake offers locally-grown produce as well as vintage clothing, handmade jewelry, books, crystals, and a variety of other lifestyle products.




          Mar Vista Farmers Market

          Along with produce, this market offers tables and tables of prepared food, with many vendors offering free samples. Brands such as Decadently Raw, Homeboy Bakery and Aris Natural Foods make this a great stop for anybody who needs an excuse to leave the house. After you pick up some groceries, go listen to the live music playing in the dining area and grab a freshly made meal.

          Atwater Village Farmers Market

          This longtime Sunday morning market is a staple for Los Angeles Eastsiders. Locals continue to come back every week for this market’s great selection of grade A produce, friendly employees, and unique and tasty treats that are offered by a variety of vendors. Along with produce, you can expect to find gardening tools, flowers, and freshly-brewed coffee to help get your day started.

          Hollywood Farmers Market

          There are California-grown fruits and vegetables abound at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. Here you can find a variety of locally-sourced foods such as freshly-grown avocados, seafood, free-range poultry and beef, fresh honey, and much more. Along with food vendors offering produce, the market also hosts book signings, music performances, and live professional chef demonstrations.

          Altadena Farmers Market

          Every Wednesday afternoon you can expect to find dozens of booths offering a variety of artisanal foods and wares that are all locally-made. Started by the head of the Institute of Domestic Technology, a center for culinary arts and technologies, the Altadena Farmers’ Market is a great place for a family outing, a date, or just somewhere to spend some time with friends.

          Brentwood Farmers Market

          Known for having a surplus of free samples, the Brentwood Farmers’ Market draws huge crowds every Sunday where locals (and local celebrities) grab their groceries, fresh pastries, and other organic goods. Make sure to arrive early and come hungry, as the free parking fills up fast but the free samples last all day!

          Santa Monica Farmers Market

          The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market is where LA’s elite chefs go to grab their astonishingly fresh produce and get ideas for new dishes. As such, the market is more catered to dealing with large orders, so if you ever find yourself needing 10 lbs of fresh carrots or 20 jars of organic hummus, this is the place to go.

          Beverly Hills Farmers Market

          With over 60 farmers and vendors contributing to the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market, there is a large selection of options for you to choose from. Fresh fruit, crepes, live music, and even a petting zoo for your kids are all things you can expect to see on an average Sunday at the Beverly Hills market.

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            The Top 15 Essential NYC Restaurants

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            Experience NYC Dining

            New York City is filled to the brim with quality places to wine and dine. With a diversity of cultures bringing unique flavors to the restaurant landscape, there are a number of options for where to indulge in a satisfying meal during your time in the city. Your cravings will be satisfied as you experience some of the best NYC restaurants.




            Olmsted

            The fun and fresh menu at Brooklyn neighborhood restaurant Olmsted will make your visit worthwhile with whimsical dishes to enjoy in their back garden for a touch of greenery.




            Alta

            The airy ambiance of Atla comes from the bright and trendy Noho environment filled with healthy Mexican dishes for a casual yet refined dining experience.




            Llama Inn

            Head to Llama Inn to take in their quirky design elements fit for the Williamsburg neighborhood as you dine from the Peruvian-inspired menu of delicious and adventurous bites.

            I Sodi

            For pasta and lasagna that will make your mouth water, I Sodi’s minimalist approach to Italian dining makes the delicious food stand out in this cozy West Village destination.

            Oxomoco

            The wood-fired oven at Oxomoco adds to the vibrant flavors of their Mexican cuisine served up in the rustic yet modern dining room or the pleasantly intimate front patio.

            The Grill

            The landmark Seagram Building has gotten an upgrade with The Grill’s menu of chophouse classics drawing in guests for a lively meal amongst the eye-catching interior.

            Lilia

            A pasta lover’s dream, Lilia is a shining star in Williamsburg for the innovative menu of Italian cuisine in a sophisticated industrial-inspired setting.

