The Best Fine Dining Restaurants in South Africa

South Africa is a country full of culture that goes back nearly to the beginning of recorded time. If you’re not busy hiking beautiful waterfalls or snorkeling off the coast, you’ll want to taste the variety of dishes served at the historic country’s fine dining locales. Their unique location provides a variety of ingredients that are used to put fresh new spins on classic favorites or create new dishes altogether. Take a bite of some top picks for the best fine dining restaurants in South Africa for the next time you head to Mzansi.

 

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The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Situated on top of Schapenberg mountain, The Restaurant at Waterkloof is an internationally-renowned and multiple award-winning eatery that turns a meal into a whole experience. Revered chef Gregory Czarnecki has gained global recognition for his gift of creating elegance and luxury in simplistic but artistic ways.




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The Test Kitchen

An elaborate and extraordinary menu, along with world-class service, has put The Test Kitchen on the map for fine dining. Owner and head chef Luke Dale-Roberts knows how to surprise and excite diners with some of the most inventive and creative food in the country.




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La Colombe

La Colombe serves as one of South Africa’s most recognizable names in the fine dining circuit and continually ends up near the top of every list of the world’s best restaurants. Located on the grounds of the picturesque Silvermist Organic Wine Estate, La Colombe serves a mix of classical French and Asian cuisine that pairs perfectly with anything off of the wine menu and the breathtaking views.




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Restaurant Mosaic

Restaurant Mosaic, inside the famous Orient hotel, has quickly risen to fame along with its head chef. Chantal Dartnell, who recently won the award for ‘Best Female Chef in the World.’ She crafts an ever-changing but always top-tier menu that leaves guests’ jaws on the floor. From your first arrival to final departure, not a single detail is missed.

 

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Wolfgat

Wolfgat rests inside an unpretentious, white-washed fisherman’s cottage that only seats 20, making it tough to get reservations during peak travel months. Chef Kobus van der Merwe works miracles in the kitchen, creating ethereal dishes from ingredients that can be found right outside the restaurant. Some of the dishes at Wolfgat take months to prepare, which shows the dedication to perfection that comes from van der Merwe and his team.

 

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The Camphors at Vergelegen

This South African signature restaurant takes its name from the ancient giant Camphor trees planted in 1700 that sit at the front of the property. The restaurant’s seating overlooks these beautiful trees and the rest of the expansive lawn, adding something special to your dining experience. Their seasonal menu is crafted around their signature wine list in order to complement the wine, and not the other way around like you may be used to seeing. Although The Camphors is quite a highly-awarded eatery, the experience is genuine and the staff does a wonderful job at educating their guests about the wines and foods offered.

 

Greenhouse

Discover the complexities of South African cuisine in this modern conservatory that offers breathtaking views of the historic Cellars-Hohenort Hotel. Chef Farrel Hirsch serves up high-end but playful dishes that complement the local ingredients of South Africa like none before him.

 

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Satisfy Your Cravings at the Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles

Great Mexican food is almost like a birthright for Los Angeles, considering the area used to be part of Mexico. With such a strong cultural influence still present in the city today, Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles are plentiful, including menus of upscale Mexican cuisine. With Cinco de Mayo filling the city with cravings for tacos, quesadillas and the like, what better way is there to celebrate than by grabbing a bite and a margarita at one of the best Mexican restaurants in Los Angeles.

 

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Gracias Madre

In a city known for its availability of vegan food options, Gracias Madre quickly rises above the competition. Their secret is to take traditional Mexican dishes that are already close to being vegan and push them over the edge. Gracias Madre is widely known for its tasty guacamole, mezcal, and cashew-based cheese. They also serve an agave-heavy cocktail menu that won’t have you feeling guilty in the morning.




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Toca Madera

An extensive cocktail menu and expertly-crafted Mexican cuisine classics make Toca Madera an all-in-one package. For a night out, look no further than a drive to West Hollywood where you can lounge at Toca Madera all night and never get bored. Celebrities, locals, and visitors alike flock there each day for high-quality dishes and one of the most lively dining atmospheres in Los Angeles.




