Hottest Restaurants in Los Angeles (October Update)

The tortellini in parmesan cream from UOVO. Photo credit: Woho Frank Lee

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to go to the hottest and trending restaurants in the area. I am always up for a culinary adventure. Another thing that I love to do is find the hidden gems and eat where the locals eat. I’ve been to some sketchy looking places to only have eaten some of the best food I’ve ever tasted in my life. For the first time in my life, I am traveling to Los Angeles. The first thing I did was naturally look to see some of the best places to go eat and according to Eater Los Angeles, here are some of the places to go and try:

Uovo – Located in Santa Monica, this restaurant makes their pasta fresh in Bologna, Italy and then ships it to the restaurant. I am very curious to try this place because I adore pasta but how fresh could this possibly be if it’s flying overseas. Visit website:

HiHo Cheeseburger – Also located in Santa Monica, their wagyu beef comes from New Zealand. It’s also one of the cheaper restaurants on the list. I want to make an effort to go over to In & Out Burger but this might be an awesome gourmet alternative. There’s nothing like a well composed classic burger. Visit website:

Great White – This apparently is super popular on Instagram. It’s an Australian Café that focuses mostly on brunch. You can find this gem in Venice Beach. I don’t use Instagram but I wouldn’t mind a great brunch on one of my days in The Golden State. Visit website:

MTN – Another in Venice Beach, MTN is similar to tapas style, offering small plates and snacks. But rather than your typical Spanish cuisine, it’s Japanese. Considering Tapas is my absolute favorite thing in the entire world, just thinking that there’s a Japanese version is making me cry. I’ve never been so excited in my entire life. Visit website:

ink.well – Famous Top Chef alum Michael Vittaggio owns this restaurant. If that’s not enough to get you to try it, then don’t worry I’ll eat your share. The description states that it includes classics with an avant-garde approach. I have eaten at my Top Chef restaurants so I am excited to see whether or not this one stacks up. Richard Blaze’s restaurant Flipp in Atlanta is still one of my all-time favorite meals. Visit website:

Mh Zh – The review says that it’s strange but most flavor forward. I love Middle Eastern food and have traveled to Israel and have eaten fresh fruit from the greenhouses. This is definitely a must stop for me as well. (They don’t even have a website!)

The only thing that worries me about these restaurants is how far apart they seem to be from each other. I am not a great driver and I am not sure if I want to rent a car. I’ve been involved in a ton of car accidents. My question for you guys is the following:

Have you eaten at any of these restaurants and what did you think of them? And, what’s the uber situation like in Los Angeles?

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