New Eats on the Block
We are fortunate to live and work in neighborhoods with such a strong and diverse foodie scene. New arrivals Mizlala in West Adams and The Swift Cafe in Leimert Park are joining established favorites like View Park’s Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen and Stuff I Eat in Inglewood. Over the past few months there have been a number of exciting announcements and openings that you may have missed but fear not! We’re here to keep you in the know. Read on and enjoy!
New Hot Spots
Sunday Gravy serves up Italian-American fare on Centinela. Only a few weeks old, the family owned restaurant prides itself on taking fresh locally made pasta and blending it with good, honest, simple ingredients to produce authentic Italian dishes. The menu includes beef-and-pork meatballs with whipped ricotta, rigatoni in short rib ragu, linguine with white clams and New York-style cheesecake. For more information, click here.
Sunday Gravy, 1122 Centinela Avenue, Inglewood
Opening earlier this month, Leimert Park’s newest addition Swift Cafe, is a health-focused eatery on Crenshaw Boulevard. Taking inspiration from Indian, Thai, Caribbean, plus Central and South American cuisines, owner and chef Kyndra McCrary aims to change people’s mindset about healthy food. The mostly plant-based menu includes sweet potato and cashew cheese ricotta ravioli in sage “butter,” coconut chickpea curry, and a jerk chicken bowl. Find out more about Swift Cafe, including opening hours, in our blog here.
Swift Cafe, 4279 Crenshaw Boulevard, Leimert Park
Photo by Jakob Layman
Alta Adams is considered by some to be one of the jewels of the growing West Adams foodie scene. Voted one of LA Mag’s Top 10 new restaurants last year, the California soul food venue is run by successful restaurateur Daniel Patterson and LA native Chef Keith Corbin. Offerings include black eyed pea fritters, candied yam gratin with spiced cashews and grilled bone-in pork chop with chow chow. Their seasonal cocktail menu is not to be missed with concoctions such as Through the Grapevine with vodka, concord grapes, tarragon and Burma Tonic.
Alta Adams, 5359 West Adams Blvd, West Adams
Photo Farley Elliott
Chef Alex Carrasco created Bee Taqueria with a vision to explore the various cultures of Mexican cuisine. Bee Taqueria is a taco shop that focuses on the true flavors of Mexico. Expect handmade tortillas, crunchy shrimp tacos, fresh ceviche and much more.
Bee Taqueria, 5754 W Adams Blvd, West Adams
Photo by Joshua Lourie
Mizlala West Adams has quickly become one of our favorite restaurants in the area. It’s the second outpost of the popular Sherman Oaks Israeli restaurant and opened at the end of May. The menu, as you would expect, includes a selection of grilled meat and fish, salads and roasted vegetables. We highly recommend their falafel dishes!
Mizlala West Adams, 5400 W. Adams Blvd, West Adams
Photo by Leslie Rodriguez Photography
The fried chicken craze comes to Baldwin Hills this month with the opening of Hotville Chicken at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, adjacent to Post & Beam. Hotville is run by Kim Prince, niece of André Prince Jeffries, the matriarch behind Nashville’s iconic, James Beard Award-winning Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Originally a popular pop-up in Chinatown, Hotville has made short appearances around southern California before settling on the South LA location. For the menu expect hot fried chicken, fish, and sides like baked mac and cheese, potato salad, kale slaw, and barbecue baked beans with the possibility of vegan options. For updates and more information, click here.
Hotville Chicken, 4070 Marlton Ave, Baldwin Hills
Renderings courtesy of Jon & Vinny’s
The rumors are true, one of LA’s most popular restaurants, Jon & Vinny’s, plans to open in View Park. As reported in Eater LA, owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo are hoping to open a third branch of their Italian-American restaurant in the former Yee’s building on Slauson Avenue. Similar to the first two Jon & Vinny’s restaurants, this proposed View Park location will offer a breakfast-to-dinner menu, beer and wine, plus a carry-out license from the included Helen’s wine shop that would allow locals to purchase a bottle of boutique wine to take home. The planned standalone building will feature ivy-covered walls, a patio for about 20 to 30 people, and seating for upwards of 60 inside the building, with an open kitchen and counter. The restaurant is due to open some time in summer 2020.
Proposed can designs courtesy of Party Brewing Company
Another highly anticipated opening is the Party Beer Company by Jason Eisner, the longtime barman behind places like Gracias Madre and Block Party in Highland Park. The new brewery will do more than just churn out beer, it will also operate as a big, open space that comes complete with 6,000 square feet of patio, an open-air mezzanine, and even some mini golf. There won’t be a full kitchen operating on site so expect pop-ups and food trucks, plus meals that can be brought in from the surrounding restaurants in the community. The brewery was due to open earlier this year so watch this space!
Party Beer Co., 4203 W. Jefferson Blvd, West Adams
Photo by Farley Elliott
We’re still waiting with bated breath for official updates on the former neighborhood favorite, Johnny’s Pastrami. Last fall Eater LA reported Gjelina/Gjusta chef and owner, Travis Lett purchased the restaurant and it quickly became a construction site. We haven’t heard any news since but sources say it will become an all-hours sandwich stand with a full line of alcohol and an on-premise brewery. Stay tuned!
Johnny’s Pastrami, 4331 W. Adams Blvd, West Adams