When we touch down in a new city, there’s two things we want to know without fail: what’s the weather and where’s the best place to grab a bite to eat. What can we say? We’re certified, self-proclaimed foodies who can’t seem to steer clear of a sky-high pile of nachos or the best plate of seafood in town. Fortunately for us (and you!), we have the opportunity to pick the brains of numerous inspirational women all across the globe who know their cities inside and out, and who just so happen to be experts in all things delicious. So, when we were able to catch up with the cool, calm, and collected L.A. lady Lauren Bucquet of Labucq, we knew we had to get her take on the best of the best the City of Angels has to offer when it comes to dinner delights. And, we wouldn’t settle for anything less than the insider’s take, the places she’d bring her closest friends for full bellies, laughs, and amazing conversation while making their way down the cocktail menu. Next time you’re in L.A., why not consider making a reservation at one of Lauren’s trusty six. Bon appétit!
République: 624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA.
“One look at the pastry counter and you will know what I mean. Totally worth getting there and standing in line just as they open on a Saturday morning. I’ve never seen a more perfect croissant, omelette, and coffee.”
Oriel: 1135 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA.
“I love this place, probably because it makes me feel a bit like I’m back in Brooklyn. It sits on a corner in Chinatown under the metro line. The menu is simple, but solid French food. I always order the Lardon Salad and Steak Tartare with one (or two) glasses of wine.”
Mizlala: 4515 Sepulveda Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA.
“This is a new-ish spot in our West Adams neighborhood and has a super yummy Mediterranean menu. They have a great outdoor patio that is casual enough to bring a two year old along any night of the week.”
Chichen Itza: 3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA.
“Chichen Itza is a great Yucatan counter spot that is in this larger, mostly Mexican food hall south of downtown called Mercado La Paloma. They have an excellent ceviche and really solid entrees. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s a fan of this type of cuisine.”
Botanica: 1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.
“Whenever I meet my friends that live in or around the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, we always end up here. I can’t complain, however. Botanica offers a great vibe, wonderful homemade bread, and a stellar dinner menu to explore.”
Woody’s Bar-B-Que: 3446 W. Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA
“My husband and I are big fans of barbecue and this is one of the best spots we’ve found in South L.A., where we live. There are multiple locations!”