            Wildair

            Don’t be fooled by the unassuming wine bar concept—Wildair delivers a small plates dining menu that will surpass expectations from the memorable tartare to the mouth-watering desserts.

            La Vara

            Cobble Hill’s La Vara boasts a Michelin-star rating for its Spanish and Jewish influenced cuisine fit for both traditional palates and adventurous tastes.

            Flora Bar

            After visiting the Met Breuer in the Upper East Side, you’ll have to stop by Flora Bar—a restaurant that oozes cool serving up seafood small plates in an upscale, casual environment.

            Win Son

            With a selection of Taiwanese dishes with an American twist, Win Son is a lively choice for a restaurant that mixes tradition with innovation in its trendy Brooklyn locale.

            Le Coucou

            A restaurant inspired by classic elements of French dining, the warmth of Le Coucou can be felt through its stylish yet comforting décor paired with an extravagant selection of tastes.

            Aldea

            This Michelin-starred destination remains approachable and enjoyable as its Portuguese fare and modern setting impresses guests to return again and again.

            Uncle Boons

            Head to Uncle Boons for a creative menu of flavorful (and often spicy) Northern Thai cuisine with an eclectic environment inspired by vintage Thai artistry.

            The Pool

            The former Four Seasons’ iconic pool dining room has been re-imagined through The Pool—a contemporary spot for lavish seafood plates and an impressive wine list.

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              The Best Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles

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              Best Vegan Restaurants in LA

              Los Angeles’ restaurant scene is one that readily caters to the variety of its citizens’ eating plans. Vegan dining options offer up plant-based dishes that are sure to make your mouth water. Whether you’re sticking to the diet plan wholeheartedly, or just looking to cut down on meat, there are plenty of spots throughout the city serving up tasty vegan selections at the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.




              Crossroads Kitchen

              This meat-free spot in West Hollywood is one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, having offered quality Mediterranean-inspired dishes for years. Guests stay satisfied by the unassuming plant-based menu alongside a noteworthy cocktail program.




              Taco Vega

              This Mexican food hot spot uses locally-sourced ingredients to create casual, plant based meals in the heart of the Fairfax District. Their tacos, burritos and bowls are filled with flavor while being healthy and organic.




              Shojin

              Head to Shojin for a welcoming restaurant with a focus on sharing organic, natural ingredients with the community. With locations in Culver City and Downtown LA, this vegan and gluten-free restaurant embraces alternatives to create soulful, Japanese cuisine.




              Nics On Beverly

              Nic’s on Beverly lets guests escape the busy city to enjoy a plant-based meal in an inviting setting. The fusion of Californian dishes offers something for everyone whether you’re searching for brunch, happy hour or dinner at one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles.

              Double Zero

              This delicious vegan outpost began in NYC but spread to Venice Beach bringing meatless dishes to the Westside. Mouth-watering pizzas and classic pastas give guests a delectable dining experience no matter their diet plan.

              Plant Food + Wine

              One of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, the local ingredients at Venice’s Plant Food + Wine make for a satisfying meal with thoughtful steps taken to ensure eco-friendly sourcing. Just as much attention is paid to the wine, with a curated list that embraces bottles produced through biodynamic farming.

              Pura Vita

              Boasting the title of the first plant-based Italian restaurant and wine bar in the country, Pura Vita has much to be proud of with a menu of enticing dishes adapted from known classics. Sustainable ingredients will bring flavor to your palate at this West Hollywood go-to.

              SunCafe Organic

              With a menu of dishes all made from scratch, SunCafe’s worldly cuisine of plant-based, dairy-free meals will impress any diner. Ingredients like cheese, mayo and butter are all made in-house to add freshness to your plate in this Studio City eatery.

              Burgerlords

              While this burger join accommodates both plant-eaters and meat-eaters alike, their meatless patties are unforgettable with delicious flavors taking your tastebuds on an adventure. They also offer vegan milkshakes to give guests the full American diner experience in a dairy-free way with locations in Chinatown and Highland Park.

