Otium, DTLA

David: Just outside the walls of LA’s newest and grandest contemporary art museum, the Broad, sits Otium, one of LA’s newest and grandest contemporary restaurants. Opening his first solo project, Chef Timothy Hollingsworth, who recently departed the French Laundry, has designed a restaurant and menu that are equally inspired. Whether you visit day (they are now serving…

NBC Seafood, Monterey Park

Jen: Chinese food in the U.S.A. has a peculiar relationship to the letters of the alphabet. There are the meaningless restaurant names, such as NYC Seafood, CBS Seafood, JJ Cafe… and then the LA County restaurant ratings, wherein, for those in the know, “A” means Americanized and “C” is for Chinese. A couple of weekends…

Nate n’ Al, Beverly Hills

David: As our blog namesake suggests, I’m the corned beef of this operation. Unfortunately, I have yet to find anything here in LA that compares to the deli fare (what we call simply, “deli”) I grew up on in Detroit. It makes me sad. Last weekend, we ended up at Nate ‘n Al, a Los…

Cooks County, West Hollywood

Jen: I started going to Cooks County last year, when I was working at an art gallery a couple blocks down the street. It’s on the awkward stretch of Beverly Boulevard across from the awful 24-hour Swingers diner, and light on foot traffic. Every time I went—twice for brunch, and once each for lunch and dinner, it was…