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Broken Spanish

Located a few blocks from the Staples Center, Broken Spanish should be your go-to spot for a night out before or after the big game. Whether you’re looking for an upscale restaurant or a place for drinks and dancing, Broken Spanish has it all. Crowds from all over the city congregate here for some of the best modern Mexican food in the city.




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Petite Taqueria

Petite Taqueria in West Hollywood boasts a menu of Mexican classics with a twist. The prime La Cienega location in the heart of the neighborhood’s bustling nightlife scene makes it the perfect pre-party destination for enjoying a mouth-watering dinner. Fans of savory Mexican dishes and flavorful cocktails are sure to enjoy the Petite Taqueria experience.

 

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Coni Seafood

If seafood is what you seek, Coni’Seafood has what you’ve been looking for. Beginning in the owner’s backyard in 1987, the restaurant has been fueling the larger LA community with Nayarit-style seafood for decades. Widely considered one of, if not the best seafood restaurants in Los Angeles, everything from ceviche to tacos de Marlin is served up with care and precision at both of their LA locations.

 

La Casita Mexicana

Heading south of Downtown lies La Casita Mexicana, a colorful Dia de Los Muertos themed restaurant that has been serving up some of the area’s best Chile En Nogada for years. The two head chefs of La Casita Mexicana are absolute rockstars when it comes to cooking up Mexican food, and they have quickly turned their restaurant into a Southern California institution.

 

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Red O Taste of Mexico

The Red O culinary team prides themselves on using fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients in their classic Mexican dishes, as well as their steaks and seafood dishes. The restaurant, located in Santa Monica, houses a friendly and inviting interior that makes guests want to sit and have just one more glass of wine.

 

El Compadre

If there’s one thing that can get you ready for the weekend, it should be margaritas and dinner at El Compadre in Hollywood. Flaming drinks, an all-night mariachi band, and authentic Mexican food come together to create the perfect atmosphere to have a party. Experience this Los Angeles outpost for a menu of delicious dishes made from family recipes that won’t disappoint.

 

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Best Restaurants in LA to Order Delivery and Takeout

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.




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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.




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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.




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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Get a Taste of LA with the Best Food Trucks in Los Angeles

One of the best developments in Los Angeles’ restaurant industry over the past decade is the emergence of food trucks–and they are everywhere. Food trucks are a fun and convenient way to enjoy a quick meal in the fast-paced city as they offer creative dishes that would put even your favorite restaurants to shame. Since they’re so popular, you’ll have plenty of options to embrace a taste from these unique mobile menus. Take a bite of our choices of the very best food trucks rolling around Los Angeles.

 

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Tacos 1986

This up-and-coming taco stall is the perfect way to get your siesta on after a long day or start your fiesta for a really good night. Tacos 1986 offers perfectly crafted, authentic tacos with homemade tortillas and a side of sweet and smooth horchata. With a revolving location that has called Hollywood, Koreatown and Venice home, you’ll never go wrong tracking down this mouth-watering menu.




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The Lobos Truck LA

Offering a truly mouth-watering variety of California-style comfort foods, The Lobos Truck LA is a hot spot for Angelinos looking for a top tier, quality meal. Along with a full menu of tasty lunch and dinner options, they also offer a full line of their very own sauces including BBQ sauce, hot sauces, and ranch-based sauces.




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Gs Taco Spot on Wheels

G’s Taco Spot on Wheels continually attracts customers from far and wide who are dying to try this renowned food truck’s traditional gourmet Mexican cuisine. With everything from whopping breakfast burritos to plenty of vegan dinner options, this food truck is sure to give you the perfect Mexican food experience.




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Richeeze

The only thing better than the food at Richeeze is the smile you’ll have on your face for the rest of the day. Richeeze, which operates all over Downtown LA, creates some of the cheesiest and delectable dishes in the city. Fresh ingredients and experts behind the grill make Richeeze one of the best places to get your favorite childhood sandwich.

