Every Friday our editors compile a trusty list of recommendations to answer the most pressing of questions: “Where should I eat?“ Here now are four places to try some takeout this weekend in Los Angeles.
A number of LA restaurants have resumed outdoor dine-in. However, this article should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Experts indicate restaurant takeout is one of the lowest risk activities in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
July 10, 2020
For a barbecue destination that feels like something special: Ribtown BBQ
An offset smoker sits in a parking lot next to a pawn shop. Smoke disappears above a thin stack at one end. The front of the black container opens, pulled by Lonnie Edwards, and out comes yet another rack of meaty ribs. Add sauce, maybe a hot link, and sides galore, and you’ve got a meal fit for these trying times thanks to Ribtown in Jefferson Park. More than a pop-up and less than a restaurant, this neighborhood staple has become part of the new guard of South LA barbecue, turning out some of the most delicious ribs, rib tips, and sides anywhere in Los Angeles. This isn’t the Texas-style stuff cooking in backyards and sold on Instagram — fans here expect as much sauce as smoke, and to dive in there’s no pre-order and no DM, you’ve just got to drive on over. The ride is worth it, if only to see Lonnie and that smoker dance. 2125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Jefferson Park. —Farley Elliott
For LA’s most exciting new lobster roll spot: Broad Street Oyster Co.
At Broad Street Oyster Co. in Malibu, there’s covered bench seating scattered about the outside of the restaurant, a drive-thru for beachgoers needing a brewski and lobster roll on the sand, and early 2000s indie tunes blaring on the Sonos speakers. Tucked behind the most bourgeois strip mall in LA, this might be the tastiest lobster roll on the Westside, with big chunks of fresh lobster doused in drawn butter for $22 (including some fairly good, if slightly limp, fries). The takeout package is really handy for enjoying with an ocean view. I saw a Mercedes G-Wagon Cabriolet roll through the drive-thru only to spot it on the drive back to home on the side of the road with its occupants chowing down just over the waves. I should’ve done the same. 23359 CA-1 #3874A, Malibu. —Matthew Kang
For beautiful Neapolitan-style pizza up the coast: Bettina’s
It’s entirely possible to eat your way up the coast with just takeout. And if a Santa Barbara road trip sounds ideal, here’s what to do. Make a stop at Singing Sun Coffee in Ventura to help fuel the drive before dropping into Bettina’s right on the border of Montecito and Santa Barbara. They’ll serve cocktails in a cup while waiting for the Neapolitan-style carbonara pizza. It’s an excessively perfect pizza with ricotta, mozzarella, spicy provolone, pancetta, egg, pecorino, and so much black pepper. Take it to the beach and enjoy. 1014 Coast Village Rd., Santa Barbara. —Mona Holmes
For a bittersweet trip down memory lane: Here’s Looking At You
There’s a chance, a really good chance, that Here’s Looking At You in Koreatown will close forever after this weekend. It’s heartbreaking when any restaurant ceases to operate, but this one hits so damn hard that I can’t even get the words out right now. So let’s drown our collective sorrows this weekend with Lien, Jonathan, Thessa, and the rest of the crew. Tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., HLAY is serving its greatest hits including the beef tartare, shishito peppers, frog’s legs, and hazelnut meringue cake. Then on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., it’ll be the best-of HLAY’s brunch including the magnificent koji coconut waffle and the forever-joyful Jerusalem bagel. 3901 West 6th St., Los Angeles. —Cathy Chaplin