              Montys Good Burger

              The meat-free comfort food at Monty’s Good Burger uses an Impossible patty coupled with homemade sauces for an artisanal burger at one of the best vegan restaurants in LA. Head to their locations in Echo Park and Koreatown to get a taste of their appetizing, plant-based options.  

              Sage Vegan Bistro

              You’ll only find locally-sourced produce in the ingredients for dishes at Sage Vegan Bistro, a restaurant with farm-grown, organic eats in Echo Park, West LA and Pasadena. Taste the freshness from their healthy menu of items like Loaded Nachos, Orange Chicken and Pizza–all completely plant-based.

              Café Gratitude

              A Southern California favorite, their locations each serve up gourmet plant-based dishes with a mission statement of sustainability, fresh ingredients and celebrating life.

              Real Food Daily

              This spot for creative vegan dishes brings organic ingredients to the table for a fresh and healthy dining experience. Their multiple LA area locations aim to educate guests on the value of quality meals.

              The Butcher’s Daughter

              The self-proclaimed “vegetable slaughterhouse” operates as a restaurants, café and juice bar for vegan dining. The menu change daily as chefs carve up fresh veggies into healthy and satisfying plates.

              Gracias Madre

              One of LA’s most popular vegan restaurants, this bright and airy destination in West Hollywood serves up a quality plant-based menu. Their outdoor dining and delicious drinks are the cherry on top as you bite into the fresh fare.

              Kitchen Mouse

              The bustling cafe Kitchen Mouse offers thoughtful plates of vegetarian and vegan dishes made to serve a diversity of diets without the need to add dairy and meat products. The eye-catching space is the perfect place for a vegan brunch in Highland Park.

              Doomie’s Home Cookin

              Visit Doomie’s in Culver City to experience a casual meal made with fresh, appetizing ingredients. The vegan chicken and waffles, burgers and desserts are all dairy-free and meatless making guests do a double take when chowing down in their delicious bites.

              Bluebird Brasserie

              This Sherman Oaks restaurant will have you in awe of the renaissance style architecture and vegan-friendly menu. Pair their delicious bites with a beer from their on-site brewery.

              Wild Living Foods

              Tasty eats and cold press juices are the specialty at this restaurant and shop Downtown. Their variety of bowls, salads and flavorful juice drinks are sure to make your mouth water.

              The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

              With an onsite brewery and British pub-style atmosphere, this Culver City locale unites vegan dining options with classic European recipes. Take a seat in the bar or reserve a table to enjoy the selection of plant-based eats.

              Beelmans

              Bar food doesn’t have to be unhealthy as Beelman’s incorporates plant-based options into pub-style dining. Grab a beer and watch the big game alongside chowing down on their quality vegan eats.

              Mohawk Bend

              This modern, Echo Park hot spot offers up vegan pizzas and pub food for any time of day. Their seasonal menu keeps things interesting with organic and locally sourced ingredients.

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                The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore Opening in Long Beach

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                Introducing The Bungalow Kitchen

                Long Beach is gaining a chic, new restaurant with The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore–the latest outpost of the Bungalow Hospitality brand. A departure from its Santa Monica and Huntington Beach predecessors, this unique brand concept of a lounge-worthy eatery is the result of a partnership between Bungalow’s Brent Bolthouse and award-winning Chef Michael Mina. The “social dining” space is slated to open its doors on March 4th, 2021 to a community of Long Beach’s Belmont Shore diners.

                RESERVATIONS


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                The Bungalow x Michael Mina

                Brent Bolthouse has established himself as a veteran in the hospitality and nightlife industries through decades of success in Los Angeles. After opening the first Bungalow in 2012, the brand has grown to become a staple in its Santa Monica and later Huntington Beach neighborhoods. Joining with Michelin-starred Chef Michael Mina for The Bungalow Kitchen was a natural collaboration for the two. “Brent is a longtime friend of mine,” notes Mina, “We are so excited to collaborate on our first brand new restaurant concept and to utilize his deep roots in the industry with the launch of The Bungalow Kitchen.”

