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Los Angeles Bound.

Jun 20th, 2008 | Categories: Random | by Michael Williams

I’m headed out west to Los Angeles this afternoon. Looking forward to seeing lots of friends, eating good Mexican food and doing some ACL reconnaissance. If you have any tips or suggestions, new stores, brands or things to check out please leave them in the comments below.

Comments: 16

16 Comments to “Los Angeles Bound.”

  1. john
    on Jun 20th, 2008
    @ 2:00 PM

    if you’re going to be in the los feliz area (mexico city), head down to hollywood blvd. to visit Jonathan Kanarek’s Jake Vintage.

    have fun in l.a. don’t forget to put on your wayfarers. It hasn’t been the same since Le Dome closed down.

  2. andrew lee
    on Jun 20th, 2008
    @ 2:40 PM

    freddy vandecasteele
    bespoke shirtmaker. thomas mason fabrics. prices around 200. 818-789-2813

    south willard

    carroll and co

    band of outsiders is based in LA.

    so is the label fremont.

  3. Jon
    on Jun 20th, 2008
    @ 4:13 PM

    Not shopping related, but if you’re looking for places to grab a drink I highly recommend The Edison in downtown LA. It’s housed in the old Con Ed building (hence the name) and has a throw-back vibe to it. The cabaret night they have on Wednesdays is definitely worth it. Besides, where else can you get absinthe these days? Also, Winston’s very cool, energetic crowd with very little pretense.

  4. Pit
    on Jun 20th, 2008
    @ 5:37 PM

    You might want to check out Echo Park/Silverlake for an overdose of hipster pretense.

  5. Pit
    on Jun 20th, 2008
    @ 5:40 PM

    By the way, Los Feliz isn’t in any way Mexico City. For that you need to go south onto Wilshire near Macarthur Park.

  6. Michael Williams
    on Jun 20th, 2008
    @ 5:47 PM


    We’re talking about Mexico City the restaurant in Los Feliz…

  7. Peter
    on Jun 20th, 2008
    @ 5:49 PM

    Grab some lunch/brunch at Bloom Cafe. Really great, fresh food and friendly service in what seems like a pretty random spot in the middle of Los Angeles.


  8. joanna goddard
    on Jun 20th, 2008
    @ 6:33 PM

    i’m sure oyu know about this, but Stronghold is a super rad men’s store in LA. it’s inspired by the gold rush era (ex. filson bags, lots of jeans) and they have a bottle of whisky for you to drink and club chairs to relax in whenever you’re there.

  9. Pit
    on Jun 20th, 2008
    @ 9:55 PM

    Michael – It didn’t seem like John was referencing the restaurant in his post.

  10. Jason
    on Jun 20th, 2008
    @ 10:39 PM

    other than the usual suspects


    hungry cat – great drink menu too

    lou- wine bar hard to find. it’s in a strip mall (but in La all good things are hidden in strip malls)

    Jar- upscale modern meets old school

    3rd Street

    Douglas Fir http://www.jargol.com/stores/douglas-fir/

    South Willard http://www.southwillard.com/south-willard/store/

    OK -http://okstore.la/

    Venice Beach
    Abbot Kinney

    Jin Patisserie http://www.jinpatisserie.com/

    Tortoise http://www.tortoiselife.com/


  11. A.M.R.
    on Jun 21st, 2008
    @ 2:46 AM

    Apple Pan on Pico and Pie ‘n’ Burger in Pasadena. Both deliver a classic L.A. burger–the best sort–in a classic post-war, pre-Beatles setting. Slight edge to the Apple Pan on ambiance, with Pie ‘n’ Burger taking the gold for food. But just barely.


    Anything brewed by Russian River or Alesmith (especially the IPAs). Not available in New York; on tap at Father’s Office.

    Hanks’s for a dive bar.


    Also recommend visiting the Gamble House, the pinnacle of American Arts and Crafts architecture–not to mention home of Dr. Emmett Brown (of “Back to the Future” fame).


  12. Miguel R
    on Jun 21st, 2008
    @ 3:26 PM

    I suggest the mole or verdes chilaquiles from Loteria Grill at the Farmer’s Market on 3rd and Fairfax before checking out the shops on 3rd.

    Alegria on Sunset in Silverlake has many fans but if you prefer more “grasa” in your Mexican checkout: http://tacohunt.blogspot.com/
    Buen provecho!

  13. AMF
    on Jun 21st, 2008
    @ 4:18 PM

    Get out… get out while you can

  14. pit
    on Jun 22nd, 2008
    @ 1:45 AM

    +1 to Father’s Office.

    Apple Pan is good but a little overrated. Get there early or expect a long wait during peak times.

    If in the Pasadena area, try The Dining Room at the Langham Hotel. Used to be the Ritz Carlton before Langham acquired. The Dining Room is the only hotel restaurant with a Michelin star. Reservations are easy but wear a jacket. After the meal wander the grounds or go to the hotel bar for live music.

  15. John Benson
    on Jun 22nd, 2008
    @ 5:09 PM

    Loteria for Mexican at the Farmer’s Market, 3rd + Fairfax. From there you can walk to South Willard/Douglas Fir/OK/Scout etc. In Silver Lake try Square One for breakfast, the best in LA. Also in Silver Lake, Cafe Stella for French, Intelligentsia + Lamill for coffee, Scoops for Ice Cream and the Silver Lake Cheese Shop which has a killer selection and super cool and knowledgeable staff. For wine K+L in Hollywood and Silver Lake Wine on Glendale Blvd. For Vietnamese in Silver Lake, Vietsoy Cafe, Vietnoodle cafe and Gingergrass. Have fun!

  16. Matt
    on Jun 23rd, 2008
    @ 12:12 PM

    Without a doubt, In-N-Out.