Carmaggedon is nigh. In anticipation of next month’s dreaded 405 freeway shutdown, we’ve asked our editors and writers to dish on their favorite Friday-night neighborhood haunts.
Here, a delicious drill to prep for when the mother of all traffic jams traps you in your zip code.
West Hollywood/Fairfax District
Evelyn C., L.A. editor
Warm Up: An Evelation (gin, ginger, lemon, rose water) at The Eveleigh. I tell people it was named after me (it wasn’t).
Main Course: The giuggiolosa salad and tagliatelle al ragu at Terroni. Steal bites of fried zucchini and ricotta off friends’ plates.
Next Level: People-watching at Chateau Marmont or/and a banana peanut malt at Milk.
Silver Lake/Echo Park
Jaclyn B., writer
Warm Up: A postwork brew from El Prado’s rotating taps (along with charcuterie and olives).
Main Course: A bottle of vino verde from Silverlake Wine to brave the wait for a spicy Moroccan kale salad at Elf Cafe.
Next Level: Handcrafted whiskey-centric cocktails and jukebox jams at The Thirsty Crow, followed by late-night carnitas tacos at Tacos Arizas.
Crystal M., deputy editor
Warm Up: Get my land legs back after the crosstown drive from Silver Lake to visit pal and DC contributor Andrea A. with a glass of vino and chips and pickles at Venice Beach Wines.
Main Course: Dinner and drinks (pineappley ’57 Chevy, please) at The Tasting Kitchen. It’s no wonder why it won DailyCandy’s Sweetest Things in 2009.
Next Level: A sleepover at Andrea’s house. The morning brings a bike ride to Schulzies Bread Pudding for Blue Bottle Coffee and some deliciousness.
Rachel K., editorial intern
Warm Up: Spare Room Snaps, bowling, and a session in the hidden photo booth at The Spare Room.
Main Course: Truffled mac ’n’ cheese (to share) and the burrata and bacon burger at La Poubelle. For dessert, the Nutella and banana crepe.
Next Level: Harvard & Stone to nurse a few Baby’s First Bourbons.
Jaime C., Kids L.A. editor
Warm Up: Ray’s & Stark Bar for an Owl and Pussycat or Morning Glory Fizz on the patio (especially excellent on Jazz Fridays).
Main Course: The best Korean BBQ this side of the Pacific is at Soot Bull Jeep. Or grab tacos, washed down with watermelon lemonade, at Tinga.
Next Level: Red Medicine for caramelized profiteroles with cognac custard, mango, cola, and black sesame, and a Leblon, rhubarb, and lime ginger ale.
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