                While plans for a Long Beach Bungalow have been in the works for years, the untimely pandemic spurred a shift in plans for the restaurateurs. “The original plans for Belmont Shore was to open the third Bungalow location, but Michael and I quickly shifted gears to rebrand and pivot to The Bungalow Kitchen in response to the pandemic, opting to launch our new brand concept there first,” Bolthouse explained. Plans for a Northern California Bungalow Kitchen in Tiburon are still currently in development.




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                In the Heart of Belmont Shore

                Guests of The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore can expect to be wowed by the living room-like setting, a “community clubhouse” for cocktails, dining and socializing. Perched on the upper floor of the 2nd & PCH shopping center, the eatery overlooks the water of Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay. Similar to other Bungalow locales, eclectic, bohemian decor will make the comfy hideaway perfect for lounging. The 10,000 square foot space, designed by frequent Bungalow collaborator Studio Collective, boasts custom furnishings, stylish artwork and rock and roll-inspired decor reflecting the nostalgia of Long Beach’s punk rock influences. Mixing a traditional bungalow style with sleek, musical elements creates an environment of eccentric refinement for visitors to unwind.




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                The Space

                Similar to other Bungalow outposts, the multi-room layout allows for a residential feel that creates a welcoming ambiance of comfort. Rooms in varying sizes and styles add an additional layer to the dining experience, offering multiple backdrops for guests to enjoy themselves. The plush seating in the dining room is perfect for large party visits or cozy date nights, with a fireplace bringing warmth to the space. The game room features a pool table for a fun, post-dinner activity, while the sunroom provides a sophisticated locale for sipping cocktails. No waterfront restaurant would be complete without outdoor seating, making Bungalow Kitchen’s 3,000 square foot patio ideal for al fresco dining with a view of the bay.




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                A Social Dining Experience

                The social dining experience at The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore is elevated by Chef Michael Mina’s dinner and late night menus of California cuisine, with a brunch menu soon to be added. An emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients brings fresh flavors to the variety of indulgent plates. Guests can start their dining experience with table snacks like Crispy Duck Wings or Prosciutto-Wrapped Asian Pears. A raw bar includes items like Tai Snapper Ceviche Verde and Tuna & Tomato Poke, as well as platters that may be shared between 2-4 people. Salads like the King Crab & Endive Caesar are sure to impress, while pastas like the House-Made Rigatoni and Spicy Lobster Spaghetti will be seaside favorites. The Kitchen also offers grilled and roasted selections like Charcoal-Grilled Lamb Tenderloin and Grilled Sea Bream, alongside Chef Michael Mina’ signature Lobster Pot Pie, featuring whole Maine Lobster, Truffle-Lobster Bisque & Petite Root Vegetables. 

                 

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                Late Night Bites

                Aside from dinner, the limited late night menu will also satisfy cravings with items like the Bungalow Burger and “Boardwalk” Crinkle-Cut Fries. Bites will be paired with a drink menu of classic cocktails and an expansive wine list of curated selections. Delivery and takeout are also expected to be in The Bungalow Kitchen’s future, soon allowing patrons to enjoy Chef Mina’s creations right at home. Bolthouse and Chef Mina bringing a fresh, new dining destination to Long Beach is sure to attract excited local patrons ready to enjoy their piece of the renowned Bungalow brand. The success of Bungalow Huntington Beach suggests this twist on the widely-acclaimed bars will make waves in the Long Beach restaurant scene for years to come.

                 

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                  The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore is located at 6400 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 200. Long Beach, CA 90603 in the 2nd & PCH retail center. Current hours of operation are Wed-Sat 5pm-2am and Sun 5pm-10pm. To make dining reservations for March 4th, 2021 and later, contact concierge@zochagroup.com or click here for reservations.

