Eat and drink your way through Studio City at these eight must-visit hot spots.

Barrel and Ashes

A modern mecca to all things barbecue, this Southern hospitality resto from Timothy Hollingsworth, Rory Hermann, and Michael Kahikina features items like a smoked pork roast benedict and hangover hoe cake with fried egg and pickled chilies. 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818-623-8883

The Gadarene Swine

This vegan restaurant knows their veggies, with dishes like blackened cauliflower and mushrooms with burnt sweet potato taking center stage.

Step inside this sleek new hotspot to enjoy seasonal fare like the grilled suzuki bass with an ancho chili-caramelized onion puree and the pork and beef meatballs, all from acclaimed chef Ted Hopson of Eveleigh and Father’s Office fame. 

Black Market Liquor Bar

The revolving daily menu here features mouthwatering dishes such as charred Brussels sprouts and tagliatelle, while drinks consist of craft cocktails like the Brandy Daisy—a blend of cognac, curacao, lemon, grenadine, and champagne.

Sweet Rose Creamery

LA powerhouse couple Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan’s artisanal Sweet Rose Creamery landed in Tujunga Village last year, delighting locals with monthly changing flavors like cranberry compote with salty pistachio and malted chocolate with hazelnut praline. 

Girasol

Whether sharing plates of the octopus salad with rosemary ash oil, or tucking into your own faro risotto dish, make sure to save some room for this spot’s incredible desserts. Options include the pumpkin spice budino, a custard topped with whipped cream and walnut cookies, and the donuts strawberries and cream, a sweet treat of housemade donuts, farmer’s market strawberries, toasted pistachios, and vanilla cream gelato. 

The Fiscal Agent

Open since October, this intimate bar from Julian Cox, Nick Meyer, and Dave Kupchinsky consists of concoctions like the Tequila Para Mi Amante (tequila for my lover), a strawberry-infused tequila, cocchi vermouth di tornino, Thai birds eye tincture, and star flower garnish. 

Firefly

Take your sweetheart here for a Valentine's Day alfresco dining experience on the patio. Opt for the $95 prix-fixe where options include the yellow fin tuna crudo to start, followed by a prime NY steak with aji verde, and the 1923 dessert of olive oil cake and bay leaf ice cream.

- Source: LA Confidential    By: Nile Cappello





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