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The ultimate guide to stylishly eating your way around in West Hollywood

West Hollywood is a 1.9-square mile oasis of celebrity flutter, money-throwing excess and venues with some of the most sensational food and drink offerings in all of the USA.

Jumping on board a relatively quick 14-hour flight direct from Sydney to LAX with American Airlines is now a lot simpler since they opened their new international route and within less than a day, you’re surrounded by the likes of Catch LA, EP & LP, Gracias Madre and heaps more.

Here’s a venue-by-venue guide on how to tackle the gastronomic offerings of WeHo…

Cecconi’s

Cecconis West Hollywood

Cecconi’s is an obvious choice. Dead centre and conveniently located right near the Pacific Design Centre – no wonder the celebrities like it so much – the institution is concealed, leafy, has a killer menu and is as welcoming as you’d expect for a venue with such a good rep.

Cecconi’s does contemporary fare while incorporating all the latest health and wellness trends as it goes. Think basil pesto green eggs, cold press juices and low-sugar fruit arrangements.

Recommend: From the eggs menu, Cecconi’s green eggs, avocado, pesto on multi-grain is fragrant, zesty and filling must.

The Mondrian

Mondrian LA Ivory Room

Located right at the base of the Hills on Sunset Boulevard, The Mondrian Los Angeles is an easy choice for a casual, yet satisfying brunch at in-house Ivory on Sunset.

They offer the regular fare with a slight South American flair, complete with luxuriously-finished rooms that are bathed in natural light streaming through from the outside pool deck.

Their menu is wide and far-reaching, offering all sorts of typical staples like eggs benedict to the more adventurous chilaquiles, a South American nacho-like breakfast.

Recommend: Try the chilaquiles for a meal. Similar to nachos, they’re light, easy to eat and won’t leave you rolling out onto the pool deck.

Gracias Madre

Gracias Madre West Hollywood exterior

This Mexican joint is easily considered the best Mexican in West Hollywood by vegans and regular foodies alike, which refreshingly goes to show you don’t need meat to have a quality feed.

The restaurant offers trendy industrial aesthetics inside, leafy and welcoming Mexican villa aesthetics outside, which when paired with one of the restaurants famed margaritas, makes for quite the south-of-the-border experience you could be after.

In a city as health-conscious and green-loving as West Hollywood, it goes without saying as to why Gracias Madre is as popular and beloved as it is.

Recommend: If you’re adventurous, try asking the waiter what they recommend and prepare for the gastronomic surprise that awaits.

Catch LA

Catch LA entrance

Poser? Go to Catch. Foodie? Go to Catch. Seafood lover? Go to Catch. It’s an all-encompassing restaurant, bar and scene unto itself that is so popular, it’s the haunt of many a local celebrity and restaurant-goer.

It’s the Californian iteration of a New York favourite that touts flash al fresco dining with a predominantly seafood menu right in the heart of West Hollywood.

Catch LA is all looks, vibes and eats, offering-up some seriously quality-cooked seafood and seafood-inspired dishes with a contemporary flair all its own, a range of flavours that are truly gastronomic and an atmosphere all its own. It’s a must.

Recommend: The Hellfire Roll, sushi but not as you expect. They basically set it alight on table and it looks, smells and tastes spectacular.

Rosaline

Rosaline LA patio

If seafood isn’t much your jam, you can always head to Rosaline in West Hollywood, a contemporary Peruvian restaurant that does all the meats and all sorts of contemporary fare with a true South American feel.

Named after chef Ricardo Zarate’s mother, its a restaurant with a homely feel on a larger scale, mood lighting and modest settings that offers-up some quality food in WeHo.

With a bar that occupies the entryway and centre of the restaurant, you can tell where their loyalties lie, all of which perfectly complement the menu which comes complete with classics like paella as well as some more adventurous options for the brave.

Recommend: As scary as it is, definitely try the corazon anticucho, its beef heart that feels and tastes so much like well-done eye fillet, you won’t tell the difference.

Pearl’s Liquor Bar

Pearl is one classy braud. Located on Sunset Boulevard, she is one of those gems the locals love and visitors flock to for obvious reason. She took over the location of Duke’s on Sunset, offering rooftop-vibes with quaint decor, a menu that offers super contemporary menu items done simply and a drinks menu that is as cute as it is far-reaching.

They’ve pioneered the complementary mimosa kit with every bottle of bubbles bought, which has done wonders for a unique point of difference and works wonderfully with its whole ‘drink on the sun-soaked balcony’ offering it holds so prized. Definitely worth a visit.

Recommend: Get a bottle of champagne to take advantage of the cute mimosa kits.

Craig’s

Craigs West Hollywood

They say Craig’s is it when it comes to the epitome of WeHo. It’s meant to be the biggest celebrity hot spot complete with exclusive, paparazzi-free rear entrance and constantly slammed with people to see.

It’s “an American restaurant”, proudly serving typical American dishes that hit the spot with a level of gastronomy that keep the famous coming back. Dishes like pizza, Buffalo wings, truffled carbonara and both white and red meat dishes done with a touch of elegance make Craig’s an obvious choice for a before-drinks binge or casual weekend meal.

Recommend: The handmade carbonara with guanciale and truffle is sensational.

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Jeremy Hotel West Hollywood THE F penthouse 2

If you’re on the hunt for places to stay in West Hollywood, try The Jeremy West Hollywood (right down the road from Pearl’s) or La Peer Hotel (right across the road from Craig’s), which is taking bookings from January 2018.

For more information and ideas, visit the Visit West Hollywood website here.

 

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