                   

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                  Essential Outdoor Restaurants in Los Angeles

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                  Explore these Outdoor Restaurants in Los Angeles

                  With COVID-19 vaccinations on the rise, Los Angeles citizens are starting to get out and explore the city again, with the post-pandemic restaurant landscape more exciting than ever. Sunny LA days create the perfect ambiance for safe, outdoor settings where guests can savor a delicious meal. Some restaurants make use of already-existing patio seating, while others have expanded to sidewalk or parking lot seating as an added option. Enjoy your next al fresco feast at one of these essential outdoor restaurants in Los Angeles.

                  The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore

                  Take a trip to Long Beach to try out Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore. This sister restaurant of Santa Monica’s bar The Bungalow puts a fine dining twist on the brand’s cozy, Baja California style. With a menu of dishes made with seasonal ingredients, you won’t regret the drive to experience this eccentric, “community clubhouse.”




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                  Santolina

                  Take in open-air views of Los Angeles when you make a reservation for Sant’olina at the Beverly Hilton. Taste both traditional and modern Mediterranean dishes on a vibrant, coastal-inspired patio. Dinner and weekend brunch are unparalleled at this hot spot.




                  Fia

                  The earthy, coastal feel of Fia will sweep you away into a garden paradise. Twinkling lights hanging from the trees and rustic wooden furnishings create an enchanting environment to compliment their menu of Mediterranean eats.




                  Perch

                  This classic Downtown Los Angeles destination has always been a go-to for rooftop dining, and continues to serve its guests delectable dishes with a view. Their unmatched atmosphere with a cityscape backdrop is the perfect place for socially-distant, outdoor dining.




                  Gigis

                  Located in the up-and-coming Sycamore area of Hollywood, Gigi’s is a seductive space for French fare. This nightspot is perfect for catching up with friends on their outdoor patio while indulging in flavorful dishes and thoughtful cocktails.

                  Nueva

                  This bustling space for Mexican cuisine offers vibrant patio seating for your outing. Stop by for brunch to get the full experience with spacious, outdoor seats to absorb the daytime breeze. Their menu boasts tacos, ceviches and even mimosa kits to add a touch of buzz.

                  Ysabel

                  This hot spot tucked away in West Hollywood has an airy patio to set the scene for your brunch or dinner outing. Locally-sourced ingredients make up their impressive menu of earthy, Mediterranean and American selections.

                  Las Palmas

                  Head to EP & LP to dine at their patio pop-up restaurant Las Palmas. The Tulum-inspired setting will transport you to a tropical, coastal oasis where you can nibble from a menu of brunch classics like Belgian waffles, a breakfast burrito or a smoked salmon bagel.

                  Dama

                  Nestled in Downtown LA’s Fashion District, Dama’s unmatched patio will have you carelessly lounging in the tropical, Latin-inspired surroundings. You’ll take in plenty of greenery while you sip delicious cocktails and dine beneath the stars.

                  Pilot

                  At the top of The Hoxton Hotel in Downtown LA is Pilot, a rooftop restaurant with an open air dining room fit for an airy, al fresco meal. Enjoy beautiful views of the neighborhood along with pastas, pizzas and refreshing cocktails from their outdoor dining menu.

                  Strada

                  Pull up a chair at Strada to enjoy flavorful, locally-sourced ingredients in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Whether you’re ordering tapas, pizzas or from their vegan and vegetarian menu, you’ll love this outdoor restaurant perfect for a safe and social dining experience.

                  Bacari W. 3rd

                  Tucked away through an unsuspecting alley in West Hollywood, Bacari W. 3rd boasts a romantic and intimate space that will make any night out memorable. Sparkling lights throughout the lush, green, outdoor space create a dreamy atmosphere you’ll love for date night or with friends.

