LA Spotlight: Joey’s

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Venue: Joey’s Woodland Hills

Address: 6344 Topanga Canyon Blvd #1010, Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Website: joeyrestaurants.com

Hours: Mon – Sat 11 am – 1 am, Sun 11 am – 12 am

Best Days: Saturdays & Sundays

Perfectly situated on Topanga Canyon Blvd, Joey’s is easily one of our favorite post-canyon drive lunch spots. With the perfect balance of atmosphere, location and food, it’s pretty quickly easy to see why.

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Though Joey’s is a chain, we’re a fan. The up-scale ambience and decor is inviting and conducive to a chill time while one dines. Add a diverse menu of highly delicious items and you have a combination tough to beat. There are 2 items on the menu that we’re also slightly addicted to: The sushi cone and the apple pie. The sushi cone is just the perfect 3 bite snack that is tasty, zesty and full of flavor. It’s hard to stop at one, but you have to force yourself because you realize there are other delicious things to order. The apple pie is insanely good, partially because they make their ice cream in-house daily, and partially because of some culinary sorcery. It’s that good.

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Toss in the fact that they’ll bring in an in-house DJ to keep the musical atmosphere fun and fresh, and you have the perfect venue for a Sunday afternoon Siesta. We’ve dined here on different days of the week, and there’s just something about weekend afternoons that really suit this place well.

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So if you find yourself in the Woodland Hills area or are doing a nicely spirited drive through the Malibu canyons, you certainly should add this place as destination for a great meal.

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Cheers,

-JB

 

 

LA Spotlight: Taverna Tony

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Venue: Taverna Tony

Address: 23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265

Website: tavernatony.com

Hours: Sun – Thurs 11:30 am – 12 am, Fri – Sat 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Best Days: Saturday and Sundays

If you find yourself by the beach and have a hankering for Mediterranean food, then Taverna Tony is perfect hidden gem you’re looking for. Nestled away in the Cross Creek Plaza on PCH, this restaurant has been a local favorite for many years.

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The restaurant is dived into 4 sections, with 2 interior dining areas, a bar in the middle and a large exterior patio. The patio is always the recommended place to dine, especially on gorgeous sunny Sundays.

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The food speaks for itself, as the extensive menu features many traditional Mediterranean dishes. The complimentary Taramosalata Dip is one of our favorite foods anywhere, and one is often tempted to just eat that and the bread and call it a day. Other menu highlights include the lamb sandwich, shrimp pasta, grilled swordfish and the mousakka. The portions are sizable and hand made fresh each day, and the deserts are just as decadent as the main courses.

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Some nights they have live performances by bands to liven up the atmosphere, but we don’t think you can beat dining on the patio on a cool Sunday afternoon. This eatery is also a known stop for the rich and famous, as Jason Statham and the King of Qatar are regulars. All in all, this is one of our favorite places in LA for a weekend meal, so be sure to pop in and introduce to Tony himself.

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Cheers,

-JB

Nightlife Spotlight: Toca Madera

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Venue: Toca Madera

Address: 8450 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Website: tocamadera.com

Hours: Sun 11 am -12 am, Mon – Thurs 5 pm – 2 am, Fri – Sat 5 pm – 2 am

Best Days: Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Tucked away on the edge of West Hollywood lies a very special place. What makes this place so special you, ask? Do they have drinks? Yes they do. Do they have food? You bet. So what makes this spot a cut above the rest?

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First, one must look at all the details to see how they fit together. Toca Madera is nestled on 3rd st and LaCienaga, which puts it the neighborhood of other trendy West Hollywood venues and makes them all an accessible 5-8 minute Uber drive. Toca Madera is a high end Mexican cuisine restaurant and lounge which features a diverse menu of various dishes, from Carne Asada to several unique style of ceviche and everything in between. All food is made with organic and locally sourced ingredients to ensure it’s as fresh as possible. It’s a fantastic place to get dinner, a quick night out snack or go for Sunday brunch. Of course, they also run a special all day Happy Hour for Taco Tuesday. And these Taco Tuesdays also feature performances by special DJ’s and fire dancers. Yes, fire dancers.

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Toca Madera takes the lounge aspect just as seriously as the resonant aspect, so they feature a rotation of various top end DJ’s to keep the music and atmosphere in a constant state of activity. Another factor that aids in this are the specialty cocktails. There are plenty of signature drinks like Margaritas and Old Fashions which they put their own twist on, but they also have some signature in house cocktails that are sure to delight. Our personal favorite is the Agua Fresca, which uses a charred pineapple and cinnamon infused vodka with lemon juice, coconut water and fresh ground cinnamon on top. We could literally drink those all night, but unfortunately Toca Madera can’t serve alcohol past 2 am, like everywhere else in LA.

