SF Bay Area
Food and drink that has us seeing gold
Always asking yourself: where should I eat? At HangryDiary we are always seeking out new restaurants so we can answer that very question. Here now, five must-try restaurants this summer in the L.A. Area! Don't forget Father's Day is tomorrow so spoil your dads at the spots below!
1) Bistro Na's
When it comes to authentic and delicate Chinese food, Bistro Na's truly deserves to be crowned the King of Chinese food in the east side. Stepping into Bistro Na's you end up in a traditional Chinese palace focused on Beijing style Imperial Cuisine where every dish is a work of art.
With over 25 years of culinary experience Head Chef Tian Yong hails from Beijing, a fitting place for a restaurant serving and treating customers like royalty. He is the apprentice of Master chef Zhou Jixiang who is in charge of the banquets in the Great Hall of the people where all the China's top officials meet.
Tips: Be sure to try the crispy shrimp and make sure to call ahead of time and reserve as it is fully booked out all the time!
Address: Ste 105, 9055 Las Tunas Dr, Temple City, CA, 91780
Truly the meat lover's nirvana. Yakiyan is a luxurious culinary experience bringing high-end finer dining yakiniku to the area. You will not find a service team as knowledgeable about each course they serve on the Chef's Tasting Menu. Indulge yourself with prime beef cuts and taste the difference of A5 Wagyu.
From the full collection of sake to the décor everything about this restaurant is top notch. Enjoy the outdoor seating area and treat yourself to one of YakiYan's many exclusive cocktails including the Green Kimono.
YakiYan may be new to the LA area but is no stranger to the food business as they are run by the folks behind Panda Express so you can be assured they are experts at managing restaurants.
Tips: Go with the Chef's Tasting Menu, figure out which cut you like, and order more of it!
Address: 17188 Colima Rd, Ste C., Hacienda Heights, CA, 91745
Bright and welcoming perfectly describes this communal gem serving all day Middle Eastern cuisine. From breakfast to dinner, Kismet is the go-to spot for minimalists to enjoy a light and vegetable-intensive menu! Items on the menu are old school Mideast fused with contemporary LA right in the Los Feliz Business Improvement District. You will also love to know ingredients are sourced as much as possible from small and responsible growers!
The co-chefs behind Kismet is non other than Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson. You may have heard of them from Madcapra; their falafel shop at Grand Central Market! Be adventurous and try out Kismet and expand your taste palate!
Tips: You won't want to miss out on the Flaky Bread.
Address: 4648 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
4) Maestro Restaurant
Modern Mexican fine dining with experts in mixology! Chef Danny Godinez's newest restaurant in Old Pasadena serves up tapas to your heart's content. Godinez is one of the first to serve Frenchified Mexican food combining fine dining traditions and tastes from his homeland.
Maestro is perfect for shy solo diners who want to eat at the full service bar, groups on the dining room floor taking advantage of the family style dishes, or date night with amazing drinks. Come thirsty and hungry! Start yourself off with cocktails while deciding what to taste for the night!
Tips: Campfire Mezcal cocktails with the duck carnitas
Address: 110 East Union St., Pasadena, CA, 91103
5) Soh Grill House
New comer to the Korean BBQ game is Soh Grill House. Prime cuts of beef from NorCal, locally sourced veggies and owner Tamara Kim with over 30 years of experience makes for a solid Korean BBQ restaurant. It took a while since the restaurant was announced but now that it's here we couldn't wait to try it out.
Huge variety of dishes aside from Korean BBQ items such as kimchi fried rice and shrimp tacos. The team also cooks the meat for you so you can sit back and relax.
Tips: No AYCE yet as they are still in a soft opening phase but the house made sauces are excellent!
Address: 27 N Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA, 91103
@HangryDiary are the sister-sister pairing of Jocelyn and Justine. Their passion for exploring new restaurants inspired them to become food bloggers after graduating from USC and UCLA, respectively. They were raised in Hong Kong but moved to Los Angeles to study. You can often find them eating at the hottest restaurants in town and taking an obscene amount of time to shoot that perfect angle.
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