 

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Hustle N Dough

Hustle N Dough is a Santa Monica-based donut shop on wheels that would give the famous Voodoo Donuts a run for their money. Crazy concoctions like sweet lavender, vanilla, and honey make Hustle N Dough a perfect place to start off your morning and satisfy your sweet tooth.

 

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Cousins Maine Lobster

Cousins Jim Tselikis and Saban Lomac joined forces in 2012 to bring their vision of owning a restaurant to reality. Seven years later, and the pair are bringing the country some of the freshest Maine lobster you’ll ever taste. They have 21 food truck locations in 15 states, with three here in Southern California. Seafood-loving Angelinos know to head to Cousins Maine Lobster for a delectable dinner.

 

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Hungry Nomad

If you ever find yourself lucky enough to stumble upon the Hungry Nomad food truck, you’ll find yourself treated to some of the best Lebanese/Armenian street food you may ever have in your life. The recipes Hungry Nomad uses have been passed down through generations of family chefs and are largely influenced by their family-owned and operated bakery, which has been open for over 50 years.

 

Mariscos Jalisco

Known to Eastsiders as a local favorite, this taco truck has steadily built its reputation with almost twenty years serving up Mexican eats in Los Angeles. Whether you’re in the mood for ceviche, shrimp tacos or the perfect tostada, your Mexican seafood craving is sure to be satisfied when you stop by this LA institution.

 

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Ragin Cajun

Tantalize your taste buds with some of the best spicy Southern food in all of Los Angeles. Ragin’ Cajun creates the perfect blend of spicy and savory that will transport you right to Bourbon Street and satisfy the rumble in your stomach. With their large menu packed with great options,  you’ll enjoy bringing some heat to your food truck dining experience.

 

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Guide to the Best Hotels & Restaurants in Tulum

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.




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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.




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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.




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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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The Top 10 New Food Trends for 2020

With every new year comes a wave of new trends projected to gain popularity in the world of food products, dining and hospitality. These top new food trends for 2020 will likely start to pop up on grocery store shelves and restaurant menus as the months go by. Add some variety to your diet this year by tasting some of the front runners that should be soon coming to a table near you.

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Pinsa

This century-old, Italian style of cooking pizza makes for a fluffier dough by using soy and rice flours, making it a healthier alternative to traditional pizza. The trend is already common in Italy but is now expected to make its way to the US.

 

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Ghost Kitchens

With delivery apps increasingly making up a larger portion of dining out, sometimes a brick and mortar restaurant isn’t even necessary. Delivery-only ghost kitchens are expected to become more common, even offering a variety of cuisines or brands all made in a single private kitchen.

 

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Alcoholic Kombucha

Consumers have embraced kombucha in past years, and will moving towards integrating booze to enjoy it as a health-conscious, alcoholic beverage. The product has already become popular along the coasts and will soon find its way across the country as a food trend in 2020.

 

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Cauliflower

Those following vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or keto diet plans have given cauliflower its time in the spotlight in recent years. This vegetable will continue to be seen as an alternative to starches like potatoes and gluten products like bread.

 

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Wood-Fire Cooking

While many are used to seeing pizzas cooked in a wood-fired method, 2020 will bring new creativity with chefs using open hearths to make different kinds of food. Guests love to see their food being prepared in real time, and this cooking style is expected to deliver a show along with your meal in 2020.

 

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Mocktails

Non-alcoholic cocktails will have a moment in 2020, with dry happy hours and zero-proof beverages piquing the interest of consumers. Thoughtfully-made elixirs with fresh juice blends are sure to keep guests interested in these healthier alternative drinks.

 

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Oat Milk & Milk Alternatives

With cow’s milk slowly but surely phasing its way out of fridges across America, non-animal based alternatives are being adopted as necessities for consumers. With soy and almond milk being a favorite, soon oat milk will be added to the group as a go-to alternative.

 

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Seafood Snacks

Stores and restaurants will be taking Japan’s lead in embracing seafood, including vegetables, as a snack food. Roasted seaweed and salmon skins will gain more traction along with innovative items like kelp jerky.