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The restaurant is laid out in a very unique way, in that the main room has a large marble topped bar in the center of the space. Around the bar are lounge tables, a DJ Booth and a photo booth. In the room behind the main room, there is a wall of decorated skulls lining the back where more tables are. On the second floor of this room is a tree house section, with tables that offer up close aerial views of the back room’s center petrified tree.

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So with top-tier food, drinks and atmosphere, what else could one want? The last missing element is the crowd and staff. The crowd that typically frequents the venue tend to be very internationally diverse and very festive. Unlike a lot of clubs, where people go more to be seen at their tables than mingle, the environment at Toca Madera is very conducive to people mingling and interacting, which can be a difficult trick to foster organically. And the last element is the top notch staff, which miraculously is somehow filled with genuinely cool people from top to bottom. From the busboys to the hostesses, bartenders and managers, the staff are the magic that keeps everything together to create a place where you will have great experiences time after time. Add the fact that they continually add special events and guest entertainers and you have a special place that never offers the same exact experience twice.

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After 3 years of business and a formula that has made they very successful, he’d highly recommend checking this place out. It tops our list as our favorite LA Nightlife venue and after a trip there you’ll be sure to see why.

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Cheers,

-JB

Nightlife Spotlight: E.P. & L. P.

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Venue: E.P. & . L.P.

Address: 603 La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: eplosangeles.com

Hours: Mon – Fri 5 pm – 2 am, Sat – Sun 12 pm – 2 am

Best Days: Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays or Rooftop Movie Nights

If you’re looking for a 3-in-one venue, than look no further as E.P. &. L.P. offers the complete package dressed as one of LA’s hottest venues.

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Discretely hidden on La Cienga Blvd, E.P. & L.P. is only noticeable from the outside during the night by the very long line for entry outside. But a great way to skip the line is to make reservations for dinner, which we’d highly encourage as the food is delicious. The menu features many pan-Asian fusion dishes and some of the most decadent dessert selections you can imagine.

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Once done with dinner, you’ll want to head upstairs to the rooftop which features 2 bars (L.P. & Frankie’s Private Bar) and an outdoor cinema. The drinks are the stars on the open air deck, as there is a vast selection of craft cocktails and some fun specialty drinks, such a alcoholic bobas. If you skipped dinner but hungry, fear not, for there is also a rooftop exclusive food menu, and we’d highly recommend the crispy chicken sandwich.

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And we did mention there is an outdoor theater on the roof, which is perfect for a date or a group of friends. We’d encourage getting a VIP ticket as it includes dinner and premier seating if you plan to partake in any screenings.

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The views from the rooftop deck are tough to beat in the West Hollywood area, so make sure you take a moment to enjoy them while you’re there. The best nights to check it out are on during the warm summer nights and Fridays and Saturday’s are great. We’ll see you around there at some point.

Cheers,

-JB

Nightlife Spotlight: Catch LA

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Venue: Catch LA

Address: 8715 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Website: catchrestaurants.com

Hours: Mon – Fir 5 pm – 2 am, Sat – Sun 10 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 2 am

Best Days: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

One of LA’s newest and trendiest places, it’s easy to see why when you experience it. Nestled on Melrose Ave, Catch is located on a rooftop that is conveniently close to the Pacific Design Center.

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Catch is a known celebrity hangout, which is what makes getting a reservation there a bit of challenge, especially if you plan to go at any remotely convenient time within a month. So if you want to check it out, book a reservation now.

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The decor is quite inviting and spectacular, which give the restaurant a very rustic yet chic charm. The drinks are pricey but we’ll admit that they are pretty delicious, so we’ll sip on them with glee while our wallets groan a little bit.

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So how is the food? Like the drinks, it’s pricey but also quite tasty, and we admit we love the crispy shrimp. The menu is predominately seafood, so if you don’t like seafood there are a few options for you but not many.

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All in all catch is a very solid restaurant. While the food and drinks are very good, the true secret to it’s appeal is that it’s a super Instagram friendly venue, with many places that are perfect for selfies and group photos. So from that viewpoint, catch is a very magical place, so hashtag away when you visit.

Cheers,

-JB