                  Parks BBQ

                  One of Koreatown’s favorite destinations for Korean barbecue, head to Parks for a satisfying evening underneath their covered outdoor space. This essential spot for appetizing Korean cuisine offers quality cuts of meat and sides with authentic flavors.

                  LA Cha Cha Cha

                  The Downtown Los Angeles outpost of the popular Mexico City Cha Cha Cha location brings a modern, Mexican style to go along with fresh flavors. The impressive outdoor space mixes art deco and tropical accents to create a great place to watch the sunset in the Arts District.

                  Margot

                  Head to Culver City to enjoy one of the neighborhood’s best outdoor restaurants. This rooftop spot has a spacious, al fresco patio where you can try their delicious menu of Spanish, Mediterreanean and Italian cuisine.

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                    The 10 Best Street Food Vendors to Try at Avenue 26 Night Market

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                    Avenue 26 Night Market

                    The Avenue 26 night market has grown to become the most popular destination to grab a bite in Lincoln Heights. Hungry citizens from all over Los Angeles flock to Artesian Street each night to taste from street vendors whipping up unique cultural dishes from all over the world. From Mexican food to Thai food to funnel cake, there’s something for everyone at this burgeoning night market that’s worth a visit in East LA. There’s always a rotating selection of street food vendors, but take a look at which ones to look out for during your next trip to Avenue 26 night market.




                    Avenue 26 Tacos

                    The night market grew from a single vendor–Avenue 26 Tacos, a local favorite for cheap eats in the neighborhood. The market is unofficially named after them and they continue to put together delicious plates of Mexican food. Lines are long, but a visit to their stand is a must for anyone looking to get the true street food experience.




                    Funnel Land

                    You won’t have to wait for the county fair to get a bite of quality funnel cake. Funnel Land tops their cakes with ice cream as well as strawberries, blueberries and even oreos. You’ll satisfy your sweet tooth at this booth for an ideal street food dessert.




                    El Jefes BBQ

                    If you’re craving a Southwest taste, El Jefe’s is the way to go. Their selection of backyard-style barbecue items with a Mexican flair include brisket quesadillas and nachos with chipotle and BBQ flavors.




                    Tacos Los Cachoritos

                    Asian and Mexican cuisines combine for Tacos Los Cachoritos’ speciality, birria ramen. The flavorful stew is poured over instant noodles for a unique dish you won’t find anywhere else. You can also find birria tacos and mulitas to satisfy your Mexican food cravings.

                    Sweet Meats LA

                    Meat lovers will drool from the subtle, tropical flavors of this Filipino and Spanish-style BBQ pork. Come to Avenue 26 on a weekend to find Sweet Meats LA serving up skewers of perfectly seasoned meats.

                    Thainese Box

                    Feast on some delicious Thai food at Thainese Box. Their booth offers up plates of dishes like chow mein, fried rice, and mango sticky rice. Wash it down with a thai iced tea for the perfect dinner.

                    Bon-Bon Sweets

                    You’ll enjoy the sugar rush from getting a bite of the selection at Bon-Bon Sweets. Carefully-crafted treats like chocolate covered strawberries, caramel apples and cakepops are sure to catch your eye at Avenue 26.

                    Churros El Bochito

                    Churros El Bochito takes this classic Mexican dessert and includes sweet toppings for a delectable twist. Add things like ice cream, cereal, chocolate sauce or whipped cream to their churros or churro bites and savor the flavor.

                    Baby Cakess Gourmet Pancakes

                    You may not think you can eat pancakes on the go, but Baby Cakess makes it an appetizing reality. Their bite-sized pancake balls are topped with fruits, sweets and sauces to give you the ultimate street food dessert experience.

                    Felice Italian Catering

                    If you’re craving pizza, Felice Catering is the vendor to visit. Their gourmet neapolitan pizzas will hit the spot as they’re wood-fired to perfection topped with classic Italian ingredients.

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