 

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Hummus

There’s no secret that hummus is a go-to snack for many people, but this year it’ll be used differently than consumers have seen in the past. Adventurous flavors will come about along with menus integrating hummus into desserts, making for a unique and healthy treat.

 

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Probiotics

Many people have integrated probiotics into their diet for digestive health, but this year the trend will also include dry items that can be stored in your pantry. Things like cereal, granola, nut butters and nutrition bars will be made to be shelf-stable for long term storage.

 

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Vegan Meat Snacks

Veggie versions of popular dishes have made their way onto menus all over the world and will continue to do so throughout 2020. Consumers will also see vegan meat snacks line the shelves of your local grocery store with options like soy jerky and mushroom bacon chips.

 

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Celtuce

Kale and romaine are on their way out with celtuce, a lettuce cultivar, moving in as an alternative. The health benefits to this versatile, Chinese lettuce makes it worth adding to any meal as a side dish or even as an ingredient in juices and smoothies.

 

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15 of the Best Brunch Spots 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Photo: Fia Restaurant Santa Monica

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.

 

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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.

 

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Photo: Yours Truly Venice

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.

 

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Photo: Margot Culver City

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.

 

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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.

 

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Photo: Elephante

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.

 

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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.

 

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Photo: Kismet

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.

 

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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.

 

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Photo: Neighbor Venice

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.

 

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Photo: Salt’s Cure

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.

 

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Photo: Here’s Looking at You

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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Photo: Huckleberry Santa Monica

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7 of the Best Food and Drink Festivals in Los Angeles

Everybody knows that delicious food and a quality drinks are good for the soul, but both are even better when enjoyed with others. Food and drink festivals are a great way to get out into the community and enjoy some great eats at the same time. There are a variety of events highlighting different areas of the food universe around the city, so here are some of the very best food and drink festivals in Los Angeles for you to taste something new.

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Santa Monica Wine Fest

Wine novices and sommeliers alike are welcomed to come to the Santa Monica Wine Festival happening in the beachside city of Santa Monica. The festival prides itself on bringing wines from all over the world under one roof along with live music and wine education.

 

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Smokefest 2 Barbecue Festival

This barbeque festival hosted at LA Ale Works in Hawthorne celebrates everything grilled, smoked, and slathered in sauce. The event is free to the public, with each individual booth setting their own prices per dish. The festival is also family and dog-friendly, with giant games of Jenga and Connect Four happening all day long.

 

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Vegan Street Fair

The Vegan Street Fair is an annual celebration that brings plant-based food and good times together in its North Hollywood neighborhood. This free-to-enter event hosts multiple vegan food vendors from all over the city to bring you a smorgasbord of delicious and nutritious eats.  

 

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Montrose Craft Beer Festival

This event is a celebration of local brewers and craftsman who have perfected their beer creating process. The Montrose Craft Beer Festival is an annual occurrence that along with great beer holds lawn games, a photo booth, and a live DJ.

 

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Masters of Taste

This premier food and drink festival is held at the Rose Bowl and unites dozens of Los Angeles’ top chefs, wine and beer experts to all come together for a greater cause. 100% of the proceeds goes to Union Station Homeless Services, which serves to place the homeless in available housing. What could be better than enjoying some delicious food and quality drinks for a great cause?

 

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ColdXela Homebrewed Craft Beer Festival

The SoCal Cerveceros are host their annual homebrewed beer festival that focuses on celebrating local award-winning homebrew beer makers. The festival also prides themselves on bringing in up and coming Latino bands and music acts that make for an exciting day of fun.

 

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Long Beach Seafood Festival

Seafood lovers from all over California head to Long Beach to enjoy some of the best fish that Southern California has to offer. The festival features amazing dishes from top chefs all over Los Angeles, as well as demonstrations from top celebrity chefs, eating competitions, dances, and much more. Those with a birthday during the month of the festival get to enjoy free entry to take a bite of the fresh seafood selections.

 

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The Best Vegan Restaurants in Los Angeles

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.

 

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Photo: Crossroads Kitchen

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.

 

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Photo: Shojin Culver City

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.

 

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Photo: Nic’s on Beverly

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.

