8432 West Third Street
Bold inventive Italian, incorporating the best ingredients of the moment. Small, cozy dining room. Recipient of Esquire Magazines Best New Restaurant Award for 2012, when it opened. MAKE RESERVATIONS.
Joan’s on Third
8350 West Third Street
Entrepreneur, tastemaker, chef, founder and curator of all things Joan’s on Third, Joan McNamara has created an L.A. foodie institution. Originally a catering company, Joan's is now a gourmet marketplace and café, in addition to catering parties and events for the rich and famous.
Side note: Joan is developing a cookbook and branded products, and is opening additional locations, beginning with a second marketplace location in Studio City.
Little Next Door
8142 West Third Street
European-style brasserie. Great steak frites.
7910 West Third Street
Contemporary Mexican restaurant - great food, great margaritas
Night + Market
9041 Sunset Boulevard
LIvely atmosphere and delicious Thai street food served family style. Chef Kris Yenbamroong: "We aim to make the most delicious and authentic Thai food to facilitate drinking and fun-having amongst friends." Celeb fans include Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Dunham.
Odys + Penelope
127 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles
Churrassco and grill. See and be seen in this hip new LA restaurant. Great food, great cocktails, contemporary design. Don't miss the farmer’s dozen salad - 12 seasonal raw and roasted veggies, herbs, pepita “butter” lime vinaigrette.
3515 Wilshire Boulevard
Celebrated LA chef-of-the-moment, Roy Choi, went from a chef ingloriously fired from a high-profile restaurant, to food truck pioneer (he would tweet the changing locations of the truck), to baron of a restaurant empire. POT is his lively (ie raucous) new restaurant in the Line hotel - a hipster joint, dishing out sleekly reimagined Korean fusion food. Bowls, chopsticks and metal water cups are hidden in cubbyholes set into each of the long communal tables, on which there's a plastic pitcher of ice tea and a roll of paper towels.
Don't leave LA without eating in at least one of Roy Choi's restaurants. (The Commissary is on the rooftop of The Line: http://www.eatatpot.com/#commissary)
Side note: Choi was a producer on the film, "Chef." Director and star, Jon Favreau, worked in Choi's restaurant kitchens to learn the ropes for the part.
Simple Things: sandwich.salad.pie
8310 West Third Street
Healthy and homemade breakfast and lunch and yummy desserts.
Son of a Gun
8370 West Third Street
Not to be missed - small, shared plates of fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients in a kitschy nautical-themed dining room. If you can't be there when they open at 6, make reservations. My faves are the lobster roll and the fried chicken sandwich. In fact, if you order only one thing, it should be the fried chicken sandwich.
Terroni West Hollywood
7605 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles
Hip Italian restaurant with great homemade pasta.
8384 West Third Street
In the Orlando Hotel. Seasonal American cuisine, fabulous signature cocktails with a cozy outdoor patio. Don't miss the photo booth upstairs - classiest (black and white) photo booth photos ever.
They also have a Third Street takeaway window serving Clover Juice, Stumptown Coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, artisanal pizza by the slice, and homemade ice cream.
Los Angeles County Store
4333 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Store is the only shop dedicated exclusively to fine goods made in Los Angeles. From artisanal food to small housewares, apothecary to prints and stationery, it is a thoughtfully curated collection of beautifully crafted wares from across the county.
8372 West Third Street
Flagship shop of Swedish fashion designer, Lotta Stensson. Fabulous bohemian chic clothing. The versatile ponchos, in cotton and silk for beach cover-ups, and beautifully woven wool for cool weather chic, are a MUST-HAVE. Clients include Charlize Theron, Madonna, Beyonce, and Angelina Jolie. Need I say more?
Nathalie Seaver Boutique
8360 West Third Street
Beautiful, original clothing designs, unique kids clothes, gifts, accessories - and info on renting a villa in the South of France that belongs to Nathalie's family. Don't miss the gorgeous wide-brimmed straw hats that can be folded into a suitcase for travel.
New Stone Age
8407 West Third Street
A cabinet of curiosities in a store - unique accessories, jewelry, tableware, you name it
8303 West Third Street
Art books, unique tabletop + lighting, accessories, jewelry, art - I spent a lot of time in here!
8405 West Third Street
Ultra hip housewares, kids toys, pillows, and accessories
8315 West Third Street
Flagship store; handcrafted jewelry inspired by vintage wax seals. New "Game of Thrones" series if you're into that.
8375 West Third Street
Every travel guide, map, travel memoir, novel set in faraway places that you would ever want. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time (and $) in here.
Wittmore Shop for Guys
8236 West Third Street
Classic but cool men’s clothes and accessories
8384 West Third Street
Fabulously located boutique hotel. On a block with the best shops and restaurants in West Hollywood, and a block away from The Beverly Center mall. When I was staying there, several of the "Dancing With the Stars" folk were also staying there. I rode the elevator with British judge, Len Goodwin, several times.