Don’t you hate those unadventurous dining companions who still aren’t hip to eating raw fish? It’s a travesty when you must forgo sushi restaurants just to eat with these philistine friends. Shira Lazar discovers that at Hokusai, you can eat your raw sea urchin and the cooked-food connoisseurs can select from a full kitchen menu. Owner Edward Yoon makes sure only the freshest fish is used, either cooked or raw.
8400 Wilshire Blvd / at North Gale Drive
Miracle Mile/ Los Angeles
Life is all about finding the right partner, and wine is no different. At Rustic Canyon, owner Josh Loeb has partnered food and the right wine in perfect harmony. Using seasonal ingredients for an ever-changing menu, Rustic Canyon’s Mediterranean food is paired with unique wines from small production wineries across the globe.
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
1119 Wilshire Blvd / at 11th Street
Have a yen for some Japanese food but no time for a long lunch? Owner and operator Takao Kuroda is the driving force behind Café Nagomi, a mobile lunch truck which provides fresh and delicious Japanese food right to your curb. So skip those burritos and fried food lunch trucks, something better has just rolled down your street.
Culver City area / Los Angeles