 

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Photo: Double Zero Venice

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.

 

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Photo: Plant Food + Wine

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.

 

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Photo: Pura Vita Los Angeles

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.

 

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Photo: SunCafe Organic

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.

 

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Photo: Burgerlords 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.  

 

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Photo: Monty’s Good Burger

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.

 

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Photo: Sage Vegan Bistro

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.

 

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Photo: Cafe Gratitude Venice

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.

 

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Photo: Real Food Daily

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.

 

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Photo: The Butcher’s Daughter

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.

 

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Photo: Gracias Madre

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.

 

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Photo: Kitchen Mouse

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.

 

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Photo: Doomie’s Home Cookin

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.

 

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Photo: Bluebird Brasserie

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.

 

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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.

 

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Photo: The Stalking Horse Brewery & Freehouse

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.

 

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Photo: Beelman’s DTLA

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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Photo: Mohawk Bend

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Experience The South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2020

Miami’s annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival occurs each year, bringing together culinary talents from around the world to learn and teach in South Beach. Sponsored by The Food Network and The Cooking Channel, the exciting event boasts more than 100 events, including hosted dinners, panel discussions and tastings. The Sobe Wine and Food Festival 2020 five-day event is now in its 19th year and is expected to draw in thousands of foodies ready to experience the lively hospitality event.

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South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Miami’s beautiful weather and bustling dining scene makes it the perfect city to be the site of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, dedicated to educating attendees about wine and food. The five days of festivities, occurring on February 19th-23rd, 2020, are spread across South Florida at venues in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits joins with Florida International University (FIU) to host the festival as a fundraiser for the school’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, with an aim to support the future of the hospitality industry. The yearly turnout of over 65,000 attendees has helped raise over $30 million to date, with 1,200 students volunteering annually to gain experience in the field.

 

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Festival Events

The international selection of talent at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival ranges from world-renowned Chefs, TV personalities and hospitality brand owners, each providing their beverage and culinary expertise for audiences. Attendees can purchase tickets for a spectrum of unique events hosted by special guests throughout the region. Over 450 hospitality power players will be in attendance to share their knowledge with the South Beach crowd.

On Thursday, private dinners with Martha Stewart, Michael Mina and Dwayne Wade are sure to give attendees a memorable treat. Nobel Peace Prize nominee Chef José Andrés will host a “Feeding the World” tasting at the SLS South Beach. Restaurateur Bobby Flay will host a dinner “Shark Las Vegas Comes to Miami,” giving South Beach a taste of his Palms Casino Resort eatery. You can also attend Martha Stewart’s reception on Friday, or be entertained by the “Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown” sponsored by Bacardi and Patrón. Saturday’s events include a “Wine & Cheese Happy Hour” with Dwayne Wade, along with a hosted dinner featuring Michael Voltaggio. Sunday closes out the week of wine-ing and dining with events like a “Sushi-Making Master Class & Lunch” at famed restaurant Nobu Miami.

 

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Auction

In addition to proceeds of ticket sales being donated to the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, onsite and online auctions will also be held for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Getaway vacations, unique experiences, gourmet dinners, vintage wines and luxury items are just a few items guests can win at the exciting auctions. Past years have seen more than $250,000 in proceeds raised to support a valued cause.

 

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Where to Stay

Miami has an expansive selection of beachfront hotels near the center of the festival, with the Loews Miami Beach acting as the official headquarters. The recently redesigned destination is just a short walk or ride to many of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival events. Escape to their pool deck or jacuzzi in between panels, or take a moment to experience their serene spa or revitalizing yoga classes. 1Hotel South Beach is also a property near the action, with a style inspired by natural elements to complement the city’s sand and sun. Have a bite and watch the sunset at Watr at the Rooftop, or sip a cocktail poolside at their Sandbox bar. You also can’t go wrong at Fontainebleau Miami, a dream destination for foodies. The Michelin-starred Hakkasan restaurant, StripSteak by Michael Mina, and the delicious Scarpetta are all located onsite for a range of impressive dining experiences.

 

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