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3 Trends Defining L.A.'s Food Scene

BY The Editors | June 23, 2017 | Feature Features

The 50 finest things happening in L.A.'s food scene right now
Lunetta All Day's airy bar area

ALL-DAY DINING Whether it’s a high-powered meeting or weekday brunch, the all-day eatery is on the rise. The patio and chorizo hash draw hipsters like moths to the flame at Salazar (Frogtown). Joe Miller is back with Rudy & Hudson (Santa Monica, 424.581.6444), where organic ingredients meet elevated breakfast-through-dinner fare like truffle omelets and smoked brisket sandwiches. The trend continues at Lunetta All Day (Santa Monica, 310.581.4201), where gleaming white marble counter and copper-topped tables welcome locals for all-day breakfasts and more.

BAKERIES Carb lovers, rejoice! The bakery is back in L.A. Rustic pastries and great bagels are just some of the offerings at casual-cool Friends & Family (Thai Town, 323.668.2000). Lodge Bread (Culver City, 424.384.5097) doubled the square footage of its bakery for more beautiful loaves and rolls. And over in Highland Park, Mr. Holmes Bakehouse (323.739.0473) serves up colorful, cream-filled doughnuts and its croissant-muffin hybrid, the Cruffin. Look for a second location on Larchmont soon.

PLANT-BASED RESTAURANTS Veganism has taken over L.A. in a big way, and chefs, whether their restos are completely vegan or not, are embracing it. Nick Erven creates innovative dishes like cavatelli with pea tendrils, squash and tom yum gravy at Erven (Santa Monica, 310.260.2255). Marcel Vigneron celebrates peak-season produce, like charred carrots with romanesco and furikake, at Wolf (L.A., 323.424.7735). And at Botanica (Silver Lake, 323.522.6106), there are Instagram-ready fattoush-y salads and shaved vegetables galore.

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